The Alberta government’s mask distribution program has ended, with 40 million non-medical coverings being circulated.
More than half of them were handed out at A&W, McDonald’s and Tim Hortons locations.
As Stage 2 of Alberta’s relaunch progresses, the government has worked with partners to ensure as many Albertans as possible had the opportunity to get a small supply of masks.
This distribution of non-medical masks was the first – and so far, only – program of its type in Canada.
By partnering with fast-food outlets and community partners such as transit services, First Nations communities and Metis settlements, places of worship and others, the government saved an estimated $35 million in packaging, shipping and distribution costs.
Distribution of the masks ended Sunday. Community and social service partners who have developed their own distribution timelines may still have masks available for their own residents, clients and service users.