Instructions for farmers to order PPE through the Government of Alberta

May 26, 2020

UPDATED – MAY 26, 2020

As of July 1, 2020, businesses and non-Alberta Health Services (AHS) organizations will be required to access PPE directly through suppliers. Information on PPE suppliers is available on Alberta Biz Connect to help organizations and businesses source their own PPE supply.

Starting May 25, 2020, organizations and businesses that have previously received PPE from the POC, or have submitted a request, can continue accessing PPE supplies, subject to availability and for a fee, until June 30, 2020. Requests that have been received and are in the process of being fulfilled may be subject to fees. Prices are listed in the table below. This timing will help support these groups as they transition to other PPE suppliers.

Read the full update complete with pricing for PPE


Original Posting – April 26

*these instructions were provided by the Strategy, Planning and Governance department of Agriculture and Forestry

Effective immediately the agriculture and food sector, as a recognized essential service, can submit PPE orders directly to the Logistics Section of Municipal Affairs’ Alberta Emergency Management Agency’s Provincial Operations Centre (AEMA-POC) for procurement on their behalf.

Agriculture and Food Sector Industry 3-Step Order Process:

  1. Prior to placing an order, review the Government of Alberta PPE Guideline document to ensure that requests are eligible and/or appropriate.NOTE: If unsure consider engaging an OHS or Industrial Hygienist for an assessment.
  2.  Submit orders online at https://xnet.gov.ab.ca/ppe
  3. In the comments, it is recommended to include information such as the number of staff that will use the order and any OHS/Industrial Hygienist assessments to support the order.
    NOTE: The attached spreadsheet simulating most of the data required in the online submission has been provided for your internal use only; this spreadsheet is not an official order form and is provided to support planning of your PPE needs.
  4. The AEMA-POC Logistics Section currently contacts organizations for delivery and billing information closer to the shipment date; the POC Logistics Section indicated that orders are approximately 2-4 weeks on back-order.

NOTE: An enhanced on-line ordering system is under development. Once completed it will allow organizations to track their order status.

Currently, PPE procurement and allocations are managed based on prioritized essential services, as identified by the Emergency Management Cabinet Committee (EMCC) here:

  • Health
  • Non AHS Allied Health (e.g. pharmacists, senior facilities, vulnerable population workers <homeless, childcare etc…>)
  • Public Security (e.g. peace officers, fire, medical examiner, corrections and courts, mortuary services)
  • Public Utilities (e.g. water, wastewater, sanitation, electrical supply)
  • Food (e.g. food security and preparation to ensure continuity of the food supply chain)

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Ag-Info Centre by phone at 310-FARM or by email at [email protected]. Thank you all for the hard work you are doing to keep your staff safe while ensuring Alberta’s food supply chain continues to operate effectively.

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