Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, on Maximizing Health Care Capacity

April 2020 – Government of Alberta Covid-19 Modelling Presentation. Note: ICU beds listed in chart as 295 total. Hospital beds listed at 8,483 total.

https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-case-modelling-projection.pdf

The below data is taken from a Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms FOIP request on April 2021, for the period of January 2016 – December 2020. (We note these numbers differ from the government chart dated April 20, 2020.)

Critical Care Capacity

September 2016 – 399 Beds | Population – 4,169,830
September 2017 – 399 Beds | Population – 4,217,855
September 2018 – 408 Beds | Population – 4,268,853
September 2019 – 409 Beds | Population – 4,330,698
September 2020 – 410 Beds | Population – 4,402,045

ICU Capacity

September 2016 – 201 Beds | Population – 4,169,830
September 2017 – 226 Beds | Population – 4,217,855
September 2018 – 226 Beds | Population – 4,268,853
September 2019 – 226 Beds | Population – 4,330,698
September 2020 – 227 Beds | Population – 4,402,045

On September 15, 2021 at approx. time stamp 06:00 of this press conference, Premier Jason Kenney stated:

“Albertas Health services is doing everything possible to staff more beds for the growing number of Covid patients.”

“Even with the biggest per capita health care budget in Canada, Alberta hospitals normally, outside of a covid year, have a total of 173 staffed intensive care beds and we usually operate at 85% of capacity.

(173 ICU beds province wide for over 4.4 million population)

“Is this Maximizing Capacity?”

227 ICU beds (September 2020)
173 stated beds (September 2021)