Six women represent olds as nominees for 2020 women of excellence awards May 2020 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 Community represented by a strong team of talent and experience (Olds, AB – May 12, 2020) As the province prepares to ease into a re-opening of activities and business, more good news is announced for five local ladies. Last week the Red Deer & District Community Foundation announced the nominees for the 2020 Women of Excellence Awards. A total of 48 women will be r…
Alberta Government resource assists with business re-launch May 2020 To support businesses reopening during stage one of Alberta’s phased relaunch, government is launching a new resource to help them keep their staff and customers safer. The new alberta.ca/bizconnect webpage will provide business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of relaunch to ensure businesses…
UPDATED: Resource Sharing May 2020 Our continued thanks to Nicole Lorrain from Alberta Labour & Immigration for providing us with ongoing updates from all levels of government and support sectors. The Province of Alberta has announced a Strategy to support Reopening Business– check out the plan and stages at Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy Alberta Health has released the Workplace Guidance for Business Owners document outlining health an…
Increasing mental health supports in response to COVID-19 April 2020

Additional funding will improve access to mental health and addiction recovery services, supports and resources for all Albertans.

The Government of Alberta is spending more than $53 million to implement more online, phone and in-person mental health and addiction recovery support to make it easier for Albertans to access services from anywhere in Alberta during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. “We know peo…
OLDS INSTITUTE SETS A HIGH STANDARD FOR INFORMATION SHARING TO SMALL BUSINESS, TOURISM INDUSTRY April 2020 Local contributions recognized on international webinar (Olds, AB – April 15, 2020) In the midst of the COVID-19 dynamics globally, on the local level the residents and business operators in Olds and area have a top-notch resource at their fingertips, according to Destination Development Association founder, Roger Brooks. Olds Institute, its business and community directory site Everything Olds, and the T…
Alberta Works! April 2020 We received a number of announcements from Edmonton today, programs and initiatives to help us move quickly into economic recovery.

$2 billion investment in job creation

In response to the COVID-19 recession, the Alberta government will allocate almost $2 billion from the 2020 Capital Plan to resurface roads, repair bridges, restore schools and fill potholes, all to get thousands of Albertans back to work.   T…
Additional restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19 March 2020 To protect the health and safety of Albertans, mass gatherings will be limited to 15 people and more restrictions will be placed on available services. As a result of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at certain businesses and organizations across the province will be prohibited effective immediately. “This was a difficult decision to make, but we must do everything we can to protect the safety of Albe
Increased security for Alberta renters March 2020 The Government of Alberta is providing security for Alberta residential renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is part of an overall $7.7-billion package in direct supports and deferrals designed to relieve the immediate financial burden brought on by the crisis and provide stability during these unprecedented and uncertain times. The new protections mean:
  • Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evic
Mental Health Support March 2020 Alberta Health Services (AHS) has boosted its service to help Albertans should they need to speak with someone about mental health concerns. If Albertans call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2323 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, they will be connected directly to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff. This change will support 811…
Help for businesses March 2020 We received this update from Alberta Labour this morning with some resources available to small business: Government of Canada Resources APRIL 21 4:20 PM – UPDATED INFO: Canada Emergency Response Program – A reminder that you have to apply for this every month and not just once to get four payments. $2000/month for up to four months for those that have lost their income due to COVID-19.  Update as of Friday i…