Additional restrictions to stop spread of COVID-19 March 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 23, 2020

We received this update from Alberta Labour this morning with some resources available to small business:

Government of Canada Resources

APRIL 6 2:20 PM – UPDATED INFO: Canada Emergency Response Program – goes live today and people have designated days to apply based on their birth month.  $2000/month for up to four months for those that have lost their income due to COVID-19.  More details to come along …

We remain open… BUT… March 16, 2020

UPDATE: MARCH 23, 2020

Our store-front offices are now closed. We will re-assess opening again after Easter.

We are working virtually following isolation protocols. If you need to reach us you can do so via email and phone. Our response times may be intermittent as we adapt to this situation.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. We will continue to do our best to share information releva…

Olds Institute Board of Directors: Open for Nominations March 9, 2020

Olds Institute will have openings for Board positions for the General Public starting in May 2020. Elections for positions will take place at the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2020 at 6 pm, Olds Regional Exhibition.

To be Considered for Nomination

Completed forms must be received by 4:30 pm April 21, 2020

Membership must be paid and approved by the Board of Directors PRIOR to the OI AGM on April 28, 2020 to be able t

Join Us! March 9, 2020

Want to be an OI Public Member?

What is the OI Anyway?

The OI Mission is to “foster and promote community and economic development for Olds and Region through engagement, coordination and capacity building to enhance the quality of life for our residents, organizations and businesses.”

And this means What?

The OI Supports economic and community growth.  With the help of both staff and dedicated volunteers we …

New Website coming soon February 27, 2020

We have had so many changes over the past three years, and now it is now time to bring our website up to date.

A lot of the content will be streamlined, easier to navigate, and quick to read. The new website will focus on the work OI was created to do: economic development, community development, and community marketing. There will be regular posts and news articles about topics like business investment and attraction, s…



(OLDS, Alberta – December 20, 2019) When Olds Institute formed the Fair Trade Olds committee, it likely didn’t imagine the visibility it would have gained for the community a decade later.

“We’ve had a presence on the national stage on several occasions, with our youth at Olds High School to the awards we’ve won and international producers we’…

What is Community Economic Development (CED)? April 1, 2019

Olds Institute is a Community Economic Development organization connecting people with purpose, creating a healthy, inspired, entrepreneurial community.

A local CED organization can help individuals and organizations in a region to work together toward common goals. This can happen when community members in the region join to determine appropriate strategies and actions to address common issues in a strat…

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