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 people are struggling right now, and we want Albertans to know that help is there for them through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Alberta’s government is committed to ensuring folks have the support they need to cope and stay mentally healthy during these tough times, which is why our mental health response is the largest in Canada, with funding greater than all other provinces combined.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
The Government of Alberta is investing $21.4 million to improve access to phone and online supports with existing helplines, including the Addiction Helpline, the Mental Health Helpline, the Kids Help Phone and the Community and Social Services Helpline (Alberta 211).
Further spending will contribute to online resources, available to all Albertans, supporting people who may not be able to access face-to-face services, including those in self-isolation or those in rural locations.
“It’s important that Albertans in all corners of the province have access to the mental health and addiction supports they need. These resources will help address the needs of children, youth and adults, and we will continue to work with our partners across the mental health and addiction sector to find innovative ways to support Albertans in need, both now and after the pandemic is behind us.”
Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
Today’s funding also includes:
- $2.6 million to expand individual and group treatment to address family violence, addiction and mental health for Albertans
- $4.2 million to expand the addiction and mental health support available through Primary Care Networks
- $25 million for a new community grant program to enhance community mental health and addiction recovery for the public, including Indigenous communities, seniors, families and people experiencing social barriers, who are negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The need for mental health supports as a result of this very stressful situation are increasing daily and will continue to do so long after this outbreak has ended. This funding from the Alberta government means we can increase the 211 crisis lines, hire staff so people can reach a live person as well as provide support to those staff who are answering the calls, which can be very stressful in itself. This is vital funding that will make a difference in the lives of so many Albertans.”
Rob Yager, president & CEO, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
“We are grateful to continue partnering with the Alberta government to support the mental health of all Albertans as they deal with this difficult time. We have been supporting young people for over 30 years, but in partnership with the Government of Alberta, this will be the first time we will be able to leverage our experience to support Albertans of all ages.”
Katherine Hay, president & CEO, Kids Help Phone
“This outstanding announcement highlights the importance of continued recovery and ensures supports are still available for those that need them. Alberta’s response to mental health and addiction recovery is leading the entire country and should be the example for every province going forward.”
Crystal Smalldon, executive director, Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
Today’s $53 million in one-time funding is in addition to the previously announced $140 million to create publicly funded addiction recovery spaces for 4,000 more Albertans each year.
- Alberta’s Mental Health Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for mental health concerns: 1-877-303-2642.
- Alberta’s Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling: 1-866-332-2322
- The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
- The Crisis Text Line Alberta is a service available 24-7 that offers information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for Albertans of all ages, by texting CONNECT to 741741.
- Alberta 211 is a free helpline that connects Albertans to community and social services in their area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages.
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.
The government is doubling the capital maintenance and renewal (CMR) funding in 2020-21 from $937 million to $1.9 billion by accelerating the capital plan. This will allow government to act quickly and work with companies across the province so they can keep their workers employed during these challenging times.
“These infrastructure investments will be focused on projects that can be actioned quickly. By doubling our capital maintenance and renewal project funds, we will deliver much-needed improvements to important assets, keep companies operating and most importantly, keep Albertans working. As the weather improves and buildings are empty, now is the perfect time for us to act.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
A long-term capital maintenance and renewal strategy ensures capital assets are sustained and repaired to generate the most value. These assets include schools, roads, post-secondary institutions, justice facilities and more.
By accelerating the capital plan, significant additional work will be undertaken, including $410 million for transportation projects. This includes an additional $60 million for operating, which covers work repairing potholes across the province.
“Investing in road construction and maintenance represents excellent value for taxpayers. This significant contribution will create thousands of jobs and economic benefits to communities across Alberta. On behalf of our 800 member companies, the ARHCA thanks the Alberta government for this substantial investment.”
Ron Glen, CEO, Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association
Filling jobs and keeping the food supply safe
The Alberta government has launched an online resource to help strengthen the food supply chain and fill agriculture and agri-food jobs.
Keeping Alberta’s food supply chain safe and intact is a priority. The new Agriculture Jobs Connector website is a tool for Albertans to find essential agriculture work opportunities and for essential agriculture businesses to find workers.
Currently, some farms in Alberta rely on a federal temporary foreign workers (TFW) program to hire seasonal workers. However, with travel restrictions, typical users of this program are concerned about the availability of foreign workers.
With so many Albertans now out of work due to no fault of their own from COVID-19, there is an opportunity for the needs of both employers in the agriculture sector and Albertans wanting work to connect.
“There are great job opportunities on Alberta farms and ranches. There is definitely a greater appreciation for Alberta’s agriculture sector, and this new website will help Albertans find an exciting new job in this essential service.”
Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture and food employers and workers can access hiring, job search and farm safety resources through the new Agriculture Job Connector at alberta.ca/AgJobConnector.
Agriculture employers are encouraged to post available jobs on the connector so the positions can be filled by hard-working Albertans who will help keep the food supply chain operational.
In the U.K., due to COVID-19, thousands of seasonal foreign workers were no longer available and a “land army” of thousands of British people came out to work on farms. This website will help connect an Albertan “land army” of non-traditional agriculture workers enter a new and important labour market.
Pandemic supports available for small business
Small businesses can seek free advice, coaching and information on COVID-19 resources and supports.
Business Link will serve as a one-stop shop to help small businesses learn about and connect to available COVID-19 supports based on their unique business needs.
Business Link can provide one-on-one guidance to Albertans who operate a small business or are pursuing an entrepreneurial venture. Small businesses can access a list of available supports on Business Link’s website, or connect with a business strategist by phone, email or live chat.
Business Link is also offering free programming through June, including webinars on a variety of topics, online events, and free expert sessions with lawyers, accountants, marketing specialists, e-commerce specialists and more.
“We are working closely with businesses and workers across the country to assess and address the impact of COVID-19. Our message to them is clear: We are here for them now with concrete measures like Business Link, and we will be here in the days and weeks to come. We will get through this together.”
Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
“Small businesses inject billions into our provincial economy. They create good jobs and are a cornerstone of our communities. I’m pleased to see Business Link refocusing its efforts to make it easier for small businesses to access supports to give them some relief now, and to help set the stage for their future recovery.”
Tanya Fir, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
“At Business Link, we feel it is important to provide support to Alberta entrepreneurs as they navigate these difficult times. We want to break down the barriers to information and ensure business owners know what is available to them for support. We know that Alberta is in a tough place right now, but we want to ensure the small businesses that are the drivers of our economy can last long beyond this pandemic.”
Barbara McKenzie, CEO, Business Link
Business Link is a non-profit organization established in 1996 and is jointly funded by the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada. To access Business Link services, contact 1-800-272-9675 or visit www.businesslink.ca.
ED: Our Entrepreneur Coach Harvey Walsh is preparing to launch Zoom Cafés and broadcasts to help our local businesses during this episode. For information please email Harvey.
Keeping the supply chain open and moving during COVID-19
Alberta is temporarily modifying some regulations for truck drivers and railway operators to protect the supply chain and ensure Canadians can access necessities like medical supplies, groceries and fuel during the COVID-19 crisis.
Regulation changes will temporarily allow commercial truck drivers transporting essential supplies in direct support of the COVlD-19 relief efforts to:
- Work for longer periods of time, provided all safety conditions are met.
- Apply for fewer municipal and provincial overweight permits by increasing the limits on weight of loads some vehicles can carry.
- Be exempt from road bans.
- Be exempt from municipal bylaws that restrict the hours they operate and park.
These temporary adjustments are being offered as part of pandemic response efforts, provided all safety conditions are being met.
The regulation changes also allow provincially regulated railways to temporarily delay audits and retesting of existing operators’ skills and medical fitness, to ensure physical distancing requirements can be met.
“These temporary changes are necessary to ensure the critical movement of essential supplies as part of the COVID-19 response. It is important that we keep the supply chain open and moving, so that Albertans can access the supplies they need, including groceries, medical supplies and fuel, during the pandemic.”
Ric McIver, Minister of Transportation
Certain regulations are also being temporarily modified to allow Albertans to practise physical distancing:
- Albertans and businesses will have until 30 days after the public health emergency ends to file appeals to the Alberta Transportation Safety Board and 30 days after the ministerial order ends to file judicial reviews of the board’s decisions.
- The expiry dates of vehicle inspection certificates and decals will be extended to May 15 for those certificates set to expire between March 17 and May 15.
- Government is extending the timeline for most drivers who require a medical evaluation to provide their completed medical form when applying for or renewing their licence.
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 Albertans and limit the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, delivery services and other essential businesses will continue to provide Albertans with the goods and services they need, and we’ll look to Alberta’s business leaders to find innovate ways to continue remote operations and protect jobs. These businesses must do everything they can to safeguard the well-being of the hardworking employees on the front lines.”
— Jason Kenney, Premier
Restrictions will be in place for the following classifications of business:
- Close contact businesses including hair salons and barbershops, tattoo and piercing studios, esthetic services, as well as wellness studios and clinics and non-emergency and non-critical health services provided by regulated health professionals or registered professionals including dentistry, physiotherapy, massage, podiatry, chiropractic and optometry services.
- Dine-in restaurants will no longer be able to offer dine-in service. Take-out and delivery services will continue to be available.
- Non-essential retail services that fall into the categories of clothing, computer and gaming stores, and services in shopping malls and shopping centres such as hobby and toys, gift and specialty items and furniture.
A more complete list of affected businesses is available online.
In addition, people are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15, and they must observe two metres of social distancing. This includes:
- open spaces such as trails, fields and parks
- public and private gatherings where people are brought together in a single room or space at the same time, including funerals, weddings and other formal and informal events.
Further details on gathering restrictions are available online.
Workplaces that have not been ordered to close can continue to have more than 15 workers on a worksite as long as those business maintain public health measures, including two metre social distancing, hygiene enforcement and processes that ensure that any person who is ill does not attend these spaces.
“These are aggressive measures and we don’t take them lightly. We need to do everything we can to flatten the curve and keep people healthy. I strongly encourage all Albertans to stay close to home as we are all in this together. Our collective action will protect our family, friends and neighbours.”
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health
Any business or organization not following the public health order will be subject to a fine. Courts have the power to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations. Individuals aware of any businesses violating these orders should submit a complaint online immediately.
- All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:
- practise social distancing
- stay home and away from others if sick or in isolation
- practise good hygiene – wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your face
- monitor for symptoms, such as cough, fever, fatigue or difficulty breathing
- Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.
COVID-19 info for Albertans
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 evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1.
- Effective immediately, rents will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect.
- Effective April 1, late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.
- Effective April 1, landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.
“We want to be clear: As of today, no one will be facing immediate eviction from their home for non-payment of rent or utilities owed to the landlord. Additionally, tenants will not face increasing financial pressure from rent increases or fees for late rent payments. We are expecting landlords and tenants to work together to figure out payment plans that help everyone meet financial obligations as we manage COVID-19, and we are doing further policy work on support for renters during these tough times.”
— Jason Kenney, Premier
“We’ve been listening to the financial concerns of landlords and tenants and these measures protect Albertans and give them time to get back on their feet. This is more practical relief from the immediate financial pressures on Albertans – on top of emergency isolation supports, deferrals of utility bill and student loan payments, an education property tax freeze, and ATB Financial mortgage deferrals.”
— Nate Glubish, Minister of Service Alberta
Payment plans and eviction process
While Alberta is in a state of public health emergency, landlords must attempt to work out a payment plan with tenants who are unable to make their full rent when payment is due. The Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS) will not hear applications that could lead to eviction due to non-payment unless a reasonable attempt has been made to work out a payment plan.
Until the state of public health emergency has been lifted, landlords cannot raise the rent on residential properties or mobile home sites, even if notice of an increase has already been given.
Until June 30, landlords cannot further penalize tenants who are late on rent by charging late fees, even if the signed rental agreement states that a late fee can be applied. Landlords will also not be able to retroactively collect late fees for this period.
“As housing providers, we fully support our provincial leaders, so together, we can support all residential renters in Alberta affected by COVID-19 and continue to provide the essential service of a safe, healthy and peaceful place to call home through flexibility and mutual resolve. Together, we will all get through this.
— Sam Kolias, chief executive officer, Boardwalk
“The government’s plan to offer rental protections to people unable to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to me, seems like an excellent step forward in battling this public health crisis. Helping Albertans by not allowing evictions next month and asking landlords to create payment plans with tenants will save great suffering and will prevent a worsening of the pandemic.”
— Leif Gregersen, renter
These protections are required by new ministerial orders under the Residential Tenancies Act and the Mobile Homes Sites Tenancies Act.
Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments (e.g. safety concerns, tenant engaging in criminal activity).
The $7.7-billion supports package includes:
- Health-care funding: $500 million
- Emergency Isolation Support: $50 million (one-time payment $1,146)
- Community and Social Services funding: $60 million total
- Adult homeless shelters: $25 million
- Women’s emergency shelters: $5 million
- Community-based organizations: $30 million
- Freezing education property taxes: $87 million
- Student loan interest waived for six months: $45 million
- Employment standards: 14 days of job-protected leave if directed to self-isolate
- Two-month extension of driver’s licence, vehicle registration and ID card expiry date: up to $60 million
- Alberta student loan deferral: $148 million
- 90-day utility deferral program
- ATB Financial customer relief program: total loans to consumers and businesses that qualified for deferrals – $3.6 billion to date
- Government to pay 50 per cent of WCB premiums for small and medium-sized businesses: $350 million
- Six-month education property tax deferral for businesses: $458 million
- Government to pay Alberta Energy Regulator industry levy for six months: $113 million
- Corporate income tax payment deferral to Aug. 31 interest-free: $1.5 billion
- Workers’ Compensation Board premium payment deferral: $750 million
- Extensions for oil and gas tenures extending the term of mineral agreements expiring in 2020 by one year
- Two-month extension of filing deadline for annual returns with Alberta Corporate Registry: up to $6.3 million
- Defer tourism levy for hotels and other lodging providers until Aug. 31: Frees up more than $5 million for employers
Alberta has a comprehensive response to COVID-19 including measures to enhance social distancing, screening and testing. Financial supports are helping Alberta families and businesses.Mental Health Support
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 operators to focus on COVID-19 calls during the day and improve wait times for others needing telephone advice. Calls placed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will continue to be routed through 811.
Pausing some health construction projects and non-essential service contracts In order to protect patients, families and staff providing key services inside health-care facilities, AHS has informed some contractors and vendors that provide non-essential services at some health facilities that their projects will be temporarily paused.
These include non-essential delivery services and facility maintenance, such as flooring replacement, departmental renovations or lighting retrofit projects.
Alberta Infrastructure is also working with AHS to ensure that construction projects being done inside health facilities do not impact the operations of the facility.
As each project is reviewed and assessed, Infrastructure will provide notice to affected contractors if any projects are deferred.
Emergency isolation supports
Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the Emergency Isolation Support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.Help for businesses
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 is that you can now earn up to $1000 per month and still qualify. For full details and to apply go to https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html#start
The Toronto News really laid out well who can apply, etc. https://www.torontonews.online/2020/04/03/applications-for-canada-emergency-response-benefit-starts-on-monday-what-you-need-to-know/
APRIL 21 4:20 PM – UPDATED INFO: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government approved the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75% wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. The program provides up to $847 per week per employee between March 15 and June 6. Eligible employers will also receive a 100% refund for certain employer-paid contributions to EI. The program will launch of April 27, 2020. There is a calculator that allows you to calculate your eligibility as well as the amount you could claim. For full details and to apply go to https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy.html
APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: Community Futures funding – the Prime Minister made an announcement on Friday April 17th that allocates $287M in funding to the Community Futures Program. This funding will be allocated towards smaller employers and businesses located in rural parts of the country who do not qualify for the recently announced wage subsidy or loans or who still need assistance in managing their operations through these challenging times. Details of this program will be made available as soon as possible. To read the full News Release from the Prime Ministers office, please click HERE.
APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Summer Jobs – If you had a successful application in for this program, there are changes to help ensure you are still able to take advantage of the program. Changes include: an increase to the wage subsidy, so that private and public sector employers can also receive up to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee; an extension to the end date for employment to February 28, 2021; allowing employers to adapt their projects and job activities to support essential services; allowing employers to hire staff on a part-time basis. You will be contacted if you were approved for the program or you can also contact them at 1-800-935-5555 (TTY: 1-800-926-9105)
APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. Repayment time frame would be to December 3, 2022. Business owners can apply for support from the Canada Emergency Business Account through their banks and credit unions.
APRIL 21 4:20 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CERCA) to provide loans to commercial property owners, who in turn will lower or forgo rent of small businesses in April, May and June. Implementation of the program will require a partnership with provincial and territorial governments who are responsible for property owner-tenant relationships. More details will be available soon.
MARCH 26 12:30 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Emergency Response Program – just announced this morning. $2000/month for up to four months for those that have lost their income due to COVID-19. More details to come along with process next week at www.canada.ca
MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, the federal government is requesting your help. The Government of Canada is looking to hear from anyone that:
- Manufactures in Canada and/or has ready access to necessary inputs through their supply chain,
- Has equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizer, wipes, ventilators, and other medical equipment/supplies,
- Has skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances.
If you can help, you are encouraged to send a short summary of your offer to: email@example.com
APRIL 6 2:20 PM – UPDATED INFO (better link only): Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers: To help businesses keep and return workers to their payroll through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy. This would provide a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Further details will be shared as they are available. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/04/the-canada-emergency-wage-subsidy.html
Work-share Program: www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/work-sharing.html (designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Employer Contact Centre: 1-800-367-5693. Extending Work-Sharing program: The Government of Canada is Implementing the EI Work Sharing Program, which provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers, by extending the eligibility of such agreements to 76 weeks, easing eligibility requirements, and streamlining the application process. This was announced by the Prime Minister on March 11, 2020.)
Support to Business: www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#business
Support to Canadians: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#individual
Employment Insurance (EI) Program: The Government of Canada offers benefits for individuals who may qualify if they have lost their job. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei.html; COVID EI claims can be made at: 1-833-381- 2725. When you call this number this is the info re. ROES: when issuing ROE, use code D when reason = illness/quarantine, use code A when reason = shutdown due to shortage of work, use code E or N – not sick
Flexibility regarding filing Taxes: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/canadas-covid-19-economic-response-plan-support-for-canadians-and-businesses.html#Flexibility_for_Tax-filers
Government of Alberta Resources
APRIL 6 2:20 PM – NEW INFO: Government of Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 – WebEx meetings will be held at 3pm on Tuesdays and Fridays to provide information on the Government of Alberta’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are a forum to share input and questions with government and to improve situational awareness with business and community. To request an invitation, contact BizConnect@gov.ab.ca
MARCH 26 12:30 PM – NEW INFO: Emergency Isolation Support Program – Eligible working Albertans can receive a one-time emergency isolation support payment of $1,146 if they are required to self-isolate or are the sole caregiver of someone in self-isolation and they have no other source of pay or compensation. https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-isolation-support.aspx
MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to www.alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.
Current COVID-19 updates: https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx
Information on Alberta Employment Standards for layoffs and terminations: https://www.alberta.ca/temporary-layoffs.aspx https://www.alberta.ca/Layoff-and-recall-directive.aspx
Support for Employers: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx#toc-1
Income Support Program: Policy and contact info: https://www.alberta.ca/income-support.aspx (Note: your local office may be assessing via telephone, not in person at this time); Income Support can help you and your family with basic living costs and other necessities. Depending on your needs and situation you may be eligible to receive assistance through Alberta’s Income Support program. It is income/asset tested for your entire household and “ongoing” and/or “emergency benefit” streams.
MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: Canada Alberta Job Grant – if you have inquiries about extensions to training given cancellations and postponed training or anything else, please ensure you are checking this website regularly as they will post updates. You can always call or email them at the info on their page as well if you have specific questions about your file.
APRIL 6 2:20 PM – NEW INFO:
COVID-19 Webinar – CPHR Alberta has launched a free webinar series for HR professionals facing the many challenges presented as the coronavirus pandemic evolves. As the situation changes and escalates, HR professionals are making difficult decisions affecting our employees and organizations. From March 31 – April 23 they will host two webinars per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 pm – 1 pm MST. Click HEREfor webinar topics and to access registration.
COVID-19 Webinar – Navigating COVID-19 in Canada – What Employers Need to Know – March 27th. Click HERE for full details and to register. (On-Demand Webinar.)
APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) – COVID 19 Small Business Help Desk – https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/en/small-business-resources-dealing-covid-19 CFIB is Canada’s largest small business association with 110,000 members across all provinces and industries.
APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: CME(Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters) resources at https://cme-mec.ca/coronavirus-covid-19-resources/
Easy to follow COVID19 safety guides https://cme-mec.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/CME-Made-Safe-COVID-19-H-S-Safety-Tips-Disinfection-High-Touch-Areas-FINAL-WEB.pdf
APRIL 6 2:20 PM NEW INFO: Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)– enabling women to build successful businesses is providing free remote supports:
- Meet with an AWE Business Advisor (remotely) at no cost
- Join our upcoming webinars on navigating COVID-19
- Stay updated on COVID-19 resources for women entrepreneurs
MARCH 24 3:30 PM – NEW INFO: BDC Webinar: How to Cope with the Impacts of COVID-19 on your business. It was very popular and they have therefore uploaded it to YouTube. Keep in mind it was done on March 23rd with the current information at the time.
UPDATE MARCH 24:
Summary PDF of Government Programs offering Financial Assistance during COVID-19 outbreak : Click here.Olds Institute Board of Directors: Open for Nominations
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 to apply for a position on the Board for 2020-2021.
The attached form is to be completed by all individuals who are interested in being nominated for election to the Olds Institute Board of Directors.
In accordance with the Olds Institute Bylaw Article 6.1.4 – Election of the Directors and the Chairman:
22.214.171.124 At any subsequent Annual General Meeting…the Voting members shall elect Public Directors to replace any Public Director whose term has expired. The newly appointed Public Director shall serve for a term of three years
126.96.36.199 Voting members may re-elect any Public Director of the Board for an additional one (1) consecutive 3-year term
188.8.131.52 The Chairman shall only serve for a three (3) year term unless the Board approves a second consecutive term of 3 years, which includes any consecutive terms as a Director or Officer of the Board
184.108.40.206 Only those persons who are current members in good standing in the Society are eligible to run for election as a Public Director on the Board of Directors
In good standing means, Article 4.4.4:
For public members, if their membership application is approved by the Board;
The member has paid membership fees or other required fees or assessments to the Society;
The Member is not suspended as a Member
For the Membership Application package, click here.
For the full Board of Directors nomination form, click here.Join Us!
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 market our community and we help to develop and grow new and existing community initiatives.
Become a Member
Become an OI Public Member and attend any meeting of the OI, speak at any meeting of the OI, and vote at the Annual General Meeting. Membership Fee is $5 for the year.
Become a Volunteer…
Participate, plan, coordinate, and accomplish.
Want to learn more? Join us for the Annual General Meeting on April 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm.
DUE TO THE COVID-19 ISOLATION PERIOD STILL IN EFFECT, THE AGM WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA ZOOM.
If you require assistance to gain access to the meeting, please call 403-556-1105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU to our current members for your dedication and commitment to Olds Institute.
Nomination forms for a minimum of five (5) Board members to be elected at our AGM are available here.
Membership must be paid and approved by the Board of Directors PRIOR to the OI AGM on April 28, 2020 to be able to apply for a position on the Board for 2020-2021.
The fine print…
To qualify to become a Public Member of the Society [OI] , any individual sixteen years of age or older, a legally constituted organization or institution must:
- pay the annual membership fees or other assessment as determined by the Board of Directors for Public Members
- be approved by a resolution of the Board of Directors which may, as its sole discretion, approve, refuse or postpone an application for membership;
- have an interest in and be dedicated to supporting the objects, regulations, and policies of the Society; and,
- agree to comply with any stipulations on membership required by the Board in writing.
As a member your rights and privileges include:
- receiving notification of meetings of the Society
- attending any meeting of the Society
- speaking at any meeting of the Society at the sole discretion of the Chairman; and
- exercising other rights and privileges given to Members in the OI Bylaws
For the Membership Application package, click here.
For the full Board of Directors nomination form, click here.New Website coming soon
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, smart technology, non-profits and volunteer connections, the Olds Institute Legacy Fund and the contributions we make to the betterment of the community.
It will be the community’s platform to address the topics that are top-of-mind for us all.
In the meantime though, some of the features you might have seen will not be available, so please be patient as we make these updates.
We have a lot of branding to manage at OI, and this website will be ground zero. We hope you will continue to support our efforts as we work hard to make Olds a better community for all.