News for Agency Staff 

Items on this page provide information and resources beneficial to those working in the senior-serving sector.


Share your Voice. Shape Our City.
You are invited to attend one of five public drop-in sessions on two projects:Advancing Age Friendly Edmonton and Edmonton Seniors Centres Strategy. For your convenience, the projects are hosting public engagement at the same time. These interactive drop-in sessions will provide the public a chance to learn about the projects, ask questions, identify priorities and validate next steps. Your input will help determine how the City of Edmonton is addressing age friendly priorities and supporting healthy ageing in Edmonton. 
All the events are drop-in and refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome – because we are all getting older and a city that is friendly for seniors is a city that is friendly for all!
#1: June 6 from 4-8 p.m. Royal Canadian Legion Branch 14339 50 Street
#2: June 13 from 4-8 p.m. Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre Tournament Rooms 2 and 3 2051 Leger Road
#3: June 14 from 4:30-8 p.m. Mill Woods Seniors & Multicultural Centre Rooms 229 and 231 2610 Hewes Way
#4: June 22 from 4-8 p.m. City Hall 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
#5: June 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Callingwood Farmer’s Market 69 Avenue & 178 Street (Safeway parking lot)
 The Advancing Age Friendly Edmonton and Seniors Centres Strategy Public Engagement sessions are underway! Visit the websites for details on times and locations near you. Everyone of every age is welcome to attend and provide input.
If you are unable to attend a drop in session, you can still provide input through the Age Friendly Edmonton Engagement Activity Sheet and the Seniors Centre Strategy Engagement Activity Sheet. You can also participate in the Advancing Age Friendly Edmonton online survey at this link or via the paper copy. This information is also available on the web pages mentioned above. Submit your completed Activity Sheets or Survey by:
Email to seniors@edmonton.ca
Fax to “Attention Ingrid Hoogenboom” 780-577-3525
Mail “Attention Ingrid Hoogenboom” 18th Floor 10111 104 Avenue | Edmonton AB | T5J 0K1
Promote Your Seniors Programming
The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council is accepting submissions for the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults. If your organization offers group programs, activities and events for adults 55+ in the Edmonton area, we want to know about them!
There is no charge to include your information in this annual publication. More than 12,000 copies will be distributed this year, so your organization will get a lot of exposure for your programming.
Review last year's edition of the Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults to get an idea of the types of activities included and contact Janelle at janelle@seniorscouncil.net or 780-423-5635 ext. 1 to get a submission form. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2017.
Organizations are also welcome to request free print copies of the directory. Let us know how many copies you would like by June 30, 2017. We expect to make deliveries at the end of August.
Submissions for Directory of Senior Services
Sage Seniors Association’s 2017/2018 Directory of Senior Services will be released in the fall. Promote your organization’s Greater Edmonton area programs, activities and services for older adults. Browse the current edition of the Directory of Senior Services online for inspiration, then contact JoLynn at jlparenteau@mysage.ca or 780-701-9017 for a listing submission form or request an advertising package. Not-for-profit organizations’ information is printed free of charge; paid advertising is available for for-profit businesses. Deadline for submissions is July 14. You can also request free print copies of the Directory. Expect deliveries in September-October. 45,000 copies will reach seniors, their families and caregivers in many communities province-wide.
Recreation Volunteer Recognition Awards
Say thank you to volunteers who donate their time and energy to help ensure Albertans stay active and engaged in recreation. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism annually recognizes four volunteers who, through their volunteer commitment and dedication, have significantly enhanced the development of recreation in Alberta. Review the nomination package award criteria and submit your nomination by June 30, 2017. If you require additional information contact Alyssa Schwerman at 780-643-9487 (toll-free at 310-0000) or via email at alyssa.schwerman@gov.ab.ca.
Enabling Accessibility Fund
Employment and Social Development Canada
The Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, businesses, small municipalities and other eligible recipients to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities through capital costs projects which include construction, renovation and/or retrofit activities and the provision of accessible technologies in workplaces and community spaces across Canada. The EAF 2017 Call for Proposals includes a Workplace Accessibility and a Community Accessibility funding stream. The program will be accepting funding applications until July 26, 2017.
CASL Resources
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) prohibits sending commercial electronic messages to Canadians without their consent. As of July 1, 2017, nonprofit organizations which send e-newsletters, emails, texts, etc. must ensure they have express consent before communicating electronically. Read the Volunteer Alberta and Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations blog posts for further explanation and helpful resources to ensure you are compliant.
Sliding Scale Fee for Leisure Access Program
A new Sliding Scale Fee Program that will benefit low-income Edmontonians will take effect June 1. Edmontonians who fall below and just above the low-income threshold will be able to access programs through the City of Edmonton’s Leisure Access Program on a sliding scale fee consisting of three tier levels:
Tier One: Edmontonians living at or below the Low Income Cut Off will receive a full subsidy on annual membership admission, 75 per cent subsidy on registered programs and materials (up to four times), and inclusion within the Low Income Transit Pass program application.
Tier Two: Edmontonians earning up to 10 per cent above the Low Income Cut Off will receive a full subsidy on annual membership admission and 75 per cent subsidy on registered programs and materials (up to four times).
Tier Three: Edmontonians earning between 11 per cent and 25 per cent above the Low Income Cut Off will receive a partial subsidy - $20 All Facility monthly recreation/attraction membership or $70 All Facility monthly recreation/attraction family membership.
Connecting Edmonton Seniors
We used to assume that losing our social networks and becoming isolated were just part of growing older, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A newly-launched website increases awareness of social isolation and of resources available in Edmonton to connect isolated or at-risk seniors. Visit the Connecting Edmonton Seniors website for assessment tools, links to supports for Edmonton seniors, a discussion forum to share your ideas, and an event calendar. You can also find Connecting Edmonton Seniors on Facebook and Twitter.
Boland Survey on nonprofit compensation
For 20 years, the Boland Survey has provided the Canadian nonprofit sector with data on salary trends and predictions, benefits, and human resource practices needed to make informed compensation decisions. There is no cost to participate in the survey, and survey results are only made available to participating organizations. September 1 is the deadline to enter your organization's salary and benefit information.
The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations is hosting a free webinar on June 15 at 11 a.m. MDT that will highlight changes to the survey for 2017 and provide tips to ensure accurate data entry.
Walk with Me 2018: Call for Sessions
There are many exciting initiatives and projects underway in Canada that are shifting the culture of aging in significant and positive ways. The Walk with Me 2018 conference will bring together stakeholders to learn with and from each other about how to support changing the culture of aging in Canada. Share your knowledge and experience about a culture change initiative, practical tools and strategies, or inspiring research that promotes quality of life for older adults. September 15, 2017 is the deadline for submissions. Walk with Me will be held March 5-6, 2018 in Niagara Falls.
New Horizons for Seniors Program
The New Horizons for Seniors Program provides funding for projects led or inspired by seniors. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects that promote positive aging and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community. Eligible organizations can receive up to $25,000 in project funding. Projects must address one or more of the following five program objectives:
-promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
-engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
-expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
-supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and
-providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors
The Call for Proposals is now open and will close June 23, 2017.
Seniors on the Go 2017
For the 11th summer, Edmonton Transit is running the Seniors on the Go program. The program is designed to educate seniors on the variety of accessible and age-friendly features ETS offers. ETS reaches out to seniors residences and centres throughout Edmonton and partners with local destinations such as Edmonton Public Library, shopping centres, and attractions such as the Muttart Conservatory to take groups on fun outings while following local transit routes.
In addition to a trip aboard a chartered bus, participants will learn about senior’s fares, trip planning tools, transit safety and accessible features such as ramps and low-floor buses. Those interested in scheduling a Seniors On the Go outing can get more information and an application package by contacting the Seniors on the Go coordinator at 780-944-5593 or by e-mail at ETScustomertraining@edmonton.ca for more information or to book a session.
Have you heard about the Alberta Seniors Advocate?
Last September, the Minister of Seniors and Housing appointed Dr. Sheree Kwong-See, one of Canada’s foremost experts in aging, as the Seniors Advocate for Alberta for a three-year term.
The Office of the Seniors Advocate:
-provides information and resolution support to senior Albertans, their families and caregivers;
-identifies trends and systemic issues impacting seniors; and
-makes recommendations to the Government of Alberta for improvements to seniors services and programs.
When seniors, their families or caregivers contact the Office, they are linked with a knowledgeable Seniors Advocate Representative who works with them to help resolve issues, provide information or referrals and follows up to ensure they have the information they need.
The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 780-644-0682 or seniors.advocate@gov.ab.ca. More information can be found at http://www.seniorsadvocate.alberta.ca. For interesting information related to seniors and issues, follow the Office of the Seniors Advocate – Alberta on Facebook.
New Canadian census data focusing on seniors
On May 3, Statistics Canada released more data from the 2016 census which highlight very interesting information about seniors in Canada.
Seniors Centres of the Future Report
The Seniors Centres of the Future Report has been released by the City of Edmonton.