News for Agency Staff 

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

Feedback on Bus Network Redesign
The City of Edmonton's plan to redesign the bus network will impact seniors who rely on public transportation. To ensure municipal officials understand the impact, it’s important for seniors and those who support them to provide feedback on the proposed changes.
There are ten remaining dates (May 24 – June 13) forcommunity workshops hosted by the City.
Central Lions Seniors Association has also organized a session specifically for seniors so that the City of Edmonton can hear seniors’ perspectives on how the changes will affect them.
Bus Route Redesign Info Session for Seniors
June 4, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
Call 780-496-7369 or 311 to register so CLSA knows how many people to expect. Use Barcode #639114. .
Minister Sigurdson taking medical leave
Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing, will be taking a leave from her work at the legislature following a diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia. During her absence, Minister Irfan Sabir will be acting Minister of Seniors and Housing. We are sorry to hear about Minister Sigurdson’s diagnosis and wish her the best as she takes leave to get well.
Dementia, Caregiving and Transportation Toolkit
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
This toolkit provides information and strategies related to the transportation needs and concerns experienced by family caregivers of individuals with dementia and offers guidance on community approaches for connecting transportation and caregiver networks. It includes links to presentation videos and slides and supplemental materials.
2018-2019 New Horizons for Seniors Program
The federal government has introduced some changes to this year’s Call for Proposals for the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) Community-based Projects grant.
Community-based Projects up to $25,000
In order to be eligible, projects must be led by seniors, or seniors must play a meaningful role in the project planning and/or delivery. Projects must address one or more of the program’s five objectives. Three new national level priorities have also been introduced:
-Projects that would benefit vulnerable seniors populations
-Projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors
-Projects that would use volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity
Small Grants Initiative Pilot up to $5,000
This year, NHSP is testing new ways to expand support to seniors organizations that have projects for their vulnerable population. Priority will be given to projects for seniors and meet at least one of the three national priorities (listed above). There are three funding options:
-IT equipment upgrade: to purchase computers or tablets
-Capital assets for current or new activities
-Projects that increase volunteerism, mentoring, and social inclusion
The application deadline is June 15, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. If you have questions or require assistance with the application process, contact:
Telephone: 1 800 277 9914
TTY: 1 800 255 4786
Healthy Canadians Grants
Canadian Medical Association Foundation
The theme for the 2018 Healthy Canadians Grants is seniors’ wellness. With these grants, the foundation is aiming to make a tangible difference in the lives of seniors, their families, and the physicians who care for them. Some examples of initiatives that fit within this theme are:
-Exercise programs geared toward seniors
-Programs to help seniors remain in their homes (e.g., meal preparation, cleaning services, assistance with shopping and other chores)
-Social programs aimed at getting seniors active in the community (e.g., clubs and social outings)
-Transportation programs
-Friendly visits for socially isolated seniors
-Programs in seniors’ residences and nursing homes (e.g., companion animal visits)
-Respite programs for families caring for seniors (e.g., day programs for seniors with dementia)
Applicants must be a registered charity in Canada and all applications must be accompanied by a letter of support from a local physician endorsing the proposal. The application should demonstrate how the initiative will make a tangible difference in the community.
A total of 14 grants will be awarded - 13 grants of $10,000 (one per province/territory) and one grant of $20,000 to be awarded to the home province of the CMA President. The deadline for this year’s applications is June 22.
Hello, Let’s Eat!
The goal of Hello, Let’s Eat! is to encourage community members to share meals together, in order to get to know one another and learn about what connects us. Edmontonians can borrow place settings and food service equipment from River City Events at no cost. Kits are available to community members who wish to host a community or neighbourhood meal. In the spirit of turning strangers into friends, kits are only available for these types of events. A kit can support a group up to 24 people. To fill out an application for a hosting kit visit and click on the Hello, Let's Eat link. Hello, Let’s Eat! is a collaboration between the City of Edmonton’s ‘Hello, How Are You?’ campaign, fresh - Edmonton's Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, and River City Events. For more information contact Chelsey Anseeuw at or 780-508-9524.
2018 Alberta Nonprofit Survey
The Alberta Nonprofit Survey takes an annual snapshot of the health and experience of Alberta's nonprofits to capture information on finances, demand for programs and services, staffing, and the future economic outlook of organizations. It is the only source of Alberta-specific research on the experience of the nonprofit sector. The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations will also use survey results to advocate on behalf of the nonprofit sector in the lead up to the May 2019 provincial election. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and is open until May 31.
Alberta Culture Days Grant
Alberta Culture Days takes place the last weekend of September and is an opportunity for Albertans to discover, experience and celebrate the cultural life of their communities.Funding supports Alberta Culture Days activities, events, and promotions that engage public participation and inspire future involvement. Levels of funding:
-Feature Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $10,000 for three days of programming
-Host Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $5,000 for two days of programming
-Pop Up Celebration Site: a designated site supported to a maximum of $1,000 for one day of programming
The application deadline is June 1, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Laurel Awards
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Duncan Craig Laurel Awards which recognize the innovation and creativity of non-profit organizations in Edmonton and area. The nomination deadline is May 31. The program or project must:
-Further the recognized mission of the organization
-Have met predetermined goals and objectives
-Demonstrate innovation through the creative utilization of resources (e.g. volunteers, partnerships, sponsorships, etc.)
E-xhibit original thought in the creation or implementation of the project
-Have taken place within Edmonton and area including Drayton Valley
Vital Signs Grant
The Edmonton Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Vital Signs Grant which supports initiatives designed to increase the sense of belonging to community. Priority will be given to projects serving people with a high risk of social isolation as identified in the Vital Signs report (those living in poverty, new Canadians, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, seniors, and LGBTQ people), especially initiatives that address intersectionality. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000 to support their initiative.
Charities can only receive one grant per calendar year. Funding is not intended to support existing or ongoing activities, but may support the enhancement of existing initiatives. Examples of initiatives that might be supported include events, pilots or prototypes, initiatives that may help marginalized communities be more engaged with existing programming, and organizational or community learning opportunities.
The next deadline is June 15, 2018 for initiatives after August 1, 2018. For more information contact ECF's Grants Team at or by phone at 780-426-0015.