News for Agency Staff 

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

Older Canadians on the Move: The Expert Panel on the Transportation Needs of an Aging Population
Older Canadians on the Move examines how the Canadian transportation system meets the needs of an aging population and how technology and innovation can improve accessibility for older adults. Unlike other reports that focus on disability, this report examines the transportation needs that accompany normal changes associated with aging and focuses on older adults in general, rather than specific chronological ages or disabilities. The expert panel used a door-through-door approach when examining the issues, focusing on integrated seamless movement across the transportation network that would benefit everyone, regardless of background, age, or ability. 
2018 Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30. The application deadline is February 2, 2018.
The Government of Canada is hosting teleconferences information sessions on January 12, 16, 19, 23, 25, 30 and 31 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Mountain). To register, email with the following information: date of session, your name, your organization, telephone number, email address, and anticipated number of organizations to attend the session.
STEP 2018
The Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) provides a wage subsidy for eligible employers to hire high school or post-secondary students to work 4–16-week summer jobs from May to August. A standardized wage subsidy of $7/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants. The application deadline is February 9, 2018.
The Government of Alberta is hosting information sessions on January 12 at 10 a.m., January 17 at 2 p.m., January 24 at 2 p.m. and February 1 at 10 a.m.
Placing a call to the Seniors Information Phone Line
The Seniors Information Phone Line is a free, confidential phone service that seniors, their family members or caregivers can call anytime, 24/7, to find out about supports for seniors. Calls are answered by an Information and Referral Specialist (I&R Specialist) at 211 Edmonton who can refer to a wide range of community, social, health and government services.
We asked 211 Edmonton to outline what happens when someone calls the Seniors Information Phone Line to increase people’s understanding of this valuable service.
The Five Stages of a Call
Stage One: Establish Rapport
Stage Two: Assessment (Needs Assessment and Risk Assessment)
Stage Three: Information and Referral
Stage Four: Advocacy
Stage Five: Follow-Up
Read a detailed description of the five stages.
You can reach the Seniors Information Phone Line from any landline or mobile phone within the service area by dialing 2-1-1 and selecting option 2.
Sage Awards
Do you know an outstanding senior in your community? Nominate a senior for a Sage Award in one of the following categories: Arts & Culture, Community Building, Education, Health & Wellness, Public & Non-Profit, Science & Technology, Social Justice & Peace, and Truth & Reconciliation (new). Nominations are open now and close Feb 1. Download the 2018 Sage Awards Nomination Package. Nominees and award recipients will be honoured at the 12th Annual Sage Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2018. For more information, call 780-701-9017 or email
Board Matching & Training Program
Building Breakthrough Boards (B3) Canada matches highly-skilled professionals with nonprofit boards and facilitates business-nonprofit collaboration through their Board Matching & Training Program. They work with boards to understand board director needs from a diversity and inclusion lens, so that boards can more effectively achieve their missions. The program is free for nonprofit organizations.
Age Friendly Edmonton Public Engagement Feedback
In the spring of 2017 Age Friendly Edmonton (AFE) hired a consultant to engage the public and stakeholders in a conversation about AFE and identify ideas for how to continue the age-friendly movement in Edmonton. Seven sessions were held throughout the city that were well attended and provided the team with a wealth of information. A What We Heard report that summarizes the dialogue and suggestions for next steps and gives the City and community direction to continue making Edmonton age friendly is now available.
Employment Standards Information
The Employment Standards Tool Kit for Employers covers the basics of employment standards laws and offers an in-depth look on how to apply the standards to your workplace.
Employment Standards Guides help employers and their staff better understand the basics of Employment Standards. You can request print copies through the Employment Standards Contact Centre at 1-877-427-3131.