News for Agency Staff 

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


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.
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’ Week Events Calendars
If your organization is hosting events during Alberta Seniors’ Week (June 5-11, 2017), gain exposure for your events by posting them on event calendars:
Alberta Seniors and Housing
Connecting Edmonton Seniors
City of Edmonton
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.
Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards
The Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards recognize Albertans whose volunteer efforts have contributed to the well-being of their community and fellow community members. Six awards, two in each category of youth, adult and senior are presented annually. Nominate an outstanding volunteer for a Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award by September 15.
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.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, noon to 1 p.m.
Central Lions Seniors Recreation Centre (11113 113 Street)
A group of local organizations is planning a proclamation event in honour of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. More details will be released soon. The event is planned by the Seniors Protection Partnership (Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, Covenant Health, Edmonton Police Service, and Sage Seniors Association) and Canadian Mental Health Association and Good Samaritan Society-C.H.O.I.C.E.
New Horizons for Seniors Program Info Sessions
In anticipation of the 2017 New Horizons for Seniors Program Call for Proposals, the Government of Canada is hosting information and grant writing sessions to help with the preparation of applications. There are two sessions scheduled for Edmonton and several teleconferences. RSVP to 1-844-836-8127 or by email to W-T-CSPD-SCEP-NHSP-PNHA-ABT-GD@servicecanada.gc.ca with your name, contact information, and the session of your choice.
Seniors Centres of the Future Report
The Seniors Centres of the Future Report has been released by the City of Edmonton.