News for Agency Staff 

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

Share transportation to Grey Matters
ESCC has been asked to gauge interest in shared transportation to the 2017 Grey Matters conference in Hinton, September 11 to 13. If there is enough interest, ESCC will book a van/bus. Costs will be determined based on the type of transportation required. The van/bus will leave Edmonton early on September 11 and arrive back late in the day on September 13. If you are interested in sharing transportation to the conference, add your information to the sign-up sheet by July 21. We will contact you with costs and other details when we have the information.
Info Sessions: Programs Supporting Low-Income Edmontonians
-July 18 from 9–11 a.m. Prince of Wales Armouries, Jefferson Room
-July 19 from 3–5 p.m. Edmonton Tower, Rooms 03-380 and 03-385
The Leisure Access Program, the Ride Transit Program and the Providing Accessible Transit Here (PATH) program are subsidy-based and publicly-funded programs designed to remove some of the financial barriers associated with using City of Edmonton recreation and attraction facilities and public transit. Two information sessions are being held for anyone interested in finding out more about these programs. Presentations will include eligibility criteria and information on how and where to access support for low-income Edmontonians. There will be a question and answer period following the presentations. RSVP for an info session through the online form.
Leisure Access Program
The City of Edmonton’s Leisure Access Program provides free and discounted admission to recreation facilities and attractions to low-income Edmontonians. Historically, program eligibility has been limited To those living below the low-income cut-off determined by the Government of Canada.
As of July 4, The City of Edmonton has implemented a “sliding scale” approach, whereby applicants with income as much as 25 percent above the low income cut-off may be eligible for a new subsidized monthly pass. This pass is priced at $20/month for an individual and $70/month for a family. Additionally, income thresholds for the pre-existing Leisure Access Program were increased by 10 percent to welcome more low income Edmontonians to the free annual pass program for access to participating recreation and attraction facilities.
The information package and application form outlines the program requirements, the brochure lists participating facilities and the website provides more details. Applications to the Leisure Access Program will be available at any City of Edmonton Recreation Centre and Edmonton Tower Service Centre.
Collaboration with Diabetes Canada
Diabetes Canada is starting a new program for Spring 2018 and is looking to collaborate with senior organizations. The program will be called the Walk and Talk, and it is organized so that people who are at risk of or have diabetes and their caregivers can learn about management and prevention of diabetes and then go for a group walk. It will be a free eight-week program that can be held all over Edmonton. Contact Kathleen Inman at or 780-423-5722 ext. 1209 for more information about how your organization can get involved.
Legal Information for Charities
Charity Central offers a number of resources useful to Alberta’s registered charities:
-Information and referral service: To ask your question call 1-780-822-7623 weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm M.S.T. or you can send an email to
-Resources and links to information on Books and Records, Fundraising, Receipting and Registered Charities
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.
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.
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.