News for Agency Staff 

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

Seniors Service Awards
The Minister’s Seniors Service Awards recognize Albertans who improve the lives of seniors through their volunteer service. This year, 48 individuals and 12 organizations are nominated for the 2017 Minister’s Seniors Service Awards. There are an additional 24 nominees for the inaugural Alice Modin Award which honours a senior who has contributed long-term service to their community. View the complete list of nominees.
All nominees will be recognized at community celebrations to be held across Alberta during the summer. The Edmonton celebration will be held:
Monday, August 14, 9 –11 a.m.
Mill Woods Seniors Association #210, 2610 Hewes Way
From all the nominees, the Minister of Seniors and Housing will select up to eight award recipients to be honoured at a ceremony in the fall of 2017.
Wise 50 Over 50 Award
Canadians over 50 are the fastest growing segment of the business start-up population. What better time than Canada’s 150th to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of people who are harnessing the power of experience to make an idea or a long-held dream a reality? The awards are open to all Canadian resident entrepreneurs who have started a business after they turned 50 years old. Entrepreneurs must be majority owners of the business and the head office of the business must be located in Canada. Apply or nominate someone for the inaugural WISE 50 Over 50 Awards by August 31.
Housing Terminology Public Survey
Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association
The seniors housing industry, Alberta Health Services and the government of Alberta use various terms to describe types of seniors housing. Alberta Seniors Communities & Housing Association is gathering feedback about how seniors and their families understand this terminology. They are asking people to complete an online survey based on their own personal understandings so that they can find areas where language needs to be changed or where more education is needed.
SCiP applications accepted August 1
Applications for the new program year of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) will be accepted starting August 1. SCiP brings Alberta nonprofits and post-secondary students together to complete special projects, initiatives or events that organizations might not otherwise have the capacity to take on. Only 1000 awards are available in each program year and they are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Learn more and apply soon.
Housing a senior population — the economic and social benefits of seniors in your community
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
When communities attract and retain older residents in a diverse population mix, they gain the economic benefits as well as the social strengths of a mature population. This report outlines how seniors contribute economically and socially and can be used to support the case for options that allow seniors to age in place.
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
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.