COVID-19 Response and Resources for Organizations
The following section contains COVID-19 information for organizations, such as funding information, resources, and tools. Organizations seeking COVID-19 training opportunities should reference our learning opportunities page.
COVID-19 Emergency Federal and Provincial Funding
Both the Federal and Provincial Governments have announced emergency funding for social services for seniors, families, and other vulnerable citizens in light of COVID-19.
- The Government of Alberta is providing a total of $30 million for emergency social services to be channelled through municipalities for distribution to local organizations. Edmonton-based organizations can apply for this funding through the City of Edmonton by visiting edmonton.ca/COVID-19Grant.
- On March 29, the Prime Minister announced emergency funding measures to protect vulnerable Canadians and support them to cope with the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19. Among these measures is a $9 million contribution to support essential services for Canadian seniors.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
Alberta Nonprofit Network Develops COVID-19 Resource Page for Nonprofit Sector
This resource page is a landing spot for COVID-related advocacy and issue-gathering for the sector, understanding the needs of the sector, and resources for talking to funders.
COVID-19 Resource Document for Nonprofit Organizations
ECVO, Align and the Alberta Council of Disability Services created a document containing resources for nonprofit organizations related to guidelines for working remotely, supports for employees who have been laid off because of the pandemic, and letter templates that nonprofits can use to advocate for government funding to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on operations. Note that there have been some updates to information about financial support programs offered by various levels of governments mentioned in the document. These updates are reflected in the above section on government funding.
Alberta Counsel Provides Organizations with Government Policy Help
To help organizations stay up-to-date on the latest government policy announcements related to COVID-19, Alberta Counsel is providing a frequently updated infographic that outlines provincial and federal support measures. Review the infographic from March 30. Alberta Counsel is also providing an opportunity for organizations to ask a government relations expert questions about government policy.
Volunteer Resource Page for Organizations
Volunteer Bénévoles Canada has created a resource page responding to the needs of volunteer centres, corporate community engagement professionals, and non-profit organizations from around the country.
OHS Information: Respiratory Viruses and the Workplace
This bulletin offers employers, supervisors and workers information about minimizing risk from respiratory viruses in the workplace.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety: Business Continuity Plan
This plan offers an outline for businesses an organizations affected by the pandemic.
Report Highlights Community Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
New Horizons for Seniors Program Projects Can Now Be Used for COVID-19 Support
COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers
- Personal and Professional Strategies to Reduce Psychological Stress During a Pandemic: This presentation slide deck by Caring Safely contains information for professional carers to take care of themselves emotionally during this pandemic.
- Social Work Peer-to-Peer Facebook Support Group: This online support group is a great resource for Canadian social workers seeking support during the pandemic.
Information on Holding AGMs and Board Meetings During a Pandemic
Volunteer Screening: Police Information Checks
- Volunteers are now able to submit police information check applications online.
- An appointment-based system for fingerprinting services has been implemented.
Online Collaboration Tools
Covid-19 Response and Resources for Everyone
The following section contains general information about the COVID-19 for everyone. Feel free to share.
The Alberta Government
This website outlining COVID-19 information for Albertans contains a “Prevent the spread” poster that can be printed and posted.
Alberta Health advises: If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19, stay home and call Health Link at 811 for instructions. Do not go to a health care facility without consulting Health Link at 811 first. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and inform them that you may have COVID-19.
The provincial government has developed a series of posters providing social distancing tips and proper etiquette.
The Federal Government
Public Health Agency of Canada
Seniors' Transit Pass Increase Postponed
Help Secure Government Support for the Common Good Retirement Plan
Tool explains service eligibility for immigrant, refugee and newcomer seniors
Depending on the immigration pathway in which immigrant, refugee and newcomer seniors (IRN) seniors arrived in Canada, most IRN seniors have limited or no access to essential services including income support and benefits, social programs, and healthcare.
The Age of Wisdom Collective initiative has developed a helpful tool that outlines service eligibility and includes stories from seniors that illustrate the diversity in their immigration experience and their access to services.
For more information, contact Nuel Han, Project Animator with the Age of Wisdom Collective at email@example.com.
Alberta Government Phases Out Seniors Advocate, Rolls Role into Health Advocate
Financial Information Sessions for Seniors
The Seniors Financial Empowerment Network (SFEN) provides free financial literacy information sessions in the areas of personal finance, protection of assets, housing, legal considerations, areas of fraud or abuse, communication and self-esteem. The seven core education modules can be presented as stand-alone sessions or as a complete series at seniors facilities, community leagues, churches, or in larger settings. The modules are delivered by senior volunteers. Contact Sarah by calling 780-722-6701 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in booking a session.