The majority of this page contains information about the COVID-19 response specifically for organizations. For COVID-19 resources aimed at older adults, reference the following page:
COVID-19 General Information
For general information about COVID-19, visit our resource page.
COVID-19 News & Resources
News, Information, and Resources from the Alberta Government
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Alberta Government announces state of public health emergency, imposes new measures
- Mandatory masks for indoor workplaces (Edmonton and Calgary areas only)
- No indoor social gatherings in any setting
- Outdoor gatherings limited to 10 people
- People who live alone may have two “close contacts” (must be one another’s close contacts)
- 10-person limit at weddings and funerals
- No festivals or events allowed
Masks for Seniors-Serving Organizations
Coordinated Pandemic Response Packages and PPE Supplies
The Edmonton Coordinated Pandemic Response Group has secured resources to distribute essential PPE supplies and other resources to seniors throughout Edmonton. This program provides low-income seniors access to PPE; activity packages; hygiene, incontinence and denture cleaning supplies; M&M Meats packages; and food security gift cards. Learn more about the initiative.
Organizations that serve seniors can:
- Request PPE for multiple clients by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of mask packages you would like to receive.
- Request the other packages and supplies for clients by completing a referral form and emailing it to email@example.com.
Seniors living in the community who wish to access the program on their own without a referral through an organization can call 780-701-9007 and leave a message. They will be called back by a Sage Seniors Association employee to schedule a delivery.
Information package points Edmonton seniors in right direction during COVID-19
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC)
A new information package compiling services for vulnerable Edmonton seniors is now available. The package was compiled by ESCC and includes services currently offered by a number of seniors-serving organizations in Edmonton. Download the package to find out how to access:
- Health services
- Free/low cost food
- Free/low cost grocery delivery services
- Low cost prepared meals
- Friendly calls and remote social programming
- Technology assistance
Director Duties Info Sheet
During times of disruption, the need for engaged Board leadership and timely decision-making is only amplified. It is critical that Directors of non-profit and charitable organizations are aware of their responsibility to protect and steward the organizations they serve both in times of stability and during change or crisis. This information sheet summarizes the important role Directors play, regardless of whether their organization has continued operations without pause, reduced programs and services, or is taking steps towards dormancy or dissolution.
Petition for a Sector Resilience Grant Program
Imagine Canada is urging the federal government to implement a Sector Resilience Grant Program, which would provide a vital lifeline for community organizations. This grant would ensure charities and nonprofits will be here to support communities throughout the pandemic and as we transition into recovery. Add your voice to help Canadian charities and nonprofits continue their community support efforts.
ESCC would like to hear from your organization if you have received some emergency funding related to the programs and services that you offer to older adults in Edmonton.
ESCC received a grant from New Horizons for Seniors (via the United Way of Alberta Capital Region) to organize support items such as essential rides, activity kits, cleaning products, hand sanitizer, and hygiene items for at-risk seniors. Likely any funds your organization received are for other purposes, but we thought it might be beneficial to discuss emergency grants so that as a sector we aren’t duplicating efforts and missing unmet needs.
Please let Sheila Hallett know if your organization has received a grant and what it will be used for by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The topic of grants will be added as a discussion item at the next meeting of Seniors Sector Executive Directors to see if all the bases are covered for our older adult community.
Relaunch info applicable to seniors organizations
As seniors organizations consider whether or not to reopen, the following Government of Alberta resources may help you with your decision-making:
Guidance for Seniors Centres and Seniors Serving Organizations (June 13, 2020)
COVID-19 Business Reopening Decision Tree
City of Calgary
This resource helps organizations think through the considerations involved in reopening.
Dealing with Aggression: Direct Service Delivery in COVID-19 Reality
Canadian Red Cross
To support the safety and security of front-line personnel this fact sheet provides background on factors that can escalate anger and tips for de-escalation.
CORE Online Hub Helps Seniors During COVID-19 and Beyond
Multiple stakeholders, including the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, have been working with Alberta Seniors and Housing to develop and implement CORE Alberta. CORE - Collaborative Online Resources and Education - provides a platform for seniors-serving organizations to improve delivery of services for seniors. The hub will make it easier for organizations to share resources and coordinate services, with a focus on key COVID-19 issues, including transportation, food security, social isolation and home supports. For more information about the platform, reference this May 10 announcement.
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Nonprofits
The Government of Alberta released a handy fact sheet for nonprofits, including need-to-know information about supports and services during this time.
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.
- On May 12, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. These measures include financial assistance, an extension on income reporting for 2019, and an expansion of funds for community-based initiatives to reduce social isolation through the New Horizons for Seniors Project.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
AGETECH Startups Contribute During COVID-19 Pandemic
Guidelines for COVID-19 Outbreak Prevention, Control, and Management in Congregate Living Sites
COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations for Environmental Cleaning of Public Facilities
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
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
Remote Program Delivery: Adapting During COVID-19
Tech Impact Idealware
Your nonprofit is closed and your staff is working remotely…but people still need you, perhaps now more than ever. How can you overcome the distance and circumstances to meet their needs? This webinar recording and resource list highlights tools and software to help you adapt your nonprofit’s programs and services to virtual delivery without sacrificing quality.
Sector News & Resources
CBSS initiative releases report detailing consultations to build a coordinated sector.
- Sheila Hallett, Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council: email@example.com | 780-423-5635 ext. 3
- Karen McDonald, Sage Seniors Association:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 780-701-9008
- Lisa Stebbins, carya:
email@example.com | 403-205-5253
- Sian Jones, Age-Friendly Calgary:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 403-268-5139
Seniors Becoming Caregivers
- nearly one-quarter of Canadians aged 65 years and older consider themselves caregivers
- senior caregivers' activities are often divided along gender lines
- more than one-quarter of senior caregivers reported their own overall health had suffered because of their caregiving duties
Nonprofit Technology Learning Centre
The Technology Learning Center by Tech Impact is an expansive collection of nonprofit educational resources that can help your organization with all things tech! From infographics to fundraising campaigns, this resource collection has the information your organization needs to excel in the digital landscape.
Aging with Pride Guide
Government of Alberta
The Government of Alberta, in partnership with many community leaders and non-profit and volunteer organizations, developed a resource to help meet the needs of LGBTQ2S+ seniors.
Aging with Pride: A Guide to Creating Inclusive Services for LGBTQ2S+ Older Adults will help organizations and businesses create a more welcoming environment for all seniors, including those who identify as LGBTQ2S+. The easy-to-use guide provides six strategies and multiple sample tools that organizations can use to conduct a self-audit and identify any gaps in service. For more information, email email@example.com.
30+ Free Tools for Nonprofits
While most “freemium” nonprofit resources are rather limited, there are still quite a few that give you real value. This blog post will walk you through the best free nonprofit resources in each category and explain how you can get the most value from each of them.
New Bus Network Launch Delayed to 2021
Living Actively with a Chronic Condition: How practitioners can support individuals living with cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke
Centre for Active Living
This year's Physical Activity Forum focussed on the science and best practices around being physically active when living with one of the following chronic conditions: cancer, chronic heart failure, or stroke. The forum was comprised of three 30-minute presentations followed by question and answer periods. Recording of the sessions are available online.
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 the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-423-1973.
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 email@example.com if you’re interested in booking a session.