COVID-19 updates for Sport and Active Recreation Organizations
As the community transmission and positivity rates of COVID-19 continue to increase in Alberta, the Government of Alberta has declared a province wide Public Health Emergency and has implemented new mandatory restrictions for enhanced communities including Edmonton.
Edmonton Budget Adjustment Documents
The City of Edmonton has released a set of reports that will form the basis of Council’s 2021 budget discussions starting next week. The reports include proposed adjustments to the 2021 operating and capital budgets. City Administration is proposing a zero per cent tax levy increase down from the previously approved increase of 3.2%. In order to hold the budget at current levels, reductions of $64 million are necessary. City Administration proposes $56.5 million in program changes, efficiencies, facility closures and other reductions and $7.5 million in other financial strategies. Click the links below for a summary of the proposals that effect active living opportunities for Edmontonians:
RBC Training Ground is Back
RBC Training Ground is back, expanding its search for the next generation of Olympic talent in Canada with a new virtual qualifying format. To participate, athletes will perform simple speed, power and endurance tests at home and submit their results online for assessment by Olympic talent scouts. Testing can be completed either indoors or outdoors, wherever adequate space permits. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2020.
Live Active Stories of Edmontonians
Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, sharing your Live Active story, especially if it is FREE or low cost, involves family members, is quick and easy, and can be done in a variety of locations. Send us your submission (up to 500 words) with a picture or link to your of your Live Active experience video.
The Government of Alberta will be conducting facility inspections across various industries to ensure controls in relation to COVID-19 are in place. They may show up without notice or request a time when the facility operator/management is available.
New & Reopened Grant Programs
The Community Initiatives Program Project-Based grant stream has reopened. Higher priority will be given to projects that consider public health measures, and programs and projects that support social connectivity. Next deadline is January 15.
The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that faced restrictions or closures from public health orders, and experienced a revenue loss of at least 50 per cent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safe Sport During COVID-19 – Liability Considerations for Canadian Sporting Organizations
Gowling WLG has published an excellent summary of the current situation and suggestions for mitigating and minimizing the legal risks associated with COVID-19.
The importance of sport, physical activity and recreation during COVID-19
Brian Torrance, Edmonton Sport Council chairperson and the Hon. Leela Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, discuss the importance of sport, physical activity and recreation during COVID-19.
COVID's Impact on Sport
Sport for Life has released the findings of a nationwide Impacts of COVID-19 on Local Sports Organizations survey conducted between May 19 and June 5 based on a Sport Calgary survey which was replicated by other Alberta sport councils. The data collected from 1,300 respondents representing nearly 4 million members and more than 56 sports, informs governments of the operational and financial impacts the pandemic has had on sport organizations. Watch a recorded webinar which explores the National findings and/or the Alberta Report.
Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant
The Edmonton Economic Recovery Grant is available to help Edmonton businesses (including non-profit organizations) recover from COVID-19. It provides local businesses and business organizations with flexible funding in order to relaunch and strengthen their business models.
Re-Activating Edmonton: COVID-19 and Waivers
A Discussion with: Vivian R. Stevenson, QC
Session Overview: COVID-19 shut down sport and recreation as we knew it. As organizations begin to plan their return to play, it is essential that they have their waivers and assumption of risk documents reviewed. In this session, Ms. Stevenson identified the risks associated with not reviewing these documents, and clauses to be added, and other mitigations they should take to protect the health of organization’s and individuals. View this recorded session!
Re-Activating Edmonton: The importance of sport and community for overall wellbeing during COVID-19.
A Discussion with: Richard Lewanczuk MD, PHD and Kate Storey PhD, RD
Session Overview: COVID-19 has shut down sport and recreation as we know it and is impacting our mental health. In this session, Dr Lewanczuk and Dr Storey explored how play, be it through sport, physical activity, recreation, and community connections builds our overall wellbeing. View this recorded session!
Re-Activating Edmonton: City of Edmonton
COVID-19 has shut down sport as we know it. In this Tuesday June 2nd 2020 webinar, the City of Edmonton:
- Shared corporate relaunch principles and the relaunch considerations.
- Provided examples of a business line that was re-introduced.
- Answered questions from Edmonton's sport community.
A webinar recording is available and a quality copy of the slide deck can be downloade
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