Engaging Under-Represented Populations
It's important that sport and recreation organisations reflect the diversity of the communities in which they operate, and have practices in place to help them achieve their inclusion goals. The Sport Council website has several new pages with information and resources to support organizations in engaging under-represented populations including girls and women, newcomers, and indigenous, disabled and LGBTQI2S+ Edmontonians.
Our strategic planning resource page will also assist you in integrating your engagement with these populations within your overall operating plan.
Good news for sport and active recreation!
As a result of the Fall 2021 Capital and Operating Budget Adjustment Deliberations, the City of Edmonton continues to invest in sport and active recreation!
Within the Operational Budget, City Council reinvested in the Community Investment Operation Grant (CIOG) Program on a one-time basis for 2022 and directed Administration to engage the Edmonton Sport Council (ESC) to a greater extent in the administration of the sport component of the CIOG Program in 2022, and to transfer the sport component of the CIOG Program to the ESC beginning in 2023. One-time funding was restored, as City Council believes that those funded by the CIOG Program have a direct relationship to wellness. However, there is less certainty as to how these investments relate to advancing community safety through the redirection of Edmonton Police Services funding. Applications are now being accepted for the CIOG Program. The deadline is February 16.
Significant capital investments include advancing the Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre and the Lewis Farms Community Recreation Centre and Library as designed.
Edmonton Sport Council Governance
The Edmonton Sport Council's Nominations Committee is seeking "Expressions of Interest" from individuals who are interested in serving as a volunteer Director of the Edmonton Sport Council.
2021 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults
The 2021 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Adults represents a comprehensive summary of the literature and national-level surveys in the field of physical activity, recreation and sport.
The Report Card assigns letter grades to 18 different indicators grouped into four categories:
- Daily Behaviours
- Individual Characteristics
- Spaces, Places & Cultural Norms
- Strategies & Investments
COVID-19 Related Grants
The Restrictions Exemption Program Implementation Grant provides a one-time payment of $2,000 for eligible small- and medium-sized businesses, cooperatives and non-profit organizations that choose to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program.
The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to private sector businesses and non-profit organizations across all industries to reduce the costs of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans. Additional funding is available for hiring persons with disabilities. The second application intake period begins November 10. Read the November 9th press release.
The federal government is proposing to provide tourism, hospitality and other hard-hit organizations with support until November 20, 2021 under two new programs:
- The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
- The Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
The government is also proposing to introduce legislation as soon as possible to extend these programs past November 20, 2021, until May 7, 2022, with authority for further amendments through regulations until July 2, 2022.
2021-25 Edmonton City Council
The newly elected City Council will have a dramatic impact on the Edmonton of tomorrow and physical activity opportunities for Edmontonians. This impact will be shaped in part by both Edmonton's and Alberta's economy - and COVID-19. It will also be shaped in part by the value Edmonton's new Mayor and Councillors individually and collectively place on Edmontonians Living Active. In addition to responses to the Edmonton Sport Council's six question survey, a quick scan of the successful (unofficial) candidates' websites for key statements which might provide insight as to their values on sport, active recreation and active living has been completed - which can be accessed here.
Freedom to Care Act
The Freedom to Care website provides information and resources to support the non-profit sector’s understanding and implementation of the volunteer liability protections under the Freedom to Care Act. This includes resources for best practices in volunteer management and a volunteer checklist. The website supports the implementation of the Freedom to Care Act, which came into force on September 1. The Freedom to Care Act:
- Allows cabinet (through order in council) to grant one-time, short-term exemptions for non-profits from government regulations intended for business, where an exemption does not already exist.
- Provides individual volunteers with liability protections.
The Insurance Toolkit for the Voluntary Sector: A guide for non-profits and charities has been updated. Click here to download the toolkit.
COVID-19 Exacerbates Inequities in the Canadian Sport Sector
The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on the Canadian sport and physical activity ecosystem, and understanding its effects will be key to the process of building back better. A multitude of surveys have been conducted to examine the impacts across the country and in different sectors within the sport system, and most of the news is not good.
Vaccination Policies for Nonprofit Employers
IntegralOrg has developed a document which addresses from a legal perspective the most common questions asked by nonprofit employers about vaccinations, taking into account the employment and privacy implications of various vaccination policies. Click here to download the document.
Sport, physical activity, and active recreation for all
All Edmontonians have the right to experience the positive physical, psychological, and social benefits of participation in sport and active recreation. Hosting mega, major and signature sport events can bring many positive benefits to the community. More recently, mega, major and signature sport event organizers are being asked to help communities address long-standing social issues and to leave the community better than before.
Recommendation #6: That all mega, major and signature sport events hosted in Edmonton create a social legacy. Social legacies are defined as positive impacts that foster improvements in an individual's circumstances, opportunities, engagement, awareness, and overall health, particularly socially and economically marginalized Edmontonians.
New Educational Opportunities
The Workshops, Conferences & Webinars page is updated almost every day with new online webinars, most of them free or low-cost. Below the current listings are links to previously recorded webinars on a variety of topics.
Live Active Stories of Edmontonians
Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, share 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 Live Active experience video.
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