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COVID-19 Update

Starting Monday September 20, anyone using a discretionary City of Edmonton facility or service will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. Following the provincial guidelines, to access public City services and programs, people ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption or show proof of a negative test result.

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.

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.

New COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program

The Festivals & Events COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program will help encourage the return of festivals and events by offsetting additional costs incurred as a result of the pandemic. Eligible events may include organized runs, walks and other sporting events, active recreation and active living events, sport festivals, public demonstrations and try-it events.

Sport, physical activity, and active recreation for all

Until the well-integrated transit network is developed which is always safe for all, many Edmontonians, and particularly children and youth, who lack a family vehicle cannot access a City of Edmonton recreation facility in a timely fashion. This situation is further exacerbated in the Winter when active transport is not an option for many. Our Recommendation #11: That the City of Edmonton identify how the Edmonton Transit Service can better address travel barriers for sport and recreation purposes, especially as it relates to children and youth and those experiencing disability.

Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY)

PLAYcoach is used by coaches, exercise professionals and physical therapists to evaluate a child’s physical literacy and ability. The tool itself is made up of questions that cover the child’s ability, confidence, participation, and more.

COVID-19 Related Grants

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.

Federally, Bill C-9 implemented new, targeted support to help businesses, non-profits and charities. The measures adopted are the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the new Lockdown Support and the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.

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

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