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COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the sport, physical activity and recreation community. The Edmonton Sport Council continues to monitor the situation. The following pages provide information and links to resources which will help your organization's return.

Update (January 14)

The Alberta government is expanding the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to allow new businesses and nonprofits to apply. Businesses that started operating between March 1 and October 31, 2020 will be eligible for this funding.


Update (January 7)

All Albertans, businesses, organizations and service providers must continue to follow existing health measures until further notice. Active evaluation of the latest public health data is underway and will be used to re-evaluate the current level of restrictions over the coming weeks.


Update (December 8)

The Alberta government has declared that the current situation is critical. The following mandatory restrictions affecting sport and recreation apply province-wide and will be in place at least until January 12, 2021.

All indoor recreation facilities must close effective December 13, including:

  • Gyms and studios
  • Fitness and recreation centres
  • Spas, pools, indoor rinks and arenas
  • Day and overnight camps
  • Community halls and centres

Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.

Group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta effective December 13:

  • Outdoor group physical activity, including team sports, must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
    • members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times
  • Indoor group physical activities are prohibited unless
    • the group only involves members of the same household.
    • the activity involves students at a school or post-secondary institution as part of an education program
    • the activity involves students at a post-secondary institution
  • One-to-one indoor training, such as training with a fitness trainer or coach, is not permitted.


Update (November 26)

Applications for a second payment of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant for businesses operating in areas where new health measures have been implemented will open as soon as possible.

On November 19, Bill C-9 implemented new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses, non-profits and charities. The measures adopted as part of Bill C-9 are the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, the new Lockdown Support and the extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.


Reopening for Business: What to think about as you plan for the transition - As governments across all levels have announced, or have already started to initiate, steps towards reopening the economy, companies are thinking about what reopening their businesses will entail. To help their clients and business partners plan for the foreseeable future, Fasken law firm has identified key areas of consideration.