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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.


Athletes to Watch During the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

On July 13, Team Canada announced the 371 athletes that will be representing Team Canada. Of the athletes that have been named to Team Canada, 13 of them have ties to the Edmonton area. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games starting July 23, we've compiled a list of them for you to follow along, cheer on, and support. Discover more.


CBC Our Edmonton focuses on SPORT!

Check out CBC's Our Edmonton episode from Mill Woods Sports Park and the CBC web story! Gold medals to Adrienne Lamb (host and producer) and Rick Bremness (video producer) for featuring the Edmonton Sport Council, our athletes heading to the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and much more.


Team Canada 50/50 Lottery

The goal of the Team Canada 50/50 Lottery is to enhance the development of provincial level athletes, coaches, and technical leaders in Olympic & Paralympic sport disciplines that are eligible to participate in the Canada Summer & Winter Games. This extensive funding will be in place to support Alberta's Provincial Sport Organizations in key performance areas within their programs including Daily Training Environments, Camps & Competitions support, Coaching and Technical Leadership, Sport Science & Sport Medicine, and Organizational support.


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.


Volunteer Screening Development Grant

Supporting the development of effective screening practices and processes, the grant provides up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations facing resource and capacity challenges in the area of volunteer screening. Deadline to apply is July 31.


Renewed Jumpstart Sport Relief Funding

Thanks to another generous gift of $12 million from Canadian Tire Corporation, the Sport Relief Fund will be able to continue to provide much needed financial support to sport organizations to help build back sport and play through 2021-22. Intake 3 applications close August 1 at 9:59pm MT with decisions issued the week of August 29. For Programming Support, programs may start between September 1 and December 31, 2021. Please contact Jumpstart to confirm your eligibility before applying for a grant. Most National Sport Organizations are qualified donees which may enable your eligibilty.


Child and Youth Well-Being Review

This Review was established to better understand the full scope of the psychological, social, educational and physical affects related to the COVID-19 pandemic on children and youth. The review panel will engage with a wide range of Albertans, including researchers, educators, health care professionals, and mental health experts, as well as parents and kids. Albertans are invited to share their thoughts and ideas with the panel through an online survey from May 27 to July 31.


Sport, physical activity, and active recreation for all

Physical inactivity is a public health issue. Low levels of physical activity are associated with increased risk of anxiety and depression, non-communicable diseases like heart disease or diabetes, and chronic disease risk factors like obesity. Our Recommendation #7: That government and key decision makers recognize and further invest in sport and active recreation which would provide a positive return to the health and wellness of the participant and the community through decreased health care costs.


Long-Term Development Stages in Sport and Physical Activity

To help all Canadians enjoy and reach their potential in sport and physical activity, we need to apply a rational, progressive Long-Term Development framework. Children, youth, and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters, or gymnasts. Long-Term Development describes what athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages.


Facility Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

The City of Edmonton is seeking to enter into multiple 7-10 year naming and sponsorship agreements with businesses or organizations that align with the vision of providing excellent service and building healthy, vibrant communities. Facilities available for this sponsorship opportunity include Terwillegar Recreation Centre, Clareview Recreation Centre, Meadows Recreation Centre and Lewis Farms Recreation Centre (upon completion). The City has also created a number of advertising opportunities within many of its high-traffic facilities.


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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