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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.


Quality Sport Checklist for Communities and Clubs

At its essence, quality sport and physical activity is achieved when the right people do the right things at the right times, which leads to positive experiences for participants. This checklist is composed of a number of elements that lead to quality sport experiences in any sport program. It has been designed with everyone in mind, including women and girls, indigenous populations, participants with a physical or cognitive disability, and newcomers to Canada. This checklist can be used as a tool by community and club leaders to assess and improve the quality of sport programming in a club or community setting.


Edmonton Sport Council Core Values

In observance of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, we recognize that physical activity should be accessible! Therefore, the ESC affirms that all Edmontonians have an equal right to access quality sport and active recreation activity environments. Click here for more on our core values.


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.


River Valley Planning Modernization

Help shape the future of Edmonton’s River Valley. Your input will help create strategic planning guidance for the future of the River Valley and inform how decisions are made for this integral piece of Edmonton’s landscape. 

The question at the heart of the project is this: How will we ensure that the River Valley, the backbone of our open space network, remains vibrant and ecologically resilient as the city grows?

Phase 1 engagement for this project is now underway. In the next four weeks, the City will be hosting a series of conversations, and inviting input through an online portal, an interactive map, and a discussion guide. As an organization, or as an individual - you are invited to share your values and your concerns, and help shape the future of the River Valley. 

For the details on how to engage, check out the Engaged Edmonton page.


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.

Eligible small and medium-sized businesses and non-profits have the opportunity to apply for a third payment from the Government of Alberta's Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant. Applications opened on April 23 and will close on June 30.

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.

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.


Sport Helps

Sport helps millions of Canadians reach our full potential. Support from government will fuel the recovery from COVID-19 and keep Canadian sport accessible, competitive, and fun for all. Partnered National Sport Organizations  are calling on the government to invest $75 million in a Sport Recovery Program to support grassroots, local sport initiatives. We need your help to ensure the message gets delivered. Sport helps Canadians, and the government should step up to help sport. Click here for more information.


 
Ipsos Poll: Sports Programmers Concerned About Permanent Closure

COVID-19 is jeopardizing the future of accessible sport in Canada, with a majority (52%) of providers of sports programming saying they are concerned (17% very/35% somewhat) about the permanent closure of their organization, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Canadian Tire Jumpstart.


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, 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.


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.


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