CURRENT PRACTICE GUIDE
NEW – Child Intervention Practice Guidance March 24, 2021
Children’s Service COVID-19 Group and Campus Based Facilities Practice Guidance FEBRUARY, 2021
Children’s Services Caregiver Resources and Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response JANUARY 6, 2021
ALIGN COVID MEMO’S & SECTOR RESOURCE UPDATES
APRIL 14, 2021
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant Funding for small- and medium-sized businesses, co-ops and non-profits impacted by COVID-19 to offset a portion of their costs. April 2021 update: Applications for additional payment Applications for an additional payment of the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant for organizations impacted by the April 2021 health public health orders will open soon. The payment is calculated as 15% of the eligible organization’s pre-curtailed monthly revenue to a maximum of $10,000. Eligible organizations must demonstrate a revenue reduction of 30% as well as meet the program’s other eligibility criteria.
APRIL 7, 2021
Funding not-for-profits to support Alberta’s recovery April 07, 2021
Twenty-one civil society organizations will benefit from $7 million in provincial funding to support community recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new Civil Society Fund, Alberta’s government is providing $20 million over three years to expand civil society’s capacity to address social problems. This year, $7 million will support vulnerable Albertans during the pandemic and help build lasting solutions to pressing social challenges, some of which have been aggravated by the pandemic.
MARCH 30, 2021
Deadline For New Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) Applications Is Being To June 30, 2021 The Government has announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to June 30, 2021. This extension applies to new applications for CEBA loans of $60,000 or to new applications from businesses that have already received the $40,000 loan and intend to apply for the additional $20,000. As a reminder, nonprofits and charities
Alberta.ca Employers and service providers can apply to receive free rapid test kits for use in their organization’s COVID-19 screening program.
The rapid testing program is open to any public, private or not-for-profit employer or service provider with an approved COVID-19 screening program overseen by an eligible health care provider.
MARCH 31, 2021
CWLC Strength of Families and Connection Project -Disability and COVID-19 Response & Recovery Series Videos.
This series is hosted by the Child Welfare League of Canada, as part of the Strength of Families and Connection project, which is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The complex care family experience during and after Covid-19
Covid-19 + children and youth with disabilities : The impact, challenges, and the role of providers in supporting this population
Disability and 2SLGBTQIA+ Youth in Pandemic Times
It takes a Village to Raise a Child: Parenting with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD)
MARCH 26, 2021
Children’s Services Caregiver Training Update Safe Babies March 26, 2021
WFD is pleased to let you know that the following training materials are now available: Safe Babies the Babysteps manual is now replaced with the Alberta Health Services ‘Healthy Parents Healthy Children’ resource which can be accessed online select ‘I’m a parent’ to access the resource guide
MARCH 24, 2021 ALIGN MEMO #50
New – Child Intervention Practice Guidance March 24, 2021.
- Medical Appointments Chapter: Updated information for COVID-19 Immunization for youth.
- Support for Caregiver Chapter: Updated information for COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for youth, traveling and etc.
Please remember to use the [email protected] email address for your questions as CS is still answering and tracking them. Please remember that staying current regarding information from Alberta Health Services and Government is necessary in this pandemic and you can find all the current information you need at this link https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx
FEBRUARY 22, 2021
ACDS – MLA template and key messages on CWB. Message from Andrea Hesse, CEO Feb 22, 2021
Critical Worker Benefit: MLA Advocacy. Yesterday, we shared an update regarding the Critical Worker Benefit and the exclusion of many disability workers from being eligible for the benefit. We know that many of you want to amplify our advocacy efforts with your individual advocacy, including reaching out to your MLAs. This is really encouraging, and we know can be very effective. When connecting with MLAs, it is important that we avoid partisan engagement. This is a public policy issue, directly impacting hardworking disability workers and the individuals they serve. We know that advocacy is most effective when focused on policy, rather than partisanship.
To assist you to advocate on this issue, we have prepared some tools to support you as you call or write to your MLAs. This package includes some key messages and a letter template, which you may personalize and use to reach out to your MLA. You can find your MLA, and their contact details using this online tool. (Locate Your MLA Here)
FEBRUARY 18, 2021
CSS Ken Dropko, MEd Memo Regarding Applications for Alberta Critical Worker Benefit
Good afternoon CSS partners, The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extraordinary impact on frontline service providers delivering supports to the most vulnerable Albertans. In appreciation for the continued efforts of frontline workers, the Government of Alberta recently announced the Alberta Critical Worker Benefit Program. Additional information is available at: https://www.alberta.ca/critical-worker-benefit.aspx
Along with a number of other essential workers, this program will provide eligible essential workers working in Preventive Community Services (PCS) funded sexual assault centres, family violence prevention agencies and Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) with a one-time payment of $1,200 in recognition of their hard work providing Albertans with the care and critical services they need.
These essential workers have taken on additional challenges to meet the increased health and personal care needs of the clients they serve and this additional pay is an acknowledgment of the extraordinary efforts they continue to make as they care for others.
Funding will be distributed to service providers in a lump-sum payment using a separate grant agreement issued to each eligible service provider. I have attached information on the eligibility criteria, as well as the Schedule C, which will be used to submit your request for the benefit. Please ensure to read all background information to ensure your understanding of the eligibility criteria.
Copy of Schedule C – Data and Invoice Template – FCS should be forwarded to [email protected] by March 5, 2021. Subject line: [Agency Name] Essential Worker Benefit Application
Once received, your application will be reviewed by department staff and if it meets the eligibility criteria, a grant agreement will be provided to facilitate the transfer of employee benefits to you. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the benefit is provided to each identified eligible employee.
The contacts below can help in answering questions regarding the application process:
Ken Dropko, MEd Executive Director, Civil Society and Community Initiatives Branch Preventive Community Services Division Ministry of Community and Social Services
The Critical Worker Benefit will provide a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans in recognition of their hard work to provide Albertans with the care and critical services they need. The benefit will be distributed to up to 380,000 workers in the health-care, social services, education and private sectors. The Government of Alberta is working directly with health-care, social service, and education sector employers to distribute the benefit to eligible workers.
Private-sector employers can apply on behalf of eligible employees at alberta.ca/
Critical Worker Benefit program staff:
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Email: [email protected]