FAMILY ASSISTANCE

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

PLEASE NOTE: ALIGN ASSOCIATION DOES NOT PROVIDE SERVICE OR DIRECTION TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE CALL 911 IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER.  VIEW EMERGENCY CONTACTS BELOW FOR ABUSE, VIOLENCE, MENTAL HEALTH, HOMELESSNESS & FINANCIAL EMERGENCIES

ABUSE & VIOLENCE

If you suspect an adult or child is being abused or neglected, help is just a phone call away.The provincial abuse helpline will connect you to resources, supports, services and referrals to address your concerns. Callers can remain anonymous.

Child Abuse Hotline:
1-800-387-KIDS (5437) – for help 24/7
Alberta provincial abuse helpline Call 1-855-4HELPAB (1-855-443-5722)
Hours of operation: 7:30 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.
Call 911 if someone is in immediate danger.

If you are concerned that a young person is being abused or neglected please call:Crisis at (780) 422-2001 or at (800) 638-0715 – Calgary SSRT at (403) 297-2995

Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477
Online Exploitation: cybertip.ca
Or your Local Police/RCMP detachment

Kids Help PhoneVisit Site or Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868

If you have questions about your rights as a young person, need legal help, or need to speak out Toll-free: (800) 661-3446 or Email: [email protected]
Northern Alberta Call: (780) 422-6056
Southern Alberta Call: (403) 297-8435
If you aren’t sure which region you are in it’s ok, the Child & Youth Advocate will help you no matter which number you call.

If you think someone is being abused or neglected, but you’re not sure, call the abuse helpline to discuss your concerns. If you have reasonable and probable grounds to believe a child is being harmed or is in danger of being harmed, you have an obligation to report it. People can be fined for not reporting when a child is in need of intervention services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
Help is available in more than 100 languages.

Protection for Persons in Care Reporting Line: 1-888-357-9339 – to report the abuse of an adult receiving care or support services from public funded service providers such as:

    • hospitals
    • seniors’ lodges
    • nursing homes
    • mental health facilities
    • shelters
    • group homes
    • addictions treatment centres
    • other supportive living settings

Family Violence is a crime – Call 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
Call the Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get help anonymously in more than 170 languages.
Help – Online Chat or Helplines Begin online chat Hours: 8 am to 8 pm MST daily. Chat anonymously with trained staff.

Help with costs to leave a domestic violence situation – if you are living with domestic violence and need to break your rental lease without paying a penalty

Safer Spaces Certificate – if you are living with domestic violence and need to break your rental lease without paying a penalty

Local emergency shelters – for individuals and families escaping family violence or facing homelessness

Listing of Provincial Women’s Shelters, Homeless Shelters & Seniors Emergency Shelters  

Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters – a map of member shelters across Alberta

Family violence during COVID-19
Fact sheet on where to find help and supports and tips related to family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, and social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic

SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES

211 Alberta -(Online and Phone Resource Information)

  • Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence if you need help finding sexual assault support services (9 am to 9 pm daily) :

VICTIM SERVICES AND LEGAL SUPPORTS

211 Alberta -(Online and Phone Resource Information)

Victims of Crime Financial Benefits program – if you were a victim of a crime in Alberta that you reported to police you may be eligible for an injury, witness or death benefit. Payment for out-of-pocket expenses related to a crime – if you apply for restitution to have the offender pay these costs

HOMELESSNESS – FOOD – UTILITY ASSISTANCE – HOUSING
(See food, housing categories in Free/Discount directory)

211 Alberta -(Online and Phone Resource Information)

Alberta.ca Listing of Homeless Shelters & Short Term Supported Housing
Inform Alberta.ca Listing of Homeless Shelters or Emergency Shelter
Also see free or discounted food/meals and Emergency Financial assistance in directory below.

MENTAL HEALTH

211 Alberta -(Online and Phone Resource Information)

Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642 – for mental health advice 24/7
HealthLink: Call 811 – to find health care and get health advice 24/7
Kids Help Phone – Visit Site or Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868

ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SAVE ME steps and naloxone instructions

Canada’s new Good Samaritan law provides some legal protection for people who experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help
If you need help or are concerned with someone else’s substance use, call:

  • Health Link at 811 or
  • 1-866-332-2322 the Addiction Helpline (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).

FREE AND DISCOUNTED SERVICES IN ALBERTA

Below is a helpful resource directory to assist those in financial need in terms of stretching a tight budget and it is a great referral tool for front-line workers!
If you are a business or agencies that offers specials, discounts or items and services for free and would like to be added to the directory email [email protected] with a link to the information (no pdf’s accepted) If you are submitting an activity it must be available on an ongoing basis and accessible on a website without scheduled stop/start dates other than normal holiday or seasonal breaks.

Alberta Government Children in Care
Can access a recreation allowance for things like sports fees, music lessons or movies

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Abbottsfield Music Program (Edmonton)
Offers free music lessons for children 6 to 12 years old in a safe environment. Musical instruments will be provided at no cost.

Alberta Music Education Foundation
Keyboard for Kids and  Strings for Kids
To provide free music instruction in the area of piano and violin to interested, at-risk or disadvantaged youth
To enhance personal characteristics such as self-esteem, creativity, self-discipline and personal expression so that the students can become noble and caring citizens of their community and better overall students

Calgary Arts Summer School Association
Cassa Board supports mature students to work as assistants in Cassa Kids, Cassa PlayWriting, and Cassa Musical in exchange for tuition to attend any one of the CASSA sessions they also offer bursaries.

Cornerstone Youth Centre (Calgary)
Free Program – Provides youth the opportunity to practice and create music, use of various instruments including drums and keyboards, access to guitar amps and offers a digital recording console. Different activity sessions that also include crafts and fun presentations.

E4C ArtStart (Edmonton)
ArtStart’s after-school classes, ranging in visual art, drama, dance, and music. The class sizes are small, maxing out at 13 students, and volunteer instructors are paired together, to ensure the children get the individual attention they need.

Edmonton Public Library
Free downloads of local music Library’s musical database.

Legacy Children’s Foundation – Alberta
Gift of Music Program Providing experiences that enrich the lives of financially challenged and otherwise ‘at risk’ children, youth and families, giving them opportunities to experience success, improve their self esteem and build confidence, are issues that have become critical for children in Alberta’s turbulent economy.
Music Lessons The Dr. Stanley G. Finn “Gift of Music” Fund assists financially challenged children and youth in becoming involved in opportunities to take part in music experiences by providing them with financial support to cover the cost of music lessons and other music program involvement
Musical Instrument Bank Established to provide musical instruments for loan or permanent ownership to children and youth who without this assistance would not be able to take part in this type of potentially life enhancing musical experience.

School of Alberta Ballet
Alberta Ballet School offers talent-based scholarships to outstanding dance students in the Professional Division. Additionally, there are scholarships awarded on a combination of aptitude, deportment and financial need. Such applications are due prior to May 1 of each year and are evaluated by our third-party financial service, Apple Financial.

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Offers affordable

The Heart of the City Music Program (HCMP) Edmonton
Provides a way for members of the community to share their love of music with children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn how to play the piano or the guitar.

Alberta Human Services Identification Card for Homeless Citizens
The Address Authorization process authorizes the use of a shelter or drop-in’s address for a homeless person applying for an Alberta Identification Card. The Identity Certification process certifies the applicant’s identity. It allows a homeless or recently housed person to work with a service provider to verify their identity and obtain acceptable supporting documents in order to apply for an Alberta Identification Card. Without official ID, a homeless person cannot access certain community services and programs. This barrier can create a domino effect that makes it more difficult to obtain a permanent home.

Bent Arrow Tax Time Support (Edmonton)
A free service offered by Bent Arrow to all low income families who are in need of getting their taxes completed.

Boyle Street Community Services (Edmonton)
Long distance phone calls where assistance is needed to make the call (a self-service phone is -available in the reception area for calls to nearby areas)

CLIK – Computers for Low-Income Calgarians
The Computers for Low-Income Calgarians (CLIC) program provides home computers to individuals and families in Calgary that otherwise cannot afford.

Closer to Home (Calgary)
Computers – They have computers with internet access that you can use to write resumes, find employment or look for housing. Call 403-543-0555 for more information.

Community Options (Edmonton)
Make Tax Time Pay is a volunteer-based program that provides individuals and families with lower incomes with free income tax preparation and information and applications on government benefits & subsidies including Goods & Services Tax Credit (GST), Canada Child Tax Benefit, City of Edmonton, Leisure Access Pass, Child care subsidies, Alberta Child Health Benefit, Alberta Adult Health Benefit, Information on Registered Education Savings Plans grants and Information on seniors benefits.

Computers for Schools (CFS)
A Canada-wide initiative providing refurbished computers – at little or no cost to recipients – to Canadian schools, public libraries, and non-profit learning organization

CUPS (Calgary)
Tax Assistance Current taxes are required to apply for social assistance benefits. CUPS offers tax clinics to help complete taxes. Clinics are offered monthly throughout the year. In February, March and April, clinics are offered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Helps low income Calgarians in getting birth certificates, government photo ID’s and Alberta Health Care cards

E4C (Edmonton)
A mailing address Telephone and e-mail access Assistance with tax preparation Help with obtaining government identification

Sunrise Community Link Resource Centre (Calgary)
Free use of the daily Calgary newspapers Free fax, phone, photocopying Community closet of emergency food, toiletries and other supplies

Telus Internet for Good
Approximately 15,000 single-parent families currently receiving assistance through the Alberta Works Income Support and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped programs will receive a coupon code in the mail. The code will allow them to activate TELUS’ offer of Internet service for $9.95 a month. This innovative pilot program is entirely funded by TELUS and comes at no cost to taxpayers or the government. Program participants will also have access to TELUS WISE, an innovative program dedicated to educating Canadians about Internet safety and equipping families with the tools they need to have conversations with their children and loved ones about online and smartphone safety.

The Alex Community Health Centre (Calgary)
Computer access and resume writing/job search

The di Computers for Low-Income Calgarians (CLIC) Program
Provides home computers to individuals and families in Calgary that otherwise cannot afford.

The Neighborhood Centre(Edmonton)
Identification, tax assistance, internet access

Telus Mobility for Good
By providing vulnerable young adults with access to a mobile device and data plan, we’re giving them the opportunity to succeed.With this program, eligible youth and young adults that are transitioning from government care are provided with a smartphone and fully subsidised TELUS Mobility voice & data plan for two years. To ensure these young adults are getting the most out of their technology, digital literacy support is available at any of our TELUS Learning Centres, as well as TELUS WISE® resources to help educate on keeping a clean digital footprint and protecting personal information and privacy.

Remember To Check Your Local Libraries for Free Internet Use

Bissell Centre – Community Closet (Edmonton) Relying solely on donations, the Bissell Centre Thrift Shoppe is a social enterprise, providing low income families and individuals a venue for purchasing high-quality products at very affordable prices.

Castaways (Lacombe and Ponoka) Castaways is owned and operated by the Action Group. Proceeds go to support programs and services for people with disabilities in Lacombe and surrounding area. Your donations support local community programs and Castaways thanks you for your continued support. Castaways have a wide selection of gently used furniture, clothing, books and household items at very reasonable prices.

Cinderella’s Closet (Edmonton & Area)
Graduation attire for male and female students who require financial assistance.

Coats for Kids and Families
Provide Albertan families with warm winter coats free of charge. If you are looking for a coat please call 211 or call 482 – 4636 (INFO) outside of Edmonton to find the depot closest to you

Community Options (Edmonton)
Provide families with the opportunity to get clothing needed for their families in the spring, fall and at their Festive Meal. Families can bring in clothing to swap or just come along and find what they need.

Dress to Suit Boutique Ltd.(Edmonton)
Require a suit for an interview, a career change, or a celebration? Dress to Suit Boutique Ltd., Edmonton’s original and only men’s consignment store, provides discerning clients with garments of exceptionally high quality at very affordable prices.

E4C (Edmonton)
Winter clothing and blanket distribution Access to laundry, haircuts and basic toiletries Basic furniture and household items to get you started

Edmonton & District Family Support Association Carousel Clothing Bank
The Carousel Clothing Bank provides gently-used clothing to children in the Edmonton area. The clothing is provided free of charge to families in need for children and youth, aged newborn to 17-years-old.

Goodwill Industries of Alberta
Operate thrift stores across the province with clothes and household items.

Hope Mission Bargain Shoppe (Edmonton)
Hope  provides clients with clothing, blankets and work wear

Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire IODE
Across Canada crisis centres, hospitals, nursing homes, food banks and a growing number of others rely on IODE. They have supplied food, toys, baby layettes, children’s hats, mittens and scarves, personal care bags, linens, wheelchairs, afghans, magazines and slippers to those in need.

Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA) Edmonton
Clothing for men, women, and children is readily available at the IFSSA office and is free of charge and does not require that an appointment be made. Furniture and household items are also available.

Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta (Red Deer)
The Lending Cupboard is a Private Charity, operated by Staff and Volunteers, to provide the people of Red Deer and Central Alberta with New or Used Medical Equipment for as long as they need it, at no cost and with no qualifying.

Lo-Se-Ca Thrift Store (St. Albert)
Because of the steady stream of donations they are able to offer incredible savings on all of their items. Their website says “You will be hard pressed to find lower prices in any thrift store throughout Edmonton or St. Albert.”

Neighborhood Link (Calgary)
NeighbourLink helps more than 10,000 unique clients in Calgary every year. Their needs include furniture, household items, baby supplies, food hampers, bus tickets and more. Our clients are screened financially, according to the “Low Income Cut off” set out by Statistics Canada. Clients come from all walks of life, and are all different types of people: Families, Individuals, Single Parents, New Canadians, Refugees, Disabled Persons, and Senior Citizens. Simply, we are neighbours helping neighbours.

Pregnant and Parenting Teens (Grande Prairie)
All clothing, toys and equipment donations are free of charge for those participating in the program.

Salvation Army Thrift Stores Coupons
If you visit their website you can find printable coupons for additional savings like pants buy one get one free or buy five pieces of children’s wear and get fifty percent off.

Strathcona County Clothes-Line
County Clothes-Line Resale of donated goods (e.g. clothing, toys, household items, small appliances) at affordable prices to the public. Referred clients shop free. Vouchers are available through Strathcona County Family and Community Services at a maximum of twice per year.

Suit Yourself (Edmonton)
Suit Yourself is an Edmonton-based charitable organization which collects and distributes quality clothing and accessories, free of charge, to low-income women who are seeking employment or making a transition in the workforce

The Alex
Provides clothing

The di (Calgary)
New and used clothing donated by the community at large is provided, free of charge, to anyone who visits the Clothing Centre, located in the Old DI on Fourth Avenue SE. Clients who cannot access The Clothing Centre during daytime hours due to work or school commitments are served through a mobile night service on the residential floors. Any client in need of emergency clothing or footwear can access this by request to the 2nd Floor Day Office from 7:00am-9:00pm or through their residential floors nightly between 9:00pm-7:00am. The Clothing Centre also provides home packages of bedding, towels, dishes and blankets to low income Calgarians and clients moving out of the DI or other shelters.

WINS Women In Need Society of Calgary
Women are referred to WINS for this service through over 60 community agencies. After consultation, WINS provides a voucher that entitles the client to obtain goods from any one of the four WINS Thrift Stores.

YESS (Edmonton)
Free Clothing for Homeless Youth

Alberta Government Children in Care
During their time in care, children are provided with very similar services, supports, supervision and guidance that are typical for children in Alberta. Whether through their caseworker, caregiver or community programs, and based on their age and specific needs, children in care can receive:

  • Medical, dental and vision care
  • Counselling and mental health supports
  • Disability services (i.e. speech therapy, aide support, specialized equipment)

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Alberta Dental Fee Guide
The Alberta Dental Association and College has released Alberta’s first dental fee guide in 20 years. It features recommended fees that are 8.5% lower for the most common dental procedures, when compared with 2016 rates. The guide will help consumers select a dentist The 2018 Alberta Dental Fee Guide comes into effect Jan 1, 2018, and will be updated annually.

211 Alberta
211 offers phone service and online resource directories.

Alberta Blue Cross
Free basic coverage of dental, prescription drugs, etc. for seniors 65 years and older. 780-498-8000

Alberta Children’s Hospital
This service provides dental treatment to special needs children who are medically, mentally or physically challenged. These special needs patients include, without being limited to, children with moderate to severe developmental delays, genetic disorders and/or craniofacial deformities, cleft lip and palate, cognitive disorders, cancer, organ transplant, hematology disorders, cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, prematurity with chronic medical issues, infectious diseases, sleep apnea, velopharyngeal incompetency, mental health issues or under palliative care

Alberta Works
If you are on Student Finance or AlbertaWorks and have dental pain, go to a private dentist. Student Finance has advised us that they cover the cost of needed emergency care at a private dentist.Through Alberta Works, people eligible for Income Support, the Alberta Adult Health Benefit, and the Alberta Child Health Benefit receive a Health Benefits Card (Health Benefits) that provides coverage for themselves and/or their dependants, unless they receive coverage through the Government of Canada.Through the Alberta Adult Health Benefit, a Health Benefits Card is also available to women during pregnancy and to households with high ongoing prescription drug needs, if their household income meets eligibility levels.

Health benefits include:

  • prescription drugs and essential over the counter medications
  • eye exams and glasses
  • dental care
  • emergency ambulance services
  • essential diabetic supplies

Alberta Health Care Children’s Services
Get free eyeglasses, prescriptions and dental visits for your children through the Alberta Child Health Benefit plan. It helps pay health care bills for families with limited incomes

Alberta Health Care Adult Services
The Alberta Adult Health Benefit program supports Albertans in low income to ensure they have access to prescription drugs, dental services, optical services, emergency ambulance and diabetic supplies that are essential to health and well-being. If you are a single individual, you qualify for AAHB if your income is under $16,580. If you have a spouse or partner, of if you have children, your income can be higher.

Alberta Health Care Reduced-Fee Dental Care for Qualified Low-Income Clients
For adults and children in Alberta with dental needs and who:Live on a poverty-line income (proof required)
and have no access to a group dental insurance plan

Alberta Health Services Birth Control Centre
Subsidized birth control and free condoms.

Alberta Health Services Health For Two
Available in Edmonton, St. Albert, Leduc County, Fort Saskatchewan, Parkland County, and Strathcona County. Free program that supports women to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Supplies milk coupons, prenatal vitamins, nutrition information, books on pregnancy and newborn care, individual counselling with a community health nurse, links to community resources and a gift for baby.

Alberta Health Service Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinic (Edmonton)
Free, confidential testing for sexually transmitted infections, counselling and treatment for persons 14+. 780-342-2300

Alex Community Health Centre Youth Health Centre (Calgary)
Family physicians and medical resources Anonymous STI testing Pregnancy testing & condoms

Angel Flight Alberta
A charitable organization that provides free, accessible air transportation for people who must travel for medical purposes.

Appleway Dental Clinic (Red Deer/Stettler)
Offer flexible payment plans that may also work in helping you stretch out your dental costs and make a healthy, beautiful mouth fit your budget. They do this without charging interest, allowing our patients to receive 0% financing

Autism Junction
The dentist office can be a very stressful environment for some individuals on the spectrum. Imagine the stress it would relieve to have the professionals come to your home to provide customized preventive dental hygiene services. View this listing and others on Autism Junction, our database for autism services.

These resource are for information and assisting children with disabilities endure dental visits
Autism & Dental Care
Down Syndrome & Dental Care

Boyle Street Community Services (Edmonton)
Referrals to Lens Crafters for glasses and bus tickets for medical appointments,

Calgary Adolescent Treatment Services (C.A.T.S)
C.A.T.S is where young people can get the help they need. The clinic provides free and confidential on-site medical support to high-risk adolescents. For many, it’s the first time they’ve seen a doctor in years.

Calgary City Cab
Special services include but not limited to School pick & drop for special child, Grocery pick & drop for special needs, Non-emergency Patient pick & drop to hospital, Medicine pick and drop for special needs and vehicles are wheelchair accessible with 24/7 on stand-by

Campbell McLaurin Foundation for Hearing Deficiencies
Financial assistance to purchase hearing aids and alerting devices

Canada Medic Alert Foundation
MedicAlert charitable program that has allowed more than 20,000 children with medical conditions in 3,000 elementary schools across Canada to be protected with free MedicAlert coverage

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Provide information on the DTC, the Registered Disability Savings Plan, and other related information.

Canadian Red Cross Health Equipment
For more than 50 years the Canadian Red Cross has been offering Health Equipment Loan Programs. These programs vary across the country according to types of health and medical equipment provided, length of loan, access procedures, and type of service

City of Grande Prairie Low Income Access Program
Qualifying low income families and individuals, residing within the City of Grande Prairie boundaries can access two types of assistance programs through the City of Grande Prairie. Providing opportunities for individuals in our community to improve their health and well-being is a top priority for the City of Grande Prairie. The aim of this program is to encourage all citizens to have access to City run recreational facilities and transit.

CUPS Health Centre

Get free dentist care through CUPS Dental Services.

Visit CUPS for:

  • Tooth extractions
  • Restorative work (such as fillings and replacing teeth)
  • Dentures

You must be a low-income earner and a Calgary resident with no regular dentist.DENTAL
Provides free dental extractions for homeless clients on Saturdays . Dental Extraction Services – Friday 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Call the CUPS clinic nurse during the week for information at 403-221-8797
MEDICAL
Women’s Health Clinic Pre-Natal Program one afternoon each week.
General health care for low-income adults and children living in Calgary
Blood tests, immunizations and EKGs
Pre-natal and post-natal care
Pediatric care
Mental health care
Visiting medical specialists in Psychiatry, Neurology, Chronic Pain, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Optometry and Infectious Disease.
Hepatitis C testing, treatment and support.

Dental Public Health Clinics (Calgary)
You can call the Dental Public Health Clinics. They offer reduced fees for dental services to
qualified low-income Alberta residents.

Sheldon Chumir Health Centre Phone: (403) 955-6888
Northeast Dental Clinic(at Sunridge Mall) Phone: (403) 944-9999

FREE Drop-In Single Session Counselling  (Edmonton)
Intern Therapists will focus on your strengths and abilities to help you create a plan for the change you most want in your life. They offer individual, couples/partners and family therapy and services include referrals to additional services that will support the change you desire.
24 Hour Distress Line at (780) 482-HELP (4357) 2 Edmonton Locations 400, 10025 – 106 Street or 20, 9912-106 Street  See Hours Here

Edmonton Pregnancy Crisis Centre
Free pregnancy test, counselling for crisis pregnancy, adoption referral, information and alternatives.
www.edpregnancy.ca
780-482-5111

Easter Seals Equipment and Support Services (ESS)
Program provides specialized mobility equipment for individuals with physical disabilities. Our program makes it possible for clients to acquire power wheelchairs, scooters, vehicle/home adaptations and other adaptive equipment. The ESS program is based on financial need – full equipment grants, cost share and interest free loans are available. Albertans with disabilities and special needs connect with us when vital equipment isn’t available through government program or community resources.

Easter Seals Recycled Equipment Program
Through Easter Seals Alberta allows us to refurbish, recycle and distribute used equipment, while reducing wait times in a cost-effective manner. If you have porch, stair or van lifts, power wheelchairs, power scooters or other adaptive equipment less than 10 years old and in good working order, consider donating them to our Equipment and Support Services Program. We’ll provide a tax receipt for the current market value of the donated equipment.

Easter Seals Disability Travel Card™
Makes it easier for people with disabilities to travel. It provides identification allowing adult attendants to travel with people that have permanent disabilities at no cost on participating Canadian coach operators or Via Rail. The person with a disability that’s accompanied by an adult attendant then travels at a reduced fare.

Ewart Dental
Directory of Dental Subsidies and Programs in Calgary

Good Samaritan TeleCare®
Nationally accredited 24-hour emergency response button and telephone support services (personalized medication, appointment or meal schedule reminders) with subsidized services (Alberta Seniors Benefit Special Needs Assistance can cover the cost). 780-431-3630

Health Charities Coalition of Canada
The “How To” Health Guide was developed to assist patients, caregivers, friends and families in navigating their way through the Canadian healthcare system.

Health Canada First Nations and Inuit
Non- Insured Health Benefits

Health First Strathcona
After hours urgent care for illness and injury that cannot wait – anything from bruises to broken bones.
Open daily 5:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
780-416-6551 (daytime)
780-449-5380 (after 5:30 p.m.)

Lending Cupboard Society of Alberta (Red Deer)
The Lending Cupboard is a Private Charity, operated by Staff and Volunteers, to provide the people of Red Deer and Central Alberta with New or Used Medical Equipment for as long as they need it, at no cost and with no qualifying.

NAIT
Denture Clinic Free assessment, cost of dentures on a cost recovery for materials basis (average: $800/complete upper and lower dentures). Open from August until February.780-471-7786 Dental Hygiene Clinic Cleaning and fluoride treatments for 4 to 21 year olds. Tartar control and scaling treatments for adults. 780-471-8827

Options Sexual Health Association (Edmonton)
Free pregnancy testing

Pfizer Canada
Provide free medications to Canadians in need.

President’s Choice Children’s Charity
Provides funding assistance for children with a physical or developmental disability. Must be 18 years of age or under. They need help with funding for mobility equipment, environmental modification or therapy.

SAIT Dental Clinic (Calgary)
Operates to provide our Dental Assisting students with practical experience under the supervision of a licensed dental health care professionals. Our students provide a professional and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on oral hygiene instruction and prevention of oral diseases. Although our services do not replace regular dental examinations, they can help families that can not visit a dentist on a regular basis, and can significantly reduce the cost of your next visit with a family dentist.

SHINE Youth Clinic (Edmonton)
Is a student-run health clinic providing a variety of free services to Edmonton’s underserved youth.

Smiles 4 Canada
Smiles 4 Canada is a program run by the Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Orthodontics (CFAO) in conjunction with the Canadian Association of Orthodontists (CAO). The program facilitates the orthodontic treatment of deserving young Canadians who would otherwise not be able to afford treatment. Applicants to the program must be under 14 years old. Patients who are accepted for treatment through the program will be treated by a local participating orthodontist. Patients’ families are only required to pay a small administrative fee, generally less than 10% of a complete course of treatment.

The Alex Community Youth Health Centre (Calgary)
Family physicians and medical resources Anonymous STI testing Pregnancy testing & condoms.
Dental Services (Dental Health Bus & Dental Access Clinics) Free dental care to low-income children and youth ages 6-24. Our bus services include oral health screenings and referrals, sealants, full hygiene treatment (scaling/polish/fluoride) and education. In partnership with local dental professionals, our Dental Access Clinics provide additional referred services including fillings and extractions.For children and youth ages 6-24 in need of dental care, and not enrolled in one our partnering schools, you can schedule an appointment through our partnership with Aspen Family’s Heart of the Northeast Community Solutions Resource Centre.To access dental services for ages 13-24, please contact our Youth Health Centre at 403-520-6270.For more information call our Dental Health Bus at 403-615-9052 or email Program Lead Denise Kokaram at [email protected] or 587-893-1755.

The di (Calgary)
Their clinic is a Nurse-Run clinic with two full-time Registered Nurses on-site, a Nursing Manager and a Nurse’s Assistant. They are supported by a variety of health care professionals who provide services on-site throughout the week. These include: a specialized Wound Care Nurse, a Chronic Disease Management Nurse, a Foot Care Nurse, a Dietician/Diabetes Educator, CUPS Outreach clinics, Safeworks and an Acupuncture clinic. Referrals to any of these professionals can be arranged through contacting any member of the Health Services Team

University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Patient Clinic (Edmonton)
Discounted fees for all services. Students perform treatments under supervision by qualified practitioners.

War Amps
Help child amputees (under 18) and their families from the very start with financial assistance for artificial limbs, counselling, regional seminars, peer support through programs like Matching Mothers and so much more.

YESS (Edmonton)
Free Doctor’s office

Alberta Government Children in Care
During their time in care, children are provided with very similar services, supports, supervision and guidance that are typical for children in Alberta. Whether through their caseworker, caregiver or community programs, and based on their age and specific needs, children in care can receive:

  • Recreation allowance (i.e. sports fees)

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Alberta Culture and Tourism History Pass
Alberta Culture and Tourism History Pass Unlimited Admission! Unlimited Fun! Experience history all year long with an annual pass This easy-to-use pass provides unlimited access for one year from the date of purchase and opens doors to the fascinating world of Alberta’s rich history and culture. Besides offering a variety of educational and learning activities for visitors of all ages, many heritage facilities have a wide range of special events and interactive programs throughout the year. They are exciting places to stop on a vacation where visitors come to learn and have fun. Purchase an Experience Alberta’s History Pass and receive unlimited admission to a network of provincial historic sites and museums in Alberta for one full year. Experience Alberta Passes are available at all AMA offices or upon arrival at major, Government of Alberta, provincial historic sites and museums.

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
Offer increased access to and participation in recreation opportunities for children and youth in low-income families

Art Gallery of Alberta
Offers a variety of art exhibitions throughout the year. Community Access Nights allow free admission on the last Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Free admission is also offered annually on Family Day courtesy of Qualico

BRICK Sport Central
Gives many types of recycled sports equipment free to children in need, including hockey, ringette, skates, bicycles, soccer, softball, rollerblades, racquets, snow sliders and many other types of gear. Children need to be referred by individuals or agencies; including schools, government departments, community leagues and the Edmonton Police Service.

Calgary Library
Children under 12 get a library card Free. Access to books, dvds, computers and childrens programs. Schools or community groups can order 25 or more free Library cards online.

Calgary Philatelic Society – Junior Stamp Club (Calgary)
Free – Learn about stamp collecting and enjoy digging through bins of stamps to find the ones you want.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra cpossibilities
TD is proud to sponsor the cpossibilities program which offers free membership to people aged 15 to 29 and discounted tickets at only $14. You will need to register online to become a cpossibilities member. Membership is absolutely free!

Calgary Rocketry Association
Membership is available to any individual 16 years of age and over or adult supervised children.18 years of age and under is $15.00 per year. The club provides the rocketry community in Calgary, and the surrounding area, safe places to launch and fly rockets, as well as experience in building rockets. The club holds monthly meetings during which they share construction techniques and help each other with suggestions. There are often building sessions and other classes during these meetings. We try to organize at least one model rocket launch per month, weather permitting. The members of the club are a friendly group of people who are always happy to help new rocketeers with any questions they may have. The club is open to kids and adults alike

Calgary Zoo
See admissions for special offers and pricing deals.

Canadian Cadet Organization
Free to Join – Parents and cadets are expected to participate in and contribute to fund raising. Available throughout Alberta.

Cineplex Theatres (See Participating Venues in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Sherwood Park & Rocky View)
Cineplex Odeon Canada Coupons & Promo codes
2 for 1 Movies and Family Night Movies for 2.99
Cineplex  Saturday Family Favorites
2.99 Saturday Morning 11 am

CAA Members SAVE up to 18% on Cineplex movie tickets when you purchase your tickets at a CAA store.

Citadel Theatre (Edmonton)
The first Sunday evening preview performance of each show is Servus Pay-What-You-Can Sunday. You can pay what you can afford to see this show. The Citadel Theatre also sells any remaining tickets for plays one hour before the show starts at 50% off. Student and senior discounts are also offered.

City of Calgary New! Single-Entry Application
One application – five subsidy programs All Calgarians should have equal access to City programs, services, facilities and public spaces, but cost is a barrier for some. These programs and services are available at reduced prices to households with income below Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Off (LICO) rates. Some are subject to additional eligibility criteria. Now, with the Single Entry Application process, approved applicants are advised of all fee assistance programs available to them without having to prove their income level again

City of Calgary Fee Assistance
Available to residents of Calgary in financial need to aid with costs related to, but not limited to, the following: Program Registration, Admission to Pools & Leisure Centres. Zoo Admission, Fort Calgary Admission, Admission to the Talisman Centre & VRRI, Calgary Science Centre Admission and Heritage Park Admission Fee Assistance Information Line (403) 268-3888

City of Calgary Park ‘n’ Play & Stay ‘n’ Play
Free – Teach activities that can be played at home or on the playground after the recreation leaders have left for the summer. Recyclable crafts, games, large group games, water games, singing songs, skill games, and kids can bring games Park ‘N Play, Roving (for children ages 6 and over) – Parents don’t stay. For children under 6, a guardian must stay and participate with their children (ages 3-5) in morning activities.

City of Calgary Community Mobile Skate parks – Free
Community Mobile skate parks consist of flat-bars, boxes, and wedge ramps. Bring your board, helmet and signed waiver.

City of Edmonton Free Fishing Weekends
Each year, during the Alberta Family Day weekend and the end of Canada National Fishing Week (July), anyone can fish without an Alberta Sport Fishing Licence.

Community Recreation Support Program
The Community Recreation Support Program provides eligible non-profit agencies with complimentary admissions to City-operated attractions and recreation facilities and considers requests for facility rental discounts.

City of Red Deer The Fee Assistance Program
The Fee Assistance Program offers financial support to people who are currently facing some financial challenges and want to use City-operated recreation facilities or take part in City offered Recreation, Parks or Culture programs or activities. Pending available funding, the program provides up to $200.00 per year to each eligible person for City Recreation, Parks and Culture program registrations, plus access to recreation facilities.

Easter Seals Canada Access 2 Program
Easter Seals Canada Access 2 Entertainment Program seeks to offer more opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in recreational activities with an attendant, without added financial burden. It is also designed to raise awareness and help businesses provide quality customer service to customers with disabilities. The Access 2 Card provides persons with a disability a personalized card printed with their name and the card’s five year expiry date. When going to their attraction of choice, they simply need to present the card along with a piece of ID (not required for cardholders who are minors), and their attendant will receive a free ticket. The Access 2 card is accepted at entertainment venues across Canada. Visit our venues section of this website to see where the card can be used in your community.

Edmonton Public Libraries
Free library card to 18 and under. Access books, dvds, computers and some programs.

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Offers classical music performances throughout the year. They offer $20 tickets, two hours before the show to students, individuals under age 25, and seniors. With the Pulse program, individuals aged 18 – 29 can purchase two tickets for $20 each. They have also created a section of seats for $20 each.

Edmonton Ski Club
Servus Free Ski Friday – Never tried skiing? Want to introduce your kids to new winter activities? Join us the first Friday of every month for FREE lift tickets courtesy of Servus Credit Union. Plus we will have $10 rentals and $10 lessons.

Fast Track (Edmonton)
Fast Track indoor Karting. The offer both a junior and regular track. They offer a variety of discount options including 3 nights a week from 10 – 12pm where tickets are only $12.00

Helen Schuler Nature Centre (Lethbridge)
Discover the wild side of Lethbridge! Open year-round, the Nature Centre is a unique urban escape within minutes of downtown. Admission is free. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Junior Forest Wardens (Alberta)
For families with kids ages 6-18 The average cost of becoming a JFW is $50/year. Clubs typically meet once per week to provide evening programming, and add to the calendar an outdoor trip once per month. Junior Forest Wardens is an outdoor oriented program, with an emphasis on the experience. The program is committed to providing opportunities to get outdoors: camping, backpacking, canoeing, mountaineering, tree planting and more! And to prepare for adventures like these, education is offered and promoted in wilderness skills development, first aid, trip planning and survival.

KidsBowlFree.ca
Enjoy a fun night of family bowling without breaking your budget with the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Sign up for the program through the Kids Bowl Free website

KidSport Alberta
KidSport chapters across Alberta have helped children and youth get into organized sport programs since the launch of the program in 1995. Local KidSport chapters distributed grants and equipment. KidSport provides grants to children from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs. KidSport Alberta provides financial support up to $250 per child per calendar year (Jan.-Dec.) towards sport registration fees. Who is eligible to receive a KidSport grant? Families that are on a low income, unemployed, on AISH, currently receiving income support through provincial government are all considered eligible.

Landmark Cinema
Offers a variety of different options for discounts.

Lazer City (Edmonton)
Lazer tag for all ages! Thursday Evening Special $5 per game (20-25 minutes total)

Lethbridge Public Library
Child (under 13 years): Free & Young Adult Residents: (13-17 years of age): $3.00

Metro Cinema aims to bring back the old fashioned joy of a family matinee with Reel Family Cinema!
Enjoy family favourite films together, with the added bonus of FREE admission for all kids age 12 and under. Come early and enjoy themed activities in the lobby! Shows are Saturday afternoons, usually 1 pm, but double check start times, as they do vary from time to time.

Play It Again Sports (Red Deer)
Believe in giving back to the community by supporting local teams, coaches, players and events. They have several fund raising programs available including their Used Donation Program and our Rebate Program.

Public Skating and Shinny Hockey (Lethbrdige)
Schedules available to locate Free Skate times and locations

Royal Alberta Museum
The Royal Alberta is currently in transition phase right now with relocation but previously they offered  half price admissions on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and children under 6 were free so check the link to see if they are open and if these discounts are still in place.

Shiloh Youth Ranch
Offers programming specifically for youth ages 7-17 that are either from low income families or are in the care of social services. All their programs are subsidized, and they will not turn youth away if they cannot pay the fees.

Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market Sprouts Club
The Southwest Edmonton Farmers’ Market launched a new children’s club, designed to inspire and empower children to make healthy and nutritious choices about food. Sprouts is a free program open to children 4-12 years old. After signing up, each child will receive a passport to health that will be stamped each time the child comes to market, as well as receiveing a token, worth $2, to spend at the market. The catch is that their tokens can only be spent on fruit, veggies or food plants. With the Sprouts Kids’ Club, children are empowered to make their own choices…they can buy a strawberry plant, a package of strangely filigreed kale, an alien looking kohlrabi or a perfect tray of red ripe raspberries. They can try an old favourite, or venture into the world of the unknown. They come to know their farmers and growers and develop an understanding of where their food comes from.

YMCA Opportunity Fund (Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Wood Buffalo)
The YMCA of Edmonton provides programs and services to all people, regardless of circumstance. This allows those who are unable to afford the full cost of membership and/or programs to access the YMCA at a reduced cost.

Youth Empowerment & Support Services Armoury Youth Centre (Edmonton)
Free fitness facility and recreational opportunities

Youth Drop-In Sites (Edmonton)
If you are between the ages of 12 – 16 and are looking for some summer fun youth have to check out the youth recreation sites in your community. Hours may vary, but sites are generally staffed: Monday – Thursday: 12:30 – 8:00 pm Fridays: 3:30 – 8:00 pm

Alberta Government Children in Care
During their time in care, children are provided with very similar services, supports, supervision and guidance that are typical for children in Alberta. Whether through their caseworker, caregiver or community programs, and based on their age and specific needs, children in care can receive:

  • Medical, dental and vision care
  • Counselling and mental health supports
  • Disability services (i.e. speech therapy, aide support, specialized equipment)
  • Child care (as needed by working caregivers)
  • Recreation allowance (i.e. sports fees)
  • Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) in their name and annual contributions while in care
  • Advancing Futures Bursary (for post-secondary education)
  • Legal representation available through the Child and Youth Advocate.

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Alberta Human Services Child and Youth Support Program
Provides financial help and medical benefits to help you care for a child that is not yours.

Alberta Human Services Utility Disconnection  
Assistance can be provided more than once – grant 1st time; maybe loan 2nd time. To quality for this program residents must have received a disconnection notice, provide 2 pieces of ID and proof of finances and an application completed in person.

Alberta Works The goals of Alberta Works are to help unemployed people find and keep jobs, help employers meet their need for skilled workers, and help Albertans with low incomes cover their basic costs of living..

Income Support
Provides financial benefits to individuals and families who do not have the resources to meet their basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter.

Child Support Services
Helps single parents and parents living in blended families get the legal agreements or court orders they need to obtain child support.

Financial Support for Training
Tuition, books and supplies, and living allowance may be available if you qualify as an eligible learner.

Emergency Needs Allowance
Alberta Works income support provides a range of emergency benefits to eligible Albertans in need.

Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program
Subsidized rent for homes in eligible rental projects for households in needs

CUPS (Calgary)  
Tax Assistance Current taxes are required to apply for social assistance benefits. CUPS offers tax clinics to help complete taxes. Clinics are offered monthly through out the year. In February, March and April, clinics are offered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis

CUPS offers a transition program as a one time help of $400 used as damage deposit or for the first month rent. This program is meant for people who have low incomes and are moving into an apartment. This program does not help with unpaid over-due rent. CUPS helps low income Calgarians in getting birth certificates, government photo ID’s and Alberta Health Care cards

Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre of Calgary (DDRC) Watson Family Foundation
Provides financial assistance to families with limited or non-existent means to help improve and sustain the quality of life for their special needs child.

Good Neighbour Fund (Edmonton)  
The Good Neighbour Fund is a registered non-profit charity, dedicated to helping those who are not covered by other assistance. The Good Neighbour Fund provides limited financial resources or assistance to individuals in Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

AHS Alberta Government Free Food in Alberta
Free Food in Alberta directories list information about where to find free food including food banks, food hampers, and free meals. The information describes programs and provides contact information.

AHS Calgary Free Food and Meals Directory
This is a list of services in Calgary that offer free food.

Alberta Food Banks
There are an estimated 110+ food banks operating in Alberta.

City of Calgary Emergency/Community Meals
Lists all the locations where you can get no cost food hampers and low cost food.

Community Kitchen Program (Calgary)
Enhances the capacity of participants to acquire skills in preparing affordable meals, providing fresh fruits & vegetables and developing sound economic management practices.

Edmonton Food Bank Community Meals
Times and Locations

Food for Peace (Calgary)
Celebrating 10 years as an official Calgary charity, Food for Peace is a volunteer-run program that serves up freshly cooked vegetarian dishes for people in need.

Forest Lawn Community Association – Youth Centres of Calgary
Every Friday 2:30-4:00  at the Forest Lawn Community Association, the Youth Centres of Calgary is running a free lunch and grocery program.See attached flyer for details

Fresh Routes
Offers a COVID-19 Emergency Delivery Program (Calgary & Edmonton) that brings boxes of food to those in emergency situations around Calgary and Edmonton safely. The box includes bread, eggs, and fruits and veggies. They ask that if you are able to pay for your requested order (A full food box is $15), please do so — it enables them to continue to provide this service. If you are unable to pay, there are a limited number of donated food boxes available. There will be a limited number of food boxes that will be delivered for free for those in emergency financial situations that are funded through generous donations on their GoFundMe page.

LeftOvers (Calgary)
LeftOvers Calgary salvages usable food and shuttles it to people and programs that need it most.

Meals on Wheels
One of Alberta’s longest standing food charities, Meals on Wheels has delivered door-to-door meals for more than 50 years.

Mealshare (Calgary and Edmonton) With participating restaurants in Calgary and Edmonton, the Mealshare program helps feed the hungry by donating a meal to nonprofits and community organizations like the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. 

The Alex Community Food Centre (Calgary)
A bright and welcome space to enjoy a healthy meal, or to learn how to cook healthy foods. All of our programs are free, and we give priority to low-income Calgarians. You can learn about the programs offered on the Community Food Centre website, or by calling 403-455-5792.

Adaptabilites Age at Home Loan
A financial solution specific to home owners and family caregivers, the Age at Home Loan is designed to allow you to age gracefully, comfortably, safely and affordably in your home or keep your parents in theirs. Combined with our home solutions and in partnership with leading charities, the Age at Home Loan provides much needed assistance and leverages all relevant subsidies and tax credits as part of the process.
How it works:

  • Works very much like a reverse mortgage using equity from the home to fund the Age at Home renovations
  • Uses all available tax credits to offset the cost of borrowing and the interest
  • Ensures you or your parents can live safely and comfortably at home
  • Ideal for major renovations, home mobility upgrades or retrofiting a recreation property
    Requirements and terms:
  • Property must be owned by the applicant
  • Minimum loan amount of $25,000 OAC
  • Annual interest rate between 2.35% and 4.39%
  • Property appraisal
  • Personal financial information

For more information, please call 1 844-240-8588

Affordable Housing (Calgary)
Affordable Housing matches people’s unique needs with an affordable and accessible home plus they provide help with almost any support need that assist clients to overcome the challenges that led them to homelessness in the first place.
RAD Renovations
Residential Accessible Design (RAD) Renovations is a program helping Calgarians with limited mobility and low-incomes live safely in their homes and communities through decreasing barriers and increasing independence. RAD Renovations applies design expertise to accessibility challenges and tackles barriers with tailored solutions.

Alberta Senior’s and Housing Direct to Tenant Rent Supplement Program
A subsidy paid directly to an eligible tenant to assist with their rental costs

Community Housing Program provides subsidized rental housing to low-income families, senior citizens, and individuals with special needs who cannot afford private sector accommodation. Applicants whose income falls below local income limits are eligible to apply (refer to Core Need Income Thresholds document). Management and tenant selection is delegated to the local housing operators. Applicants are given priority based on need, as determined by income, assets, and current housing condition. A tenant’s rent, which includes heat, water and sewer expenses, is based on 30 percent of a household’s adjusted income. The tenant is responsible for electricity, telephone and cable television, as well as any additional services they may request (i.e. parking).

Residential Access Modification Program
Homeowners or tenants may apply to receive a provincial grant through the Residential Access Modification Program (RAMP). RAMP assists with funding to complete permanent wheelchair modifications that facilitate access into or within their current principle residence. Eligibility is based on gross income, wheelchair use on a continuing basis, and residency status.

Support For Renters
Rent Support Programs provide assistance to households in need to obtain and maintain affordable and suitable rental accommodation.  The programs provide rent subsidies in eligible rental projects.

Utility Disconnection (Alberta Works)
Assistance can be provided more than once – grant 1st time; maybe loan 2nd time. To quality for this program residents must have received a disconnection notice, provide 2 pieces of ID and proof of finances and an application completed in person.

Housing and Utility Support
Damage Deposit Eviction Accommodation (such as a hotel) Essential appliance repairs Essential home repairs Utility arrears if utilities are about to be disconnected

Service Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate Winter Utility Reconnection Program
Under current regulations, utility retailers cannot shut off a consumer’s service:

  • between November 1 and April 14 and any time of the year when the overnight temperature is forecast to drop below zero degrees in the next 24 hours for natural gas; and
  • between October 15 to April 15 for for electricity.

The Winter Utility Reconnection Program was designed to reach out to those consumers that the retailers haven’t been able to reconnect or get into contact with before winter.

  • The Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA) receives a list from the regulated utility retailers of the names and contact information of customers who were disconnected after April 15 and remained disconnected as of November 1.
  • The UCA attempts to contact consumers first by letter and then by phone in an attempt to get their utilities reconnected.
  • In some cases, the UCA will share customer information with such social agencies as Alberta Works, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and seniors organizations, which may help with payments or make home visits.

Bissell Centre Bissell Centre
The Community Bridge is a rapid response intervention that stops an imminent eviction and provides interventions/services purposed to ensure that causes of the eviction are effectively addressed in order to ward off reoccurrence

Brenda Strafford Society Progressive Housing Program (Calgary)
The Progressive Housing Program is an affordable and independent living apartment dwelling, consisting of 51 two-bedroom units. The apartments are available to women, with children, who have been impacted by domestic violence and are now equipped to be more independent, yet still be provided appropriate and adequate supports. Families stay, on average, up to 24 months in this program. At which time they are prepared to transition to the broader community. Referrals may be made through agencies or through self-referrals from Calgary and surrounding areas. Potential residents must qualify for a Calgary Housing Company subsidy, and be eligible for Calgary Housing Company’s Social Housing List

Brittany Lane (Sherwood Park) Brittany Lane Housing Co-op consists of 58 townhouse units with fully fenced backyards and 4 appliances (washer/dryer, fridge/stove). They are two story units with unfinished basements in the two and three bedroom units. They are centrally located in Sherwood Park, near shopping, schools, churches and transit.

Canadian Red Cross
The Canadian Red Cross is committed to addressing the issue of homelessness in Calgary by providing assistance to low-income families and individuals who are currently homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless. The Community Housing Support Program assists people who are most vulnerable and who have the least capacity to help themselves in their current situation. At the same time, we recognize that people have skills, abilities and resources of their own that can help them get through difficult times. Through our program, we work together to help people secure or maintain housing and return to stability.

Capital Region Housing Corporation (Edmonton)
Capital Region Housing Corporation’s mission is, through a continuum of housing options, to empower families of modest means to become more independent and improve their quality of life. Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) is the largest provider of social and affordable housing in the Edmonton area. They manage over 4500 social housing rental units and over 400 affordable housing rental units. They offer both townhouses and apartments throughout the city. For people who have a decent place to live, but who may need help with their rent, CRHC offers many different rent subsidy programs in Edmonton and surrounding areas. In The HOME Program, low income families take classes and are provided with the help they need to buy a home. The program operates all over Alberta, including Edmonton. If you are a current tenant, someone who needs a place to live, someone looking for help with rent, or you are looking to buy your first home, we trust you will find the information you need and the help that is right for you.

City of Calgary – Calgary Housing Company (CHC)
Calgary Housing Company (CHC) is a City of Calgary owned corporation providing safe and affordable housing solutions to citizens of Calgary. CHC operates and manages over 10,000 subsidized and affordable housing units and has a variety of housing options for low-income households including duplexes, townhouses and high-rise

CUPS (Calgary) Crisis Intervention Fund (CIF) The client in transition program is a one- time help of $400 used as damage deposit or for first month’s rent. This program is meant for people who have low incomes and are moving into an apartment. This program does not help with unpaid or over-due rent. Learn More

Davidson Creek Housing Cooperative Ltd.(Sherwood Park)
Davidson Creek Housing Cooperative Ltd. was an idea whose time had come! It fulfilled a long-standing need for attractive and affordable housing In order to provide needed assistance to many family units whose resources are stretched to the limit, 50% of the 52 units are subsidized.

Direct Energy Safer Spaces Utility Pilot Program 
The first-of-its-kind in Alberta and supported by the Government of Alberta. Domestic violence survivors can have their $200 utility deposit waived, be exempt from any set-up or reconnect fees, and can work directly with Direct Energy’s Alberta-based Customer Experience Team, which has specialized domestic violence education. The team will assist program users in setting up and managing their account and, recognizing that short-term financial stability may be a challenge for many survivors of domestic violence, provide flexible payment arrangements.

E4C (Edmonton)
H
elp people who are homeless or struggling with housing, find safe, affordable places to live.

Edmonton Inner City Housing Society
The Edmonton Inner City Housing Society (EICHS) provides secure accessible, adequate, and supportive affordable housing for individuals and families in Edmonton’s central communities who cannot afford market housing.

Edmonton John Howard Society
The LOFT (Life Opportunities for Transition) A community based residence and independent living experience for males between the ages of 16-24.

The Bridges Treatment Program at Howard House An 8 bed community-based treatment residence for young males with status under the Youth Criminal Justice Act who are serving custodial sentences

NOVA A home for homeless young people who need a safe place to live as they develop the skills to make positive lifestyle choices and to live independent and productive lives in the community.

Grande Spirit Foundation (Grande Prairie)
Representing 12 municipalities and with almost 100 dedicated staff, the Grande Spirit Foundation provides reasonably priced housing, quality care and dignity to seniors and families in the Grande Prairie area. Housing services for low income families and individuals. Four housing options are available: Direct rentals of publicly owned buildings, Private Landlord Rent Supplement Program, Direct Rent Supplement Assistance and Affordable Housing Program

Heartland Housing Foundation (Sherwood Park)
Has a total annual income below the Core Need Income Threshold (CNIT) established for Strathcona County of less than $36,000.00 per year for a single bedroom unit, $44,500.00 for a two-bedroom unit and $56,000.00 for a three-bedroom unit. No pets are allowed

homeEd (Edmonton)
Provides affordable rental units including apartments and townhouses throughout Edmonton.Accessible units for persons with disabilities or reduced mobility are also available on a limited basis.

Inn From The Cold (Calgary)
A Place of Hope for Calgary’s Homeless Families Inn from the Cold provides emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness. Inn from the Cold is the only place in Calgary where homeless families can go for hope and help, and remain together. At a time when they have hit rock bottom, families will find a place of refuge, respect and compassion.

Innovative Housing Society IHS (Edmonton)
For the past five years IHS has been quietly helping disabled, low income families make the transition from renter to home owner. As is so often the case, low income and a disability go together. This makes the goal of owning your own home an unattainable dream. They have seen this pattern for years and decided to make a real difference in a few deserving individuals by offering our homes at a substantial discount to the disabled families that live there. The reduced price makes the monthly mortgage payments affordable and with the equity already built in, our clients can qualify for that mortgage from the banks. Over the years they have been able to help more than twenty-five families become independent.

Lethbridge Housing
Community and Special Needs Housing Based on eligibility, the Community Housing Program provides subsidized rental housing for low income families, senior citizens, wheelchair users, or individuals who cannot afford private sector accommodation. Eligibility: Management and tenant selection are the responsibility of management bodies. Applicants are given priority based on need, as determined by income, assets and current housing condition. Rents are based on 30 percent of a household’s adjusted income. Operating deficits and amortization are cost-shared by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Alberta Government

Medicine Hat Community Housing
The Medicine Hat Community Housing Society offers an Affordable Housing program, to qualifying individuals and families. Units are located in the Northlands and the Southlands areas.

Red Deer Housing
The Red Deer Housing Team offers services to helpl individuals and families who have a history of homelessness to find and maintain housing

Tenant Defense Services Inc. (Edmonton and Surrounding Areas and Municipalities)
Dealing with a difficult landlord? Frequent suite inspections? Been served a 14 day eviction notice?  Denied the return of your Security Deposit?  Have you been served with documents compelling your attendance at the Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service? Tenant Defense Services Inc. has experienced, knowledgeable and professional agents that can help you navigate the complexities of the Residential Tenancies Act of Alberta and The RTDRS Tribunal.

Terra Centre for Teen Parents (Edmonton)
Through the Terra Brentwood Housing Program, moms and dads can access subsidized supportive housing. Although safe and affordable housing is of utmost importance we also focus on supporting them to be successful citizens of the Brentwood and a larger community.

The Alex (Calgary)

The Alex has four different housing programs to help homeless Calgarians. Each one follows the Housing First model, giving clients a home first and then providing health and social services to help with the complex issues that have led to homelessness.

To access any housing/case management program in Calgary, you need to contact the SORCe to schedule a SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) and be placed on a central triage list.

Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre (SORCe)
403-428-3300
316 7th Ave SE

Wood Buffalo Housing Options Affordable Homeownership Program
These homes are not available for rent and they aren’t for sale on the regular real estate market. Instead they are reserved for families who work and save but still can’t afford to buy a home in Wood Buffalo. Through this option, families with qualifying incomes who would not otherwise be able to afford a home in Wood Buffalo can get specialized affordable mortgages on our newly constructed, modest, family homes. It is a unique opportunity for working families who are ready to commit to owning a piece of this dynamic community.

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Alberta Health Services Car Seat Safety Classes
Free class for parents, caregivers, and Option 4 ticketed drivers providing training in car seat installation, use, and safety.

Alberta Health Services Health For Two
Available in Edmonton, St. Albert, Leduc County, Fort Saskatchewan, Parkland County, and Strathcona County. A free program that supports women to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. Supplies milk coupons, prenatal vitamins, nutrition information, books on pregnancy and newborn care, individual counselling with a community health nurse, links to community resources and a gift for baby.

Alberta Health Services Best Beginning (Calgary)
Free food, milk and vitamins and Free meals at weekly drop-in groups

Ben Calf Robe Society Health for Two (Edmonton)
Milk coupons Prenatal vitamins Bus tickets for doctor appointments

Catholic Family Services Healthy Babies Network (Calgary)
Access to basic needs items, such as nutritional supplements, and bus tickets for emergent needs.

Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire IODE
Across Canada crisis centre’s, hospitals, nursing homes, food banks and a growing number of others rely on IODE. They have supplied food, toys, baby layettes, children’s hats, mittens and scarves, personal care bags, linens, wheelchairs, afghans, magazines and slippers to those in need.

Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA)
Clothing and bedding for infants and children is readily available at the IFSSA office and is free of charge and does not require that an appointment be made.

Neighborhood Link (Calgary)
Baby furniture and other resources that are requested by the client are delivered directly to client homes – FREE of charge

Terra Centre for Teen Parents Clothes Closet (Edmonton)
Free gently used children’s clothing and accessories The majority of young parents that connect with Terra are living within limited budgets, which makes their Clothes Closets a much-appreciated support when it comes to accessing free clothing, diapers, formula, toys, and hygiene products for their children. Terra has two Clothes Closets, one located at our downtown office that is open from Mon-Fri 8:30am – 4:30pm to all Terra participants, and another on site at Braemar School that is available for all moms who are enrolled at the school

The Alberta Limited Legal Services Project
An initiative of local lawyers aimed at providing Albertans with access to the legal services they want, when they want them, at a price they can afford. Lawyers traditionally provide their services on a contingency basis, usually for car accident and personal injury cases, or at an hourly rate, usually for family law and commercial cases. With both kinds of work, lawyers usually expect to handle the case from beginning to end. Although this approach isn’t a problem in contingency cases, where the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless he or she is successful, hourly rate cases can become expensive very quickly. The Limited Legal Services Project connects Albertans with lawyers who will help with just part of the case, not all of it. Limited legal services include: giving legal advice, including second opinions; drafting court papers, such as applications and affidavits; drafting other legal documents like wills and powers of attorney; going to court for settlement conferences or hearings; and, providing on-going advice and coaching while you run your own legal case. Limited legal services are sometimes called limited scope retainers and unbundled legal services. New! Read the final report on the outcomes of the Alberta Limited Legal Services Project prepared by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. Click here to learn more about limited legal services or visit the participating lawyers page to find a lawyer providing limited legal services near you

Alberta Supports is a Government of Alberta centralized point of contact for Albertans seeking information on employment, disability, financial, healthcare, housing and homelessness, childcare, seniors, guardianship and trusteeship, and abuse and bullying prevention services and programs. Visit an Alberta Supports Centre (see locations here) or visit  Alberta Supports Online to get help  accessing more than 30 programs and 120 community services1-877-644-9992 toll-free province-wide 1-800-232-7215  TTY province-wide, ask to speak to Alberta Supports Email general inquiries  

Alberta Courts
Family
Court Directed Services

Alberta Foster Parent Association Legal Assistance Program
The Legal Assistance Program was initiated in 2003 and developed to provide financial assistance for foster parents and their adult children when charged with a criminal offense (abuse) under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act against a foster child they have cared for or are caring for. Minor children are eligible for legal counsel through the normal Legal Aid program or by virtue of Section 11. (2) of the Young Offenders Act and cannot access this program.

Alberta Restorative Justice Association
The Alberta Restorative Justice Association is committed to being a collective voice to strengthen Restorative Justice in Alberta communities by establishing and providing information, education, and awareness towards best practices in Restorative Justice.

BearPaw Legal Education & Resource Centre (Alberta)
The BearPaw Legal Education & Resource Centre (BearPaw Education) is a program offered by Native Counselling Services of Alberta and funded by the Alberta Law Foundation aimed at helping Aboriginal people navigate the legal system and gain awareness of their legal rights.

Calgary Legal Guidance
Calgary Legal Guidance provides free legal advice for individuals with low income. Offers free outreach legal advice clinics in various community settings. Legal advice may be provided around a number of topics such as divorce, family law, employment, social benefits advocacy etc. Also provides a lawyer referral service.

Canadian Children’s Rights Council
The Canadian Children’s Rights Council, is a non-profit, non-governmental educational and advocacy organization concerned with Canadian children’s human rights and responsibilities.

Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic
The Central Alberta Community Legal Clinic (CACLC) provides legal advice and information to people who cannot afford a lawyer and do not qualify for legal aid.Volunteer Lawyers provide information and summary legal advice in the Clinic Program about a variety of legal matters including family and civil law, by appointment only.

Child and Youth Advocate.
Legal representation for kids in care

Courtprep Virtual Courtroom
Interactive visual court room and related resources

Edmonton Community Legal Centre
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre is a non profit organization that offers free legal information, advice and representation for people living with low income in the Edmonton area.

Alberta Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General
Information about Alberta’s justice system Aboriginal justice Child Support Recalculation Program Family law information & child support assistance Maintenance Enforcement Program Mediation & counselling services The Office of the Public Trustee Young Offenders Program

Grande Prairie Legal Guidance
Grande Prairie Legal Guidance (GPLG) is a non-profit joint initiative between Pro Bono Law Alberta (PBLA), The Community Village and Grande Prairie lawyers. Volunteer lawyers from the Grande Prairie community donate their professional time to meet with clients and provide legal guidance and information.

Your Legal Rights
Teen pregnancy: The Law on Child Support
Teen Pregnancy – Part One: Medical Decisions
Teen Pregnancy – Part Two (non-medical decisions)
Pregnant at 15: Some legal issues relating to treatment

Law Central Alberta (A website of the Legal Resource Centre)
LawCentral Alberta is a portal or collection of links to law-related information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Albertans. Their purpose is to create an educated public who understands their rights and responsibilities under the law, and who knows where to go for legal help and referral.

Legal Aid Society of Alberta
Provide a continuum of innovative and cost effective legal services for people in need throughout Alberta.

LegalAve
Solving family issues sometimes involves courts, but it does not have to. Either way, you need to know about your options, and what to expect. Visit LegalAve and you will find information about navigating the legal system, alternatives to court, and where to get help with legal issues. (A project of Aleberta Legal Information Society This site contains general legal information for people in Alberta, Canada. It is not intended to be used as legal advice for a specific legal problem)

Lethbridge Legal Guidance
Lethbridge Legal Guidance is a nonprofit organization that offers free legal guidance to low income individuals who have a legal problem and do not qualify for Legal Aid.

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (Edmonton)
Booklets on Rights for Children and Youth in Care
Children Have Rights (for children 11 years and under) Children and Young People Have Rights (for children 12 years and older)

Stikeman Elliott (Calgary)
Enjoys a long tradition of pro bono and community service work. With the firm’s support and encouragement, many of their lawyers make a significant contribution to the community.

Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Free Legal Support  Custody And Access: Children of Married Parents Seeking a Divorce
The Criminal Law Project assists people who have been charged with an offence, but who do not qualify for Legal Aid, and who cannot afford a lawyer

TODAY Family Violence Help Centre (Edmonton)
When a person is charged with a family violence-related crime, they have to go to provincial court. This court process can be difficult for anyone, but especially for someone who’s been abused. There are people who want to help you, and workers from the Women’s Shelter, the Outreach Centre, John Howard Victim Assistance Program, the Crisis Centre or Victim Services can be with you during the court process if you wish

Victims of Crime Fund
Financial Benefits Program.
Any provincial fines and surcharges which result from criminal proceedings in the province are used to fund this program. The Victims of Crime Fund is administered by the Public Security Division within Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security. The Financial Benefits Program in Alberta aims to provide victims of crime who have suffered physical or emotional harm as a direct result of a violent crime in Alberta a one-time financial benefit based on the victim’s injuries to aid in the quickest most efficient recovery of the victim.

WillowNet: Abuse and the Law in Alberta
Legal information for Albertans experiencing violence in a relationship.

Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO – Alberta)
Deliver legal services to young persons who are charged with criminal offences in Edmonton and Calgary. Except where there is a conflict of interest, the Legal Aid Society of Alberta refers its clients in those cities to the Youth Criminal Defence Office (YCDO). The YCDO operates under the supervision of a Senior Counsel who is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society. The YCDO also employs a number of lawyers in Calgary and Edmonton. Social workers, youth workers and administrative staff support

YouthLaw.ca
Offer legal advice, information, referrals and services to children and youth. Lawyers at CLERC provide representation to young people 19 years of age and younger (24 and under if they are pregnant/parenting youth) who do not have access to legal support. They answer questions and provide referrals in all legal and legally related civil law matters. They help young people get a lawyer to answer questions like: · My parents are splitting up. What happens to me? · My girlfriend is pregnant. What are my rights as a dad? · My parents kicked me out. What can I do? · My employer won’t pay me. What can I do? · My mom won’t let me see my dad. Is there anything I can do? · I’m 16. Can I sign a lease? · I’m adopted. How can I get information on my biological parents? · My parents are arranging my marriage. Is there anything I can do? · I don’t have any identification. How can I get some?
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AARCS (Calgary)
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) Offering affordable spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats in Alberta.  It is our aim to provide a sustainable and accessible program that will significantly reduce the number of dogs and cats without homes, as well as enhance the health and wellbeing of pets.Through their network of participating veterinarians, we offer reduced-fee spay/neuter services for both dogs and cats, in rural and urban centres of Alberta.

Alberta SPCA
Pet safekeeping for people leaving violent relationships. Safety is an important concern, and confidentiality is maintained for the protection of all concerned. The program is offered at no charge to those who need it.

Alberta Helping Animals Society (Alberta)
To qualify for coverage for veterinary services, clients must be on AISH, receiving social assistance, fall under the low income cut off or have special circumstances AHAS Home Veterinary Services provides no-cost house call services in Edmonton and surrounding communities to vulnerable people who are not able to access regular veterinary care

Boyle Street Community Services Pet Food Bank
Pet food available for Albertans with low incomes

CNIB Guide Dog Assistance Fund
Extend monetary help to visually impaired pet owners across Canada facing overwhelming vet bills.

CUPS and University of Calgary’s Veterinary Faculty of Medicine (Calgary)
Run 6 vet clinics a year to assist low income pet owners

Dog Guides Canada
Pays for vet care while a dog is in guide training, but doesn’t finance the medical expenses of working dog graduates. “We provide a $25,000 Dog Guide at no cost, with the agreement that the client is able to care for the Dog Guide once they return home from training,” says Dog Guides Canada communication manager Natalie Moncur.

Lacombe Veterinary Centre Senior Discount
Lacombe Veterinary Centre offers a 10% discount to clients over the age of 65.

MEOW Foundation
Offers a subsidized Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), Cat Food Assistance Program and Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Program for cats living in the Calgary community

No Cost Spay/Neuter Program Calgary
The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services will begin accepting applications for the No Cost Spay/Neuter Program which provides free spay and neuter surgery for cats and dogs of eligible low income Calgarians.

PALS (Prevent Another Litter Subsidy) Program 
The PALS (Prevent Another Litter Subsidy) program is offered by the Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) to reduce our community’s homeless pet population by assisting people who do not have the financial ability to spay or neuter their animals. Citizens of Edmonton and surrounding communities with low income can apply to have their dog(s) and/or cat(s) spayed/neutered through PALS, and pay only the administration fee. People in Edmonton and surrounding communities who can show proof of low income and have a cat or dog that needs to be spayed/neutered.

  • Proof of income form can include any government-issued paperwork stating your yearly household income, such as: AISH card, Tax Notice of Assessment, or Social Assistance Statement.
  • Proof of income submitted must show your full name on the document to be accepted. They cannot accept paystubs or bank statements.

Pet Card
Pet Card is a veterinary Financing company, that can help you when the unexpected happens with your pet(s). There are a variety of ways you can pay for your veterinary finances with Pet Card. You can choose to finance the full amount, or Pet card can finance a portion. Your equal monthly payments can also be customized to suit your budget; payment options can range from six months to five years. To apply for petcard financing you need to fill out the application form. Contact us for more information or visit the Pet Card website to fill out your application.

Tails of Help (Calgary)
A volunteer run registered charity that assists pet parents with low income in emergency cases where a pet could die without veterinary intervention

Please contact the school administrator in your area for information on options and assistance with school supplies and fees. Remember to check your local library for free access to internet for home work or call 211 for additional support.

Alberta Government Children in Care
During their time in care, children are provided with very similar services, supports, supervision and guidance that are typical for children in Alberta. Whether through their caseworker, caregiver or community programs, and based on their age and specific needs, children in care can receive:

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Alberta’s Promise
Back-to-school community fairs help kids get off to a good start

City of Edmonton Reuse Centre
School supplies. Organizations and individuals can purchase items at the Reuse Centre for a nominal fee and may take as many items as they require.

CLIK – Computers for Low-Income Calgarians
The Computers for Low-Income Calgarians (CLIC) program provides home computers to individuals and families in Calgary that otherwise cannot afford.

Okotoks School Supply Program
The School Supply Program is an income-based program to assist families in need with the cost of school supplies. Who can access the funding? Parents of students in kindergarten through grade 12 who attend school in Okotoks, DeWinton, Black Diamond, or Turner Valley are eligible

Parent’s Choice Bursary (Calgary)
The mission of The Parent’s Choice Bursary is to provide an educational alternative for children from low-income families in Calgary and area.

The Salvation Army (Edmonton)
Ensures every child has the school supplies he or she needs for the first day of school. Contact your school about the back pack program

Staples for Education (Calgary)
Families unable to afford school supplies for children that are in Kindergarten to Grade 12 are asked to contact 3-1-1 by calling or through Calgary.ca. Families will then be provided a Community Resource Centre to contact according to their neighbourhood. The Resource Centre will conduct an assessment prior to registering families. Alternatively, families can search for their community name here to find an agency contact. When contacting the agency for your assessment, please refer to “Staples for Education.

Books on the Bus connects Red Deer Transit riders with free reading material to enjoy during their commute, on their lunch break or anytime. Books for all ages and reading abilities are available including children’s books, graphic novels and fiction and non-fiction for adults.
Take it, Read it, Share it is the key message of the Books About Town project. Take the books that are available within the community Little Free Libraries. Read to reduce stress, feed your imagination, increase your literacy, and create bonds with your children. Share the books with friends and family or return them to Library unit for others to enjoy

Brooks Toy Lending Library Toy Lending Library
Toy Lending Library 403-362-3232

Calgary Board of Education Books for Kids
Give a Child the Gift of Reading The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is pleased to collaborate with a group of corporate and community partners to give children the gift of reading. Book Bags for Kids is an initiative that puts books in the hands of children who may have limited access to reading materials in their homes. Close to 8000 children in 44 CBE schools benefited from the program last year

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society Toy Lending Library
The Toy Lending Library offers a variety of toys, books in different languages and videos for children from toddlers to 10 years of age. Books are available in the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dinka, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Pashtu, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

Carstairs Toy Lending Library
The Toy Library is a cost effective alternative. Parents, relatives, and caregivers can borrow from our vast selection of toys

CNIB Toy Lending Libraries
Stop by and check out their new and exciting toys for children with vision loss!  Please note that items may be loaned for one month at a time. Please return toys or resources on time as they need to be shared with a large group. Calgary Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please check in with the receptionist when you arrive. Lethbridge office hours:
Calgary 403-327-1044.
Red Deer  403-346-0037
Medicine Hat 403- 527- 2211

Family Futures (Millwoods Edmonton) Toy Lending Library
Parents who have purchased a yearly membership (cost: $5.00) can borrow age appropriate toys for their children birth to 6

Family Services of Central Alberta Toy Lending Library
Toy Lending Library offers many toys, books and activities for those busy little babies and toddlers. The best thing about the library is that it is free! You sign toys in and out on a weekly basis.

Frugal Edmonton Mama
Christmas on a Budget: How to Host a Toy Exchange. Getting together with a group of friends throughout the holidays to exchange cookies and appetizers is a popular way to stay in budget, but what about toys? Gathering together close to the holidays can make it simple to stay within budget throughout the holidays. Let’s face it, a lot of the toys are like new at these types of event, so it’s an easy way to save.

Games Kids Play
Looking for kids games?  How about rules for playground games, verses for jump-rope rhymes, and much more???  Check out this site.

Grammas’ Toy Shop (Edmonton) Grammas’ Toy Shop
Reconditioned toys and collectibles. (4451 – 99 Street Edmonton) They carry most of the popular name brands Many play sets that you would still find in other toy stores as well as many that have been retired. All toys at Grammas’ are cleaned, sanitized and put back into original sets ready for our children to enjoy. Prices vary widely according to the age, condition and availability of the toy. Compared to the same toy new, prices are about 25-50% less than that of the new toy

Grande Prairie Public Library
The Toy Library is a collection of sturdy, washable toys stored in bags on two large display caterpillars in the Children’s Department. Most of the toys are for preschool children, but there are some that will appeal to older children as well

High Level Toy Lending Library Society
Offers a collection of toys for families of children 0-twelve years of age to borrow

Society for Support of Pregnant and Parenting Teens (Grande Prairie)
All clothing, toys and equipment donations are free of charge for those participating in the program.

Alberta Supports is a Government of Alberta centralized point of contact for Albertans seeking information on employment, disability, financial, healthcare, housing and homelessness, childcare, seniors, guardianship and trusteeship, and abuse and bullying prevention services and programs. Visit an Alberta Supports Centre (see locations here) or visit  Alberta Supports Online to get help  accessing more than 30 programs and 120 community services1-877-644-9992 toll-free province-wide 1-800-232-7215  TTY province-wide, ask to speak to Alberta Supports Email general inquiries  

Alberta Government Compensation guide for foster and kinship caregivers
This financial information guide provides caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities that Child and Family Services (CFS) or Delegated First Nations Agency (DFNA) and caregiver parents have when a child is placed in care. It explains the financial process to access funds for children in care.

Access Calgary
Manages the eligibility, booking, scheduling, and dispatching of shared-ride, door-to-door transportation services for Calgarians with disabilities. Encompasses services provided by Handi-Bus and Special Needs Taxi.

Angel Flight Alberta
A charitable organization that provides free, accessible air transportation for people who must travel for medical purposes.

Ben Calf Robe Society Health for Two (Edmonton)
Bus tickets for doctor appointments

Boyle Street Community Services (Edmonton)
Bus tickets for employment, medical appointments, or other urgent needs, subject to availability

Calgary Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass Transit
The Calgary Transit Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass is available to Calgarians with income lower than 75% of the Low Income Cut Off set by the Federal Government The Low-Income Monthly Transit Pass is valid on all regular Calgary Transit and Access Calgary Shared Ride Services and Special Services.

Calgary City Cab
Special services include but not limited to School pick & drop for special child, Grocery pick & drop for special needs, Non-emergency Patient pick & drop to hospital, Medicine pick and drop for special needs and vehicles are wheelchair accessible with 24/7 on stand-by

Donate A Ride (Edmonton)
DONATE A RIDE has grown tremendously and is now helps thousands of Edmontonians every year through local social service agencies. The agencies provide the transit tickets to low-income families that are in need of basic transportation to get to employment, educational and social services, improving their quality of life.

E4C Crossroads Outreach (Edmonton)
Transportation and support for important appointments (call ahead of time)

Easter Seals Disability Travel Card™
Makes it easier for people with disabilities to travel. It provides identification allowing adult attendants to travel with people that have permanent disabilities at no cost on participating Canadian coach operators or Via Rail. The person with a disability that’s accompanied by an adult attendant then travels at a reduced fare.

Town of Banff Low Income Roam Transit Bus Pass
This service provides a free monthly transit pass to Banff residents who qualify

Edmonton Tool Library is officially opening to the public. The Edmonton Tool Library will open Saturday afternoon at the Bellevue Community League on 112 Avenue. The idea for the tool-sharing non-profit society was first conceived last year. A tool drive was held last October, the space at the community league was acquired and the library will now be open every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Help Portrait (Edmonton)
Photographers who are using their time, equipment and expertise to give back to those who are less fortunate. Providing free portraits

Visit our Directory of ALIGN Member Agencies  and find out more about the agencies in Alberta that work with children, youth and families.

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