Equipping the nonprofit sector to thrive and supporting volunteerism during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is an overwhelming amount of information and resources about COVID-19. At Volunteer Alberta, we believe in equipping the sector to thrive and the value of volunteerism and the nonprofit sector.
On this page, you’ll find Volunteer Alberta resources, curated resources, relevant provincial news with many more resources to come.
Keeping track of the Federal Government relief measures
Imagine Canada has created a chart summarizing Federal Government relief measures that will apply to some or all of the sector. They will continue to update it as new programs or details about existing programs are announced.
The COVID-19 Fundraising Template Kit for Nonprofits
ATB Cares makes it easy for all Albertans to support the causes they care about. Your charity of choice receives 100% of your donation through this site and ATB will match 15% of every dollar donated to Alberta, non-religious charities to an annual
limit of $240,000.
Canada Emergency Business Account: This $25 billion program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans.
Emergency funding for Alberta charities and non-profits: The Alberta government is providing $30 million in immediate funding to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations to support their responses to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
AGLC expands use of proceeds: Charities can use proceeds for other uses to maintain key charitable programs while addressing impacts of the crisis.
The Telus Friendly Future Foundation has committed $10 million to support COVID-19 response efforts.
Organization and tax support
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant: Funding from the Government of Alberta for Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and nonprofit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 50 per cent, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: The proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would cover 75 per cent of salaries for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020. Employers of all sizes and across all sectors of the economy would be eligible with the exception of public sector entities.
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses: This program will lower rent by 75 per cent for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19. Application details coming soon.
Temporary Wage Subsidy: The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
CRA income tax filing: The filing date for charities has been extended to December 31, 2020 for charities with Form T3010 due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
Work Sharing Program: A three-party agreement amongst employers, employees and Service Canada, where the employees must agree to a reduced schedule of work and to share the available work over a specified period. The program allows employers to temporarily reduce its employee’s work schedule, by providing the employee with a portion of their reduced income.
Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) Premium Payment Deferral: Small and medium businesses in the private sector (as well as those in voluntary industries), are eligible to receive a reduction in their WCB premiums. The government will cover 50% of the 2020 premium when it is due in 2021.
Resources from Volunteer Alberta
Resources from the Government of Alberta
Resources from Volunteer Canada
Resource(s) from Volunteer Calgary
August 15, 2020 update: Flexibility for some Alberta nonprofits to delay AGMs and hold remote meetings has now ended
Earlier this year, when the COVID-19 crisis began, the Government of Alberta responded with a suspension of deadlines for nonprofits governed by Alberta law to hold their annual general meetings. Furthermore, nonprofits could hold their meetings through remote means such as videoconference, teleconference or other means despite any provision in their articles, bylaws, rules or memorandum.
However, it is important for Alberta nonprofits to know that this government order has now lapsed. As such, Service Alberta has noted that temporary changes to several acts and regulations that fall under the oversight of Service Alberta are no longer in effect as of August 15. Timelines or other obligations have returned to normal.
Learn what this means for Alberta nonprofits (unless further government orders are made).
Federal policy and updates
Ontario Nonprofit Network’s Federal Policy List
Changes to Canada Summer Jobs program to help businesses and young Canadians affected by COVID-19
How has COVID-19 impacted the Nonprofit Voluntary Sector?
Alberta Nonprofit Network’s survey results: The Impact of COVID-19 on Alberta’s Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations
Ontario Nonprofit Network’s COVID-19 Flash Survey Results
The study, “Volunteering in Canada: Challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” based upon the 2018 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating (GSS GVP, measures the contributions of those who have given their time. You can also find more volunteer information on Statistics Canada’s website.
Resources to support your organization during COVID-19
Be prepared for a pandemic or disaster response with ECVO’s Pandemic Policy.
Learn how to prepare for and overcome a crisis in your nonprofit with Volunteer Alberta’s latest guide: Quick start guide to crisis communications.
Be informed about finances with the Muttart’s newest report, Paths forward in financially troubled times: A restructuring and insolvency guidebook for charities and nonprofits.
Sign your name to Imagine Canada’s letter campaign
Additional support is necessary to cover core operational costs that allow charities to keep their lights on and continue their programming amidst the added challenges COVID-19 presents.
To ensure our sector is able to provide vital services amid rapidly rising costs, falling revenues, and, for many, a substantial increase in demand, Imagine Canada is urging the government to implement a Sector Resilience Grant Program. Canada’s charities and nonprofits require investment to survive this crisis and to help lead the recovery effort once society reopens.
Other ways to advocate:
1. Write a letter to the government and your MLA and MP to reinforce the Alberta Nonprofit Network’s and Imagine Canada’s recommendations.
2. Share these letters within your network via social media or other channels.
3. Share your needs, challenges, resources and ideas to email@example.com.
Advocacy letters and recommendations
Volunteer Alberta is taking appropriate measures to reduce possible exposure and spread of the virus as directed by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
Effective Monday, March 16, the Volunteer Alberta office is closed, and staff are working remotely until further notice. The Volunteer Alberta team will continue to deliver prompt service and communications for our valued Members, program participants, partners and funders.
As the situation unfolds, Volunteer Alberta will continue to monitor the situation and respond according to the direction of AHS with the safety of our team, stakeholders and communities in mind.
Please note the following:
- For external scheduled meetings and events, we will contact you individually to explore ways to connect virtually instead of in-person.
- We encourage you to stay in touch with us via email rather than by phone. You can find our contact information on our team webpage.
- For up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19, we recommend frequently checking the Alberta Government’s website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The team at Volunteer Alberta