COVID-19 Resources for Alberta Nonprofits and ACGC Members
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Announcements from Government of Canada
Many of you may be supporting Canadians that are currently abroad and are seeking to come home. We encourage you to share the following official information from the Government of Canada, far and wide:
For the latest and most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit Canada.ca/coronavirus or contact the coronavirus information line at 1-833-784-4397.
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is receiving requests for the use of gaming funds for charitable organizations to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their organizations. In light of the ever changing situation that COVID 19 presents any PPE requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis, as every situation differs, they will need to know details about the proposed use for PPE, who it is for, etc.
Anyone who is interesting can submit their request to firstname.lastname@example.org and the AGLC will consider the request for approval.
COVID-19 has changed the lives of people everywhere and highlighted inequalities around the world. All countries are affected and strong global cooperation and solidarity are needed to fight this pandemic. Canada is committed to working with countries around the world to ensure everyone, everywhere has access to new solutions developed to test, treat and immunize against COVID-19. At the same time, international support is needed to address the immediate humanitarian and development impact of the pandemic in developing countries, with particular attention to the most vulnerable.
Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, today announced a commitment of $120 million in support of the activities of the Access to COVID-19 (ACT) Accelerator – with $20 million of that total for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Canada joined other world leaders to launch the ACT Accelerator – a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable distribution of new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines – in May 2020.
Canada will also invest an additional $180 million to address the immediate humanitarian and development impacts of this crisis, helping communities in developing countries mitigate and address the challenges they are facing right now. This funding will support programming aligned with international response plans on priorities, such as essential food security, nutrition, and education initiatives.
Q&A: Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy
Information for charitable organizations
This guide is to be used by GAC staff and project partners in conjunction with Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) Feminist International Assistance Gender Equality Toolkit for Projects and GAC’s Women, Peace, and Security Toolkit.. It demonstrates how to integrate gender equality principles into COVID-19 projects to ensure that the projects adhere to the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) and GAC’s Policy on Gender Equality.
Global Affairs Canada
• Due to COVID-19, many partners are experiencing financial challenges.
• The current holdback approach (5% across contribution agreements) may be contributing to these
challenges for some organizations, particularly those with multiple large projects.
Global Affairs Canada’s Response
Global Affairs Canada is taking a temporary, two-pronged, approach in response to these challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. If warranted, it will be possible for Programs to release or reduce the holdbacks currently applied in contribution agreements for projects ending this fiscal year (2020-2021), and to reduce holdback for international development assistance projects ending next fiscal year (2021-2022). Decisions will be taken on a project-by-project basis, not on an organizational or portfolio basis. This proactive and flexible response is expected to significantly ease cash flow management for partners.
We encourage Canadians outside of the country to register in the Registry of Canadians Abroad to receive important updates (https://travel.gc.ca/
We stand ready to provide consular services to Canadians to the extent possible, while respecting the decisions of local health authorities as they manage this public health emergency. Some limitations may be in effect in some areas of the world. Please note that issues concerning other countries’ visa and immigration rules are beyond the Government of Canada’s control and therefore need to be raised with the relevant country’s authorities.
If you are in need of consular assistance from anywhere in the world can call the 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available) or email email@example.com. Due to the high volume of requests, we are working as fast as possible to respond to Canadians.
For any urgent need for assistance, on account of a medical emergency or otherwise, you may also contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad.
For Canadians who decide to stay abroad, we recommend they:
- monitor local media and follow instructions from local authorities;
- read the Travel Advice and Advisories for up-to-date information on the current situation in the country;
- check with health insurance providers to know more about their policies related to COVID-19, including whether they are covered for medical treatment if they become infected with COVID-19 or for extended stays outside of Canada;
- contact their province of residence regarding any health insurance issues;
- ensure they have sufficient supplies for an extended stay (food, shelter, medications, etc.).
Please consult the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad webpage for more information about how the government is providing financial assistance to Canadian travellers during this difficult time.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, some countries have put measures in place that restrict travel, including closing land borders and shutting down airspace. In some cases, these measures have led to the complete cancellation of flights. For information on border closures, please consult the UNWFP webpage.
We strongly recommend that Canadian travelers follow the advice of local authorities regarding how best to protect their health and safety, such as social distancing or self-isolating, as appropriate.
We also recommend that Canadians regularly consult the Government of Canada’s official travel resources:
- Visit Canada’s Outbreak update page and Travel advice tab
- Check our Travel Advice and Advisories before travelling
- Canadian travellers should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service and follow @TravelGoC on social media to get the latest updates on the situation.
Travellers are encouraged to check with their insurance providers to know more about policy related to COVID-19, and to confirm their coverage is valid until their return home.
Access and admissibility into Canada is handled by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and it is their responsibility in collaboration with Public Health Agency Canada to screen travellers. For more information, please visit https://www.cbsa-asfc.
To support your work during this difficult time, Global Affairs Canada has produced a page on the GAC website showing the latest information, resources, and links related to development assistance aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a link to new guidance on eligibility of COVID-19 potential costs for international development projects.
The new page, Guidance on eligibility of COVID-19 potential costs, can be easily found in the Development section of Global Affairs Canada’s website under Canadian Funding for International Development Projects.
We encourage you to consult this page and the eligible costs link often, as it will be updated regularly with new guidance and information.
The 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).
Alberta Nonprofit and Charity Resources for COVID-19
- How Kids Can Fight COVID-19 – Story Book for children 6-11 years old.
- COVID-19 Hygiene Hub – A free service that supports actors in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to rapidly design evidence-based hygiene interventions to combat the coronavirus.
- Volunteer Connector – Post COVID-19 Volunteer Opportunities
- Canada Helps: COVID-19 Charity List – Add yourself to the list of charities fighting COVID-19 across the world
- Alberta Nonprofit Network (ABNN) COVID-19 Resources – Advocacy and Fundraising
- ECVO COVID-19 Resource Portal – Advocacy and Sharing
- CCIC Dropbox of Resources for Organizations – Education, Legal Resources, Etc.
- Canada Revenue Agency – Charities and Giving
- COVID Humanitarian Portal – Providing COVID specific resources to field practitioners to support their responses
Learning and Capacity Building Towards COVID-19 Response for International Aid Organizations
This course is for those working in healthcare or anyone interested in how we should respond to the outbreak. Created by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The goal of these blogs and webinars is to provide practical and technical support to practitioners working in already complex and challenging contexts, in order to help them navigate the additional challenges posed by COVID-19. By the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies.
This online discussion provided an opportunity for practitioners to discuss M&E challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. By USAID and IDEAL.
- April 27, 2020 – Response by the Honourable Karina Gould to letter from the International Cooperation sector
- April 21, 2020 – Update on filing deadlines for Canadian charities
- April 6, 2020 – COVID-19 Sector Letter Sign-on
- March 25, 2020 – Emergency Coalition of Canadian Charities Open Letter to Prime Minister
- March 24, 2020 – Letter from Global Affairs Canada to Partners
- March 23, 2020 – Imagine Canada Open Letter to Prime Minister
- March 20, 2020 – Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Meeting with Global Affairs Canada (English at 1 hr mark)
- March 2020 – Report: Gender Implications of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Development and Humanitarian Settings
- March 2020 – CCIC Summaries of how Canadian organizations are responding to the crises (Excel Sheet in DropBox)
- March 2020 – ABNN Urges Government to Ensure Necessary Funding Security and Flexibility (Read Letter to Premier Kenney)
- March 18, 2020 – ECVO Letter to Minister Travis Toews on Bylaw Requirements and AGMs
- March 18, 2020 – Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses
Upcoming Information Sessions
How can SMOs support each other in the context of the COVID-19?
April 3, 2020 – 11 a.m. MST (English)
The Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN), Spur Change Program and the Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT) invite Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Organizations (SMOs) to join us as an opportunity to share updates on our programming and discuss how we could support each other in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The objectives of the call are twofold:
- Programming updates from ICN, Spur and FIT. We will share our experiences as examples of how SMOs are pivoting in regards to the COVID-19 crisis.
- What are the impacts of the pandemic on SMOs, your partners and programs? We will provide an opportunity to share your specific needs and share ideas on how you are navigating the current situation.
When you register, you will be asked to respond to the following questions prior to joining the call:
- What are your immediate needs in regards to COVID-19 responses?
- What information, support, or online training would be helpful right now?
The Inter-Council Network (ICN), the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals (CAIDP), the Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac), and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) are pleased to announce that the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for International Development, will be joining us for a virtual Town Hall.
This virtual Town Hall will be an opportunity to hear from the Minister on key issues that matter globally and for your organizations, in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The Town Hall will focus primarily on the medium to long-term impacts of the crisis and will give the sector a chance to voice their priorities directly to the Minister.
You can find the recording of the call here (the call begins in French then continues in English at the 47:40 mark). Please note you may be prompted to register again in order to access the recording.
Please join CCIC, the Canadian Association for International Development Professionals (CAIDP), the Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac), the Inter-Council Network (ICN) and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) for a call on Tuesday. On this call we will share resources and discuss short, medium and long-term responses to the crisis. We also plan to discuss the needs of the sector moving forward on COVID-19 and how we approach government in advocating for those needs.
Thank you so much to those who registered and/or joined our call yesterday with CAIDP, CAN-RAC, ICN and CanWaCH on COVID-19.
You can find the recording of the call here (the call begins in French then continues in English at the 48:08 mark). Please note you may be prompted to register again in order to access the recording.