COVID-19 Resources for Alberta Nonprofits and ACGC Members
Check here regularly for nonprofit and charity COVID-19 updates, information webinars, and resources provided by ACGC and partner organizations. Members of ACGC will receive timely updates right to their inboxes.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 travellers 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.
Alberta Nonprofit and Charity Resources for COVID-19
- CanWaCH – Working From Home
- 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
- Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies – PSS-SEL Training Module
- 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
March 31, 2020
French call at 10 a.m. (MST) | English call at 11 a.m. (MST)
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.
Can’t make it? By registering, you will receive a recording of the call.
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?