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Here you will find information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the Town of Bonnyville.

Social Services Support for COVID-19 Funding Criteria

Overview

The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.

Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Edmonton and Calgary, and from Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) representing the remainder of the province, funding will be distributed to civil society organizations.

These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.

FCSS Funding Distribution

The $30 million in funding will be distributed to the following municipalities:

  • $7 million to Edmonton FCSS (one-time grant)
  • $9 million to Calgary FCSS (one-time grant)
  • $14 million to Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) to municipalities and Metis Settlements outside of Edmonton and Calgary (one-time grant)

o  Municipalities and Metis Settlements who require funding will be required to submit a funding request to the FCSSAA.

As funding is being distributed outside the scope of the FCSS Act and Regulation, the 80/20 funding rule will not apply.

Charitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to connect directly with their local FCSS program to receive detailed funding guidelines and grant criteria. FCSS will work closely with Community and Social Services (CSS) to obtain project approvals.

Grant funding must be expended by March 31, 2021. Any surplus dollars from the grant must be returned and cannot be carried over to the following fiscal year (2021/2022).

Eligible Services

For services to be eligible, they must address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID- 19 and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus.

Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home and individuals with limited access to supports. Services should align with one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • help people maintain independence, build resiliency and strengthen their ability to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • provide supports to help sustain people remain members in the community during the COVID- 19 pandemic;
  • fund civil society organizations to deliver projects for vulnerable Albertans who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • coordinate services and programs to address the social well-being of vulnerable Albertans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples of Eligible Services

  • Services to allow individuals, seniors and families who are isolated to have their home needs met, including home support and support services for children and families. Examples include: transportation or delivery of goods, such as groceries or prescriptions, housekeeping services, caregiver relief and other services.
  • Services to build capacity and strengthen volunteer work in the community. Examples include: food and meal service delivery, grocery shopping, helplines, volunteer support coordination, out of pocket expenses for volunteers and information services.
  • Provide alternate ways of supporting individuals and families so people can function within this new environment. Examples include: telephone mentoring, counselling/emotional mental health supports and supports to help address economic and food security needs.
  • Expand or supplement efforts to provide information and referral services and telephone/online support. Examples include: crisis/distress lines, 211 services, promotion of information and services, posters and signage.

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any expense NOT related to addressing the social well-being of those most vulnerable due to COVID-19.
  • Offering direct assistance in the form of money or shelter.
  • Being primarily rehabilitative or health-focused in nature.
  • Purchase of any capital assets.
  • Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the project.

Reporting Requirements

Organizations chosen to provide services and supports will need to sign an agreement and submit a report at the end of the grant term. This report must demonstrate that activities were completed and monies spent as described in the agreement.

Application Process

Organizations should contact their local FCSS to request funding for specific programs or services in their community. Funding for specific programs and services will not be distributed directly from the Alberta Government.

All projects must adhere to government recommended procedures and standards pertaining to COVID-19.

Key Contacts

Bonnyville & District FCSS

Phone: 780-826-2120

Email: bdfcss@town.bonnyville.ab.ca

Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA):

Email: director@fcssaa.org Phone: 780-422-0133

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health ahs.ca
Mental Health Resources: During COVID-19
Mental health information during crisis is important. Alberta Health Services has information and a number of resources available for Albertans and our staff to help.
Mental health resources are posted here, www.ahs.ca/helpintoughtimes.
COVID-19 Online Resources
For helpful advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk to children.
• Coping and Connection for Children & Families During COVID-19 (AHS)
• COVID-19 and Your Mental Health (AHS)
• Practical and Emotional Preparedness for a Pandemic (AHS)
• Mental health and coping with COVID-19 (CDC)
• Talking with children about COVID-19 (CDC)
• Talking with children during infectious disease outbreaks (SAMHSA)
Podcast
https://soundcloud.com/ahs-communications/ahs-covid-19-podcast-dr-mitchell/s-uqRho?fbclid=IwAR1-cArxNilIZNFYdDYt3GBJIXpKS3R0jZwO20GL6FDocJFdSxpvHsMW1Jc
Need more?
Be sure to check regularly to the online information as resources will be updated and added as developed. Future podcasts and videos will also be shared in the coming days.

Public Notice

TOWN OF BONNYVILLE – COVID – 19

Effective Monday, March 23rd, 2020 All Town of Bonnyville Facilities Will Be Closed to the Public.

Should you require the assistance of any of our office staff, we will be happy to

help you over the phone. Please Call 780-826-3496 if you need assistance.

The Council Meeting on Tuesday March 24, 2020 will still be open to the Public,

subject to the Chief Medical Officers recommended COVID response.

We continue to encourage our residents to follow guidance from Alberta Health

Services, and the directives of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. To keep up to

date on COVID-19 in Alberta, please visit www.ahs.ca/COVID-19.

Public Notice

TOWN OF BONNYVILLE – COVID – 19

The Town of Bonnyville is monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Alberta. The Town has

taken the following steps and continues to revise services in these unprecedented circumstances.

To reduce risk to citizens and staff, we recommend calling before visiting the Town Administration building to

see if we can assist you over the phone or online.

To enhance social distancing, you can pay utilities and taxes online through your financial institution and you

can also download the App called Pay-TM to pay online.

Office of the Minister

March 20, 2020

Dear Alberta parents,

We are in unprecedented times. Your child’s routine has changed due to the provincial health emergency we are all facing. I appreciate that you are wondering where we go from here with your child’s education. I am writing today to answer some of these questions.

First, I want to thank every Albertan involved in our province’s education system. Everyone has come together to work on a path forward – teachers, support staff, superintendents, administrators elected trustees, education associations, the provincial government and many others. It is important you know that we are all working towards the same goal – to make this part of your child’s life as normal as possible.

With that in mind, four principles are guiding our efforts.

  • The safety of students and staff comes first.
  • Student learning will continue.
  • Provincial funding is still flowing to schools.
  • Your school division has flexibility to do what is best for your community.

Student learning

Students will continue to learn. I have set the expectation that:

Kindergarten to grade 3: content will focus on language/literacy and math/numeracy, with teachers assigning an average of 5 hours of work per week.

Grades 4-6: content will focus mainly on language/literacy and math/numeracy, with some time spent on social studies and science. Teachers will assign an average of 5 hours of work per week.

Grades 7-9: content will focus on language arts, math, science and social studies, with teachers assigning an average of 10 hours of work per week.

Grades 10-12: content will focus on core courses required for high school graduation – which are English, math, social studies, biology, chemistry and physics. Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week.

School divisions will decide how to deliver at-home student learning. This could include online learning, or other forms of delivering content, such as the development of course packages and telephone check­ ins. This will vary based on your child’s grade, school and school division. Many parents have already heard what their school is planning for your child. If you have not, you can expect to hear from them soon.

Where possible, schools will work with high school students to  complete  their courses  to  the best  of their ability, providing a final mark and awarding credits. If a student is unable to complete a course that would have allowed them to progress to the next grade, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure student progression.

For parents who want to help supplement their child’s learning, more than 4,000 resources aligned with Alberta’s curriculum are available on www.learnalberta.ca.

Moving to the next grade

Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level. Teachers will be responsible for assessing a student’s progress and assigning a final grade. All students who were on track to progress to the next grade will do so.

For our students in grades 6 and 9, I am confirming that provincial achievement tests are cancelled.

Grade 12 students

Students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate. Principals will have th e ability to award up to 15 credits to students in grade 12 whose program has been negatively impacted by class cancellations. For courses that have already begun, schools will complete them with the student to the best of their ability, provide a final mark and award credits.

If the student is unable to complete a course that would have led them to achieving a high school diploma, for example a work experience or a career and technology studies course, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure the student graduates.

General diploma exams are cancelled. There will be some exceptions for students who need to take them.

Working hard to help your child

I know this is not a perfect situation. For the time being, this is our new reality. I want to leave you with this- many, many education professionals are working very hard to make your child’s learning as normal as possible. I am confident that our education system will continue to excel, largely because of the hard work of everyone across the province.

I want to express my deep appreciation for the work that you are doing and the effort you continue to put into your children’s success. These are extraordinary circumstances, but the perseverance of you and your children is truly remarkable.

We will get through this, together!

Please reach out to your local school and school division to find out what the specific plans are for your child. You can also send your questions to studentsupport@gov.ab.ca.

For general information on the COVID-19 situation in Alberta, please visit www.albert a.ca/co vid19. This website is updated daily.

Yours truly, (original signed)

Adriana LaGrange Minister

TOWN OF BONNYVILLE – COVID – 19

The health and safety of our community, residents and employees are the Town’s top priority. The Town continues to work with the province, community partners and the community in the on-going response to COVID-19 in Bonnyville. While the risk to residents remains low, we remain vigilant and prepared to support our community’s needs.

It is business as usual for the Town of Bonnyville. Services such as bill payment, garbage pick up and water/sewer service continue to be provided by Town Staff.

Bill Payments can be made at the Town Hall during business hours (Monday to Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.) or online through your financial institution.

Effective immediately the Bonnyville Reginal Fire Authority has closed all Fire Stations, EMS Station and the 911 Call Centre to the Public.

Residents are reminded not to attend Town facilities or any public facilities if they are feeling ill. Call Alberta HealthLink at 8-1-1 for non-emergency health information about COVID-19 and 9-1-1 only in the case of a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress. 

The COVID-19 outbreak remains a fluid situation and information can change quickly and often. The Town of Bonnyville is prepared to make additional changes to policies as required in order to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

This information is only current at the time of writing and can change quickly. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the Government of Canada, Province of Alberta and Alberta Health websites.

We will be updating residents through the Town of Bonnyville Facebook page and the Town of Bonnyville Website.

COVID-19 Support for Employers and Employees

https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-support-for-employers.aspx

Alberta Health Services – Geographical Map with Sub-zones

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