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CCAA New online evidence-based curriculum ADVANCED PRACTICE IN FORENSIC INTERVIEWING OF CHILDREN

The 15 modules of the course are designed for completion within a maximum time frame of ONE calendar year from your initial registration.  Should it be necessary to extend your study time in the course beyond 12 months, the Centre for Investigative Interviewing is obliged to charge an additional tuition fee of approximately $200 (yearly licensing fee).

  1. Establishing what constitutes ‘best practice’ guidelines
  2. Defining the various questions
  3. Understanding memory and language development
  4. Choosing the most effective open-ended questions
  5. Putting the right questions into practice
  6. Introducing the topic of concern and eliciting a disclosure
  7. Introducing the interview protocol
  8. Assessing your progress
  9. Repeated events
  10. Evidentiary requirements
  11. The “whole” story approach to investigating and interviewing
  12. Cross-cultural issues
  13. Interviewing witnesses with complex communication support needs
  14. Note taking
  15. Putting it all together

New From Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Aug/Sept 2017

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) provides resources and symposia to bring key stakeholders together to help inform policy and practice in Alberta, so that they can create a common framework of understanding. The AFWI routinely scans academic journals for research articles related to its mission and vision.

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Research Update August 2017
This packed with great research!

Brain Story Certification
Master Brain Story science fundamentals in a free, online course developed by the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI) and endorsed by an expert Curriculum Committee. Over 5,500 students have already signed up: 3,800 students from Alberta, with the rest coming from 32 countries around the world. Brain Story Certification is eligible for accreditation with a number of professional bodies. If you haven’t yet enrolled, join your colleagues by registering now.

How We Talk About FASD: Mapping The Gaps In Our Discussions
In a new, in-depth study, the FrameWorks Institute “maps the gaps” that exist for individuals and agencies seeking to communicate with Manitobans about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The study notes the challenges for communication on FASD, given deeply held beliefs about associated topics including substance use, motherhood, responsibility and morality. FrameWorks also points out that effective discussion requires a clear picture of the core concepts that the public must understand in order to support the initiatives that evidence suggests will create positive change. “Seeing the Spectrum” is highly recommended reading for AFWI followers who recognize the importance of FASD research as it fits in the larger world of brain development, mental health and addiction.

Invest in women’s shelters to solve women’s homelessness Sept 7, 2017

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters together with sixteen of their members have published a report: A Safe Path Home, based on their collaborative work over the last two years. The report highlights the work of second-stage women’s shelters in Alberta and provides practical recommendations that government can implement to support women and children who have become homeless due to domestic abuse.

PFC New Report Grantmakers and Governments: THE POSSIBILITIES OF PARTNERSHIP

PFC is interested in raising awareness of the potential for partnering with government and in exploring the roles that philanthropy can play in public-philanthropic. The paper was researched and written by Sheherazade Hirji, a Toronto-based philanthropy consultant and past President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

AFPA 2017 Aboriginal Awareness Weekend Sept. 15 – 17, 2017

Sept. 15 – 17, 2017 Now taking registrations for those who wish to reserve their spot at this year’s event.

Free Webinar – Compassion Fatigue Assessment + Framework + Strategies

In this class, you will learn:

1) The difference between Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Sustainable Caring

2) Your levels of compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress (vicarious trauma). You can download a compassion fatigue assessment as soon as you register for the class.

3) How you move through the phases of compassion fatigue

4) What happens once you get to burnout

5) What to do if you have any signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma or burnout

6) What Caring Safely™ is all about

6) Open Q&A

Webinar Dates:
September 4th, 13th, and 30th
October 15th and 28th.

Free Webinar for Health Care Providers/Managers, Helping Professionals, Social Workers, Teachers and Caregivers/Volunteers

Hosted by: Charlene Richard, B.S.W, M.S.W, RCSW, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Founder of Caring Safely™

CCVO 2017 Mayoral Candidate Forum – September 27, 2017 Calgary

Calgarians head to the polls in October, and CCVO is convening a mayoral candidate forum to talk about the issues that matter most to our sector and city. Join them on September 27 for a conversation with incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi, along with top mayoral challengers including David Lapp and Bill Smith. Learn more and RSVP

Alberta Disability Forum – Opportunity to Network October 5, 2017 Edmonton

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, 5 October 2017 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM (MDT) Edmonton

The forum is an opportunity to network with other organizations that are connected to the disability sector, with discussion and consultation on the future direction of Voice of Albertans with Disabilities,  presentations on the national consultation on accessibility legislation and the Hotel Accessibility Project and updates on the work being undertaken by ADF Working Groups re Accessible and Affordable Housing and Accessibility.

Registration Open Now – Understanding Alberta’s Government Edmonton October 11, 2017

Understanding Alberta’s Government

Journalist and Political Analyst Paul McLoughlin returns to CSAE, bringing his insights about the current Alberta political situation and how government makes it’s policy decisions.

DATE: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

TIME: 8:30 – 9:30 is Breakfast and registration

9:30 – noon is the Speaker

LOCATION: Old Timers Cabin – 9430 Scona Road NW Edmonton

Member Rate: $65.00

Non-Member Rate: $75.00

New Alberta LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines

LGBTQ2S-Youth-Housing-And-Shelter-Guidelines developed by the LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness Working Group

Led by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, this group consists of representatives from community agencies from across Alberta, the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate, Children’s Services and Status of Women. As a commitment to the LGBTQ2S children and youth that we serve in Children’s Services, these guidelines have been accepted to serve as an initial ministry-wide support for our current practice. Nearly one in three homeless youth in Canada identify as LGBTQ2S. This population faces a higher risk of discrimination, violence and abuse in the shelter system than their non-LGBTQ2S counterparts. They are also at a higher risk of mental health concerns, self-harm and suicide than the general population. Research also shows that without acknowledgement or awareness of LGBTQ2S youth and their identities, front-line staff cannot respond appropriately to the needs of these youth effectively, which can result in further marginalization. The LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines are meant to provide information to help individuals and organizations best meet the needs of LGBTQ2S homeless youth. The Guidelines are not standards or regulations, rather they are meant to support workers and organizations providing supports and services to LGBTQ2S young people. They are also meant to be a starting point for the larger discussion on how we are serving LGBTQ2S youth. Children’s Services intends to use these guidelines to inform continuous improvement to policy, practice and program development in the future. The Guidelines are a result of the evidence-based research completed on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and the combined expertise of the members of the LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness Working Group. I encourage you to use the best practices found within the Guidelines to ensure we are providing safe, inclusive and affirming supports for LGBTQ2S youth.

Kim Spicer, MPA, RSW
Senior Manager
Child Intervention Outcomes, Policy  and Practice Support
Policy, Practice and Program Development Branch
Child Intervention Division
Children’sServices

Accessible Hotels in Alberta

Accessible Hotels in Alberta 2017

Voice of Albertans with Disabilities has completed the Creating Accessible Hotels in Alberta project which includes sections on Current Practice, Accessibility Tools and Recommendations for Action. The report provides an overview of the accessibility strategies used internationally and within Canada.

Along with the results of this study, the report also provides tools to assist with assessing and improving accessibility in hotels including:

  1. Templates on Best Practices for Accessible Hotel Rooms and Bathrooms
  2. A Guest Checklist to Assess Accessible Hotel Accommodations
  3. A Hotel Accessibility Self-Assessment Guide for hotels to examine key accessibility elements.

Finally, the report makes recommendations for action that will improve accessibility in hotels.

The full report can be viewed here: Creating Accessible Hotels in Alberta
The summary report can be viewed here: Creating Accessible Hotels in Alberta Summary Report

Participate in Study on the Link Between Children’s Play and Mental Health

Communities For All Children: The loneliness crisis and the decline of free play

The Family and Disability Studies Initiative at the University of Alberta is investigating the link between children’s play and mental health and needs your help

Are you the parent of a 4 or 5 year old child with disabilities? Participation involves completing the ‘Communities for all Children Survey’ this year and once again next year. Upon completion of the project participants will receive a summary of the research findings and a $30 gift card to acknowledge their time.

Phone (780) 492-8568 or email your mailing address to fdsa@ualberta.ca to receive a paper copy of the ‘Communities for all Children Survey’

If you have any questions please contact project manager, Dr Amber Savage, at 780 492 8568, or Professor David McConnell at 780 492 7475

Have Your Say – Alberta Launching a Review of Occupational Health and Safety System

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets the minimum standards for workplace health and safety, and outlines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees. While there have been small changes over the years, the act has not been thoroughly reviewed since 1976.

“All workers deserve healthy and safe workplaces from their first shift through to retirement. Alberta workplaces and the nature of Albertans’ work have changed significantly during the past 40 years. We need to make sure the province’s laws and best practices are helping keep Albertans safe at work.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

The review will examine the OHS Act, as well as compliance, enforcement, education, engagement and prevention efforts in Alberta’s OHS system. It will also clarify employer and worker responsibilities, improve worker engagement and maintain Alberta’s strong focus on illness and injury prevention.

Along with an online survey and written submissions, the review will include roundtable sessions with employers, employees, academics and health and safety associations.

Albertans may participate in the review by completing an online survey at alberta.ca/ohs-review and by sending written comments or submissions to lbr.review@gov.ab.ca. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16, 2017.  

The Procurement Advisory Table (PAT) Final Report to the Ministers of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services August 2017

Procurement Advisory Table – Final Report August 2017

The Procurement Advisory Table (PAT) provided its Final Report to the Ministers of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services. The report includes recommendations for the departments to consider for designing and implementing future contracting approaches.

Arrangements are underway to schedule a meeting involving ALIGN (Rhonda Barraclough) ECVO (Russ Dahms)  ACDS (Andrea Hesse) and Deputy Ministers for both Ministry of Children’s Services and Community and Support Services Shannon Marchand and Darlene Bouwsema the second week of September to determine a course of action going forward considering changes that have occurred since the report was tabled in December.

Related

Response from Minister Sabir to PAT Co-Chair,  Russ Dahms

Terms of Reference

Membership List

Previous PAT Updates

See ALIGN Directory of Contracting News

 

 

National Conference on Disability and Work in Canada Ottawa from November 27 – 29, 2017

The conference will take place in Ottawa from November 27 – 29, 2017. This multi-stakeholder gathering will celebrate progress in the employment of persons with disabilities in Canada and develop a vision and strategy for the years to come. This conference is organized by CCRW, ONIWG, Inclusion NL, and CRWDP.

A “Sneak Peak” of AMP New Indigenous Mentoring Resources

SNEAK PEAK: Resources for Mentoring Refugee, Immigrant & Newcomer Children and Youth

To access the resource one more step is required. Please fill in your contact information to assist in the role-out and evaluation of our new resource. AMP will not share your information, it is only for internal tracking purposes. In the next few months they will send you a brief survey asking for feedback.


Notice to Members  from Michael Jan August 1, 2017

AMP partners work to expand and enhance quality youth mentoring programs for young adults across Alberta.  Here is an exclusive opportunity for a “Sneak Peak” of the new Indigenous Mentoring resources. You might use different language or program labels other than mentoring, but the principles and considerations outlined in the document are valuable for any program that supports Indigenous or non-Indigenous relationships. Share your feedback with Michael Janz michael.janz@albertamentors.ca about how this can be further mobilized into the community.

While ALIGN is a valued “Builder Partner” of the AMP (and Rhonda Barraclough is a member of the Leadership Team), each individual agency should be listed as a AMP Partner! If you have not done so already, please take a moment and fill out our “Partner contact form” so AMP can promote your work and your agency and you can take advantage of our volunteer recruitment capacity! Don’t worry, there is no charge because we are a no-fee partnership

The Mental Health Experience in Canada’s Workplaces: What’s Your Experience?

 

The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell online survey (The Mental Health Experience in Canada’s Workplaces: What’s Your Experience?) collected information about the mental health experience of Canada’s work force, such as: the types of issues (physical and mental health); how people cope with their issues; therapy options; mental health stigma; how organizations support staff with a mental health issue, and the impact of mental health issues on work experience and missing work. They’re leaving the survey open so the one in five workers with a mental health issue who has not participated yet can add their voice to this conversation. You can participate in the survey by clicking on this link.

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Homeless Hub New Report – Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada: A Proposal for Action

Excerpt 0 Almost sixty percent (57.8%) of homeless youth in Canada report involvement with the child welfare system at some point in their lives. In comparison, among the general population in Canada, roughly 0.3% of youth have child welfare involvement. This suggests that youth experiencing homelessness are 193 times more likely than youth in the general population to report involvement with the child welfare system…

ALIGN Association Strategic Directions Update – We Want to Hear From You!

Dear ALIGN Members,

I hope you are having a marvelous summer.  ALIGN is reviewing its strategic directions this summer with the goal of having a strategic plan completed this fall that will lead the way for the next few years.  Last week Nicole, Cathy and I held sessions in Lethbridge, Red Deer, Calgary and Edmonton.  The feedback we heard has been incorporated into the Draft plan so far.  We want to hear for anyone else who may have great ideas.  So I have attached a draft of the plan and some of the directions members have been suggesting we move towards.  If you have any thoughts on these please or think of other things you would like to see us doing please add them to this document and send it back to me.

I would appreciate your thoughts by August 18.  After that we will be finalizing the plan and taking it to the Board of Directors.  Thank you for your participation and support. See you in the fall at the AGM  Sept 29, 2017

ALIGN Mission/Strategic Planning For Members Feedback

Rhonda Barraclough
rhondab@alignab.ca

Executive Director ALIGN Association

Stats Canada Online Chat Session to Discuss Latest 2016 Census Data

Stats Canada Online chat session to discuss the latest 2016 Census data! Friday, August 4, 2017 12:30 to 13:30
As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, Statistics Canada will publish the latest chapter in the story of our country and its people. The third series of results from the 2016 Census of Population will be released on August 2, 2017, on Statistics Canada’s website (www.statcan.gc.ca). These results will focus on the language distribution of the Canadian population, as well as families, households, and marital status in 2016. Want to learn more? Join our chat session with Statistics Canada experts to discuss these findings!

Alberta Government News Release Sole-source Service Contracts Disclosed for Q1

Sole-source Service Contracts Disclosed for Q1
The Government of Alberta’s online database has been updated with service contracts awarded outside a formal competition process during the last fiscal quarter.The Sole-source Service Contract Database has been updated with an additional 769 contracts with start dates on or before June 30, 2017. Of these, 561 provide direct social supports and 208 support government business. The total value of all 769 contracts is approximately $1.9 billion.The online database will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis in support of procurement accountability across the Government of Alberta

Seeking Solutions from Youth Ages 12 – 24 on Reducing Poverty in Canada

The Government of Canada is inviting youth ages 12 – 24 from coast to coast to coast to answer one question: How can we reduce poverty in Canada?
Do you have a great idea or solution? Have you seen something in your community that works? Tell it in a creative way! You could be invited to showcase your entry at a national poverty reduction conference with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos in Ottawa in September 2017. All entries must be submitted online: Complete the entry form. Be sure to read the full contest rules, privacy and legal information before submitting your entry. Please note, a signed consent and release form may be requested. Promote your entry by tagging it with #ReducePoverty on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! All submissions must be received by August 21, 2017. Selected individuals will be contacted.

Canada Revenue New Videos from Gifting and Receipting Video Series

As a part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s continued effort to clarify the rules and terms that commonly confuse charities, the Charities Directorate has recently made available  an educational series on “gifting and receipting”. This series is intended to help charities learn about the rules that relate to receipting and the types of donations in which registered charities can issue a donation receipt  Check out the latest videos!

New Research: Topics Include FASD, Trauma, Abuse and Child Welfare July 2017

Chronicle Of Social Change
Major Breakthrough on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome has Huge Implications for Child Welfare System July 28, 2017
Researchers announced this month that two substances have shown to be effective in rolling back some of the effects of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), a slate of conditions conferred to babies born to mothers who drink during pregnancy.

States Explore Trauma Screening in the Child Welfare System July 28, 2017
“There is definitely a shift towards the recognition that it’s a good thing to do and many systems want to do it, but I think there’s still some concrete challenges to actually putting it into place universally that some states are really struggling with,” Lang said. In a paper published last month, Lang and his colleagues looked at five statewide and tribal initiatives that started the process of creating pilot projects screening for trauma in the child welfare system…

American Academy of Pediatrics
Report Tags Oral and Dental Problems That May Signal Child Abuse and Neglect July 31, 2017
A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in the August 2017 Pediatrics (published online July 31) aims to help identify problems involving a child’s teeth, gums and mouth that may be signs of physical or sexual abuse and neglect. .

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Road to Adulthood Aligning Child Welfare Practice With Adolescent Brain Development July 22, 2017
With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.

Drache Aptowitzer LLP Newsletter July 2017

Drache Aptowitzer LLP Newsletter July 2017 has some great articles for charities! Here are just two

Powers and Limits of an Executive Committee July 2017
It’s a very common practice, especially in organizations with larger boards, to have a subgroup of the directors form an executive committee that makes core decisions. But some caution must be exercised when deciding which powers to delegate to an executive committee – or indeed, to any subgroup of directors. Depending on the law that an organization is formed under, there may be restrictions on which of the directors’ powers can be delegated rather than exercised as a full body…

Withholding July 2017
Charities spend a great deal of time and energy focusing on audits from the Charities Directorate. While this attention on the Directorate is justifiable it is important to recognize that charity regulation is only one function of the Canada Revenue Agency (the “CRA”) and that charities are answerable to the CRA for many of its activities. One particularly troublesome area seems to be the T4 habits of charities. Even where there is no issue with a specific expenditure on a particular individual for a charitable activity….

Review Panel Updates July 2017

NEW

Government responds to OCYA reports Minister Sarah Hoffman issued the following statement, on behalf of Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee, in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today: July 18, 2017

Alberta’s child-welfare system failed First Nations youth: report Globe and Mail July 19, 2017

Alberta government ‘not going to wait’ for feds to close First Nations child welfare gap July 20, 2017

Child advocate ‘concerned’ about government inaction on death recommendations Edmonton Journal July 19, 2017

Alberta’s child-welfare system failed First Nations youth: report Globe and Mail July 19, 2017

 

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The Conference Board of Canada Survey Findings: The Power of Appreciation: Rewards and Recognition Practices in Canadian Organizations

In the summer of 2016, The Conference Board of Canada surveyed Canadian organizations on their rewards and recognition programs, practices, and budgets. The Power of Appreciation shares the findings of that survey, including the types of programs in place, rewards given, cost, and areas of successes and challenges.

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Nonprofit Grants and Awards August/September

Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs program.
Spend a semester as a guest scholar at one of Alberta’s top-tier research universities through the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs program. Designed to advance research and communication in the areas of brain science, toxic stress, and lifelong health outcomes for children and families, the partnership has been welcoming U.S. researchers to Alberta since 2015. Not only do Fulbright scholars contribute to a body of research that will benefit all of us, they gain personal insight and experiences that will last a lifetime. Scholars are invited to apply before August 1, 2017 for the 2018 – 2019 sessions.

First Calgary Savings – Knowledge Builders Grant Program
First Calgary Savings recognizes the necessity of employee learning and training to ensure organizational effectiveness. Teamwork, leadership and vision are critical to personal and professional development and these grants support this development. Your organization must be a registered charitable organization, have an internal learning need that requires financial support (conferences and individual course registrations do not apply), have a local office in Calgary or area or have not received a Knowledge Builders grant in the past year First Calgary Savings Knowledge Builders Review Committee is comprised of representatives from First Calgary Savings, the United Way of Calgary and Area, and CentrePoint. Deadline(January, April, July and October Grants are available for up to $2,500. If a charitable organization that you know has an internal learning need that addresses growth in the area of leadership, planning, teamwork or organizational development, please call the Corporate Citizenship team at 403-230-2783 and ask for more information, or visit First Calgary Savings’ website. Search for the “Knowledge Builders Grant Program”.
Deadline  August 1, 2017

InMotion Network: Go Girl Event Grants
Go Girl events provide a unique opportunity for communities to reach out to their teen girls. Communities are encouraged to apply for a grant to host such an event. InMotion Network provides Go Girl grants up to a maximum of $2500
InMotion Network: Girls In Motion Grants
Girls in Motion’ is a “girl-friendly” program that provides high-quality recreational, sport/physical activity programs specifically for girls ages 10-14 in Alberta. Girls in Motion programs are community run and organised and are made to order based on the needs of individual communities. Communities are encouraged to apply for a grant to address the needs of inactive girls and those girls who are unable to access activity programs due to limitations of income, location, culture, family, perceived ability etc.
InMotion Network: Take the Lead Grants
The ‘Take the Lead’ Grant has been created to help Albertan girls and women become experienced leaders in the sport and recreation fields. Grant monies could be used for training, course fees, professional development, professional certification, clinics, equipment, travel, lodging, meals, and other training related activities. The ‘Take the Lead’ Grant is not intended to support physical activity projects and recreational initiatives. InMotion Network will provide 5 grants of up to $1,000 per individual and/or $3,000 per organisation to girls and women working or volunteering in the sport or active living communities, recreation field or school system who are working towards increasing their leadership capacity.
Deadlines August 1st for programs running between September and December

TELUS Calgary Community Board Grants
Each year we contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of registered charities through our twelve local TELUS Community Boards. We fund programs that best meet our vision and clearly demonstrate the criteria outlined below:

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
  • Deadline August 1, 2017

Inspiration Award
Up to three awards are given out to individuals and groups in each of the following prevention categories:family violence, sexual violence, child abuse and bullying
Nomination forms, with eligibility criteria, are available online or by calling 780-422-5916 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
Deadline August 11, 2017

Strathcona Community Investment Program
Strathcona Community Investment Program (SCIP) funds are available to support community initiatives or events that benefit Strathcona County and its residents.
Deadline August 11, 2017

Leadership Centre of Central Alberta Pillar of the Community Award
Leadership Centre of Central Alberta Pillar of the Community Award Recognizing and celebrating leadership opportunities and leaders who are already giving in extraordinary ways. The intention is to honour an “unsung hero,” someone who does not typically receive recognition for their tireless efforts
Opening Date for Application to be announced soon!

CAJG Applicant Guide

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.
NEW: CAJG now offers more training incentives to employers

  • 100% of training cost covered for eligible unemployed hires (up to $15,000) with incremental training requirement waived
  • Sole proprietors can now train their employees using CAJG
  • Assistance on travel costs for small and medium-sized organizations (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100km one way
    Applications open now!

Battle River Community Foundation 
Organizations seeking funds must demonstrate a strong and committed volunteer board of directors, fiscal responsibility, and effective management of resources. Partnerships and collaboration are encouraged. Projects that impact the largest number of individuals possible, with a modest investment of funds, are preferred. In general, grants are approved for needs not met by other funding sources.
Deadline August 15, 2017

Canadian School Gardens
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to supper an edible educational garden on the grounds of a primary or secondary school. Schools, or a non-profit organization or charity working in partnership with a school, may apply. Interested in a garden grant for a non-profit children’s programming organization, not located at a school? Check out their Extended Learning Garden Grant program
Application Open: September 1st, 2017 and is Closed: November 15, 2017 at 5pm CST

PolicyWise Grants
Relevant applied research that has the potential to improve the well-being of Alberta’s children, their families and communities; they are specifically interested in research that looks at outcomes for children and/or youth. They offer a variety of funding opportunities to get your research going and keep it going for both trainees and independent investigators. PolicyWise encourages researchers and communities to partner equitably in the research processCurrently there are three types of funding opportunities available. Please click here for a description for each type of grant and their corresponding terms and conditions.

  • Seed grant (maximum $10,000)
  • Grant (maximum $40,000)
  • Doctoral award (maximum $64,000)
    Deadline September 1st, 2017.

Calgary Foundation Community Grants Program.
Prior to submitting your request please consult the program guidelines and contact Foundation staff to discuss eligibility. While the program continues to support initiatives that engage citizens and that strengthen charities, this cycle the Foundation is placing emphasis on supporting initiatives that respond to the current economic climate in Calgary through increased collaboration, mergers, the creation of new financial models, and sustainability planning.
Deadline September 10, 2017

The Aviva Community Fund Category 1: Community Development
Category 2: Community Health
Category 3: Community Resilience
Category 4: Community Legacy
Opens September 13, 2017 Closes Oct 2, 2017

Alberta Health Supporting Child and Youth Mental Health Outcomes in Alberta School Settings – Early Career Award Competition
The Early Career Transition Award seeks to mobilize and strengthen provincial capacity and capability for improving child and youth mental health outcomes in Alberta school settings by building the research and evidence base. The scope of this award is broad, including three major areas of focus: integrated community based approaches to 1) health promotion and disease prevention, 2) children and youth with identified mental health and addiction issues, and 3) crisis intervention and management. The Early Career Transition Award enables highly qualified new investigators holding a first academic appointment to have protected time to launch a research career in an area of relevance to children and families that can inform policy, programs or practice. The Award recipient will be expected to enhance their research skills and to develop partnerships with policy-makers and service providers in Alberta. The application and review process for this early career award competition is being managed by PolicyWise for Children & Families (PolicyWise).
Deadline September 14, 2017

Alberta Culture and Tourism Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based Grant
Supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for:

  • New programs and initiatives
  • Community events
  • Community publications
    Deadline September 15, 2017

Alberta Culture and Tourism CIP Operating Grant
Supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:

  • Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
  • Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.
  • Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues.
    Deadline September 15, 2017

The City of Edmonton Citation Awards 
The Citation Awards honour individuals or groups who have given more than 5 years of distinguished service as artists, volunteers, or inspirational leaders in arts and culture, community service, or sports.
Deadline September 15, 2017

TELUS Edmonton Community Board Grants
Each year we contribute millions of dollars in Canada to hundreds of registered charities through our twelve local TELUS Community Boards. We fund programs that best meet our vision and clearly demonstrate the criteria outlined below:

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
    Deadline September 20, 2017

TELUS  AB North Community Action Team Grant
Each year TELUS invests thousands of dollars in Canada to registered charities through our Community Action Team. Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards. Programs are chosen that best meet our funding guidelines and that clearly demonstrate the following criteria: :

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
    Deadline September 21, 2017

Inspirit Pluralism Grants ChangeUp Grants
Grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. We’re accepting
Deadline September 25, 2017

Laidlaw Scaling Impact and Knowledge Building Grants
These programs are: Youth Direct Action, Scaling Impact, and Knowledge Building. Laidlaw invites you to explore these integrated programs.

  • Youth Direct Action will support young people to respond boldly and collectively to community challenges.We invite you to explore these integrated programs.

  • Scaling Impact will support high-impact youth-led and youth-driven initiatives in Ontario with a proven track record of success to achieve deeper impact and influence.

  • Knowledge Building will support research, policy development/analysis/reform and knowledge mobilization activities that will further youth inclusion and wellbeing.

They are excited to launch a call for proposals for Scaling Impact and Knowledge Building Grants. We will be sharing more with you on Youth Direct Action in Winter 2018.
Deadline September 25, 2017

Heritage Council Project Grant
Project Funding grants will provide up to 75 per cent of an applicants eligible expenses, to a maximum of $25,000. This grant is for museums, archives and other heritage organizations that creates a project to help preserve, research, document, interpret, celebrate and raise awareness of the history and heritage of Edmonton. Projects focused on internal capacity building are also eligible.
Deadline September 29, 2017

Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network: Empowerment Fund
The Empowerment Fund provides financial bursaries for individuals living with FASD and/or their caregivers or families. Bursaries can be used for courses and classes (not core education) tutoring, employment readiness and health and wellness therapy
Deadline September 30,2017

See Directory for  Grants With Ongoing Applications

Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant – more incentives to Train Employees

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.

NEW: CAJG now offers more training incentives to employers

  • 100% of training cost covered for eligible unemployed hires (up to $15,000) with incremental training requirement waived
  • Sole proprietors can now train their employees using CAJG
  • Assistance on travel costs for small and medium-sized organizations (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100km one way

Check the CAJG Applicant Guide for details.

(To view other nonprofit grants Click Here)

PolicyWise New Research

A secondary data analysis of emerging stigma from the study, What Albertans Know about FASD

Grant Primary Investigator: Dr. Peter Choate, Mount Royal University

Overview: This FASD data set has been reviewed for its utility in relation to a secondary data analysis focusing on the ways in which public attitudes, stigma, prevention, and intervention intersect. In assessing the general knowledge of FASD through this survey, the data that was available for review highlighted particular intersections for stigma, and potential new avenues for prevention initiatives involving family, community, and bystanders. An early review of the data suggests that there are several perceptions and beliefs that have not been capitalized upon for prevention strategies…

Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of prenatal alcohol exposure and effects

Grant Primary Investigator: Dr. James Sanders, University of Lethbridge

Overview: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a lifelong condition caused by prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) that results in a range of disabilities. Preventing FASD can be done by preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies or reducing the level of PAE during pregnancy. In addition, the lifelong effects of PAE can be mitigated through early intervention. T

 

The Conference Board of Canada – New Report Well-Being in The Workplace

Mental Health and Well-Being In The Workplace: What Works and Why It Makes Business Sense is a newly released report created by The Conference Board Inc. This 29-page report is informed by discussions, literature reviews, and round table events with academics, consultants, and companies known for their impressive well-being programs. It provides recommendations and resources for those looking to begin a well-being initiative at their organization or increase the momentum of a current program, and it includes examples of successful initiatives, the rationale behind their project initiation, and tips for moving the programs forward.
To order your copy of this report for $220, please call 1-866-242-0075, or email me at marketing@conferenceboard.ca.

Government Receives WCB Review Report July 6, 2017

An independent review panel has presented the province with recommendations to modernize Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and better serve Albertans. The WCB system provides no-fault benefits and supports a safe return to work for injured workers. The last comprehensive review of the WCB system was conducted more than 15 years ago. The 189-page report includes 60 recommendations to government.  The WCB review was launched in March 2016 as part of the Government of Alberta’s formal review of agencies, boards and commissions. It also included the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation and the Medical Panel Office.

Fostering Change: A Call For Personal Experiences In Care

Want to share your story and help Youth in Care Canada increase awareness about the experience of being in care? Youth in Care Canada is hosting Fostering Change: A Night In Support of Youth In Care at 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 20th at the Rideau Carleton Raceway in Ottawa, Ontario, and they’d love for you to share your personal experiences and stories with their guests! They’ll be sending out ticket information closer to the date.

They’re looking to feature the stories of youths in/from care and the professionals who work in the Canadian child welfare system at their event through a featurette in the complementary race program given to all guests, and a video in our PowerPoint that will be shown on TVs across the entire Rideau Carleton Raceway complex throughout the night. This is a wonderful way to help people learn more about the experience of being in care and the benefits of supporting youths while in care and after they exit the care system!

They’re accepting both written submissions to include in the complementary race program and video submissions of your story to include as part of promotional emails and social media posts leading up to the event, and screen throughout the evening at Fostering Change.

Written Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions from youth in and alumni from care should center around your personal experience as a youth in care and include a theme of growth and moving toward change for the future.
  • Submissions from professionals who work with youth in care should center around your personal experience working with youth in care and the importance of providing support.
    • Some prompts to tell your story:
  • Submissions should be no longer than 400 words
  • We’d also love if you included a picture, but if you’re not comfortable with that, we understand!

Video Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions from youth in and alumni from care should center around your personal experience as a youth in care and include a theme of growth and moving toward change for the future
    Submissions from professionals who work with youth in care should center around your personal experience working with youth in care and the importance of providing support
  • Submissions should range from 2 to 5 minutes long
  • If you’re located in the Ottawa area, we can film your story for you! Contact allysa@youthincare.ca to coordinate a filming date!

Some prompts to help you tell your story …

Youth in/alumni from care:

  • What has being in care meant to you?
  • What were the key things that got you through your care experience?
  • What would you like others to take away from your experience in care?

Professionals/organizations:

  • Why is supporting youth in care meaningful to you?
  • Why is the work you do to support youth in care important?
  • What would you like others to take away from your experience working with youth in care?

Please submit personal stories, videos, and pictures by August 1st, 2017. Submissions can be emailed to allysa@youthincare.ca.

Signs of Safety Suggest Reading New Book, Strengths-Based Child Protection: Firm, Fair, and Friendly

A new book, Strengths-Based Child Protection: Firm, Fair, and Friendly by Carolyn Oliver has recently been released which we are very happy to recommend. Forward by Andrew Turnell: Signs of Safety

To make any sense of strengths-based thinking and practice in child protection you have to address the fundamental questions:

  • How can the practitioner use their authority skilfully and still work collaboratively with parents?
  • How can the practitioner bring rigorous professional knowledge about harm and danger and at the same time approach parents and extended family as people who bring strengths, resources, and solutions?

The book tackles these issues head on and frames answers based in practice and in language that will resonate with child protection professionals everywhere. This book significantly extends our professional thinking about how to do child protection and how to research and build theory together with practitioners. Anyone who wants to do child protection practice more rigorously and more compassionately should read this book.

The author, Carolyn Oliver, is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia as well as the Strategic Policy Advisor for Canada’s largest urban Aboriginal child protection agency.

The Alberta Government Investing in 17 Homeless Shelters Across the Province

Alberta Government News Release June 29, 2107
The funding will help ensure homeless shelters in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Red Deer continue to be safe, secure and healthy places for Albertans to stay when they have nowhere else to go. The majority of the money will be used for routine maintenance and security upgrades, such as security lighting, roof repair and flooring replacements…

Become a Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair

Spend a semester as a guest scholar at one of Alberta’s top-tier research universities through the Fulbright Canada-Palix Foundation Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs program. Designed to advance research and communication in the areas of brain science, toxic stress, and lifelong health outcomes for children and families, the partnership has been welcoming U.S. researchers to Alberta since 2015. Not only do Fulbright scholars contribute to a body of research that will benefit all of us, they gain personal insight and experiences that will last a lifetime. Scholars are invited to apply before August 1, 2017 for the 2018 – 2019 sessions.

CYDL Releases New Reports From the Longitudinal Study Experiences of Alberta Children and Youth Over Time, 2005-06 to 2010-11.

Four new reports have been released from the CYDL’s longitudinal study, Experiences of Alberta Children and Youth Over Time, 2005-06 to 2010-11. This longitudinal, cross-ministry study is an analysis of over two million Albertans and their use of government services over the span of six years.

Findings like those shown in the infographic above can be found in four new reports:

The longitudinal study is ground-breaking in it’s multi-year, cumulative approach to the service use of Albertan children and youth as studying experiences over several years of development adds a valuable level of richness.

All current deliverables from this project can be accessed here.

ALIGN Strategic Direction Meetings – Register Now

Hello

After  receiving feedback from the membership at the meeting in Red Deer  regarding communication, ALIGN would like to invite the membership to join us for a discussion regarding the  Strategic Direction of ALIGN. We will be hosting meetings across the province in July. Please register for the city closest to you.  We look forward to seeing you in July. (ALIGN Strategic Framework 2011-2016)

Edmonton – July 17 –  1:00-4:00 pm
ALIGN office – #258, 8330-82 Ave. Bonnie Doon Mall, Edmonton, T6C 4E3

Lethbridge – July 18 – 1:00-4:00 pm
Lethbrigde College – Richardson Oilseed Room – 3000 College Drive South,Lethbridge, T1K 1L6

Calgary –     July 19 – 1:00-4:00 pm
Hull Services – Social Room – 22666 Woodpark Ave S.W, Calgary, T2W 2Z8

Red Deer –  July 20 – 10:00-2:00 pm
McMann – #121,4804-50 Street, Innisfail – T4G 1C2

Sincerely,

Nicole McFadyen

ALIGN – Association of Community Services

780-232-9199

Nicolem@alignab.ca

 

Alberta Government Providing $1.7 million for Maintenance Upgrades to Facilities Across the Province June 7, 2017

Alberta Government News Release June 7, 2017

The Alberta government is providing $1.7 million for maintenance upgrades to facilities across the province and to improve homelessness supports in Edmonton

Alberta Care Worker Safety Focused Inspection Program June 8 and September 30, 2017.

Dear Members,

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) announced a Care Worker Safety Focused Inspection Program which will take place between June 8 and September 30, 2017.

The program’s goal is to ensure workers and employers in the sector are aware of their rights and responsibilities to help create healthy and safe workplaces.  View the Care Worker Stakeholder Presentation 2017 ppt, that OHS presented to us which is quite informative and explains what they are going to be doing, the rationale and the how.

If you have any questions please contact Cathy Mitchell.

contractor with ALIGN at cathym@alignab.ca. Thank you.

Province finds bed for teen with mental health issues after judge slams province Calgary Herald June 5, 2017

Just days after a youth court judge railed against the province for a dearth of secure facilities for at-risk teens, a bed has been found for an accused young offender.

A representative for the director of child welfare appeared in youth court Monday to apply for a five-day placement for the 14-year-old in a secure facility.

Judge Steve Lipton summoned members of the media to his courtroom last Thursday so he could express his frustration at the lack of beds for children with severe addiction and mental health issues…

Jailing of Indigenous sex-assault victim sparks review of Alberta’s justice system Globe and Mail June 6, 2017

She was jailed for five days to ensure she would testify against the man accused of kidnapping, stabbing and sexually assaulting her. She was driven to court in the same van as her assailant at least twice. Even when she asked to be released to her mother’s home, a judge said no. And she testified in leg shackles, which she wore for at least two full days in court….

Inspiration Award Deadline August 11, 2017

Inspiration Award
Up to three awards are given out to individuals and groups in each of the following prevention categories:family violence, sexual violence, child abuse and bullying
Nomination forms, with eligibility criteria, are available online or by calling 780-422-5916 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).
Deadline August 11, 2017

Benefits Canada on Wellness Programs

Have your say: Is it time for employers to pull back from focusing on wellness? June 6, 2017

Sanofi survey finds drop in employee satisfaction with health benefits

2017 Sanofi Canada health-care survey

Younger workers more willing to make trade-off in benefits plans May 25, 2017

How to support Generation Z employees

017 Group Benefits Providers Report: Insurers playing a role amid rising emphasis on mental health

Fewer workplace cultures encouraging health and wellness: Sanofi survey

Employers take creative approach to wellness programs on ‘shoestring’ budgets

Employers should embrace generational differences in the workplace: survey

Employee expectations, employer offerings don’t match up: report

Imagine Canada -Special Senate Committee on Charities and Nonprofits Proposed

Imagine Canada – Special Senate Committee on charities and nonprofits proposed
As previously reported, Senator Terry Mercer has introduced a motion that, if approved, would see a Special Committee formed in the Senate with a mandate to carry out a wide-ranging study on the future of the charitable and nonprofit sector. On June 2, Senator Mercer kicked off the debate on this motion, outlining the kind of issues he hopes would be considered, including the future of philanthropy, the legal and regulatory framework, financial sustainability, labour force development, and volunteerism. The Committee would hold hearings over an 18-month period and present a report in late 2018.

In the coming days, Imagine Canada plans to write to all Senators encouraging them to support the motion. They encourage you to reach out to Senators in your region to express your support for this initiative.

Related

Senate Motion Introduced to Review Impact of Charitable Sector on Canada – AFP May 27, 2017
Senator Terry Mercer, CFRE, has introduced a motion to appoint a Special Committee that would examine the impact of laws and policies governing charities, and to review the impact of the entire sector on Canada.

The Special Committee would be created specifically to “examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada.”

Imagine Canada Survey – How Can the Canada Summer Jobs Program Be Improved for Nonprofits?

This brief survey serves to understand your organization’s experiences with the Canada Summer Jobs program. Please ensure that the best suited person at the organization (someone with experience in applying to the program—CFO, CEO, HR lead, or Program Director) answers the survey.

Minister Ganley Addresses Treatment of a Victim of Crime

Alberta Government News Release June 5, 2017

Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, has issued the following statement in response to the way “Angela Cardinal” was treated:

“It is clear our justice system failed this Albertan. She was a young woman and the victim of a horrific crime. The way she was treated in the system is absolutely unacceptable.

“When I was made aware of this situation, I was shocked, angry and heartbroken. It is obvious we failed her at every level and her story is a crucial reminder that we must do better. In my opinion, there were obvious mistakes and poor decisions made in this case…

E-Mental Health in Practice: A Survey of Mental Health Professionals in Canada

The Mental Health Commission of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, the Canadian Association of Social Workers, and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, is conducting a national survey related to the use of e-Mental Health by their respective membership. The survey is intended to be completed by licensed/registered professionals in the field of psychology, psychiatry, social work, counselling, or psychotherapy. Registration is required by law for the health provider to access a title or scope of practice. The last day for completing the survey will be Friday June 16, 2017.

New Commission to Guide Opioid Emergency Response

Alberta Government Release May 31, 2017 The province has established a dedicated emergency commission to help ramp up Alberta’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis.

The province has established a dedicated emergency commission to help ramp up Alberta’s ability to respond to the opioid crisis. The Minister’s Opioid Emergency Response Commission was created with a new regulation under the Public Health Act. The commission’s mandate is to implement urgent coordinated actions to address this public health crisis…

See Related News and Updates

CCVO – Bill 17 Modernizes Alberta’s Workplace Legislation, But Not Without Costs

Bill 17 Modernizes Alberta’s Workplace Legislation, But Not Without Costs  May 25, 2017 CCVO News
The Fair & Family Friendly Workplaces Act was introduced yesterday in the Alberta Legislature. The proposed bill puts forward significant changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. The Employment Standards Code currently impacts the nonprofit sector more than the Labour Relations Code, and remains the focus of our work during the review of workplace legislation. Both nonprofit employers and employees will be significantly impacted by the changes. While changes to the Employment Standards Code will make strides in establishing a healthy workforce in Alberta’s nonprofit sector, the adjustments have financial and human resource costs as well as operational impacts for employers. Higher standards for overtime and job-protected leaves will put pressure on the way some nonprofits operate…

CRA Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities

CRA Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities March 31, 2017
A Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities was appointed by the Minister of National Revenue in September 2016. This report presents the Panel’s recommendations which are designed to clarify and broaden the ability of charity’s to engage in political activities for charitable purposes while remaining absolutely nonpartisan…

CCVO Register Now – Boland Survey of Nonprofit Sector Salaries and Human Resource PracticesGoes Live on June 1, 2017!

The Boland Survey of Nonprofit Sector Salaries and Human Resource Practices
From June to September, The Boland Survey collects data from any registered charities or nonprofit organizations that has employees in Canada. The survey results are available in October and provide:

Annual salaries and annual rates for employees in the nonprofit sector for a variety of positions
Salary trends and predictions
HR benefits and practices
CEO data

The Boland Survey has provided the Canadian nonprofit sector with compensation data for 20 years. Human resource professionals, executive directors/CEOs, and board members look to the regional reports for annual data on salary trends and predictions, benefits, and human resource practices needed to make informed compensation decisions. This is the only survey in Canada that includes annual and equivalent hourly rates for the nonprofit sector.

Be part of the 2017 Survey! When you participate, your nonprofit becomes part of a robust data set that benefits your organization as well as many others across the sector. It’s a win for employers, employees, and the sector as a whole when organizations can make meaningful comparisons and predictions on their salary and human resource practices.

Want to learn more?
Register for the FREE webinar on Thursday, June 15 at 11 am MDT (1 pm EDT) for a one-hour introduction to the Survey that highlights changes for 2017 and provides tips to ensure accurate data entry.

Government of Alberta Establishes a Family Information Liaison for missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Alberta Government  News Release May 19, 2017 Helping families of missing and murdered Indigenous women
Families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls now have an advocate to help them find information and resources related to their loved ones. As part of its commitment to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Government of Alberta has established a Family Information Liaison Unit with approximately $1.5 million in funding from the federal government…

Bill 205 Passed and Establishes an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities in Alberta.

May 24, 2017 the Legislature unanimously passed Bill 205 Tabled by MLA Sandra Jansen, Bill 205 establishes an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities in Alberta. This bill achieves something that people with disabilities and their advocates have been calling for for some time, and its passage is a great step towards building a more inclusive society.

4th Edition of the Signs of Safety Briefing Paper Released May 2017

The Signs of Safety is a constantly evolving practitioner’s model and because of this, written material cannot usually keep up with the latest developments. The Signs of Safety Briefing Paper has been continually updated to provide the most up to date overview of the Signs of Safety as it continues to evolve. This fourth edition of the Signs of Safety Briefing Paper offers a comprehensive overview of the Signs of Safety approach and underpinning theory, as well as detailing the research and implementation science that supports it.

Signs of Safety IT System Breakthrough Day for the Signs of Safety Approach.

Signs of Safety IT System April 24, 2017 was a breakthrough day for the Signs of Safety approach.
On that day in Islington London, together with Servelec HSC, the first fully specified Signs of Safety information management system was launched.

The system’s forms embed all the of the Signs of Safety practice elements, from intake through to closure, and include all the assessment and planning methods. Comprehensive Signs of Safety practice guidance is also embedded throughout the system. Since the Servelec system is built in the English context, the system is also fully compliant with English legislative and statutory returns requirements…

With the launch of the Signs of Safety IT system, Signs of Safety consultants can now offer any child protection organization the forms, experience and IT partners that are needed to implement a Signs of Safety IT system for their agency. This will enable the agency to create the recording environment where workers are supported to practice using the Signs of Safety approach, and deliver an IT system that workers will want to use because it will help them carry out their direct work with families…

See More Signs of Safety News and Resources

Bill to Modernize Alberta’s Workplace Legislation

Alberta News Release Bill to Modernize Alberta’s Workplace Legislation May 24, 2017
Proposed amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code would support family-friendly workplaces and bring Alberta’s standards into alignment with the rest of Canada…

Alberta Social Workers to Help Families of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Females

Alberta Social Workers to Help Families of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Females May 19, 2017 John Cotter The Canadian Press
EDMONTON – Alberta has established a team of four social workers to help families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. The three women and one man are to assist relatives in getting information about their loved ones from police, courts, the government and fatality inquiries. Don Langford, executive director of the Metis Child and Family Services Society, said the social workers will be welcomed by indigenous people who believe their pain and concerns are being ignored.

Social Policy Trends: Income Support Caseloads in Alberta

This U of C School of Public Policy summary looks at the number of Albertans collecting income support from April 2005 to January 2017. f. The number of people in Alberta, collecting social assistance, increased sharply during the 2009 recession, but did not fall back to the pre-downturn level in the following years. Numbers are rising again. The recent 2015-2016 downturn has seen the number of claimants soar, reaching a high of 54,374 in January of 2017, with no clear sign of leveling of.  For social agencies, these numbers signal what will likely be increased demands for their services in the near future.

Deadly New Drug Carfentanil Lands First Responders in Hospital

Traycee Biancamano on Linkedin
CEO at U.S. First Responders Association
U.S. First Responders Association

Dear Medics, Police, and Firefighters. Please share this with your colleagues. If you find drugs on a patient, be extremely careful when handling them. A new drug is in town called “carfentanil” which is so potent that it landed two first responders in the hospital from inhaling dust while closing a ziplock bag a patient had. Expect people who OD to take 10x more Narcan to start breathing again

Related

Global News –  What is carfentanil? Deadly street drug is causing mass overdoses in the US
The super powerful drug carfentanil was seized by the CBSA in Vancouver. It is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl. Catherine Urquhart has more.

 

Alberta Gets a “C” on Social Performance

The Conference Board of Canada on Canada’s Social Performance
Canada is a “B” performer and places 10th overall on our society report card, but poor rankings relative to peer countries on income inequality and poverty highlight the scope for improvement. Ten indicators were used to evaluate the overall social performance of Canada and 15 peer countries. Canada is a middle-of-the-pack performer on most of the indicators—it gets two “A”s, five “B”s, and three “C”s…

Connecting Sexual Violence Survivors to Supports

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General (JSG) and its partners have developed a resource card that police services across the province can distribute to Albertans who report sexual violence…

First Nation Leader Joins Child Intervention Panel

Tyler White, CEO for Siksika Health Services, is joining the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention May 8, 2017
A past winner of the First Nations Health Manager’s Award of Excellence, White will help the panel identify ways to better support First Nations, Metis and Aboriginal families and communities, as well as strengthen the ways the government supports Indigenous children, youth and families..

View More Child Intervention Panel News and Updates

Alberta Human Services Workplace Health Survey

Welcome to the 2nd round of the human-service agency Workplace Health Survey of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions (HWHP) project. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the overall health (in terms of wellness and well-being) of the human services workplace in Alberta. The human services workplace comprises agencies from child and family services, child and youth counselling, home visitation, disabilities services, and women’s shelters.

The first round of the survey was conducted in October 2015. Results of this survey have been used to help the HWHP Project (http://hwhp.ca), our partner agencies, and the Government of Alberta identify new resources and update current ones to help human services professionals keep their workplaces and their workers healthy, engaged, and productive. This information also helped human-service agencies develop their own wellness initiatives and make their workplace wellness culture stronger. This final survey aims to find out how agencies have made wellness a priority in their work, and how these efforts of agencies have turned into better well-being of their employees.

Please take about 15 minutes to evaluate the health of your current workplace. Your participation in this survey is vital in assessing workplace health and evaluating project impacts.

This survey meets the requirements for and has received approval from the University of Alberta Human Research Ethics Office. The survey is entirely anonymous.

Nonprofit Grants and Awards June/July

Calgary Learns: Initiative Funding 2017
Calgary Learns invites you to bring forward your visions for new curricula, resources, pilots or research that will enhance the experience of adult Calgarians in foundational learning settings. Proposals are due June 1, 2017 for initiatives in the July 1, 2017/June 30, 2018 grant term. Initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $25,000.
Deadline: June 1, 2017

Alberta Culture and Tourism Community Initiatives Program (CIP), Project-Based Grant
Supports projects that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta by providing assistance to non-profit organizations for:

  • New programs and initiatives
  • Community events
  • Community publications
    Deadline June 15, 2017

Alberta Culture and Tourism CIP Operating Grant
Supports core operations and capacity building for non-profit organizations whose mission, outcomes and activities align with three priority areas:

  • Enhancing the quality of life of Albertans by providing direct programs and services that address social issues.
  • Creating equitable access to human, social and economic resources and services for all Albertans.

Supporting community collaborations, involving multiple organizations to address broader human or social issues
Deadline June 15, 2017

Alberta Culture Days Grant
Is your nonprofit interested in hosting events for Alberta’s Culture Days? This year, culture days run from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and if your organization would like to be a Feature Celebration Site, a Host Celebration Site or host a Pop-Up event, you can apply for this grant. Alberta’s Culture Days is an annual celebration that promotes cultural diversity across the province. Last year, there were 315 events across 87 communities in Alberta.
Deadline: June 16, 2017

Centennial Flame Research Award
The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills & Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities is inviting Canadians with disabilities to apply for the 2017 Centennial Flame Research Award.This $5,500 Award is given to a person with a disability to enable him or her to conduct research and prepare a report on one or more Canadians with disabilities who have made a contribution to Canadian public life or to the activities of Parliament.
Deadline June 30, 2017

Inspirit Pluralism Grants ChangeUp Grants
Grants create opportunities for people aged 18-34 to initiate creative solutions-focused projects that address issues of discrimination and prejudice in their local communities. The $10,000 one-time grants are for projects that implement creative strategies to open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion. Through the grants, Inspirit Foundation is particularly interested in supporting the development of effective, connected and influential young change leaders. We’re accepting
Deadline July 2017

Alberta Recreation and Parks Department Legacy Award
Recognizes the achievements of individuals, communities, and organizations that strive to advance integrated recreation opportunities for people with disabilities
Wild Rose Award
The prestigious Wild Rose Award recognizes individuals or community service organizations for their dedication to recreation and parks, be it professional, lay or philosophic. It may be awarded to recognize professional or significant personal involvement or long service in support of recreation or parks endeavors on a provincial level.
Excellence in Youth Development Award
The Excellence in Youth Development Award recognizes excellence in projects that focus on youth recognition and use a youth development model.
Deadline for all the above July 14, 2017

City of Airdrie Family and Community Support Service (FCSS) Funding Grant
The City of Airdrie is accepting Letters of Intent applications for 2018. Applicants must be eligible under the Family and Community Support Services Act and Regulation. Preference will be given to social service nonprofit organizations registered under the Societies Act.
Deadline June 16, 2017

Yes 2 Me Scholarship Program
Through the support of the Otsuka and Lundbeck Alliance, SSA will be disbursing six $2000 scholarships across Alberta to those living with schizophrenia.
Application Deadline  July 26, 2017

TELUS AB SouthCommunity Action Team Grant
Each year TELUS invests thousands of dollars in Canada to registered charities through our Community Action Team. Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards. Programs are chosen that best meet our funding guidelines and that clearly demonstrate the following criteria: :

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
    Deadline July 28, 2017

TELUS AB Central Community Action Team Grant
Each year TELUS invests thousands of dollars in Canada to registered charities through our Community Action Team. Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards. Programs are chosen that best meet our funding guidelines and that clearly demonstrate the following criteria: :

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
    Deadline July 28, 2017

TELUS AB North Community Action Team Grant
Each year TELUS invests thousands of dollars in Canada to registered charities through our Community Action Team. Community Action team serve areas outside of our major centers that have Community Boards. Programs are chosen that best meet our funding guidelines and that clearly demonstrate the following criteria: :

  • Focus on youth
  • Aligns with our interest in either health, education or the environment
  • Demonstrates technological innovation in program delivery
  • Defines and measures social outcomes
    Deadlines July 20, 2017

Homeward Trust 2017-2018 Community-Based Research Project
Eligible projects include demonstration studies, pilot studies, secondary data analysis, feasibility assessments, environmental scans, partnership building activities and integrated knowledge generation/translation/mobilization activities (among others). Community-based organizations, health service organizations, academic researchers, government stakeholders (working in collaboration with one or more community-based organizations) and emerging researchers (graduate studies, non-academic practitioners supported by experienced researchers) are eligible to apply.
Deadline July 28, 2017


 

See Grants With Ongoing Applications

Suncor Energy Shares Aboriginal Awareness Web-Based Training Module

Suncor Energy has made its Aboriginal Awareness web-based training modules available to the public, to help to raise awareness about the history and experiences of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Topics covered in the videos include Aboriginal identity, racism and misconceptions, the residential school legacy, and opportunities for Canadians. These short videos make a great discussion starter for any organization or group that is taking steps toward reconciliation.

CCVO Submission to Alberta Labour On the Workplace Legislation Review

Employers and employees in the nonprofit sector will be affected by any changes made to Alberta’s Workplace Legislation. This month, CCVO provided input for consideration(PDF) to shine light upon the experience of the nonprofit sector. Proposed changes to overtime standards and eligibility requirements for job-protected leaves are particular areas of challenge for nonprofits. CCVO strongly encourages Alberta Labour to afford organizations ample lead time to adjust to new standards, and establish a robust education and training program to support nonprofit organizations during the transition.

ALIGN/AFPA – Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver Conference Edmonton January 25, 2017

The main theme of the Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver symposium was the mental wellness of children and youth in care, the use of psychotropic medications and how caregivers can become more knowledgeable in supporting these youths. Caregiver encompassed agency and department foster parents, kinship parents, adoptive parents, residential and group care staff. The theme of the day presented by culturally informed medical experts, is the mental wellness of children/youth in care and the use of psychotropic medications considering issues such as the child’s emotional, medical and cultural needs. Youth themselves and representatives from the Office of the Children’s Advocate presented. The day ended with a panel discussion. Presenters: Dr. Wanda Polzin; Clinical Director at CASA in Edmonton, AB Dr. Lana Potts; Family Physician Siksika Family Clinic and Jeffery Cheng and Sheena Stevens; CYS Mental Health Nurses.

Welcome & Introductions Mental Wellness for Children and Youth in Care: Support for the Caregiver Edmonton January 25, 2017

Office of the Child and Youth Advocate Randy Baker, Lee Bowers & Adreana Brochu OCYA Representatives & Youth

Panel Discussion

The Importance of Caring for the Care Giver Dr. Wanda Polzin, MA, RSW, EdD Clinical Director – CASA

Understanding Psychotropic Medications for Children in Care Jeffrey Cheng /Sheena Stevens Nurse Consultants – CASA

Who We Are First Nations People in Alberta Dr. Lana Potts Family Physician

Adolescent self-regulation FASD Study in Edmonton is Recruiting

UBC needs participants in Edmonton and Vancouver. The program runs over 12 weeks with a weekly one hour session on self-regulation. Participants must be diagnosed with FASD and be between ages of 11 – 17 and speak fluent English.

ALIGN Membership Meeting Red Deer June 2, 2017

ALIGN Membership Meeting Red Deer June 2, 2017. An agenda will be sent out closer to the date. Registration is now open through Brown Paper Tickets and we hope to see many member agencies in attendance!

150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health

Nominate a Canadian who is making a difference in mental health.

CAMH Difference Makers is a national movement to nominate and celebrate 150 Canadians making a difference in mental health.

You can join CAMH in celebrating the significant progress being made in Canada to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to break down the stigma around mental illness and addiction.

Nominate a person with lived experience, a caregiver or family member, a health professional, a researcher, an advocate, a philanthropist… or nominate a Canadian defying categorization but who is making a difference in small and big ways; in local or international circles; in public or private lives.

CUP New Course – Engaging High-Risk or At-Risk Youth

The Faculty of Extension is offering a new course.

Engaging High-Risk or At-Risk Youth

Many youths are labelled at-risk or high-risk by service providers, the school system, the criminal justice system, and society as a whole. Examine concepts of ‘at-risk/high-risk’ youth and its implications, the issues that create marginalization and stigmatization and the ways to minimize these; and how community agencies (e.g., government, non-profit) respectfully engage youth as an agent for change in, and a positive contributor to, the community through building a positive relationship with them. Understand the views, voices, and experiences of a select group of youths who will co-instruct this course with the principal instructor.

Class schedule: May 30 – June 22, 2017

Tue, Thu 5:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Human Service Worker Wellness and Safety Bulletin April 2017

ALIGN Association of Community Services knows our member agencies make employee safety and wellness a priority so here is a helpful  collection of research, tools and training that can support you in that effort.  At the bottom of this bulletin you will find direct links to the related ALIGN online directories where you can access additional resources.

2017 Compensation Guide for Foster and Kinship Caregivers

2017 Compensation Guide for Foster and Kinship Caregivers
Children’s Services has developed this financial information guide to provide caregivers and staff with an overview of financial responsibilities of 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.

 

Treaty 7 Caregiver Training Conference: Enhancing and Harnessing Cultural Competency

Treaty 7 Caregiver Training Conference: Enhancing and Harnessing Cultural Competency Calgary May 1 – 2, 2017
This year’s focus will be on “enhancing and harnessing cultural competency”. Through dialogue with Treaty Seven First Nation directors of children and family services, and in partnership with the Provincial Ministry of Human Services, they welcome you to participate in a journey of learning and integrating cultural applications in parenting First Nations children in care. Their sessions are compiled from leading Indigenous experts from bio-social, medical, traditional, spiritual, technological, psychological, academic and sociopolitical backgrounds. The participant will attain a diversified skill set to provide meaningful guardianship to First Nation children with 12 hours of available certification credits for our conference caregivers.

ALIGN Executive Director Update Re: Alberta Budget 2017

March 19, 2017

Dear members:

Last week the government announced Budget 2017.  We have been capturing the relevant information for you and placing it on our website.  There will be more analysis this week but we thought we would share what we have learned to date.

This budget for Children’s Services and Community and Support Services basically is a maintain status quo budget for both ministries. Any increases that are mentioned are to meet current needs.  No increases or forecasted increases.

In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds.  The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas.  Exactly where is still to be determined.

Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel.

We have had conversations about procurement, contracts, and moving forward with the Minister and senior executives.  With the splitting of the ministries it has been a bit confusing about who will address the procurement table recommendations.  We have made it very clear that this activity needs to receive focus and cant wait for panels.  We are assured that discussions are underway to figure out a way forward for services in child intervention.

We also  feel it is very important that the Panel get an accurate picture of the entire system and recommendations for improvement. Please review the minutes and live casts. The meetings are open to the public.  I would encourage you to attend or at least listen to it.  If you feel an area needs to be highlighted please send in a submission.   www.childinterventionpanel.ca

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call rhondabarracloug@alignab.ca 780 485-3580

Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Executive Director March 19, 2017

CCVO’s Provincial Budget Analysis

The 2017 provincial budget presented on March 16 was a ‘hold the line’ budget going into the third year of economic downturn. CCVO’s analysis of Budget 2017 first provides commentary on cross-cutting nonprofit issues, then highlights certain funding adjustments affecting subsectors.

Although the government held the line for Budget 2017, questions remain about the province’s fiscal sustainability going forward.

As part of their ongoing work, you can share your thoughts on Budget 2017 and our analysis by email to policy@calgarycvo.org.

ALIGN E.D. Correspondence – Alberta Community and Social Services Assistant Deputy Minister Announcement

(Correspondence To ALIGN Association April 12, 2017 from David Morhart  Deputy Minister Alberta Community and Social Services)

It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of John Stinson as our new Assistant Deputy Minister for the Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility Division of Alberta Community and Social Services.  This role provides the strategic oversight of the department’s disabilities support programs, including the statutory director responsibilities, and will work closely with the Service Delivery Portfolio on the provision of supports to Albertans across the province.

John comes from Manitoba with an extensive background in the public service, including roles as Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, CEO of the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority, Vice-President of Acute Care and Planning with South Eastman Health, as well as roles within Manitoba Health and Treasury Board Secretariat.  John brings strong leadership skills in multi-stakeholder consensus building, strategic planning and community development.  He has led and championed cultural change within and across organizations and brings an effective interpersonal style, including a great sense of humour, that embraces collaborative engagement of staff, colleagues and stakeholders.

John will begin his new role on May 23.  In the interim, John Cabral will continue to cover in this role and will be key in transitioning the file on John S’s arrival.

Please join me in congratulating John S. in taking on this new role and in thanking John C. for his continued leadership before his transition back to Alberta Seniors and Housing.

David Morhart  Deputy Minister Alberta Community and Social Services

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OCYA Special Report: On-Line Survey

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is preparing a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ young people. They want to hear from children and youth about their experiences with Child Intervention (Child Welfare) and/or youth justice systems.

The online survey is now open. If you are working with youth who identify as being LGBTQ2S+, please share this with them and ask them if they would be willing to complete the survey

As well, if you are a service provider/caregiver/community member working with LGBTQ2S+ children and youth, we want to hear from you about what is important and helpful in serving LGBTQ2s+ children and youth. Click here to complete the online survey

For more information call Mari at 1-800-661-3446 or visit www.ocya.alberta. Ca and click on the Pride flag.

Government strategy on youth homelessness must focus on mental health needs, report says – YorkU

Government strategy on youth homelessness must focus on mental health needs, report says – YorkU Nation Talk April 7, 2017

TORONTO, April 6, 2017 – Governments must focus on the mental health challenges faced by young people in Canada in order to effectively address youth homelessness, says a policy brief released today by researchers and community groups.

The report by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, based at York University, and A Way Home Canada, calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to implement youth homelessness strategies that recognize marginalized and homeless youth are at higher risk of mental health challenges, poor quality of life, and suicide. The first national study on youth homelessness found that 85 per cent of young Canadians who are homeless are experiencing a mental health crisis, 42 per cent reported at least one suicide attempt, and 35 per cent reported at least one drug overdose requiring hospitalization….

Alberta NDP Vow To Fix Child Welfare System With Spring Legislation Opposition MLA Questions ‘Ludicrous’ Review Panel Process

Alberta NDP Vow To Fix Child Welfare System With Spring Legislation Opposition MLA Questions ‘Ludicrous’ Review Panel Process Edmonton Sun March 30, 2017
The NDP government is prepared to introduce legislation this spring to begin making fixes to the child welfare system, Children Services Minister Danielle Larivee said Thursday.But as Alberta’s child intervention panel met in Calgary for the first time, opposition MLAs on the committee are expressing frustration around the process…

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Child Intervention Review Panel  Articles, News and Updates

NDP Vows Quick Action But Opposition Frustrated As Child Intervention Panel Meets In Calgary

NDP Vows Quick Action But Opposition Frustrated As Child Intervention Panel Meets In Calgary / Calgary Herald March 30, 2017
The NDP government is prepared to introduce legislation this spring to begin fixing the child welfare system, Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee said Thursday. But as Alberta’s ministerial child intervention panel met in Calgary for the first time, opposition MLAs on the committee are expressing frustration around the process.
The panel was created after revelations about the death of Serenity, who was in government care in 2014 when she died of a traumatic head injury suffered while living in a kinship care program with private guardians.

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Child Intervention Review Panel  Articles, News and Updates

Ministerial Child Review Panel Meeting Summary Feb/March 2017

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Federal Budget – March News, Updates and Reactions

Nation Talk
Federal budget’s new investment and cultural focus welcomed by Indigenous addictions and mental wellness advocate Nation Talk March 24, 2017
Chatham-Kent, ON (March 24, 2017) The national voice advocating for First Nations culturally-based addictions and mental health services is welcoming the new federal budget as a positive sign of Canada’s commitment to improve Indigenous health outcomes…

Toronto Metro
‘Nothing new’ for Indigenous child welfare in budget: Blackstock  David P. Ball Metro Mar 23 2017
First Nations child welfare is going under the microscope at an Edmonton event  Thursday, one day after the federal budget disappointed critics by offering “nothing new” towards an “unfathomable” epidemic of youth suicides and underfunded services, Canada’s leading advocate told Metro…

Mental Health Commission of Canada
Statement by Louise Bradley, President & CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada on Federal Budget 2017 March 22, 2017
On behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Louise Bradley, President and CEO made the following statement:“The Mental Health Commission of Canada applauds the Government of Canada for its new investments to address the critical underfunding of Canada’s mental health system….

Canadian Mental Health Association
Budget 2017: ‘A Great Start March 23, 2017
CMHA congratulates the Federal Government for demonstrating a strong commitment to mental health in Canada in its 2017 Budget. The Government’s significant investment in mental heath is a great start toward correcting the historical, woeful underfunding of mental health in this country. However, there is some way to go before mental health care is funded on par with physical health care, and in proportion to the burden of illness…

2017 Federal Budget Analysis March 23, 2017
See analysis for Early Learning and Child Care, Parental Leave, Indigenous Children, Youth Skills Training, Violence Prevention and Maintenance Payments and the Family Justice System

The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW
Budget 2017:  Delivering the Promise of a More Equitable Canada 
OTTAWA, ON – March 22, 2017 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) has long advocated for accountable social investments that would deliver a coordinated national plan to reduce poverty in Canada, supporting our most vulnerable to live with dignity and respect.

With the gender-based, long-term, and coordinated investments such as those in child care, family leave, mental health, homecare, and affordable housing, Budget 2017 has built on its 2016 commitments to children and seniors, appearing to deliver social investments and the national leadership required to lead us towards a stronger and more equitable Canada…

Canada Charity Law
2017 Canadian Federal Budget – How will it affect the Canadian charitable sector? March 22, 2017 | By Mark Blumberg and Kate Robertson
Today, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced his second Federal Budget of the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau. While there was support for a number of individual charities announced, also support for important areas requiring assistance like affordable housing or universities, there was limited initiatives in terms of the charity and non-profit sector as a whole.

Children First
Children First Canada’s Response to Federal Budget 2017 March 22, 2017
The federal budget tabled today includes important measures to benefit at-risk communities in Canada, such as repairing 50,000 social housing units and the removal of 18 long-term boil water advisories in First Nations Communities, which will help ensure children have a safe home and clean accessible drinking water. Support for the National Housing Strategy and the increase to the number of high-quality child care spaces available across the country are also welcome additions to ensuring safe housing for all and proper child care protections…

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) Calgary
CAEH Statement on Budget 2017 “An important and welcome step in the right direction” March 22, 2017
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) welcomed housing and homelessness investments announced today in the 2017 federal budget, but highlighted the urgency and scale of Canada’s housing and homelessness crisis…

CBC News Budget targets $3.4B for ‘critical’ needs of Indigenous communities March 22, 2017 Children’s welfare funding
But while the budget pledges to “further its relationship with Indigenous people” there is no new money for the First Nations child and family services program.Last year’s budget set aside $634.8 million over five years for that, but the Liberals have come under fire for being too slow to get money out the door to help children and families in need. Last year, a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Canada discriminates against First Nations children compared with what other children receive under provincial programs.

AB Government Grant – Funding Helps Improve Workplace Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Innovation and Engagement Grants program will provide $667,000 for 33 projects during 2017. Projects include OHS-related seminars, conferences, developing education materials and providing training programs

ALIGN Letter to The Honorable Joe Ceci Re RE: Contracted Sector for Children’s Services

On March 6, 2017 ALIGN Executive Director sent a letter to the Honorable Joe Ceci Minister of Finance & President of the Alberta Treasury Board regarding contracted sector.

Contracted Sector for Children’s Services Letter March 6, 2017

Excerpt 1
While FCSS funding has been substantially increased and that certainly helps, the funding for the agencies that provide services to the more vulnerable and those at risk of having their children enter care have not. These contracts have been stagnant for about 2 years or longer. We had been working with the Ministry of Human Services to find a way forward in the procurement activities to get to a better funding model and closer to true costs…

Excerpt 2
It is our request that you and the Ministers of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services consider a small injection of funds to at least bolster wages. There are many other areas like operating costs for example that need to be considered as well but at this moment the wages are paramount….

Budget Updates Danielle Larivee Minister Children’s Services March 16, 2017

Children’s Services Non-Voting Operational Expense Budget 2017

All children and families in Alberta deserve opportunities to thrive within strong, supportive communities. Our government created a new, standalone Children’s Services ministry so that we can focus on improving the supports we provide for young people and their families. Today I am thrilled to share details on commitments that our government is able to make to Children’s Services in Budget 2017.

All children and families in Alberta deserve opportunities to thrive within strong, supportive communities. Our government created a new, standalone Children’s Services ministry so that we can focus on improving the supports we provide for young people and their families. Today I am thrilled to share details on commitments that our government is able to make to Children’s Services in Budget 2017.

Budget 2017 is focused on strengthening the things that matter most to Albertans, such as creating and supporting jobs, making life more affordable for families and protecting public services.

As Alberta’s population continues to grow, the economic downturn puts additional pressure on the social services sector. Despite this, Budget 2017 makes an additional investment of $86 million in Children’s Services to:

  • provide stable funding to maintain the programs and services that support at‑risk children and youth;
  • focus on protecting children;
  • and support working in partnership with communities and Indigenous partners to build relationships and improve outcomes for all children.

This year, our ministry will invest almost $1.4 billion to keep children healthy and safe, support parents with child care and build stronger families and communities by maintaining the quality of programs and services.Children’s Services Non-Voting Operational Expense Budget 2017

Budget 2017 protects previous investments and accommodates caseload growth including an additional:

  • $32.5 million for child intervention for total funding of $763 million. This includes $5 million for about 60 new positions (FTEs);
  • $14.3 million for child care for total funding of $321 million. This includes supports for a growing number of child care programs to become accredited and to recruit and maintain qualified staff.
  • $10.6 million for early intervention services for children and youth for total funding of $103 million so that we can continue to invest in enhanced early childhood development and parenting resources in communities to help families support their child’s optimal health and development.
  • And an additional $27 million for total funding of $174 million for the Alberta Child Benefit, which provides direct financial assistance to all lower income families with income below $41,220 per year

While we have taken action and made significant investments in the future of our province, there is always more that can be done. I remain committed to working with all of you to address the root causes of many of the issues affecting the safety and well‑being of children, including poverty, addiction, mental health concerns, and family violence.

Some of you may be interested in progress towards implementation of the Early Learning and Child Care Centres that Premier announced in November. We are making progress towards identifying the successful applicants and I hope to be able to announce the Centres soon.

Others may be interested in progress on the work to support the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention. Our government formed the Panel to support families and children by improving the child death review process and strengthening Alberta’s child intervention system as a whole. Once the Panel’s work wraps up, the Panel’s recommendations will guide our ongoing work on this critical priority.

I look forward to sharing more on these initiatives soon.

Budget 2017 is about making lives better for Albertans. It’s about protecting the services that matter and focusing on the areas where we can make a difference today. With a steady approach we will make progress to support families and communities.

More details on Budget 2017 are available online and I look forward to continued discussions about this and other issues that you champion as I meet more of you in the future. In the meantime, if you would like to stay informed about the work in Children’s Services, I invite you to follow the department’s new twitter presence at @AB_Children or reach out to me directly via my office.

Sincerely, Danielle Larivee Minister Children’s Services

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