New Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction (CCSA) Canada communications guide provides the tools to talk effectively to youth about cannabis. To help those looking for practical approaches to talking with youth about cannabis to feel more confident in having these difficult conversations, CCSA presents Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies. CCSA developed the guide with input from youth and youth allies. It is intended to educate youth allies on how to have safe, unbiased, informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis. The guide takes a harm reduction approach and provides a basis for communicating accurate information on cannabis. This information will support young people in making informed decisions about their cannabis use.
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) invites the children in your life to have a voice through this survey of what children know about their rights and how they want to learn about them. What children tell us will inform what we propose to improve the ways children can learn about their rights in Canada. Click to do the survey and share it with others. This initiative is part of a larger campaign to RAISE THE BAR for children’s rights in Canada.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) Program Review October 2, 2018
Today, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced the appointment of a community-led panel to oversee the review of the PDD program. The review panel will be seeking input from Albertans with developmental disabilities, their families and guardians and others involved in supporting their participation in the community about how PDD can support the personal choices, independence, priorities and needs of those who receive services through PDD
Letter from Community and Social Services Office of the Minister Ifran Sabir Oct 2, 2018
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Includes the launch of the Indigenous Cultural Understanding Framework and link to Government of Alberta’s Anti-Racism Plan All 16 of the immediate actions outlined in the action plan are on schedule to be completed by next April.
The Alberta government is increasing support for legal aid to ensure low-income and vulnerable Albertans can access the justice system for years to come. A $70-million increase over four years will allow Legal Aid Alberta, which manages the province’s legal aid program, to broaden access, improve services and meet future demand. Last year, over 60,000 Albertans accessed Legal Aid, with more than a third of those cases serving family matters. The funding will also make Alberta’s legal system more efficient by minimizing delays and reducing court backlogs….
See registration for ALIGN Conference, new ALIGN political tool-kit, care worker violence prevention inspection updates, FSCD updates, Foundation of Care training dates, Cultural Solutions training and more!
Call for Presenters Leading Change Summit 2019: Bold conversations to end gender-based violence in a changing world.
The conference committee is looking for a variety of presentations from a variety of sectors delivered in traditional and creative formats directed at these three main audience groupings:
Primary Audience: Gender-Based Violence Sector service providers
Secondary Audience: Professionals and Educators from other sectors
Tertiary Audience: Members of the public
Sustainable High-Quality Healthcare in Alberta, especially in Addictions and Mental Health, Needs Better Relations Between Frontline Healthcare Providers and Healthcare Management
October 9, 2018
Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Deputy Premier, Minister of Health:
The Alberta Mental Health Advocacy Coalition (AMHAC) includes concerned people of various backgrounds whose Vision Statement is to participate in the transformation of the healthcare system, particularly in the area of Addictions and Mental Health, to one that is more accessible, appropriate, equitable, effective, empowering and sustainable for patients, their families, the public and care providers.
We recognize the challenges of dealing with problems that one inherited and applaud the government’s efforts to be fiscally responsible in a challenging economic time.
Yet, we are concerned that the ongoing problematic relations between health management/leadership and frontline care providers continues to undermine quality of care, patient safety, and responsible stewardship of public resources.
We recognize that to improve public Addictions and Mental Health services, there needs to be improved accountability of healthcare managers and better relations between frontline healthcare providers and healthcare management.
It matters little if patients find frontline healthcare providers whose integrity and judgement they trust, if those healthcare providers work within organization(s) where managers undermine the frontline healthcare providers. Without the support and resources of a larger healthcare organization/healthcare system, individual care providers are not able to provide adequate care for the most sick, high-risk, and or complex patients.
- Healthcare managers held accountable for health outcomes, not solely cost outcomes.
- Effective conflict resolution process between frontline healthcare providers, healthcare management, Union representative (if Union members involved) with Patient Advocate(s) present, and binding arbitration.
- Consequences for healthcare managers/leaders involved in ‘ambush management’- lack of any or adequate notice to front-line workers of critical changes affecting ability to meet their care responsibilities. Frontline care providers need to be included in decisions and determinations of timelines.
- Ensuring that Physician Leaders in public Addiction and Mental Health (AMH) services support psychotherapeutic treatments as well as psychotropic drug treatments.
- Additional measures to safeguard health professionals who speak about concerns and or advocate.
Thank you for your attention.
Person(s) committed to sustainable high-quality healthcare in Alberta.
If in support of sustainable quality healthcare, please forward this email to the Health Minister and your MLA.
The Alberta Health Minister’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
One can find your local Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) at https://www.assembly.ab.ca/lao/mla/mla_help.htm.
If would like more information, or have questions or concerns regarding this Advocacy, please contact me at tammy_hugie @yahoo.ca.
Tammy Hugie MD, Psychiatry
Director of Advocacy, Alberta Mental Health Advocacy Coalition (AMHAC)
AMH De-skilling Publicly Funded AMH Services Available to most Underserved and Vulnerable Clients
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AMH Alberta Mental Health Advocacy Coalition (AMHAC), Who Are We
In advance of the upcoming provincial election, it’s important for nonprofits to recognize the potential influence they have, and meaningfully engage in public policy dialogue to capture the attention of political parties and candidates.
Nonprofits have a profound impact in Alberta and it’s important that individual organizations talk about the value of the sector as a whole – but it can be challenging to communicate the greater value of the sector to government. To help articulate this, we’ve highlighted three major contributions of the nonprofit sector that demonstrate its collective impact on society and the economy. Read more →
This blog is the first in a series from CCVO’s nonprofit election toolkit being developed to provide with resources, tools, and information to engage in the next provincial election.
FSCD Action Plan – In response to the concerns raised by parents about the FSCD program the Ministry of Community and Support Services (CSS) have changed our Specialized Services policy, Family Centred Supports and Services policy, FSCD Program Outcomes Policy and Overarching Policies and Considerations Policy to confirm that direct services to children are supported and parent involvement is not required in the delivery of specialized services.
In May 2018, Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) listening sessions were held in Edmonton and Calgary. This fall FSCD is hosting additional listening sessions to hear from you if what they heard in May is reflective of family’s concerns about FSCD specialized services; about the changes made in response; about communication between FSCD, parents and service providers; and how the FSCD Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process can be more supportive to parents.
If you were not aware of the May listening sessions or the changes made in FSCD, please visit the FSCD website at http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/15655.html. Here you will find a copy of the ‘What we Heard’ report as well as ‘tip sheets’ that provide updated and clarified information about FSCD specialized services. The ‘What we Heard’ report highlights the concerns parents raised and the government’s commitment to changes. You can also contact your FSCD worker or your regional office for more information about the policy updates and the practice shifts being made.
Below are the upcoming FSCD listening sessions across the province. Parents, service providers and others are welcome to register to attend a session. Each listening session is limited to 50 participants due to space and the desire to have small group discussions where FSCD can hear from you. You can register to attend a listening session online through Eventbrite at https://fscdlisteningsessions.eventbrite.ca.
If you are a parent and require assistance with costs for your attendance such as travel, parking, and respite there will be assistance with these costs through your FSCD Agreement or reimbursement. You are welcome to bring your child with you however, there will not be onsite childcare.
If you are unable to attend one of the listening sessions, but want to comment on the “What we Heard Report”, the changes made, ways to improve communication and how the FSCD Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) process can be more supportive to families, you can provide your input by email to FSCDparents@gov.ab.ca. Alternatively, you can also go to the Listening Sessions Webpage https://www.alberta.ca/fscd-listening-sessions.aspx to provide feedback.
While the listening sessions will be focused on specific discussions as noted above, you are welcome to email FSCDparents@gov.ab.ca with any other concerns or comments you may have or to contact the Executive Director for Disability Services, Roxanne Gerbrandt at email@example.com.
When you register, you will be able to select from any of the following listening sessions:
- Grand Prairie, Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
- Calgary, Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Calgary, Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Calgary, Saturday, October 13, 2018, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
- Lethbridge, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Medicine Hat, Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Red Deer, Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Edmonton, Monday, October 22, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
- Edmonton, Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Edmonton, Thursday, October 25, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Fort McMurray, Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- St. Paul, Monday, October 29, 2018, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
- Red Deer, Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Finance Canada has released a 30-day consultation on the draft legislative proposals to the Income Tax Act. The Government of Canada is following through on the August 15th announcement to amend the Act. These changes are intended to be consistent with Recommendation 3 of the Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities, and acts as a response to the recent judicial ruling.
The draft legislative proposals would remove the quantitative limits (often referred to as the “10% rule”) on political activities under the Act. Under the draft legislative proposals, charities would still be required to operate for exclusively charitable purposes and the restrictions against partisan political activities would remain.
Canada Revenue Agency will soon release administrative guidance to the charitable sector on how it would implement the legislative proposals. The government intends to introduce legislation following the consultation period.
CCVO will continue to provide updates on any legislative changes to the Act.
Dear 2018/2019 ALIGN Association Members
Welcome to Fall 2018. This has been an extremely busy year with the implementation of Bill 17 and Bill 30, violence prevention inspections in group care, tenders for campus based group care, the review of the child intervention program and now the PDD review, just to name a few things. In this news I wanted to highlight a few things and then talk about the political tool kit and how you can get out and see action in the upcoming months before the predicted election in the spring 2019.
- A Stronger, safer tomorrow: a public action plan for the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention’s final recommendations June 2018
There was a pipe ceremony held earlier this month to officially kick off the response for the recommendations. I strongly suggest you review this document as this will be the focus of the Ministry for the next year. See All ALIGN Engagement and Resources Regarding Child Intervention Review Panel
- fair and family friendly workplaces the government passed Bill 17
Bill 17 There have been some consequences as a result of this legislation. We have received official notice that the agencies who provide services for the Ministry of Community and Support Services will receive financial support for the minimum wage and statutory holiday costs. My understanding is that our contract managers will be asking you to fill in a template to help gather information. For Children Service’s there have been no official announcements but I believe they are working on gathering information relating to statutory holidays in an effort to compensate contracted agencies. I do not know how this will affect Fee for Service providers. You may want to make sure you have had conversations with the contract managers in the regions. See All ALIGN Engagement and Resources Bill 17
- Bill 30 – an act to protect the health and well-being of working Albertans
Bill 30 was also passed earlier this year and in this Act the impacts to agencies are the specific development of safety management systems; an increased focus on worker safety and well being; and hazard assessments in the work place. See All ALIGN Engagement and or Resources Bill 30
- Roadmap to COR
ALIGN received a grant to support the Roadmap to COR This course helps agencies develop their safety management system and customizes the requirements of the legislation to fit the unique needs of their agency and the sector. We currently have 72 people from 42 agencies participating. We have requested another grant to run the same program over again this time next year. See All ALIGN Engagement and or Resources Roadmap to COR
- New Grant Request
ALIGN is also asking for 2 other grants offered by the Ministry of Labour. One to support the development of an electronic best practice guide for this sector based on the assignments and suggestions of the group currently in the Roadmap program; and the second is to offer some training on wellness in the workplace to support the mandatory training for the committees and also for anyone else who is interested.
- Care Worker Violence Prevention Focused Inspection Program
The Ministry of Labour is doing another focused inspection program for group care facilities. I sent out notification about this earlier this week. Be aware that the program is from October 1, 2018 to January 31, 21019. The goal is to change the culture of the workplace to ensure violence is not tolerated or at least mitigated appropriately for workers
See Full Update Here
- FSCD Action Plan – In response to the concerns raised by parents about the FSCD program the Ministry of Community and Support Services (CSS) have changed our Specialized Services policy, Family Centred Supports and Services policy, FSCD Program Outcomes Policy and Overarching Policies and Considerations Policy to confirm that direct services to children are supported and parent involvement is not required in the delivery of specialized services. Please find updated policies on our website.
- ALIGN 11th Annual Conference: Strengthening Today, Building Tomorrow – January 24 and 25, 2019 at the Fantasyland Hotel Edmonton.
January 24th will be regular conference day with our keynote speaker being Virginia Sampson and January 25th will be a whole day with Dr. Michael Ungar- one of the best- known authors and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. He is an exceptional speaker and we will be offering single day tickets along with the regular conference registration. We look forward to seeing everyone there in January.
- Save The Date ALIGN 3rd Annual Symposium (Group Care): Global Research on Group Care Symposium Feb 7-8, 2019 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton.
We currently have Martha Holden and James Anglin confirmed and are just working out the details on 2 other academics to support the conference.
Please save the date as more will be forthcoming soon on the details.
- ALIGN POLITICAL TOOL-KIT 2019
- ALIGN Key Message Election 2019 ALIGN Political Toolkit Election 2019
- I want to take a few minutes to outline why we have taken the strategy we have this year in hopes that you will understand the messages well and see your agency as well as ALIGN in them. We hope you can use these messages as a foundation for your discussions with politicians in your constituencies. Our Government Relations Committee (GRC) developed this approach after meeting with some political experts and Paul McLoughlin at our AGM confirmed some of their thinking. At this point the polls show that the UCP has a high likelihood of wining an election in the spring 2019. But polls are only good at the time that they are taken, there are still a number of months to go and any strategy should include both or all parties. Having said that, there have been a few hints about the UCP we should pay close attention to:
- If the UCP does become the leaders of the government we will be looking at a whole new legislature so we should not expect that they have a structure as they are very inexperienced in governing as the NDP were when they got in.
- Currently the government is in the red zone so little to no spending is happening
- There is little investor confidence in either party
- The UCP will focus on competition; getting markets reactivated; and the private or outsourcing of delivery of services
- The NDP like government services but so far have support the human services contracted sector.
- UCP will shrink government, therefore a message of we are the best people to do the work should resonate
- There is no new money for either party. We need to argue for incremental increases to support infrastructure and operation in order to sustain the sector.
- Our agencies have established business practiced and can prove our services are professionally delivered and cost effective. We work for competitive prices and have good outcomes- we are well established.
- We need to remind parties that there is no saving in diminishing the sector as we help Albertans to remain out of hospitals, in their homes, look after their families
Our action request is that nominees talk to their colleagues and make sure they understand the value of the sector and support it. We must be sustained into future.
As nominees are announced, please invite them to visit your agencies or go out and see them, educate people on the work you do for the community. The toolkit helps you with templates for letters. ALIGN will be sending out a newsletter to all candidates soon to ensure they hear from us, we will also be going to some of the platform committees and meeting with high profile politicians. Use the key messages as a foundation for discussion, you should see yourselves as part of a larger sector in there and can outline some examples of the good work you do in your community that the candidate will back and support.
Also encourage your staff to get out and vote!
If you have nay questions or need help please don’t hesitate to give me a call or email.
The issue of charities engaging in political activities has been a hot item since 2012. In that year the Harper Government gave $8 million to the CRA Charities Directorate to begin what has been termed the “political activity audits”. Budget 2012 also tightened up the political activity rules which were already in place.
The mailing address for the Registered Charity Information Return (T3010) will be changing on October 8, 2018.
Please note that this change applies only to the annual return. All other correspondence should be sent to:
Canada Revenue Agency
Ottawa ON K1A 0L5
They ask that you mail your returns to the new address if you are filing the T3010 on or after October 8th. Before this date, all returns should be directed to the Ottawa address.
Parliamentary Committee Work
The Senate Special Committee studying the charitable sector will meet again on September 24 at 6:30 pm. You can watch the meeting here.
LEGISLATION Debates, Bills, and Motions
Second reading debate began on September 19 in the House of Commons for Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. This bill would require organizations under federal jurisdiction to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility, including those related to the built environment, employment, information and communications technology, the procurement of goods and services, the delivery of programs, and transportation.
Initiatives to Support Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Services Canada has announced $68 million to support First-Nations led health transformation by identifying and designing service delivery solutions tailored to First Nations community’s needs.
Senate Special Committee
The Senate Special Committee studying the sector kicked off the fall with two solid days of hearings on September 17 and 18. A broad range of sector organizations, including Imagine Canada, testified on issues like fundraising and philanthropy, social innovation and finance, and grant and contribution reform. Transcripts of the sessions are not yet available, but both sessions are available to watch. (Click here for September 17, and here for September 18.) Imagine Canada submitted a written brief to the Special Committee as well. We will share that once it’s available in both official languages.
Alberta OHS eNews October 2018
Cannabis legalization in Alberta
Learn the rules and regulations that will come into effect when the federal government legalizes recreational cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018.
Application for OHS Innovation and Engagement (I&E) Grants
Applications are now open for I&E grants that fund non-profit and public sector organizations for projects aimed at improving OHS awareness and knowledge. Deadline for submission is Oct. 15, 2018.
See Full Alberta OHS October 2018 eNews
Alberta to fund green upgrades for non-profits · CBC News · Posted: Sep 26, 2018 4:40 PM MT | Last Updated: September 26 Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET)
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips announced the latest step in the Non-Profit Energy Efficiency Transition (NEET) Programat the single-day Alberta Climate Summit Currently through NEET — which is overseen by provincial agency Energy Efficiency Alberta — non-profits can receive audits to identify opportunities to save on energy costs.The next step in the program will see the government working with contractors to purchase and install the needed upgrades, which could be everything from LED light bulbs to new furnaces or solar energy systems. …
All modules will be offered in both Edmonton and Calgary same day.
Module 1 is pre-requisite for the other four modules.
Module 2 thru 5 can be completed in any order
Who is this training for?
Foster parents and staff working with children, youth and families in Alberta. Kinship families working towards legal permanency (adoption or private guardianship) are strongly urged to take this training as well.
Why is this training required?
To achieve consistent trauma-informed support for children and families across the province at all levels
What will I learn?
FCS training aims to shift thinking from “what is wrong with this child? To a more informed “what has happened to this child?” and further, “how can I improve the developmental trajectory of this child?”
There are five modules in the training series
Module 1: Colonization, Historical Trauma and Healing
Module 2: The Core Story of Brain Development
Module 3: Child Development
Module 4: Loss and Grief
Module 5: Trauma, Stress and the Developing Brain
Includes link to Know Your Obligations After a Workplace Incident Employer Fact Sheet – new WCB legislation effective Sept. 1, 2018 makes it even more important for all Alberta employers and their workers to work together to have a solid return-to-work plan in place should incidents happen. View this information and more! 09-2018 eNews-1
Caring for children creates physical and emotional demands that can be exhausting. The time, attention and energy of any caregiver is limited. When caregivers are depleted, it is much more difficult to meet children’s needs. There are a number of factors that influence the internal and external resources of any caregiver, and there are other factors that increase the caregiving ‘burden’ such as age of the child, as well as physical, emotional or behavioral problems.
CTA’s Caregiving Challenge Estimator (CCE) is a tool that is intended to provide an estimate of the caregiving ‘burden’ facing a primary caregiver at a given moment in time. Available for anyone to purchase and use, this simple tool allows professionals to estimate the balance between resources and demands to determine the Caregiving Reserve score; in turn, this information can help in clinical decision-making and psychoeducation for the caregivers.
As with all metrics, this report is intended to supplement and not replace the clinical decision making process. Report packages are now available for purchase.
People living with an opioid use disorder in Canada should have access to comprehensive treatment options that meet all their needs. ‘Best Practices across the Continuum of Care for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder’ presents services that should be available to individuals experiencing or at risk of experiencing harms from opioid use.
This report, developed to inform Health Canada’s Federal, Provincial and Territorial Treatment Task Group, outlines the standard of service that should implemented to provide person-centred care to all people experiencing harms from opioids. The report includes a summary of actions taking place across Canada at multiple levels of government to help.
Here is your opportunity to participate in a proposed research project implementing and evaluating e-Mental Health (e-MH) tools for youth and young adults.The link below displays the flyer which provides a summary of the proposed study and community eligibility, along with a link to the full application for interested communities. The deadline to submit the completed application is Friday, September 28, 2018; simply email it to Seija.Kromm@ahs.ca.
The proposed study is led by the Addiction and Mental Health (AMH), and Maternal, Newborn, Child & Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical Networks™, including researchers from Alberta Health Services (AHS), the University of Calgary, and the University of Alberta. If successful, this study will receive up to $5 million over 4 years to implement and evaluate known-effective e-Mental Health (e-MH) tools in Alberta for youth and young adults. The tools include Online Peer-to-Peer and Family Support, Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internet-Based Screening for Anxiety and Depression, and Screening and Brief Intervention. The study will evaluate whether the e-MH tools improve health and system outcomes such as intervention uptake, reduced wait times, quality of life and symptom control, and barriers to care such as stigma.
Five interested communities across Alberta will be selected to participate in this potential research opportunity. Communities will implement e-MH tools that will be integrated into the local healthcare and social system and accessed in different ways. Communities selected for the study will participate in the co-design process, and receive support and training in the use and implementation of the e-MH tools.
For more information, please consult the attached flyer and the application. The application can also be accessed and downloaded from Community Application. If you’re not sure whether a community/leader has received this information, don’t hesitate to forward this email to them. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Seija.Kromm@ahs.ca.
The Alberta government is recruiting up to 25 people to join the council. Members will be selected through
a public recruiting process that is open until September 15, 2018.
The Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council (AARAC) is seeking individuals who are recognized by their peers for their commitment to human rights and combatting racism. Successful applicants will be willing to represent the best interests of Alberta’s diverse communities, and be committed to working proactively and in a manner that is not biased or in conflict of
interest. AARAC members will have an understanding of realities and challenges that relate to racism. The council will represent the diversity of Alberta, including factors such as geography, urban and rural regions, age groups, physical ability, sexual and gender identities, ethnocultural groups, and service and activity sectors.
Join thousands of Indigenous people from all across the Turtle Island for the first ever National Indigenous Cultural Expo (NICE), featuring Canada’s largest Pow Wow, Metis Festival, and Inuit Showcase.
NICE will include not only Powwow but Metis and Inuit Sport/Cultural showcases/competitions, Indigenous fashion show, trade show, gala and more!
Tickets available at the Concierge desk by the Alberta Ballroom in the Edmonton EXPO Centre from 12pm-8pm on Sept 26 and 27.
Adult – $20 Daily
Child (7-17) – $10 Daily
Under 6 – Free
As young people with disabilities head towards adulthood, they find themselves cut off from familiar health services only to fall through the cracks of a fragmented adult care system. Last month, Dr. Jan Willem Gorter, KBHN investigator, Director of CanChild at McMaster, and transition clinician, had the opportunity to share about this critical, Canada-wide issue in CBC’s White Coat Black Art’s town hall, Crisis in Care. People with disabilities, family members, and caregivers gathered to openly discuss their experiences and struggles with transitions as well as advocate for potential solutions…
If you’re using drugs, or are with someone who is using, these are the signs and symptoms to watch out for. If they happen, don’t leave things to chance, call 911 immediately. Canada’s new Good Samaritan law can protect you. For step by step instructions on what to do in the event you suspect someone is overdosing, watch Ask a Paramedic if you have a naloxone kit follow the SAVE ME steps and instructions below
A provincial grant to Native Friendship Centres is supporting the hiring of four navigators to connect people with life-saving treatment, harm reduction and culturally sensitive wraparound services.
Navigators have been hired in Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Grande Prairie with the support of the $400,000 grant. Workshops, naloxone training sessions and educational material will also be provided to staff at Friendship Centres in 21 communities throughout the province. These new tools will support greater substance-use awareness and prevention and strengthen access to culturally appropriate services for Indigenous people…
A community review on current court support services for victims of crime. As part of this review, they are conducting a needs assessment with community organizations to identify issues with the current court orientation process – or lack of a standardized process for court orientation, support and accompaniment. They expect to complete this review by September 15th which will inform our work towards the development of a standardized court orientation program for Edmonton. They are asking you to fill out a Needs Assessment to help them clearly understand the current system(s) and how we can work together as a community to better serve victims of crime
Addiction and mental health services engagement Help establish safety, quality and consumer protection standards for addiction and mental health services and treatment facilities. Complete the survey to provide your input on ways to better protect people seeking addiction and mental health services Deadline September 14, 2018
Does your organization work with youth experiencing homelessness? Register for the Without a Home 2018 2nd National Survey on Youth Homelessness to help make an impact on the lives of youth while informing program and policy solutions.
Canada’s colonial practice of forcibly removing Indigenous children from their families did not end with the closing of Indian residential schools. It continues today in the form of provincial and territorial child welfare systems, which remove Indigenous children and youth at alarmingly high rates.This film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with child welfare and share their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control. Adding to these insights, First Nations child advocate Cindy Blackstock traces the term ‘neglect’, the main rationale for child welfare removals, to its roots in the residential school system, and points to laws that codify structural discrimination, the leading cause of child welfare (dis)placements.With Tyler Blackface, Cindy Blackstock, Tia Ledesma, Brianna Olsen and Donovan Waskahat.
Recommendation 1: Access to Data
That $1 million a year be allocated to Statistics Canada, for the purpose of gathering and disseminating data pertaining to charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises.
Recommendation 2: Political Activity Reform
That the government, specifically the Ministers of Finance and National Revenue, implement the recommendations made by the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.
Recommendation 3: Legal and Regulatory Reform
That the government enter into a co-creation process aimed at modernizing the laws and regulations under which charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises operate. We estimate an incremental cost to the federal government of $5 million over two year
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The Integrative Health Institute conference promotes knowledge translation and networking for health care providers, academics, learners, health administrators, and other key stakeholders. This year’s conference theme is Traditional Medicine. We are pleased to be co-hosting this year’s conference with the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Population, Public & Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network.
UofA invites University Faculty and learners, and Alberta Health Services colleagues to submit their original research or educational initiatives in integrative health.
Presenters will be expected to prepare a poster with the option of taking part in a Rapid Talk competition where participants will have 3 minutes to explain the breadth and significance of their research project. If the first and presenting author is a trainee, their Rapid Talk will be eligible for a monetary Trainee Research Award. A limited number of Rapid Talks will be accepted so please submit your abstract early to avoid disappointment.
Each submission will be reviewed by an external panel and applicants will be notified of their decision by e-mail no later than Friday, September 21, 2018.
- A profile of service use patterns for Albertan children and youth (aged 0 to 17) receiving Family Support for Children with Disabilities
- A profile of service use patterns for Albertans with Cerebral Palsy (aged 0 to 25)
- A profile of service use patterns for Albertans with Autism Spectrum Disorder
(aged 0 to 25)
- Transition experiences of clients moving between the Income Support program and the Income Support Learners program: Income Support Transitions
In addition, a special report was released. In collaboration with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Cross Ministry Committee, data were analyzed on how children and youth with FASD were served by provincial programs in Alberta. These results highlight opportunities for collaboration and integration in service delivery. In particular, almost half of the children and youth with FASD received a complex constellation of services that included Child Intervention and other disability services. These results will serve as a baseline in evaluating Alberta’s FASD 10-Year Strategic Plan.
Community-based Mental Health Service Hubs for Youth (Integrated Hubs) are designed to integrate health and social services under one roof in a youth-friendly environment. The majority of mental health concerns emerge before the age of 24 and current systems of care are split between child and adult services. Integrated Hubs are an emerging practice to address service access issues that youth experience.
The cost to register will be $35 per organization, which will include a table and chairs for your organization’s area and as much support as we can possibly give you to ensure that your experience is nothing short of excellent.
Building an Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit by David Mitchell, CCVO President & CEO
As a result of focus group discussions from around the province, CCVO is creating a resource to help nonprofit organizations prepare for the upcoming provincial election in Spring 2019. The Alberta Nonprofit Election Toolkit is intended to arm Alberta’s nonprofits with flexible tools to help ensure the candidates and parties address issues of importance to our sector. Our goal: to support the sector in proactively engaging in the democratic process with confidence…
Burns Memorial Fund The Experience of the Collaborative Funders’ Table: A Learning Brief
This learning brief is designed for grant-making and other funding organizations engaged in or thinking about participating in a funding collaborative. It describes the CFT funding model and processes, highlights lessons learned and challenges that arose along the way, and captures the impact and benefits of collaborative funding. The CFT members hope that sharing these experiences will help to inform other efforts to collectively increase the impact of investments in social change. To view the learning brief, please click on the image below.
Would Your Nonprofit Benefit From MBA Insights?
CCVO has developed a unique opportunity for nonprofit organizations to participate in a Management Consulting project through a partnership with the MBA program of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Through an organizational or management project of your choosing, you will receive the strategic insights of advanced MBA students who are well-versed in managerial, financial, accounting, marketing, and operational management skills. A dedicated student group will work with your organization as consultants to develop solutions to your specific issue. The project will be completed over 12 weeks this fall (Sept – Nov).
To learn more, and find out how this project could benefit your organization, contact Karen Whiteman at CCVO; firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-910-5880. Please submit your application by August 15.
Employment Standards in Alberta – Averaging Agreements Aug 29, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Employment Standards in Alberta – Hours of Work and Pay Aug 30, 2018 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Employment Standards in Alberta – General Holidays, General Holiday Pay and Vacations Sep 11, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Overview of Alberta’s Employment Standards Code Sep 27, 2018 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Autism Calgary FSCD Program To Realign with Legislation
In response to pressures from families and community groups, the Government of Alberta is committing to changing policy and practice to appropriately realign the Family Support for Disabilities program to legislation and to better serve individuals and families living with Autism and other disabilities…
The Star Calgary July 18, 2018
‘Parent coaching’ no longer required under Alberta’s special-needs program
Community and Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir said come next month, the sessions for parents will no longer be required — a move he said is designed to ease the burden on parents. “Parents will no longer be required to be involved in parent training or coaching,” Sabir said via phone Friday. “We will end all references to that kind of model in our practice and our policy…”
Inclusion Alberta – An update on Family Support for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) July 3, 2018
Overview of changes happening immediately and changes happening later this year
More listening sessions will also be held across the province to identify improvements and allow FSCD staff to hear additional feedback.
We invite you to our AGM September 20, 2018 at Holiday Inn & Suites, 33 Petrolia Drive, Gasoline Alley, Red Deer from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and we hope to see as many members as possible. Our Guest Speaker will be Paul McLoughlin, Owner of Word of Mouth Communications. It’s time to think about our Government Relations Strategies and Paul will help us get that started. Member $78.75 Non-members $94.50
It’s now been just over a month since Alberta’s new Occupational Health and Safety Act took effect. The Act introduced not only a number of new obligations and stakeholders, but an entirely new concept of workplace health and safety that extends beyond the worksite itself, and includes things like domestic violence, psychological health, and social well being. To put it mildly, the changes are aplenty, and are taking workplace health and safety in Alberta to a place it’s never been…
View discussions on the concerns facing the charitable sector and how to support the success of the sector as a whole in Canada.
The impact of public policy on charities and non-profit organizations, and of the voluntary sector June 18, 2018
Are you looking for funding for your organization’s professional development? The Muttart Foundation has two bursary programs open to registered charities working in the social service and early childhood education and care fields. This bursary program allows charities to apply for funding to allow their staff members to attend courses offered through publicly funded educational institutions or non-profit organizations. We sometimes look at providing support to allow staff members to attend conferences that relate to their work at the organization.
In the past, we’ve provided funding to allow individuals to obtain computer training, management training, take part in leadership programs, and courses that allow them to brush up on their knowledge and skills to better serve their clients. I’ve attached a link to our bursary application form if you are interested in applying.
Should you have further questions about our bursary programs, please feel free to contact em. I would be happy to talk to you about a potential course you may be interested in attending or help walk you through our bursary application form. I would suggest you call me before you fill in the application form to ensure that your organization and the course you are applying for are a fit within our guidelines. I look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to share this with other registered charities that would fit in our guidelines.
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phone – (780)421-0316
web page – https://www.muttart.org/granting-programs/bursary-program/
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Provides Alberta Government updates regarding resources, training, grants and more!
Dr Bruce Perry (The Child Trauma Academy) and Linda Chamberlain (Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project) discuss the the impact of exposure to violence on a child’s developing brain in this powerful awareness video available on NVR North Hampton, produced for the California Attorney General’s Office.
The new Anti-Racism Community Grant Program will provide $2 million to support grassroots initiatives that raise awareness and understanding of racism and its impact on all Albertans. This will also include funding to support anti-racism projects or initiatives specific to Indigenous peoples.
Submission deadlines for 2018-19:
- Intake 1 – August 1, 2018
- Intake 2 – November 1, 2018
- Intake 3 – January 1, 2019
Submission deadlines for 2019-20 onward:
- Intake 1 – March 1, 2019
- Intake 2 – June 1, 2019
- Intake 3 – September 1, 2019
- Intake 4 – December 1, 2019
See Additional Human Service/Nonprofit/Community Grants, Awards and Bursaries Here
This September, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division is hosting a workplace conference designed to improve mental health outcomes in Alberta workplaces.
Working Stronger • Equipping Albertans for better workplace mental health is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance our efforts to support healthier workplaces across the province. It brings together the most creative and inspiring mental health thinkers and leaders in the field.
The conference – September 17 & 18, 2018 in Edmonton – will feature keynote speakers, workshops, panels, presentations, training opportunities, and exhibits.
This conference is ideally suited to organizations and individuals interested in learning more and becoming champions of workplace mental health in Alberta.
Correspondence from CA Minister Danielle Larivee to ALIGN ED June 28, 2018
Today, our government released a public action plan that will help protect children and support families. You can read our news release online.
A Stronger, Safer Tomorrow highlights 39 actions – including 16 this fiscal year – the Alberta government is taking to improve services for Indigenous families, increase supports for children, youth and caregivers, and address the funding gap on reserve.
This public action plan was developed with Indigenous leaders and communities, as well as front-line partners who work directly with vulnerable or at-risk children and youth. I would like to thank all who participated for their passion and dedication to improving the safety and well-being of children, youth and families in this province.
Our government is taking immediate action. By March 31, 2019, we will have implemented 16 actions to address urgent needs and lay the foundation for important changes to follow. These include new funding for youth suicide prevention programs and Indigenous-led early intervention and prevention services. We will also fully implement Jordan’s Principle and pilot a new assessment tool for kinship caregivers.
Short-term actions, to be completed by 2020, target specific services and supports to improve the wellbeing of Indigenous communities and peoples. Long-term actions involve work with Indigenous partners to develop local solutions and more responsive, integrated services by 2022. This supports our work to hold the federal government accountable, which will be essential to creating significant, lasting change.
This public action plan addresses all the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention’s final recommendations, and is a decisive step forward for Alberta.
It is our roadmap to a province where all children and youth are supported to reach their full potential, where all Indigenous families can access the supports they need in ways that are reflective and respectful of their culture, and where all Indigenous peoples can access the same levels of support, on- or off-reserve.
Our government will continue to work together with Indigenous leaders and communities, as well as other partners, to implement this public action plan. More information will be shared with you soon through your regular communications channels and updates will be posted at ChildrensServices.alberta.ca.
I am committed to reconciliation and to working with Indigenous partners and child intervention stakeholders to make meaningful, lasting changes to the child intervention system. I look forward to working with you to help create a stronger, safer tomorrow for children, youth and families across Alberta.
Sincerely, Danielle Larivee
The Boland Survey is the only source of nonprofit sector compensation data. Make informed comparisons and predictions on salary and human resource practices – including flex time, on-boarding, paid time off, professional development practices, employee recognition, and – new in 2018! – recruitment practices.
Complete the survey before August 31 to be sure your organization’s information is included and you are eligible to purchase the comprehensive report.
Register now to enter your data!
At ALIGN, we know our members make employee health and safety a priority. To assist with that, we maintain a number of online directories so agency directors and staff can easily access the tools and information they need to address their agency/staffing and or personal needs. This bulletin includes recent additions to our directory.
iMPact Day is an opportunity for MPs to get an in-depth primer about what organizations actually do and how they go about doing it. Time spent with board members, staff, and volunteers will give MPs an appreciation of the wide range of roles we play and the work it takes to keep an organization going. MPs will see first-hand how day-to-day operations are impacted by federal regulations and policies – everything from your business activities to how you access grants and contributions.
This challenge is a move towards creating a more enabling environment for the social good sector and providing organizations a seat at the policy table. It will provide an opportunity to improve communication and strengthen the relationship between the sector and the government in order to better serve communities together – leveraging tax-payer dollars, by working efficiently and effectively for sustainable change and growth. Spending a day with an organization will help MPs draw direct links between federal policies and the impact those policies have on organizations, communities, and individuals in their constituencies.
Host Your MP
iMPact Day aims to build new bridges between the social good sector and the government in order to learn from each other and to help build the sector’s capacity to succeed. Our goal is to have as many MPs as possible, from every political party, participate in this annual challenge. But the only way we can make this happen is if charities, nonprofits, and social enterprises participate.
We need you! Imagine Canada will coordinate the MPs and provide you with background information and suggestions for hosting. If you’re interested and willing to host an MP for a day, please contact Kira Balson on our Public Policy team.
Children’s Bureau is excited to announce that FAF Web tool is available in Canada and currently being used by the following agencies to facilitate the implementation of OBSD .
Hull Child and Family Services
McMan Youth Family and Community Services
Unlimited Potential Community Services
Grande Prairie Public School District
Help strengthen families today. Get free tools in the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide. Chapter 1 describes approaches based on protective factors that reduce risk of child maltreatment & promote kids’ healthy development.
- FAF Software’s assessment and service planning tools are centered on these same 5 factors. Click on the image to see how FAF captures them.
- FAF’s assessment consists of 8 primary factors and 59 sub-factors; 30 of the 59 sub-factors capture the Protective Factors.
- FAF Software is research validated for both its validity (measures what it intends to measure) and its reliability (instrument consistency). Visit our library of research articles here.
FAF Web integrates the research-validated Family Assessment Form © tool with improved case management functions. With FAF Web, case workers can track information from intake through contacts, service planning, and case closure. Its service planning feature is an efficient tool for incorporating strengths and concerns into goals developed by case workers and families. FAF Web meets all needs by tracking and reporting on data related to family functioning, service plans, contact notes, closing summaries, caseload reports, demographic reports, and a host of other evaluation functions. The newest version of the FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere. The Family Assessment Form (FAF) is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field is a practitioner developed, user-friendly tool designed to help child welfare and family support workers assess family functioning, develop meaningful service plans, monitor progress, and to assist agencies in measuring program outcomes. The FAF tool tracks, among others, clear indicators of child safety, child well-being, permanence, and family and community support and is the ideal tool for assessment and case management in the family services field. It is a state-of-the-art case management platform designed to support best-practice service planning, program improvement, evaluation, and reporting specifically for family strengthening and home visitation programs.. The newest version of the Family Assessment Form Software, FAF Web, has all the features of the original FAF Pro software integrated into a platform that users can connect with any time, from anywhere. To upgrade to FAF Web or to set up a webinar and discuss purchasing options, please contact: Kaya Okuniewski, FAF Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Standing Committee on Finance has launched its Pre-Budget Consultations in advance of the 2019 budget. Written submissions of no more than 2,000 words can be submitted to the Committee until Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
E.D. Rhonda Barraclough
In May, Bruce and I attended a meeting with the Deputy Minister Jeff Parr of Minister of Labour, DM Darlene Bowsema of Children Services , DM Shannon Marchand of Community and Support Services, and some of their senior staff. At that meeting we were told that the Caregivers Regulation will apply in all cases of residential care/24 hour operation and crisis support – like CSD workers or contract foster care agencies with emergent situations. Below is a link to a flow chart that will help make those decisions as to when it is appropriate or not to use this regulation for your staffing models.
AM I A CAREGIVER ? is now available on Alberta Labour Standards Website: Caregivers – Employment Standards Exceptions
There are special provisions to the rules outlined in the Employment Standards Code for home care and residential care employees.
This tool reflects the standards for caregivers that have been in place for several years. These rules were not amended by the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act and it is my hope that by sharing this tool we may be able to address any confusion going forward. To assist in clarifying their application for employers in your sector, I encourage you to share with your association members and sector colleagues
Lenore Neudorf, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Policy Labour, Government of Alberta June 11, 2018Update Regarding Bill 17 – E.D. Rhonda Barraclough June 7, 2018
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Bill 17 – Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act
New Opioid Treatment Clinics in Northern Alberta Alberta Government News Release June 11, 2018
The province is opening new treatment clinics in northern Alberta so that hundreds of people struggling with substance use can get the help they need close to home
Fort McMurray, High Prairie and Bonnyville are home to new opioid dependency treatment clinics. The three clinics can treat up to 600 new patients annually, with medication-assisted treatment, such as methadone and Suboxone. Patients also receive mental health services and other wrap-around supports…
Feedback Session for the Resiliency Framework (previously named the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework,)
Calgary June 22, 2018 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
In follow up to consultations held in May on the Resiliency Framework, you are invited to attend a session with PolicyWise to provide consultation on the evaluation framework that has been developed to support provincial implementation of the Resiliency Framework. Your feedback will be valuable as we move forward with this initiative. Thank you
Enhancing Prevention and Early Intervention
Supports and services towards prevention and early intervention are equally as important as providing quality child protection services in helping to ensure positive outcomes for children, youth and families. The Ministry continues to work collaboratively with community partners to ensure the delivery of a wide range of effective prevention and early intervention programs and services. In 2016/2017, the Ministry initiated a process to redevelop its Prevention and Early Intervention Framework to The Well-Being and Resiliency Framework, in order to ensure alignment with current and emerging trends, research, and Indigenous worldviews. The redeveloped Framework will support decision-making in the Ministry for funding and service delivery; define key elements of services; communicate how the program provides prevention and early intervention; and, outline a process and criteria for the review and improvement of programs and services. Collaboration with Indigenous partners, community agencies and regional staff is underway to ensure Indigenous ways of knowing, recommendations from the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention and current research are incorporated.
Reaching families early, even as early as pregnancy, is an important element of success in the design of proven prevention programs. The emerging body of research on the science of brain development supports the importance of initiating prevention services early to support parent-child attachment and the social-emotional development of infants and young children. For the greatest success, the Framework will be redeveloped to meet the needs of families at multiple levels – across a continuum of needs. The Framework will continue to be based on a continuum of prevention and early intervention service domains: Child Development and Wellbeing; Caregiver Capacity Building; and, Social Connections and Supports.
To support provincial implementation of the Well-Being and Resiliency Framework, an ongoing monitoring and evaluation plan will be developed to ensure the expected short, medium and long-term outcomes are clearly articulated to be specific, measureable, reasonably achievable, relevant and timely. The monitoring and evaluation plan will include indicators and measures for the continuum of services; processes to measure and report on the outcomes and effectiveness of these programs for Indigenous participants; and, support regular reporting on the achievement of the overarching outcome of helping infants, children and youth be safe and reach their full potential. The redeveloped Framework is expected to be completed in Summer 2018, with implementation to follow in the fall. Given the emerging body of research and literature surrounding the enhancement of well-being and resiliency in families, the Framework is intended to be a ‘living document’, that will live on-line, providing the ability to update information as necessary as part of the implementation and evaluation processes.
The Alberta Health and Safety News June 2018 will help guide you through the new legislative requirements. Lots of new information and resources!
Premier Rachel Notley delivered an apology in the legislature today to survivors and families of the Sixties Scoop….
New occupational health and safety (OHS) rules will help prevent workplace bullying, harassment and violence, while providing better support for victims….
For those of you unable to attend, here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation on Bill 30: Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans OHS Act Changes presented by the Ministry of Labor at our annual membership meeting May 4, 201
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ALIGN Association in Partnership with Alberta Association of Safety Partners (AASP) OHS Training!
Is your organization ready for the new OHS ACT? Roadmap to Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems training will be delivered in a series of three 7.5 hour instructional/development sessions with each location having one final full day of overview and review session early in 2019.
Space is limited so register early! Please register for all three dates at once in your area and attendance is very important. If your agency is over 19 people register one person and e-mail email@example.com. with second name for wait list.
The Indigenous Thought Leaders Series is intended to Enhance Indigenous Innovations and Relationships in Child Intervention Service Delivery.
Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers share Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. The presentations showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta. Various Alberta-based programs providing culturally appropriate and effective services are highlighted. The presentations give the viewer the opportunity to explore how they can utilize the guidelines and principles in policy development and service delivery.
Unless otherwise indicated, copyright in these oral history presentations are held by the presenters. You may download this content for your personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form, with the copyright acknowledged and citing the name of the presenter, the date of the presentation and citing ALIGN Indigenous Thought Leaders Day Series. Anyone wishing to make this content accessible through their web site is encouraged to link to the required content on this site. ALIGN Association of Community Services reserves the right to revoke this permission at any time. Permission is not given for any commercial use or sale of this material. It is further understood that no copies of the vidoes may be made and nothing can be used from them in any published form without permission of the original source
The following video’s are part of the Indigenous Thought Leaders Series.
Selected Elders, advisers, and service providers shared Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. These informative protocol videos showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The individual presentations include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta.
Unless otherwise indicated, copyright in these oral history presentations are held by the presenters. You may download this content for your personal or non-commercial use but only in an unaltered form, with the copyright acknowledged and citing the name of the presenter, the date of the presentation and citing ALIGN Indigenous Thought Leaders Day Series. Anyone wishing to make this content accessible through their web site is encouraged to link to the required content on this site. ALIGN Association of Community Services reserves the right to revoke this permission at any time. Permission is not given for any commercial use or sale of this material. It is further understood that no copies of the vidoes may be made and nothing can be used from them in any published form without permission of the original source
Memo to ALIGN Membership Re: Occupational Health and Safety Grant
ALIGN has some good news to share with our member agencies. We were successful in obtaining a 2018 Occupational Health and Safety Innovation and Engagement Grant in partnership with the Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP) from the Ministry of Labour to provide free training to representatives of member agencies who are interested in developing and implementing a formal Health and Safety Management System.
With the many changes brought about by Bill 17 in January 2018, and the amendments coming to the Occupational Health and Safety Act on June 1, 2018 through Bill 30: An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans; agencies will have had many new things to learn and become educated in as well as continuing to do the necessary every day work of supporting Alberta’s most vulnerable children and families.
Learn more about our partners and what this means to your agency: Read full ALIGN OHS Training Grant Memo Spring 2018 pdf
Training is intended for member agency directors, supervisors or OHS representatives involved in applying the new OHS Act. It will be offered in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. Training will consist of three full days that build on each other with assignments in between, commencing in June 2018 with the second day in September 2018 and third one in the November/ December 2018. A fourth day for overview and review will be provided early in 2019. Dates to be determined. A strong commitment to attending all the training sessions is needed; training will be free and manuals supplied, individuals will be provided the support they need to be successful.
Once the training is completed and the agency has successfully developed and implemented a health and safety program that meets provincial standards, they will be in a position to apply for a Certificate of Recognition (COR) or a Small Employer COR (SECOR). The COR certifies that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and met the requirements as per the provincial standards. Certificates are issued by Alberta Labour and are co-signed by Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships (AASP). Achieving and maintaining a valid COR is required for earning a financial incentive through the WCB Partnerships in Injury Reduction Program.
Registration will be on a first come first serve basis and will be available middle of May – please check the ALIGN training page after May 15th for dates and locations . Only one individual per agency (OHS rep) will be accepted into the program as class size is limited. Larger agencies may place a second person on a wait list. If you have any questions please contact Cathy Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Workforce & OHS Initiatives
Alberta Association for Safety Partnerships(AASP) as a Certifying Partner (Road Map To COR).
Bill 17 – Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act
Bill 30 Occupational Health and Safety Act
Foundations of Caregiver Support (FCS)
Healthy Workplace, Wellness and Safety in the Child and Family Services Sector
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
National Standard Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace – COR/WCB
Workforce Alliance: Cross Association Workforce Survey
We have been invited to provide feedback to the revisions and update of the Prevention and Early Intervention Framework. We recognize the short notice of these meetings however it is unavoidable if we want to have the opportunity to provide feedback prior to the completion deadline of June 2018. Take the opportunity to have a say:
Prevention and Early Intervention Framework
Edmonton – May 24,2018
10:00 am – 12:00pm
Alberta Labour in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has developed a free introductory course for Alberta residents to help committee co-chairs and representatives
Learn about changes to Alberta’s OHS Act through interactive webinars.
OHS Publications Online Store contains OHS bulletins, fact sheets, manuals and other health and safety documents for workers, employers and prime contractors.
Do you need a joint work site health and safety committee or representative on multiple work sites?
Child and Family Service (CFS) Regions Caseload Trends 1015-16 to 2017-18 presentation by Jon Reeves, Executive Director – Child Intervention – Southern Alberta May 2018 at the ALIGN Membership Meeting.
The Government of Canada supports mental health wellbeing for First Nations and Inuit through dedicated resources, including culturally competent counselling services by the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line.
Indigenous Services Canada is pleased to announce that the 24/7 First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line has expanded to include mental wellness counselling and crisis intervention through online chat.
Many people, and particularly youth, are more at ease using the internet and handheld devices to access services and seek support. Online chat is the next step in expanding access to qualified and culturally competent mental wellness counselling and crisis intervention services.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line was established as a specific resource for First Nations and Inuit to provide immediate, culturally competent telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in English, French and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Online chat services are currently available in English and French, with expansion to Indigenous languages currently being explored as this new service launches.
Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney and the National Steering Committee for Financial Literacy today announced a new working group to assist in responding to the financial literacy needs of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation. The working group will be co-chaired by Jane Rooney and Simon Brascoupé of AFOA Canada (formerly the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada) and will report to the national steering committee.
Research conducted by AFOA Canada regarding Indigenous Peoples living on reserve and the results of the Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS), which includes individuals who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples living off-reserve, indicates that Indigenous Peoples face unique barriers to achieving financial well-being. These barriers need to be addressed in the design, delivery and measurement of financial literacy interventions…
Report Released on the Federal Role in Social Finance
he report identified ways federal funding will allow social finance funds to indirectly support charities and non-profit organizations in expanding their programs, as well as assisting social enterprises, including those created by charities and non-profits, to address social needs with innovative solutions and financing from a range of investors… Read Report Here
Parliamentary Committee Work
The Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector met last Monday to look at the economic impact of charities and nonprofits, as well as the synergistic relationship between the economy and charities in Canada. The committee heard from Brian Emmett, Chief Economist for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector, as well as Catherine Van Rompaey, the Director of National Economic Accounts Division of Statistics Canada. You can watch the full meeting here… Watch Full Meeting Here
This resource focuses on addressing one facet of the opioid crisis in Canada. Research has shown that the vast majority of individuals who struggle with opioid misuse and addiction have current or past experiences of trauma and violence. Those experiences of trauma and violence are often gendered, in that women, men, trans and gender diverse people have different kinds of experiences.
Trauma-informed practice is an approach to care that integrates an understanding of trauma into all levels of care, system engagement, workforce development, organizational policy and cross-sectoral collaborations.
This resource builds upon the Trauma Informed Practice Guide (http://bccewh.bc.ca/)developed by BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in 2013, which have been adopted and implemented in many health authorities and other jurisdictions across the province.
PolicyWise working closely with Alberta Education – School and Community Supports for Children and Youth Branch to share emerging, promising, and leading practices among the 17 RCSD Regions. The RCSD Learning Series aims to capture and share experiential knowledge and wisdom and mobilize capacity. The series addresses the outcomes of the partnership work of Alberta Education, Alberta Children’s Services, Alberta Community and Social Services, and Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to build system capacity for learning environments that are welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe and collaborative systems.
- Aspen Collaborative Services – Coalition 4 Success (coming soon!)
- Calgary and Area RCSD – Toward Exemplary Practice
- Central Alberta RCSD – School Snapshot Summary: A Collective Decision Making Tool
- Central East Collaborative RCSD – Connections Clinic
- City of Edmonton RCSD – Caregiver Education Series (coming soon!)
- Réseau RCSD – From Assessment to Consultation
- Southwest Alberta RCSD – Level Three Service Centre
- Research brief: designed to offer an overview of evidence and leading practices that align with the presentation and that can inform strategic planning.
- Top take-aways: offers a summary of key points from the presentation.
We have been invited to provide feedback to the Child intervention Ministerial Panel Recommendations #7,#9,#11. Several types of opportunities are being presented to organizations across the province to have input into the action plan for these recommendations. We recognize the short notice of these meetings however it is unavoidable if we want to have the opportunity to provide feedback prior to the action plan completion deadline of June 2018. Take the opportunity to have a say;These session are gather feedback for the following recommendations;
CI Ministerial Panel Recommendation #7,9,11.
Calgary May 7, 2018
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
2323-32 Ave NE,Calgary
CI Ministerial Panel Recommendation #7,9,11.
Edmonton May 8,2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Ellerslie Rugby Park
11004 Ellerslie Road, Edmonton
#7. Work with Indigenous communities historic trauma healing services, which include access to ceremony and cultural healing.
#9. Mental health and addiction services culturally appropriate, accessible services for children, youth and families in the child intervention system, with a focus on expanding access (including for Albertans living in remote communities, rural areas, on- and off-reserve) to preventative mental health and addictions services and treatment, including secure services. The Government of Alberta should prioritize implementation of recommendations of the Valuing Mental Health report to improve services for children and families before, during and after their involvement in the child intervention system.
#11.Improve transitional supports for youth in care to adult supports,ans post secondary opportunities that will help them succeed in life. this would expand supports already in place.
Nicole McFadyen ALIGN –Nicolem@alignab.ca
Due to the changing nature of volunteerism in Alberta, the City of Lacombe recognized the need to create an online volunteer handbook that provides resources for volunteers and resources for managing volunteers, as well as community information and trends. This online handbook provides links with answers to the many questions that may arise within volunteer positions and not-for-profit organizations, and provides resources for both new and experienced volunteers. Here you can also find community information, as well as recent Canadian and Albertan trends pertaining to volunteerism.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has released two new educational products:
- Find out whether you can issue official donation receipts for your charity’s annual golf tournament. Watch the new video in the Gifting and receipting series: Golf tournaments.
- Learn how to calculate the amount to write on your donation receipts by reading the new graphic educational tool: Hosting a golf tournament?
Alberta Government Health and Safety eNews Special Edition 2018
As you know, last fall the Government of Alberta made important changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. These changes provide Albertans with the same rights that Canadians across the province already had, and were the first significant updates in decades. On June 1, those changes will come into force…Click on link below to read full eNews Bulletin
Excerpt Study Looks at Funder Culpability in Nonprofit Failure By Steve Dubb | April 23, 2018
Managing cash, of course, is a major challenge for all businesses—and certainly for nonprofits. This past week, Open Road released its Roadblock Analysis Report, which looks at all 102 groups from across the world that it has funded and asks an important question: “Why did the nonprofits we funded need cash flow assistance in the first place?”…
Autism Canada has been asked by Dr. Racine, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Cascio and the Autism Research Ethics Task Force to invite you to get involved in their collaborative project.
The Autism Research Ethics Task Force invites you to follow along and give feedback on a collaborative project to develop a new model for ethics in research on autism. Their goal is to develop best practices for respectful and inclusive autism research ethics. They are seeking your help and input to share your experiences with research, positive or negative. They are particularly interested in the experiences of autistic Canadians.
They are asking people on the spectrum, family members and caregivers, autism researchers, and autism professionals to be part of a community engagement group for this project, which will be led by a collaborative task force. A task force is a temporary group made up of people with common goals and objectives within a specific time frame. This task force will be working on a report addressing this person-oriented research ethics model. This report will suggest best practices researchers can use when doing research with participants on the autism spectrum.
Sector news and initiatives relevant to human service organizations serving children, youth and families in Alberta including invitation to Child Review Panel Engagement Meetings, Bill 17 Update, Conference Bursaries, New Training and More!
CMHA Alberta Division is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to support individuals with personal lived experience of mental health challenges or illness or those with a family member/loved one with mental health challenges, or representatives of local nonprofit organizations who require financial support to attend Now We Are Stronger 2018 (Edmonton). Applicants must live or work within the greater Edmonton region.
Please see below for more information about the conference:
CMHA Alberta Division appreciates the connections it has with its regions, partners and stakeholders in the Mental Health landscape here in Alberta. We are hoping to bring together more than 300 participants from across all sectors to learn, grow and understand the changing landscape related to mental health and wellness.
This conference is two days of networking, information exchange and dialogue that will advance the work in our dynamic fields. With a focus on indigenous mental health, rural and remote community mental health, and child, youth and family mental health, this conference is ideally suited to organizations and individuals working or interacting within the field of mental health and mental illness. This conference is offering a robust and stimulating program of keynote speakers, presentations, panel discussions and excellent networking opportunities. Delegates will have the opportunity to choose from many carefully curated workshops.
Deadline: May 15, 2018
Eligibility: Open to individuals with personal lived experience of mental health challenges or illness or those with a family member/loved one with mental health challenges, or representatives of local nonprofit organizations who require financial support to attend Now We Are Stronger 2018. Applicants must reside in the greater Edmonton area.
Purpose: To provide financial support individuals and nonprofits to attend Now We Are Stronger 2018 who do not have the financial means and may not otherwise receive funding to attend.
Important Information: Those who qualify for a bursary are required to pay a $50.00 registration fee. The bursary covers the remainder of the registration cost.
Please note: The bursary only applies to the conference registration cost. Any other expenses incurred for attending the conference are the bursary recipient’s responsibility.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our conference coordinator Michele Rowan at email@example.com
We have not provided an update since March and feel it necessary to do so. We were fairly optimistic that we had an agreement with the Ministry of Labour as to how to provide some flexibility for the 24/7 operations and the crisis driven intervention work. Under Bill 17 if the agencies are to work as defined in the legislation it would decrease the ability for staff to flex their time and the agencies would have to put restrictions on work schedules due to the overtime costs, and that is not in the best interest of the families those agencies are contracted to serve. At this time our optimism is waning.
We have been waiting for a response from the Ministry of Labour (since March) and to date we have not received one. The staff has been changed there as well so it is frustrating to figure out who is doing what. Our partners in the Ministry of Children Services are just as frustrated.
We recognize that this delay is likely increasing your overtime costs or alternatively decreasing service. We also remind you that there have been no variances or regulation changes made therefore by the letter of the law you should be complying with what it says. If this is creating a hardship to your agency or your families, we encourage you to speak with your contract managers and us. Send us a note as we are sending the example to the Ministry of CS and Labour so they are aware of the challenges.
Bruce and I are I meeting with the Deputy Minister to speak with her about this issue.
I terms of funding. We are trying to figure out what the budget has to offer agencies and for what. This will take some time.
In order to assess and advocate accurately we will be sending out a request for further information with respect to the impacts of Bill 17. WE STRONGLY URGE YOU TO RESPOND. We will be asking – what is your cost of statutory pay this year over last year for the first quarter of the year? What is your actual cost of overtime last year and this year for the first quarter? Did you have any increases in your contract? Did you discuss the added costs of Bill 17 with your contract manager? If so, what was the outcome of that discussion?
It is really important that you send us the information we are asking for. It is difficult to discuss these issues without real information and numbers, as we are constantly asked for them.
If you have any questions please email me Rhondab@alignab.ca or call 780 233.5459
CCVO excited to share with you this invitation to be part of an engaging conversation with Mayor Nenshi. On April 26, CCVO is convening an evening event for nonprofit professionals to speak with Mayor Nenshi. We will explore opportunities for Calgary’s nonprofit sector to work together with the City and advance the relationship with our municipal government. I hope you can join us. Please register using the link below.
Calgary April 26, 2018
5:30 – 6:30 pm Nonprofit Networking Reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm Discussion with the Mayo
Good afternoon Everyone,
Thank you very much to those who responded , we appreciate your quick respond, Those who has not responded yet, please do so. ALIGN needs the information ASAP. ALIGN’s responsibility is to advocate for our membership. In order to be able to speak on your behalf we need the complete picture and have specific information from you. We are asking member agencies who have group care contracts with Children Services questions regarding their staffing models. Surveying our membership for the information will be the quickest and most accurate means of getting the information we need in preparation for Bill 30. Please take a moment to complete an email with your answers and send back to Cathy Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13, 2017 who will then complete a summary roll for ALIGN to use in their discussions. If you have any questions please call Cathy at 780 915 7156.
What type of agency and population served?
How many group care facilities does your agency have contracted with Children Services?
If your agency is a large facility, how many units have differing staffing models. Please describe.
Of your facilities, how many have a single staffing model for any portion of the day?
For those that have a single staffing model, is it overnight only or other shifts as well?
If more, please describe. In your assessment; how many of these single staffing models provide services to youth that could potentially pose a risk to staff?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions as in as much detail and as accurately as you can so we can advocate on your behalf with a clear picture of the situation.
Sincerely, Rhonda Barraclough Executive Director
Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence (SAGE) is conducting an assessment of the needs of the non-profit community and we would really appreciate your input in the questions below! SAGE is a data repository developed by PolicyWise for Children & Families to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders via linking, managing, and sharing of sensitive data in an ethical manner.
Alberta government is working closely with people with disabilities, families, service providers and advocates to determine the scope, timing and content of the review. More details will be shared after further discussions with the community.
They want to hear your suggestions for the review
- what issues and challenges should be discussed during the review
- where, when and how the review activities should take place
There are 3 different ways to fill out and return the survey. Choose the way that works best for you.
Minister of Community and Social Services Irfan Sabir issued the following statement in response to the report from the fatality inquiry into the death of Betty Anne Gagnon who received services funded by the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program: April 5, 2018
The 2018-19 provincial budget presented a reduced deficit, maintained key nonprofit funding programs, and included notable investments in social policy areas including children’s services, mental health, persons with developmental disabilities, and homelessness. Unfortunately, funding was reduced in some areas, such as the arts. With consideration for the slow economic recovery and current financial circumstances of the Government of Alberta, Budget 2018 is largely supportive of nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve
ALIGN Association of Community Services will be having their Membership General Meeting May 4, 2018 10-4pm
Radisson Red Deer 6500 67 St, Red Deer, AB T4P 1A2
We look forward to having representatives of the Ministry of Children Services to join us
Jon Reeves- Provincial Director, Child Intervention Delivery
Rae-Ann Lajeunesse – ADM Child Intervention
Mark Hatorri – ADM Family and Community Resilience
Please register using the following link:
9th Biennial PCWC Gathering National Conference: co-sponsored by the Provincial and Territorial Directors of Child Welfare
Show your support and “Bear Witness” to Jordan’s Principle Implementation by bringing your bears to daycare, school or work on May 10th. Host a Jordan’s Principle “bear birthday party,” coffee break or lunch to learn more about Jordan’s Principle and to honour Jordan River Anderson!
Help develop Canada’s first-ever Youth Policy. Shape the future of young people in Canada! The Government of Canada has launched consultations on a first-ever youth policy for Canada and needs your help. Youth can submit their ideas through www.youthaction.ca or join a youth dialogue taking place near them. Youth are also encouraged to host their own dialogues. Deadline Mid April 2018.
The Wood’s Homes Journal – Evidence to Practice (Vol. 2, Issue 1) is now available. Designed to showcase leading applied research and practice knowledge of mental health services for children, youth and families.
Correspondence to ALIGN from Danielle Larivee CS Minister April 4, 2018
Thank you to everyone who joined our post-budget teleconference. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I’m pleased to be able to provide the following summary of the conversation. You can also access and audio recording of my remarks by clicking here.
Children’s Services first year as a standalone ministry was filled with challenging, exciting work and I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve. Budget 2018 supports our ongoing focus to improve the lives of young people and their families. Every child, regardless of whose care they are in, deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, nurturing environment.
In Alberta, we continue to see significant growth in the number of children and youth, which directly impacts many of the frontline services and supports Children’s Services provides to children and families. Our government is committed to protecting vital supports for children, youth and families by investing in frontline services to ensure they have opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.
I am pleased to have this opportunity to share details on investments our government is committing to Children’s Services in Budget 2018.
Budget 2018 makes an additional investment of $144 million for total funding of $1.35 billion in Children’s Services. In most cases funding increases are targeted to address caseload and the greater complexity of needs presented by the children and families we support…
Dear Ms. Barraclough:
The Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention has delivered its final recommendations to help strengthen our Child Intervention system and improve the lives of children, youth and families across Alberta.
Over the past year, the Panel engaged in an unprecedented open, transparent engagement with stakeholders, families, communities, and Indigenous peoples.
Thank you for presenting to the Panel on behalf of ALIGN on June 14 and 15, 2017. Your input helped shape the Panel’s final recommendations, including those focused on reconciliation, sustaining cultural connections and better supporting families and communities. In doing so, you have helped create a brighter future for children and youth receiving Child Intervention services.
I look forward to reviewing these strong, consensus-based recommendations, which are available online at http://www.alberta.ca/child-intervention-panel.aspx
Our government will continue working with families and communities, valued partners like ALIGN, and most importantly with First Nations and other Indigenous peoples to co-create a public action plan that puts these recommendations into practice. This plan will be released in June.
Thank you again for presenting to the Panel and helping support vulnerable children and families across Alberta.
This bulletin is full of great resources, tools, funding, appreciation gift ideas and more!
National Volunteer Week 2018
April 15 – 21, 2018
“Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.
In our January (2018) newsletter, we highlighted the importance of charities producing receipts for charitable donations that conform to the requirements of the law for proper receipting. Justice Campbell Miller reiterated the seriousness of a failure to comply with the Regulations of the Income Tax Act in Madamidola v. the Queen 2017 TCC 245.
The Canadian Society of Association Executives is now conducting its annual Benefits & Compensation Survey. Countless association professionals rely on this survey’s data as the most current, comprehensive source of detailed information on salaries, incentives and demographics within Canada’s not-for-profit community. Associations across the country depend on this report to determine compensation levels for all members of their staff.
Your participation in this survey is vital in ensuring that the report’s information is current, accurate and complete. Your responses will remain completely confidential.
In gratitude for your participation, CSAE will send you a complimentary copy of the report’s Executive Summary presenting an overview of the survey’s key findings. In addition, this report’s 37th edition will be made available to participants at a $100 discount off of the standard CSAE member price of $299.
The survey is administered by The Portage Group Inc., an independent research firm. Should you have any questions regarding the survey or report, please contact Stewart Laszlo at email@example.com. If you experience any technical issues while completing the survey, please contact Geoff Thacker at The Portage Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this survey closes on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
What can your experiences tell the non-profit community about overcoming failure? At Fail Safe 2018, we’re connecting leaders from non-profits, businesses, and the public sector for open and honest discussions about embracing and overcoming failure. Fail Safe 2018 has two basic themes:
- exploring the psychology of failure and how it manifests in organizations
- how failure is linked to innovation, growth, and capacity building
Several opportunities are available to lead conversations on topics related to these themes, including keynotes, panel discussions, and short PechaKucha-style presentations at the opening reception. This conference will be a safe space for…
Correspondence from Nicole Imgrund-River’s Edge Counselling March 17, 2018
Over 3500 Counselling Therapists in Alberta have been working with the government for years to regulate the profession of Counselling Therapy in our province. Counselling is regulated in all 50 states and 4 provinces in Canada. People are often shocked to learn that anyone can call themselves a counsellor or therapist in Alberta, regardless of whether they have any education or training. This leads to devastating consequences for vulnerable people, of all ages, seeking help for mental health and addictions in our province. There is almost no cost to regulating Counselling Therapy and there is unprecedented political and public support for it.
So what is the problem? The problem is that while the government continues to express support for regulating Counselling Therapists under the HPA, it has stated that it is not a priority for legislative resources in the next year. As a matter of public safety, this is not acceptable to us. We have done the necessary work over the last decade to ensure regulation happens for Albertans and we will be ready for legislation this year.
We need your help in sending a message to government that this is a priority for Albertans. Regulation of Counselling Therapy will cause widespread positive, systemic change to mental health services in Alberta. Dr. David Swann agrees that it will help to achieve many of the recommendations of the Valuing Mental Health report of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee.
Time is running out, as the window closes for the NDP to add regulation to their legislative agenda for this year.
ALIGN Members can support our efforts to regulate Counselling Therapy in Alberta in the following ways in the next couple of weeks:
- forwarding our campaign link to your network
- following us on Twitter and Facebook and sharing our updates
- adding regulation of Counselling Therapy to your agenda when speaking with the government
Click Here To Send Your Online Message
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (the act) establishes the minimum standards for healthy and safe workplaces in Alberta. These laws are supported through the internal responsibility system and enforced through compliance activities. An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans updates the act to better protect Albertans at work. Most of the changes come into effect June 1, 2018.The new Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act takes steps to protect workers from harassment and violence in all its forms. It also requires joint work site health and safety committees or a worker health and safety representative, depending on workforce size. The input will help shape specific rules around these new requirements to ensure the legislation is fair and balanced.
ALIGN will be completing the survey – if member agencies have any questions please email email@example.com
Albertans can provide written submissions until April 9, 2018. Specific rules regarding harassment and violence, as well as training and operation of the joint work site health and safety committees, will be added to OHS regulations on June 1.
- Highlights of OHS changes (PDF, 159 KB)
- Sign up for an OHS webinar
- OHS regulations consultation
- OHS changes
- WCB Employer Fact Sheet New Legislation—Know Your Obligations March 2018
Correspondence to ALIGN E.D. from Alberta Labour re Bill 30 March 2018
Dear Rhonda Barraclough,
Last year the Government of Albertatook an important step in improvingthe health and safety of workingAlbertans by modernizing the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act) and aligning Alberta’s approach to workplace safety with that of other Canadian jurisdictions. With valuable input from a wide range of industry and labour stakeholders, as well as ordinary Albertans, the new Act comes into force on June 1, 2018.
The new Act contains provisions on harassment and violence, and requires that many Albertan work sites have a joint work site health andsafety committee or a health andsafety representative. Thesechanges better reflect the way that Albertans work, as well as the hazards that they face on the job. They also bring to our province the best practices and requirements for health and safety from the rest of Canada; however, regulatory changes are needed to give full effect to these new provisions.
You/your organization is invited to provide written feedback on proposed regulation (see attachment) for workplace harassment and violence, as well as for the establishment, functions, and training for joint work site health and safety committees and health and safety representatives.
This Discussion Guide with proposed content is available here. You may also view the Discussion Guide at Labour website. Please fill out the questions in the attached guide and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 9, 2018.
Your input will help to ensure that Alberta’s OHS legislation is clear, comprehensive, and meaningful. Thank you in advance for participating and helping to make Alberta the best place to live and work in Canada.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Lenore Neudorf Assistant Deputy Minister Strategy and Policy Alberta Labour
Learn more about available tools and resources related to compensation in the nonprofit and or human service sector. This bulletin includes links to executive, employee and consulting resources including salary and benefit surveys and research, calculators, tools and resources related to best practices.
Last week on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Oprah Winfrey reported on childhood trauma, and the emotional, developmental, and biological impact it has on a person for the rest of his or her life.
“Of all the stories I’ve ever done in my life, and all the experiences I’ve ever had, and people I’ve interviewed,” Oprah later told CBS News, “this story has had more impact on me than practically anything I’ve ever done. It’s changed the way I see everyone.”
Oprah spoke with Dr. Bruce Perry, a renowned American psychiatrist, leading expert on childhood trauma, and pioneering advocate for quality early childhood education.
Provide feedback on the priorities that will inform the mandate of the new Advocate for Persons with Disabilities. Alberta Government is asking Albertans with disabilities, families, service providers and support organizations to provide feedback on the planned role and responsibilities of the advocate as outlined in Bill 205.
Share your feedback by completing the online survey before March 31, 2018
Bill 205: the Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Act was passed in the Alberta legislature in May 2017 and is expected to be proclaimed into law in the spring of 2018.
The Act will allow the government to better support persons with disabilities and their families by:
- naming an Advocate for Persons with Disabilities
- assigning staff to support the work of an Advocate
- empowering the Advocate to represent the rights, interests and viewpoints of persons with disabilities
The advocate will report to the Minister of Community and Social Services and will be required to submit an annual report.
Creating an advocate was a recommendation from members of the disabilities community during the PDD Safety Standard Consultation in 2016. Advocacy was identified as critical within the PDD community to ensure people with disabilities are supported to lead fulfilling lives.
Once established, Alberta will be one of the first jurisdictions in the country to have an advocate specifically dedicated to persons with disabilities.
SELF CARE AND SAFETY FOR FRONT-LINE WORKERS March 8, 2018
This resource bulletin includes tools, resources and training to support front-line workers safety and mental health. If you are a supervisor – these resources can assist you in supporting your staff and if you are front-line worker you can access valuable resources that can help you stay safe. Please share with others who may benefit from this resource collection.
The Edmonton Volunteer Fair April 14, 2018 is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of your organization but to recruit new volunteers as well.
Last week, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced the release of the What We Heard report which summarizes the diverse viewpoints of Canadians and ideas on what it will take to reduce poverty in Canada.
2017 International Signs of Safety Gathering Videos and Presentation Materials Available for a Limited Amount of Time.
Please note that all presentations will be freely available to watch on signsofsafety.net for three months from the date that they are published. Following that, five presentations will be selected to remain available for two years. All the presentations from this and past International Gatherings are always available through an organizational subscription to the Signs of Safety Knowledge Bank.
Summit is open to executive directors, presidents, and CEOs, and other executive-level nonprofit leaders who report to a board of directors. Summit is an 18-month cohort experience where leaders learn and grow together in an environment where relationships are built on trust, honesty, and authenticity. Full-day cohort sessions and one-on-one coaching provide ongoing opportunities for participants to delve into their most pressing leadership challenges and opportunities, embrace new ideas and perspectives, and adapt to the changing environment with the support and encouragement of others who understand their unique role. Learn more
Apply for the 2018/19 cohort. Level 1 session dates are May 7 & 8, June 12, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, 2018; Level 2 session dates are February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, September 10, and October 8, 2019. Application deadline: March 15, 2018
Ascent is open to directors, program managers, and other similar levels of nonprofit leaders. Ascent is a six-month cohort experience for participants who want to be a courageous influencer and collaborative leader. Full-day monthly sessions and peer gatherings in between sessions provide opportunities to delve into the issues and challenges of being a senior-level leader. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of themselves as a leader, their role within the organization, and their connection to the broader community. Learn more
Our interactive sessions focus on individual growth, peer learning, coaching, and opportunities for application of learnings. One of the greatest strengths of the cohort experience is the power of the confidential peer advisory format; the group digs deep into challenging and important issues, learns from each other, challenges each other, and is accountable to each other.
Next Intake: Fall 2018; please contact Leslie Tamagi at email@example.com to be notified when the next intake opens.
Letter from ALIGN E.D. Regarding Bill 17 Update March 5, 2018
Bill 17 – update
We met again with the Ministry of Labor folks and are on a slightly altered path. For all the residential programs, they have agreed that everyone fits under the Caregivers regulation. As many of you had pointed out this is what people were using prior to the legislation changes. I have asked that the Ministry write that clearly within the employment standards fact sheets or in some other clear way.
For the outreach/crisis driven work the primary rationale for the changes would be to allow the sector to respond appropriately to emergency/crisis situations that fall outside of the predictable work day. The following proposal is to amend the Employment Standards Regulation to:
- define a category of employment in relation to the provision of “individual and family support services” as funded by the Ministries of Children Services and Community and Social Services in relation to fulfilling requirements of program –specific legislation (legislation to be identified e.g. Family Support for Children’s with Disabilities Act);
- Establish a daily overtime threshold of 12 hours in a day;
- Propose of 176 hours in a 4 week period before overtime entitlements are calculated; and
- Provide an exemption from requirements of the Code around “notice of work times” including notification of schedule changes (section 17 of the Code) to enable scheduling of work within parameters approved by the employer (this supports the ability for employers and employees to structure work schedules suited to the clients/families they are providing care to
- The employer will need to keep records of when staff do work
- No special rules are proposed for general holidays.
- No special rules are proposed for averaging agreements since the changes above will have the effect of allowing employers and employees to manage their hours of work within the month (in effect allowing averaging).
The proposal of a 176 hour threshold for determining overtime entitlements over a four week period better aligns with the 44 hour per week threshold in place for most employers in other industries
There are some expectations of who has to support this direction and we need to get those in writing. Once that has been completed then there is a formal approval cycle that this request has to go through.
Again if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Association E.D.
See Previous Correspondence Related to Bill 17
Share your thoughts on how the Government of Canada can ensure open government and citizen engagements are meaningful, inclusive, and effective contributions to the policy-making process. In addition to the overview, and if there is enough interest, there may be specific discussions on the Open Government Plan related to different sectors Calgary 6 March 2018 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM MST
Feb. 26, 2018 Letter From ALIGN E.D. To Members Re: Bill 17
Bruce and I have been working away with the Ministry of Labor to address some of the urgent needs of the sector as a result of Bill 17. Essentially there needs to be a variance or regulation change in order for the 24/7 operations and the crisis/ flexible family intervention driven services to be able to manage within legal work agreements.
We have come to a place now where we need to have a letter of support from the Association. The Board of Directors have been briefed and are in support of a letter written on behalf of ALIGN to go forward to continue this work. It essentially will support the following:
- The variance or regulation will create a category of employees defined as those funded by the Ministries of Children’s Services or Community and Social Services to deliver individual and family support services in relation to the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act, Family Support for Children with Disabilities Act, and the Persons for Developmental Disabilities Act. ( this includes residential/group care; specialized services; family intervention and therapeutic crisis type workers);
- Establish a daily overtime threshold of 12 hours per day and 184 hours in a four week (no weekly threshold) for this group and exempt those from the requirements of Section 17 of the ES Code (Notice of Work Times) The exemption from Section 17 will allow employees to schedule their own hours within the work month with employer approval. A work month means a calendar month or a period of time from a specific day in a month to the same day in the following month as established by the consistent practice of the employer. (This is inclusive of those job categories above. It provides for flexible scheduling and for 24/7 day week operation. Please note this replaces any other regulation you may have been working with prior like the caregivers regulation. It is different but essentially makes similar hours of work possible)
Once support for these 2 areas is received from the Associations and the unions. Then the Ministry of Labor will move forward to the Minister to ask for a variance or regulation for our sector. Once that is agreed to there will need to be some work on employee engagement and agreement. How that is to be done is still not determined.
If you have any questions or concerns about this please let us know as soon as possible. The letter going forward will be written and sent by the end of this week.
Rhonda Barraclough Executive Director RhondaB@alignab.ca 780.233.5459 9 cell
Do Your Subcontracting Agreements Adequately Allocate Risk? By: Sylvie Lalonde February 2018
When average Canadian taxpayers pay attention to the receipts issued to them by Canadian charities to which they have donated, it is probably for two reasons…
Directors’ Liability for Source Deductions By: Arthur Drache February 2018
The recent melt-down of the world-wide equity markets may have a negative impact on charities which are (were?) fortunate enough to have substantial investments, particularly where income from those investments is used to fund the charitable activities on an ongoing basis. But if there is a cash squeeze, directors should be aware that the…
Eval Lab is an exceptional learning opportunity for non-profits around evaluative thinking and strategic learning.
Eval Lab participants will explore strategic learning (and related concepts) within a flexible co-learning environment and test them in their day-to-day work.
This pilot run of the Eval Lab is limited to participants from non-profits who undertake human services work. This cohort of lab participants will meet regularly for six full day sessions over a period of seven months, leaving opportunities between to apply lab learning to their organizations.
Meetings will be held in the first week of the month from April to October, excluding September.
Application deadline is Friday, March 9th. The fee for Eval Lab is $450.
Call for Presenters CSAE 2018 National Conference & Showcase (October 24 -26 Ottawa)
Impart your experience and expertise to help Canada’s not-for-profit sector understand what it needs to put in place today to prepare for tomorrow.
The 2018 CSAE National Conference & Showcase will provide attendees with innovative ideas and solutions delivered in fresh, creative formats. This year, CSAE is eager to balance traditional conference elements with new approaches to learning and we’re searching for ideas for exciting presentations that are off the beaten path.
From short-format lightning talks to interactive workshop-style sessions, we seek to provide a variety of options to address the needs of different learners. (Please note that a separate call will be issued for short-format presentations in March 2018.)
Please review our Call for Presentations for submission guidelines and to find out more. We look forward to seeing your ideas! The Call for Presentations closes at 9AM on Monday, March 12. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this premier event.
Federal government sets up call centre to help Indigenous children get services By The Canadian Press. Published on Feb 9, 2018
Indigenous Services Canada has set up a new call centre to help First Nations children get services and supports under the child-first jurisdictional policy known as Jordan’s Principle. The centre will provide families with direct access to agents who will start the intake process and connect them to the Jordan’s Principle representative in their area. The regional representatives work closely with local service co-ordinators across Canada to identify and address the needs of First Nations children and improve their health and well-being…
ALIGN Association: Presentation Materials from the workshop The Three Pillars of Transforming Care by Dr. Howard Bath February 1, 2018 Red Deer
The Three Core Trauma-Related Needs Dr. Howard Bath Alberta, January/February
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The Three Pillars of Transforming Care distils the core propositions of trauma theory into a clear, concise and accessible framework for those providing care, mentoring and education for young people. It does not primarily target therapists or clinicians but residential workers, foster carers, kinship carers, teachers, and young justice workers as well as those that support, train and mentor them
Dr. Howard Bath has been involved in the provision of child, youth and family services for over 40 years. Trained as a clinical psychologist, he has worked as a youth worker, manager, and as the CEO of a child and family services agency. From 2008 to 2015 Howard was the inaugural Children’s Commissioner of Australia’s Northern Territory. In 2010 he co-chaired a major government inquiry into Child Protection Services in the Northern Territory. Howard is widely published in the areas of family preservation, out of home care, child protection and developmental trauma
First Reference: Human Resources Advisor Special Report | Updated January 2018 Understanding Alberta’s updated employment and labour law By Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Managing Editor, The Human Resources Advisor™
Dear Premier Notley:
RE: Bill 17, Fair and Family-friendly Workplace Act and the human services sector
ALIGN Association of Community Services ( formerly AASCF) is a membership organization of agencies that contract to government through the Ministries of Children Services and Community and Support Services to provide services to vulnerable individuals, families and children involved within the human services sector. Bill 17 certainly is a renewed and revised standard for employers and for the most part truly is progressive.
We do want to draw to your attention that for agencies that provide contracted services (i.e. 24/7 services in residential care, 1:1 specialized services for high needs individuals; and for the family support workers who provide crisis work) this Legislation is prohibitive to their staff and we require variances to have staff available for those vulnerable Albertans. Hours of work averaging agreements are problematic as they require schedules that the employee must work and in the crisis driven nature of the work that is not feasible. We will be asking for variance in this to accommodate that time and to decrease the burden of overtime. We are currently working with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministries of Community Support Services and Children Services to see if we can get that variance. The reason this is important is because many people choose this line of work because it has been very flexible and fits with their family life, the restrictions in the legislation makes that more difficult for this helping profession as the agencies no longer can afford to accommodate staff in way they have before.
Unfortunately there was no consultation with the sector before the legislation was passed. As a result, it would be very helpful if there was a way to get an exemption to this part of the legislation now for 6 months while we work on the variances necessary so agencies are not outside of the law or having to pay huge amounts of funds in overtime to be compliant. As the legislation is written, the Ministries are not able to ask for the variances so it has been determined that the Associations (ALIGN and Alberta Council of Disabilities Services) must work towards these. This is not an easy task as we were not aware of these changes and challenges prior to January 1, 2018. We are only barely able to accommodate this work as there are many outstanding questions that the government needs to answer as we move forward. None of this is fast work and therefore the agencies are not in compliance. ALIGN Letter to Premier Re Bill 17 February 2018
At ALIGN Association, we understand the challenges that our member agencies face with recruiting and retaining new employees and volunteers and the value of finding the right people. Equally as important is investing in creative, effective ways to keep them! This bulletin includes useful resources, funding options and upcoming training opportunities related to recruitment and retention.
On February 1, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal released a new ruling for the Government take immediate action to address the number of Indigenous children in care and reform child welfare services. The government has committed to six points of action to address the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care in Canada.
- Federal Government commits to six points of action in working with Indigenous partners to address number of Indigenous children in care
- Minister Philpott to visit Six Nations of the Grand River and Make Important Announcements regarding Water and Education
- Statement by Minister Philpott on the February 1 Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Compliance Orders and immediate actions being taken by the Federal Government
Government of Alberta Child Intervention Fact Sheets Now Available – February 1, 2018
Child Intervention, also known as “child welfare” or “child protective services”, can be confusing for those involved. These fact sheets will help parents and families understand how the system works, how to access services, and their rights and responsibilities.
In our review of Budget 2018, we made some comments related to the concept of prescribed universities. Readers may recall that the Income Tax Act has, for many years, contained an allowance that certain foreign universities would be considered as qualified donees in Canada (akin to registered charities) if they met certain requirements. Several years ago, Parliament effectively created a secondary registration mechanism for these types of foreign universities. And in the most recent budget Parliament effectively removed the designation of ‘prescribed universities’ so that there was only one process. Our concern, as noted here, was that the technical…
Provinces hold off signing agreement on Indigenous child welfare 6-point federal plans includes a push to devolve child welfare to Indigenous communities Provincial ministers assembled in Ottawa for an emergency meeting on First Nations child welfare held off on signing a final agreement to transform a “broken” system Friday, saying they need more time to consider the fundamental reforms the federal government is proposing.
The Millennium Scoop: Indigenous youth say care system repeats horrors of the past CBC January 25, 2018
Is the care system broken, or working exactly as designed — to wipe out Indigeneity? Indigenous children accounted for more than half of foster children under 14 in Canada in 2016. That’s despite the fact that First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth make up just eight per cent of that age group nationally…
The Millennium Scoop: Indigenous youth say care system repeats horrors of the past CBC January 25, 2018
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is urging First Nations across Canada to create their own child-welfare legislation – something the federal government says it supports – to prevent more Indigenous children from entering foster care.
FATALITY REPORTS – ALBERTA JUSTICE
The Alberta government’s System to Track Responses to Fatality Inquiry Recommendations, launched in June 2017, documents the responses to fatality inquiry recommendations on a go-forward basis.
Voluntary Disclosure and the Difference Between Non-profit and Registered Charities
In the legal profession, we know what to do if we have made a mistake. Those that regulate us (Law Societies across the country) remind us about our professional obligations, how to control the damage and the importance of seeking help as soon as a mistake is discovered. So, what do we advise our non-profit and registered charity clients when they tell us they have made a mistake, or more commonly, when we have found through our review of their organization that they have made a mistake involving the provisions of the Income Tax Act ?…
Alberta’s new Employment Standards Code came into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Products and services are available to help employers and employees learn the new rules:
- new website and printable fact sheets – late-Oct through Nov
- frequently asked questions (PDF, 205 KB)
- instructional videos
- free live webinars
- posters available for print, download or pre-order
- revised toolkit for employers
- updated online self-assessment compliance tool for employers
- revised guides, including hospitality and retail specific editions – coming soon
ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough – Communication With Rae-ann Lajeun January 16, 2018
. As we discussed before most folks are in agreement that the Bill makes sense and is good for Albertans generally, but there has been some unintended consequences for our sector. There are some questions in this document that hopefully Labor can answer. I have to say I keep hearing that people call one time and get and answer then call again for clarity and get a different answer so it has been extremely frustrating. If they can provide answers to some of these questions it would be helpful.
To answer your earlier questions
- We have not heard issues with minimum wage – I have only heard from woods homes as its an issue for their driving program. We will have compression issues down the road but hopefully by then contracts will have added compensation. This is also not the case for disability services, they do have minimum wage concerns.
- The averaging agreements really don’t help with the overtime debt. Because the agreements require a schedule and in Family Support there is no schedules or they cannot be open/broad enough and in a 24/7operation it will remain a need. Therefore there needs to be compensation in the contracts some how, it is our hope that Children Services is figuring this into the budget and renewals of contracts:
- Compensation for holiday pay needs to be added to the contracts as there is no way to avoid those costs and the agencies don’t have it in their current contracts and that I will send examples separately.
Thanks for helping to make this a workable solution. We look forward to our meeting on Thursday.
‘Terrible consequences:’ Jane Philpott on Indigenous children in foster care
In late January, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott will hold an emergency meeting of Indigenous leaders, child-welfare agencies and advocacy groups to confront what she has called a “humanitarian crisis.” Indigenous children are grossly overrepresented in foster care across Canada, with advocates saying the system has become, in effect, the next generation of residential schools. In 2016, First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth made up 52 per cent of foster children younger than 14 in the country, despite representing just eight per cent of that age group in the wider population, according to Statistics Canada...
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.
Call for Speakers & Panelists: Fail Safe 2018 Conference Edmonton March 22 – 23, 2018
Several opportunities are available to lead conversations on topics related to these themes, including keynotes, panel discussions, and short PechaKucha-style presentations at the Thursday evening reception.
Statistics Canada Results of the Survey on Opioid Awareness, November 2017 Released: 2018-01-09
Data from the 2017 Survey on Opioid Awareness are now available. The survey collection was conducted in November and December 2017 and results are being released today, five weeks after the completion of data collection. The information collected by the survey will provide a better understanding of Canadians’ knowledge of the opioid issue and risks, and their willingness to act…
CBC News – Report calls for shift in care for newborns exposed to opioids in the womb Jan 11,2018
During an opioid epidemic that has rocked Alberta and other regions of the country, doctors are urging a shift in care for the youngest victims of the crisis — newborns. Health authorities across the country have reported a rise in the number of babies born after being exposed to opioids in the womb…
CCVO Know the Code: Changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Coming January 1 Dec 6, 2017
The updated Employment Standards Code comes into effect on January 1, 2018. As these changes are the first overhaul of the Code since 1988, updating organizational policies and practices have become an area of deliberate attention for nonprofit organizations that employ staff.
Both nonprofit employers and employees will be significantly impacted by the changes. As an employer, you need to be aware of changes and update organizational policies and practices in accordance with the Code. The Employment Standards Code currently impacts the nonprofit sector more than the Labour Relations Code does and remains the focus of our work. Here are some of the most significant areas of change in the updated Code:…
The Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities (Council) wants to hear from you! Deadline Feb 9, 2018
The Council was recently appointed through an Order in Council by the Government of Alberta. Council members were selected by an open and transparent application process facilitated by the Alberta Public Agencies Secretariat. Council is responsible for advising the Premier and the Government of Alberta and reports to the Minister of Community and Social Services. Council’s advice is focused on opportunities for full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in the life of the province. The advice is grounded in the member’s own lived experiences with disability and by listening to persons with disabilities, their families, provincial organizations, service providers and aligns to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Council is establishing a strategic plan to guide and focus the work for a three year mandate. This Council is reaching out to stakeholders for input into our plan. It is important that Council listen to the community to be able to reflect relevant issues and concerns of the disability community. We have attached an Information card about the Council that includes two key questions. Council wants to hear from you on issues and challenges faced by the disability community and priorities to focus on for the next 3 years.
Council also needs your help getting this invitation out to individuals and families in your networks – Please share this email broadly with your networks.
Input is due Friday, February 9th, 2018
STEP grants provide eligible employers with a $7-per-hour wage subsidy to hire students into summer jobs. You can grow your business while providing a student with valuable work experience and transferable skills.
You will learn about:
- Employer eligibility criteria
- Student eligibility
- Position requirements
- Application and reimbursement processes
A live Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Who should attend:
- Small businesses (1-49 employees)
- Non-profit organizations, public libraries
- Municipalities, First Nations, Métis Settlements
- School Boards
- Publicly-funded post-secondary institutions
Plan to attend one of 4 webinars offered from Jan. 9 to Feb. 1, 2018.
Find webinar dates and registration here. Space is limited – register now!
Welcome to 2018 and Alberta’s revised Employment Standards!
As you’re aware, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act (Bill 17) came into effect on January 1, 2018. I thought you might appreciate a document that highlights the changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards in easy to understand language. Feel free to share this with anyone that you think may benefit from the information
Kathy Anders CAIB, CRM | Account Executive Foster Park Brokers January 2018
STEP is a 4 – 16 week wage subsidy program that provides funding to eligible Alberta employers to hire high school or post-secondary students into summer jobs from May to August. Summer positions created through STEP provide students with the opportunity to build meaningful work experience, increase their skills and workplace insight and help prepare them for the future.
A standardized wage subsidy of $7.00/hour to a maximum of 37.5 hours/week will be provided to approved applicants.
As of January 4, 2018 STEP is now accepting applications for 2018. The application deadline is February 9, 2018.
Bill 17 Update from ALIGN E.D. Rhonda Barraclough December 20, 2017
Dear ALIGN Members
Please review the information (see below) I received this morning (Dec 20, 2017) regarding Bill 17.
Please send me your comments regarding any implication you see so that I can provide that information directly to the Ministry.
Rhonda Barraclough, ALIGN Association E.D.
INFORMATION PERTAINING TO BILL 17 DECEMBER 20, 2017
As discussed, the Bill 17 draft regulations have been modified to include flexible work week provisions; hours of work can now be extended up to a maximum of two weeks. Below is an example for your reference:
Example: Flexible Averaging Agreement – 10 hour daily overtime threshold, 2 week averaging period
In this example, the daily overtime threshold specified in the agreement is 10 hours per work day.
ü No more than 12 hours per day is scheduled and no more than an average of 44 hours per week is scheduled.
ü All work days and the number of hours to be worked on each of those work days are identified in the schedule.
ü If the employee is asked or chooses to work longer daily hours, daily overtime could be payable where hours of work exceed 10 per work day.
ü If the employee is asked or chooses to work more hours in the averaging period, averaging period overtime could be payable at the end of the averaging period for hours in excess of an average of 44 hours.
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I hope this info is useful for you to share with the agencies in order for them to recalculate the OT impacts with new averaging provisions. We would appreciate receiving this information as soon as realistically possible as we hope that the new flexibility will address some of the earlier concerns.
I also wanted to confirm that the minimum wage expectations set out in Bill 17 will not create additional pressure for your agencies. Earlier conversations indicated that this was not a pinch point but wanted to double check.
Thank you for your patience Rhonda and I look forward to receiving an update on the OT implications as well as confirmation of the minimum wage impacts. I hope you get to enjoy some quality time over the holidays with your family and friends.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: To ALIGN On Behalf Of Rae-Ann Lajeunesse Alberta Government sent to ALIGN December 15, 2017
You may be aware that, as of December 11, Russ Pickford changed roles from Executive Director – Child Intervention North to become the Executive Director for Regional and Community Program Delivery, within our ministry’s Family and Community Resiliency (FCR) Division. Fortunately, we’ll still be working with him in his new role within the FCR Division.
This change has created an opportunity to review and realign the leadership structure for Child Intervention regional delivery. We will be moving forward on some changes to our leadership structure. Effective Monday, December 18, Jon Reeves will be the Executive Director of Child Intervention Services, overseeing child intervention service delivery across the province. Jon believes Alberta is on the leading edge of service delivery and is focused on continuing to improve child intervention practice in Alberta. I know Jon is looking forward to continuing to work with you to improve the lives of children and families in Alberta.
With these changes, Jon will be filling the Regional Director positions in Edmonton and Calgary on an interim basis. These positions should be filled by Friday, December 22.
The first two chapters of the updated National Guidelines for Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care have been released December 2017. The Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care: National Guidelines is a resource on maternal and newborn health. It includes the latest information and advice from Canadian experts. The guidelines are for those interested in maternal and newborn health, such as:health care providers, other Canadians involved with maternal and newborn health and those who plan, manage and decide on maternal and newborn health programs and services
Supporting Brain Development in Traumatized Children and Youth
Series Title: Bulletins for Professionals Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway Year Published: 2017
Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C—Early Intervention Services (Bulletins for Professionals)
The Government of Canada is undertaking a broad review of Canada’s Criminal Justice System to ensure that it is just, compassionate and fair, and promotes a safe, peaceful and prosperous Canadian society. Find out more about why they are doing this.
Your input in this consultation will help the department understand what Canadians expect from the Criminal Justice System. The consultation is taking place until January 15, 2018.
Excerpt: The Philanthropist Kiran Pohar Manhas, Jason Lau and Xinjie CuiNovember 27, 2017 Sharing Data and Protecting Privacy: A Case Study from Alberta
The internet has changed how we consider information: vast amounts of it are available, information accessibility is amazingly rapid, and digitalized information is immediately ready for machine use (Lenczner, 2012). Companies are directed to view in-house data as critical to achieving “a sustainable competitive advantage” (Niemi, 2013, p.1). The internet and emerging technologies facilitate and promote data re-use and re-purposing in multiple ways that often diverge from the original purposes at collection.
Thus, many actors are increasingly considering the availability and opportunity of data, including those working in the public, research, private, and non-profit sectors. Where information about people is concerned, privacy obligations arise legally and ethically. We conducted research into the privacy obligations and practices that accompany data re-use and re-purposing for non-profit organizations in Alberta….
Request for Presenters: a Call for Participation (FSCD)
ACDS 2018 Annual Spring Conference Navigating the Journey…to who we are! Edmonton May 7-9, 2018
The Community Disability Services sector began its voyage a couple of generations ago and together we’ve made great progress. Armed with a vision and a mission, we set sail on unchartered waters and have navigated shifting tides, been buoyed by many periods of smooth sailing, and have occasionally been adrift in the fog. The purpose of Spring Conference 2018 is to inspire our teams on the next leg of the journey
With the holidays come many considerations for human service agencies. Find out more about the legalities of office parties, staff mental wellness, the ethics around accepting gifts and more!
For the past decade, Calgary’s Vital Signs Report has featured expert research combined with results of a citizen survey. This year, over 2,500 Calgarians took the Vital Signs survey to grade their quality of life..
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Today Crisis Services Canada (CSC), a national network of local and regional crisis and distress centres, launched the new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS)…
The study from Imagine Canada 2017 profiles data from 56 Imagine Canada Caring Companies and LBG Canada companies. In 2016, these leading businesses invested $468 million with an average contribution to charities of 2.5 per cent of pre-tax profits…
Stats Can Newly Released Health Reports:
A new study examines the impact of socioeconomic disparities on birth outcomes
New research on the difference in birth outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, 2004-2006
Publication and data tables released show data on life expectancy and mortality indicators, 2012-2014
Reminder: The final release of 2016 Census data this year is on November 29th!
Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, announced that the Disability Advisory Committee, originally formed in 2004 and disbanded in 2006, is being re-instated to advise the Canadian Revenue Agency on the needs and expectations of persons living with disabilities, and to help formalize the means of collaborating with various stakeholders…
November 10, 2017 “The Government of Canada is committed to developing a Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy – not simply for Canadians, but with Canadians.” The minister hailed social finance and social innovation as ways to solve big problems and helping those most in need…
The Vanier Institute of the Family’s 2016–2017 Annual Report is now available to download, featuring an overview of highlights from their publications, projects, partnerships and other activities over the past year. As Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, many families across Canada – whether newly arrived or firmly rooted for generations – are reflecting on the past, contemplating and discussing the present, and envisioning our future together. While much has changed since Confederation, one thing that has remained constant is the unique and vital role that family has played as the cornerstone of society and the engine of the economy…
Federal Minister of Finance Bill Morneau has launched his consultations in advance of Budget 2018. The consultation includes surveys on supporting the middle class, the Canada’s economic future, investments in education and training, and efforts to advance gender equality. Comments are also accepted by email.
Procurement Update November 20, 2017
Late last week there was an announcement that Campus Based Residential Care will be tendered shortly. For those of you who provide that service please stay tuned as I am sure you will receive information soon.
I am told that there has been a procurement plan (5 year) placed before the Minister and at this point there is no permission to move forward with anything other than this one area. I am aware that most of you have contracts that are set to expire on March 31, 2018.
The likelihood is that most of your contracts will be renewed at the same rates. Some may be able to re-negotiate some terms but for the most part status quo may be the outcome. I realize that this means no increases in any part of your operation for a long time.
Budget 2018 may not see any changes or increases. We already have a hint of that with no increases to foster care rates.
As always we will continue to advocate for a plan and for hopeful injections to the wages if nothing else. We need to have some clear information and in reality you need to be thinking about this already. If you have NO increases to your contracts and you are aware of the Bill 17 impacts, what will you do in the new fiscal year- i.e. Do you need to close beds, close programs, are you ok, decrease services and if so what? It would be very helpful if you can let me know what you think you will need to do if there are no changes of any kind.
I would appreciate if you can let me know what you think will happen and if you have any other impacts starting to creep in, like increasing turnover rates, etc. This information is very helpful as we strategize a plan to move forward. If we can we will also make the information available to you so that you can go out and advocate on your or your sectors behalf as we suspect there will be a need for political action. It is the politicians who are stopping things as treasury board.
Again we are trying to give concrete examples of the impacts of no procurement (negotiations or tenders) and Bill 17. I need to have that picture from you to share at table with the Ministry officials and the politicians.
Thanks for sharing I look forward to your information and trying to see what we can do to move the financial pendulum. If you could send me your story or information by November 30 I would appreciate it.
Rhonda Barraclough – ALIGN Executive Director
November 20, 2017
RE: Bill 17
Bill 17: Alberta’s Fair And Family Friendly Workplaces Act: the new labor code comes into effect January 1, 2018. There are many impacts on your agency and you need to be aware of those. The ALIGN Website has some information and the Ministry of Labor has more. One of largest effects for agencies and specifically anyone who works a 24 hour operation or flexible evening and on call hours will need to consider this:
• You will have to allow employees to take time off in lieu of receiving overtime pay at a rate of 1.5 hours for each hour of overtime worked, as opposed to the previous 1 hour for each hour of overtime.
• There are clear guidelines on how much someone can work in a specified period
• New types of unpaid leaves
• Changes to maternity leaves
There are many other changes your need to make sure you are aware for and are planning for.
Financially the biggest area will be the overtime. We are trying to advocate with the Ministries (CS & CSS) that banked time is a substantial cost and that the agencies cannot shoulder that cost. We have encouraged the Ministry to have a plan in place to compensate agencies for overtime and have explained how this is not just as simple as stopping overtime from happening especially in 24 hour operations and that due to contractual obligations they also can’t just increase the costs – therefore we believe there is a need for a compensation plan on the part of the Ministries.
To help paint a picture for the Deputy Minister of Children Services – Darlene Bouwsema, I need as many folks as possible to let us know their current bank overtime hours in a year and what the average salary for those employees is. I am making a graphic to show the Deputy Ministers. Darlene and Shannon Marchand the Deputy Ministry for Community and Support Services are meeting with the Ministry of Labor Deputy Ministry soon. We have also offered to arrange for them to meet with some of the CFO’s from the agencies and the Ministry to discuss impacts further. At this point we do not know if or when there may be answers. We would like to be able to send a further sample of the overtime impacts at this time because we can at least quantify that number.
Please send a note to me RhondaB@alignab.ca with that information by the end of this week – November 24, 2017
OCYA Report: Children’s Services Minister Responds November 6, 2017
Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee issued the following statement in response to the Child and Youth Advocate’s Investigative Reviews released today.
Investigative Review: 16-Year-Old Dillon November 2, 2017
Child and Youth Advocate releases investigative review involving the serious injury of a youth
Read the full news release here: Read the Investigative Review and recommendations here:
Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) is excited to announce a special tri-provincial research call-out which aims to fund research projects that will be conducted in all three prairie provinces. PAF is committed to funding research that leads to community awareness related to issues of violence and abuse and is specifically interested in research that engages in solution focused outcomes, leading to better programs to keep our communities safer. At this time, PAF is requesting three separate Tri-Provincial research projects to be conducted. Click here for details regarding the criteria and click here for details regarding application funding.
This bulletin highlights organizational, program and client evaluation resources that have been recently added to our sector evaluation resource directories. See what’s new!
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is pleased to announce the official launch of the new Charities Education Program, to support charities in meeting their obligations. For more information about this program, see the new webpage: Charities Education Program.
The CRA also published a new webpage on Personal information of directors, trustees and like officials as it rel
The Volunteer Fair Saturday, November 18, 2017 was developed to help ensure that volunteerism continues to thrive through increased public awareness of community groups and associations. It proves an excellent opportunity for community members and organizations to network. Each year the Volunteer Fair has 40+ organizations exhibiting their services & talking about how community members can get involved.
Go Purple in November!
All Albertans – women and men, girls and boys – can show their support by hosting a Go Purple event in their communities, at work or at school during the month of November. Be creative – think about ways you can Go Purple at the events and activities you are already planning for Family Violence Prevention Month 2017.
View Free Alberta Human Services Downloads for Promotional Resources for Family Violence Prevention Month 2017
ALIGN Association is please to provide you with a new Fact Sheet Page that provides existing and potential member and or collaborative partners further insights into our associations mission, values and impact
50/10 Dinner January 24, 2018 Fantasyland Hotel W.E.M. Edmonton
It’s has been 50 years of serving agencies in Alberta and how far we have come! Starting out as the AASCF in 1968 a small group of sector leaders were inspired to collaborate on better addressing the needs of agencies who serve vulnerable Albertans’ and 50 years later we are still going strong! In additions we are also celebrating our 10th Annual Conference – Building Today, Strengthening Tomorrow. In honour of these achievements please join us Wednesday evening January 24, 2018 for dinner and entertainment from 5pm to 9 pm at the Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall.
Signs of Safety working group. Children Services has implemented Signs of Safety 2 day Provincial Delegation training. The working group is looking at how to implement a plan that insures all current CS staff also receive the 2 day Provincial training, whether or not they have had previous training in the past. This is to ensure everyone has received the same provincial specific training. A 1 day training has been developed for agency partners and caregivers. The committee is in the process of developing a plan to offer the training provincially
So far, twenty-two community foundations across Canada helped shed a light on local priorities during Vital Signs week this October by getting word out about their Vital Signs reports. Meanwhile, even more foundations are hosting Vital Conversations to get communities talking about how to put this vital knowledge into action.As more and more communities join the Vital Signs movement, they collectively help paint an increasingly detailed picture of the strengths and challenges facing Canada today.
Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families identifies three guiding principles for decision-making processes aimed at improving outcomes for children and families.
Excerpt: Recent advances in the science of brain development offer us an unprecedented opportunity to solve some of society’s most challenging problems, from widening disparities in school achievement and economic productivity to costly health problems across the lifespan. Understanding how the experiences children have starting at birth, even prenatally, affect lifelong outcomes—combined with new knowledge about the core capabilities adults need to thrive as parents and in the workplace—provides a strong foundation upon which policymakers and civic leaders can design a shared and more effective agenda…
The Palix Foundation has partnered with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada to develop a primer on addiction and its connection to early brain and biological development. Designed for undergraduate students, this free learning resource includes virtual patients, an e-textbook, and a podcast series.
This Tip Sheet that has been developed by a committee representing provincial Children Services , AFPA and ALIGN.
The Role of Caregivers in Assessing and Managing Risk Related to Opioid Use – A Tip Sheet
As a caregiver you are the closest person to the day-to-day activities of a child or youth who may be using opioids. You have a key role on the team who together ensure the tasks in the above diagram occur, plans are implemented and reviewed as circumstances change.
The tip sheet is going out to all the members as agencies have all types of caregivers providing service to children, youth and families. Specific Caregiver Training has also be developed and will be piloted for the fist time at the Alberta Foster Parent Conference this coming weekend. Once feedback is incorporated into the training the manual will be made available for all to use. I will keep you posted as information becomes available. In the meantime please give the TIP Sheet the widest distribution. Questions can be directed to Cathym@alignab.ca
Review the draft framework and provide feedback by completing the online survey or emailing us a written submission by midnight on Friday, October 27.
Monitoring the daily policy announcements of Canadian federal and provincial/territorial governments provides both a searchable record of action and a dynamic view of the country’s social policy priorities. Now Available Canada Social Report – October 2017 Federal and Provincial/Territorial Policy Monitors
CCVO 2017 Alberta Nonprofit Survey is the only source of province-wide “state of the sector” research that documents the ongoing experience and health of the nonprofit sector.The completed report is frequently used to help inform the decision-making of nonprofit leaders and boards, the Government of Alberta, foundations, and community stakeholders.
ALIGN is a network of child and family service agencies, all committed to improving the quality of life for Alberta’s most vulnerable children and families. ALIGN promotes research and continuing learning for over 10,000 agency staff across the province while also ensuring policy-makers at all levels of government understand the issues facing Alberta’s children and families. Our mission is to speak with one voice so children, families and communities thrive. What a busy year it’s been! ALIGN maintained its commitment to our members through many continuing and new initiatives with a focus on Professional Development, Advocacy with Government, Promotion of Research Excellence and Healthy Workforce Initiatives.
Child intervention panel extends its timeline October 4, 2017
Child Intervention Practice Framework (CIPF):
Child Intervention Practice committee is presently reviewing how to create consistencies and best practice provincially through the below initiatives. This committee consists of Regional managers. ALIGN and the AFPA.
See All Child Intervention Review Panel
SAGE is excited to announce that, with the support of PolicyWise, Kiran Pohar Minhas has produced a report titled “Law & Governance of Secondary Data Use: Obligations of Not-For-Profit Organizations in Alberta”. This is a new and innovative area and the paper presents the legal and governance issues for, and the obligations of not-for-profits when sharing and re-using information beyond data collection for service delivery. The report aligns with SAGE’s vision of building data management capacity in the community services sector.
Here are just some of the exciting ways you can get involved. For full details, visit Autism Canada
Short sleep is unhappy bedfellow for autism features
Correspondence form Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister Children’s Services to ALIGN ED Rhonda Barraclough October 2, 2017
As you may know, the creation of Children’s Services provided an opportunity to re-imagine the organization and its structure to achieve the renewed mandate and focus on continuously improving the services provided to children, youth and families.
As part of the evolution of Children’s Services, I am pleased to officially announce that we have identified three Children’s Services-specific divisions and the Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs) who will lead them. Each portfolio will be guided by a leader who has a great respect for the work happening in this ministry, and an unwavering commitment to public service. I am confident that under their guidance, the Ministry of Children’s Services will be well-positioned for success. Effective October 2, 2017:
- Gloria Iatridis, ADM will lead the Policy, Innovation and Indigenous Connections Division with responsibility for strategic policy and planning, initiative management (including the Ministerial Panel for Child Intervention), corporate quality assurance and Indigenous and community connections;
- Mark Hattori, ADM will lead the Family and Community Resiliency Division with responsibility for early intervention and prevention programming, community programs and early childhood programs and the Early Learning and Child Care Centres initiative;
- And Rae-Ann Lajeunesse, ADM will lead the Child Intervention Division with a singular focus on the child intervention system.
I would like to reiterate that no ongoing work will be interrupted. The Ministry of Children’s Services will continue to focus on priorities including the work happening across the province to serve families, the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention and affordable, quality, accessible child care offered through Early Learning and Child Care Centres
There will be no lay-offs as a result of changes and our staff remain committed to serving Albertans. If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please do not hesitate to contact my office, otherwise Assistant Deputy Ministers and their staff will be in touch as part of their regular business with your organization.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and partnership.
Darlene Bouwsema Deputy Minister Children’s Services
Update April 2018
Update September 2017
ALIGN has been busy coordinating an Indigenous Thought Leader Symposium that will be held for Children and Family Serving organizations Leadership on October 23, 2017 at the Fantasyland Hotel in Edmonton. The day will highlight Alberta Indigenous Thought leaders and Knowledge Keepers and how to move knowledge into policy and service delivery. The Indigenous Thought Leader Symposium is intended to enhance indigenous innovations and relationships in child intervention service delivery. Starting in Ceremony, selected Elders, advisors, and service providers will share Indigenous teachings and current practices in work with Indigenous children, families, and individuals. The presentations will showcase specific culturally-based approaches to practice and ceremony with indigenous service users. The day will include teachings from highly respected elders and knowledge keepers in Alberta. Various Alberta-based programs providing culturally appropriate and effective services will be highlighted. The outcome will be that participants will have an opportunity to explore how they can utilize the guidelines and principles in policy development and service delivery. This full day event will be held in ceremony and highlight cultural practices.
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).
- Establishing what constitutes ‘best practice’ guidelines
- Defining the various questions
- Understanding memory and language development
- Choosing the most effective open-ended questions
- Putting the right questions into practice
- Introducing the topic of concern and eliciting a disclosure
- Introducing the interview protocol
- Assessing your progress
- Repeated events
- Evidentiary requirements
- The “whole” story approach to investigating and interviewing
- Cross-cultural issues
- Interviewing witnesses with complex communication support needs
- Note taking
- Putting it all together
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.
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.
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.
Sept. 15 – 17, 2017 Now taking registrations for those who wish to reserve their spot at this year’s event.
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
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™
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
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.
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
Child Intervention Outcomes, Policy and Practice Support
Policy, Practice and Program Development Branch
Child Intervention Division
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:
- Templates on Best Practices for Accessible Hotel Rooms and Bathrooms
- A Guest Checklist to Assess Accessible Hotel Accommodations
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.”
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 email@example.com. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16, 2017.
Update September 2017
Procurement, contracting and contracts continue to be a bit of a ambiguous. We have met with the DM and Minister regarding the need to have contracts move forward. We were told that in reality little will move until the Child Intervention Panel concludes and makes recommendations. We continue to advocate that parts of the system still can be procured, or negotiated.
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.
Previous PAT Updates
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.