COVID-19

Advocacy

We’ve been a part of discussions with all levels of government regarding their response to COVID-19 and what non-profits can expect during the pandemic. Read on for updates and clarification from the provincial and federal governments on the non-profit sector’s most pressing concerns.

We received notice from the Government of Alberta this morning that they have created a framework to assess the various needs of Alberta’s non-profits based on what they have heard. Please read the chart below for the list of concerns, anticipated impacts, and current mitigation tactics. We anticipate more clarification from the Government of Alberta to come.

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Letter to Premier Kenney on Funding & Flexibility

On Wednesday, March 18, the Alberta Nonprofit Network, with signatories from various regional non-profit organizations,  reached out to Premier Kenney and the Government of Alberta regarding the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 response on non-profits and emerging concerns around funding agreements and organizations’ limited ability to achieve funded outcomes.

The letter makes the following urgent recommendations:

  1. Provide clarity on the Government of Alberta’s commitment to current funding agreements and provide emergency grants to other frontline services.
     
  2. Provide flexibility on expectations within current funding agreements and maintain longterm eligibility to account for the limited ability of organizations to deliver regular programs and services at this time. Specific recommendations include allowing nonprofits to allocate funding to new priorities, delaying reporting deadlines and providing flexibility with meeting expected outcomes. 
     
  3. Provide details surrounding the 14-day paid leave entitlement, specifically the necessary administrative processes and procedures within the Employment Standards Code.

Please help us spread the word and gain support for these recommendations and the sector by: 

  • Sharing this letter with your network and contacts.
  • Writing a letter to the government and your MLA reinforcing these recommendations.
  • Sharing concerns, information and stories about COVID-19’s impact on your organization with the Alberta Nonprofit Network.
We will post any updates to this page as they emerge.

Read the letter in full:

Letter to Minister Travis Toews on Bylaw Requirements and AGMs

On Wednesday, March 18, the ECVO and various regional partners reached out to Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, with questions regarding non-profits as they approach reporting deadlines and legislation requirements to host AGMs. 

The letter makes the following urgent recommendations:

  1. Universally extend deadlines for reporting to funders, which eliminates the need for individual exemption requests in the coming weeks. 
  2. Create exemptions to legislation that allow organizations to host annual general meetings and conduct other legislative or bylaw work past current deadlines. Specifically, allow a minimum of 90 days past the point at which large gatherings are considered safe, so that organizations responsibly plan and host their annual general meetings.

Please help us spread the word and gain support for these recommendations and the sector by: 

  • Sharing this letter with your network and contacts.
  • Writing a letter to the government and your MLA reinforcing these recommendations.
  • Sharing concerns, information and stories about COVID-19’s impact on your organization with the ECVO.
We will post any updates to this page as they emerge.

Read the letter in full: