FLASH Survey: COVID Impacts & Needs

As the challenges from COVID-19 continue to grow, governments, organizations and funders need information about the impacts of the pandemic and what is most needed by the sector at this time.

ABNN is gathering information about impacts and needs and will share this information with government partners, the Premier's Council and funders, as well as use this feedback to inform strategies of how we can best support the sector during this pandemic and economic downturn.

Survey closes April 3 at noon. COMPLETE THE SURVEY here.

Please share this survey widely with your Alberta sector colleagues.

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Alberta’s nonprofit sector is a vital aspect of the support system that our communities and Albertans will rely on, particular during a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. In many cases, we are at the front lines of caring for this province’s most vulnerable.

This page has been created a landing spot for:

For COVID business continuity and management resources, we have partnered with the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) and FuseSocial to be resource hubs for this type of information.  Check out their website for:

  • Resources for Workplaces
  • Community/SubSector specific resources
  • Alberta-specific FAQs

Visit ECVO’s COVID-19 Resources Page or FuseSocial COVID-19 Resources Page

Government Programs & Extensions


Charities Directorate: T3010 filing deadline extension - The Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

AGLC Expands Use of Proceeds - The AGLC announced that charitable groups may expand use of proceeds to maintain key charitable programs while addressing impacts of the crisis. AGLC has also indicated that charities with casinos in Q2 and beyond will keep their place in line. (March 24, 2020) 

Extension on AGMs - Service Alberta has announced that businesses and nonprofits can postpone their AGM for a period of 3+ months, effective immediately and running until end of June. Check out ECVO for more info. (March 19, 2020).

Tax Deferrals & Relief - Corporate income tax balances/installments deferred until August 31, 2020; Education property tax deferrals will be frozen at last year's levels and deferred for 6 months; WCB premium and utility payment deferral. More here.

Federal Government support for businesses, including nonprofits, including wage subsidies and access to credit found here. (updated expected March 30).

Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts has information about funding agreements impacted by cancellations.

Premier’s Council on Charities and Civil Society announced (March 21, 2020)


Canada Emergency Response Benefit will provide up to $2,000 a month for full-time, contract or self-employed workers. This program replaces two previously announced programs, the emergency support benefit and the emergency care benefit. The portal for accessing the CERB would be available in early April. More cab be found here

How to apply for EI and COVID-19 Emergency benefits summarized by the CBC

One-time emergency isolation support payment provided by the Alberta Government, found here

Job-Protected Leave - Changes to the Employment Standard Code will allow full and part-time employees to take 14 days of job-protected leave if they are required to self-isolate or caring for a child or adult requiring to self-isolate.

COVID Social Services Support & Funding

Funding for Adult Homeless Shelters & Women’s Emergency Shelters from the Alberta Government. Find more info and funding request form on the Alberta Government COVID site under "Info for Homeless Shelters and Service Providers"(March 17, 2020) 

FCSS additional funding to support social distancing, at-risk seniors and families facing homelessness, poverty and isolation. Find out about funding criteria here. 

Federal government funding for homelessness, women and children fleeing violence, and Kids Help Phone and seniors. News Release here. 

Calgary Funding - United Way of Calgary & City of Calgary COVID Community Response Fund. 

Sector Advocacy Efforts

ABNN Letter to the Premier

ABNN has written a letter urging the Government of Alberta to ensure funding security and flexibility.

We were pleased to see the province provide emergency funding of $60 million to support select COVID-19-related social services; however, it is important to recognize that there are many other frontline nonprofits that will see increased demand for their services, including care facilities, food banks and mental health organizations. Beyond frontline COVID-19 related services, other organizations are also feeling the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on operations, staffing, service delivery and funding, including lost casino and event revenue.

We urge the Government of Alberta to consider the following recommendations to address some immediate concerns:

  • Provide clarity on the Government of Alberta’s commitment to current funding agreements and provide emergency grants to other frontline services.
  • Provide flexibility on expectations within current funding agreements and maintain long- term 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.
  • Provide details surrounding the 14-day paid leave entitlement, specifically the necessary administrative processes and procedures within the Employment Standards Code.

Read the full letter here.

Other Advocacy Efforts 

Imagine Canada has written a letter calling on the federal government to provide a $8 billion stabilization fund to  keep vital services provided by our sector running across the country throughout this crisis. 

The Muttart Foundation has written a letter calling on the Premier to remember charities in economic assistance programs.

Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta (AECEA) recommendations during this COVID crisis. 

What Your Organization Can Do to Strengthen Advocacy Efforts

  • Write a letter to the government and your MLA and MP to reinforce ABNN and Imagine Canada's recommendations 
  • Share these letters within your network via social media or other channels
  • Share your needs, challenges, resources and ideas to info@albertanonprofits.ca

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