Keeping up to date
EFCL Supports During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Thanks for your patience with us at the EFCL as you have likely seen more communication from us than usual in the last few weeks. We wanted to take some time to let you know what we are doing to support you.
Monitoring and sharing the current situation
Our staff are monitoring public health announcements to determine what seems most relevant to Community Leagues. We are aiming to share these updates as they are released. We appreciate that Leagues may have questions about these updates and welcome your questions to email@example.com.
Providing a digital space to meet
Service Alberta has announced that deadlines are suspended for corporations, partnerships, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to hold annual general meetings and file their annual returns. This notice is posted here.
At the EFCL, we (like many others) have the ability to help you hold your meetings digitally. We have been working with our partners and most Leagues can hold their AGM through an online platform. If you need this support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also want to connect directly with you, so we will held two meetings to listen to your needs, respond to your questions and come up with a plan of how the EFCL can continue its support of Leagues over the next few months.
The first of these meetings was with Presidents and EFCL Liaisons. We are offered two meeting times
The second meeting is for Hall and Facility managers. We offered two meeting times.
Maintaining Your Hall
Halls must be kept closed at this time under the provincial public health order.
The EFCL has partnered with Foster Park Brokers to provide this checklist to maintain best practices.
The EFCL has developed this checklist to help Leagues reduce energy usage and cost during this shutdown.
Planning & Development News
There have been several changes around planning & development that are available to view here.
Sharing the success of your work
The work that you are doing at this time for your League and on your block is so important, and we want to let everyone know about it. If you have a Community League initiative you’d like the EFCL to let people know about, please email email@example.com or tag us on Twitter @EFCL or Facebook @yegCLs, and we’ll get the word out.
We also want to understand and measure how much people are doing for each other during this time. If you’re helping your neighbours, no matter how big or small the act, we want to hear about it. Visit cityzenconnect.ca to tell us what you’re up to, and help us tell the story of people supporting each other.
Business as usual
We are also working remotely to continue to support you with all of the resources and support that you are used to being able to access. Our office will remain closed at this time.
With all the success of our Tipi Teachings programs over the last 6 months, Rayna has created an online learning series for you to use with your family and friends during this time. Visit the EFCL Indigenous Projects Facebook page to watch the first video now.
The Government of Alberta has released funding for initiatives that provide supports to help sustain people to remain members in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is available through the City of Edmonton Family and Community Support Services.
If you are doing work in this area, check out the information on how to apply for funding here.
If you need assistance with the application, contact Liz Laurence in our office.
Federal Employment Supports
Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Yesterday, the federal government announced a new benefits program. It has replaced the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit with the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Essentially it will provide a benefit payment of up $2000 a month to employees who are not receiving income due to COVID-19. The benefit will be available starting April 6. The current details are available here.
Temporary Wage Subsidy
The government has put in place a Temporary Wage Subsidy program. This allows small businesses and non-profits to claim 10% of their paid wages as a reduction in the tax remitted to the government. The information on this subsidy is available here.
NOTE: An announcement was made of an additional subsidy (covering 75% of wages). Businesses who can show a loss of 30% of their revenue will qualify for this subsidy. Details will be posted once they are available.
Work Share Plan
The government has announced that the Federal Work Share program applies to businesses that are struggling due to COVID-19, this allows organizations to reduce the hours for a group of employees doing similar work to apply for Employment Insurance benefits to top up their salary to the normal non-shared amount. This benefit is available now and information is available here.
We will be posting resources developed and used by the community here