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A quick reminder that all Albertans are eligible for testing for COVID-19, whether they are symptomatic or not. Testing can be easily booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. If using the Internet is not an option, 811 can book an appointment online for individuals who want to be tested.
Although testing can only determine whether a person has COVID-19 at the time of testing, and cannot determine whether someone has previously had COVID-19, or assess immunity to COVID-19, uptake of the expanded testing is important. It will provide us with a clearer picture of how well our public health measures are working to contain COVID-19, and help guide further progress in Alberta’s re-launch.
Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you choose to be tested:
We hope that the offering of this testing will provide you and your family with reassurance about your current COVID-19 status.
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Though many of us enjoy them, garage sales are not essential activities during this time. Please do not risk breaking provincial guidelines on COVID-19 by holding one. Our advice remains to stay at home away from all non-essential activities. Residents who need to sell or give away items are asked to create ‘online garage sales’ through various online platforms and coordinate contactless sales and pick ups.
Release: March 23rd 2020 Town of Nanton Office
NANTON, AB (March 23rd 2020) – _Over the course of last week, the Town took significant steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among its staff, elected officials and the general public. Our offices are now closed to the public and will remain so until further notice.
No. We are not close to requiring activation of the ECC or declaring a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) – _the event does not yet meet the criteria for a SOLE, especially as emergency powers are not yet required to bring community elements into compliance with Alberta Health directives/ guidelines. This could change at any time, however, and the members of the Nanton Emergency Management Agency have been contacted and advised of their potential role. Barry Sturrock, the Director Emergency Management, is currently preparing for that potential eventuality.
Nanton.ca/387 or https://www.nanton.ca/387/COVID-19-and-Emergency-Management will take you to our main information page.
Yes, they are a required member of the Nanton Emergency Management Agency as Emergency Social Services (ESS) would initially be their key liaison role in the event of ECC activation. Their Executive Director, Jennifer Herman, today advised the Town that they are staying in close communication with the local Food Bank.
This is a fast-moving situation and we do appreciate the ptience of our residents at this time.
This is a unique event and there are numerous possibilities, but at present the following items may cover some issues of concern out there.
1) Any health or essential service worker who wishes to park an RV in front of their home to keep them separate from the rest of their household can contact the Town for a flexible permit from the CAO (to avoid worry over bylaw enforcement complaints). We ask that you do request a permit if considering this given current concerns about out-of-town individuals temporarily relocating to small towns and rural areas in RVs to avoid COVID-19 spread, potentially bringing it with them.
2) Council meetings will continue at present on their normal schedule with tele and web conferencing available to all of Council and administration. At present, the public cannot be legally excluded. This will be reviewed as advice changes. Administration will consider live or recorded meeting streaming.
3) Administration will bring forth an omnibus bylaw for Council consideration that will contain a package of utility bill, interest and penalty forgiveness/ deferral measures given the economic climate caused by the situation. Municipalities are still waiting to see if any measures with respect to property taxation, interest and penalties will be recommended or required by the Province.
4) Activation of the ECC and declaration of a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) may come if senior government authorities require the Town to compel particular actions within the community if public health measures at present prove insufficient or are ignored.
1. Barry Sturrock
Director of Emergency Management
Phone: (403) 646-2902
2. Neil Smith
Deputy Director of Emergency Management
Phone: 1-877-365-3901 (Toll Free)
The Town of Nanton has actively been putting out information about COVID-19 on our website, social media and through the Nanton News. We recognize that not everyone has access to this information and want to ensure that all of our residents are kept up to date with this situation. We will be posting updates on bulletin boards around town and forwarding communications meant to be printed , shared and posted on bulletin boards with residents of the Silver Willow Lodge, the health clinic and Madison Manor. If you have further suggestions on how we can reach more people, please let us know.
At this time there are no reported cases of COVID 19 in Nanton.
First off, I want to thank all of our health care providers who are working around the clock to keep our residents safe and healthy. Thank you also to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who has been a stable voice of information and direction for Alberta residents. Please continue to watch her updates for the most accurate and up to date recommendations.
The Town has taken quick and decisive action to close all of our facilities to the public. This includes the THRC, the community centre, the Town Office and the library. We have also closed all playgrounds around town as these are easy ways to transmit the virus. The Town is still available to assist you over email or phone 403-646-2029. We are committed to continue to deliver all core services to our residents and have developed contingency plans for staff in the case that some may not be able to work. We always welcome your suggestions, on how to serve our Town throughout this time, everything is on the table right now, this is new territory for all of us.
Council will continue to meet and as for now the council meeting will remain open to the public (as per the Municipal Government Act). We are developing plans and systems for councilors to call in via video conferencing for meetings and will be ensuring that at any given time we have no more than four councilors physically present at a meeting and social distancing recommendations will be followed at the council table. The remaining councilors will call into the meeting.
All committee meetings have been suspended until the end of June. The next scheduled council meeting is not until April 6 at 7pm.
Council believes it is still important for us to meet and continue to make decisions. Decisions around COVID-19 and everyday decisions that we were already working on. Some may seem frivolous during this time, but we do want to have things lined up for the town when things return back to normal and hit the ground running, not be playing catch up.
The Town and Council will be discussing options for utility and property tax deferrals to assist our residents and businesses during this time.
We are all in this together and every single one of you has a serious role during this pandemic. First and foremost, you need to act as though you already have the virus and avoid all social interactions. This is extremely serious and none of us know if we have this virus or not, some may never show symptoms. It is best you stay at home and limit your outings to only essential needs. If you are feeling sick at all, DO NOT leave your property for any reason. If you need supplies ask your friends, family members or neighbours to assist you. Please keep an eye out on your neighbours during this time. There are many ways we can help each other without physical contact. Leave notes on their door asking them if they need help, leave your phone number on the note so they can now contact you. Pick up supplies for your neighbours and leave them on their doorstep.
I also want to thank all of our Nanton businesses, they are the heartbeat of our town and they need our support now more than ever. To the ones that have already closed, we thank-you. To the ones that have closed their dining rooms but are now offering pick-up and delivery options, we thank-you. To the ones still operating and providing essential products to our residents, we thank-you. Please as you are at home consider how you can support our local businesses now and throughout this. I am grateful that we have pretty much everything we need in this town and there should be no reason to have to leave Nanton.
One final last thank-you to our management team CAO Neil Smith, Director of Corporate service Clayton Gillespie and our Operations Manager, Barry Sturrock for working around the clock navigating this new and every evolving reality. Thank you for keeping our residents safe and informed throughout this. To our essential staff (which is each and everyone), whether you are now working from home or keeping our drinking water safe or clearing our streets of snow or maintaining the THRC we so appreciate all that you do for us and recognize the services and sacrifice you are making for the Town and it’s residents.
Stay home. Stay safe. Watch out for your Neighbours. Shop Local.
NANTON, AB (March 19th 2020) – Effective immediately, the Town Office will be closed to the public until further notice. This is to reduce the public risks associated with the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
You can call 403-646-2029 or Toll Free 1-877-365-3901 to speak with staff or arrange a call back.
Our top priorities are:
Utilities: Chemicals, supplies and reagents have been ordered in sufficient quantity to eliminate supply chain problems.
Staffing: Interdepartmental meetings have been scaled back to reduce risks.
We want to reassure the public that we are still here, at work and available. We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding in the current situation.
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At 1330 hrs, March 17, Premier Jason Kenney announced the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency. This will give the Chief Medical Officer of Health additional powers for the public health situation at present. Effective immediately and until further notice, the Alberta government is implementing additional measures, including cancelling events that have more than 50 people.
The additional measures include:
Municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations providing social services support will immediately see $60 million to support their COVID-19 response. The funding will be provided to adult homeless shelters, women’s emergency shelters and the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program, which supports municipalities and civil society organizations in providing services to vulnerable Albertans. Albertans are encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.
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NANTON, AB (March 17th 2020) – Council discussed potential municipal actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at its meeting on March 16th.
Current relevant advice/ information: The risk of COVID-19 exposure will increase over the coming weeks. Alberta is asking organizers to cancel any events that have more than 250 attendees, more than 50 if there are international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations. There is confirmed community spread in Calgary and a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) declared there.
Places of worship are also being asked to follow the same restrictions.
The Town has been asked to put up and distribute public health notices by Alberta Health.
AHS are the lead response agency for this situation and any decision to initiate the Town’s emergency plan and take subsequent actions would be based on their advice and that of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).
In Nanton, no local emergency has been declared, nor has the Emergency Plan/ EOC been activated. Alberta Health (AHS) are the lead response agency for this situation and any decision to initiate the Town’s emergency plan and take subsequent actions would be based on their advice and that of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA).
The Town Office will remain open on its normal schedule at present but may operate on a restricted schedule to the public in the event of staff shortages or further advice from senior government. If that were to happen, the Town Office would move to the hours of Noon to 4pm daily. Every effort to provide notice of this will be made.
The Corporate Services department is looking into the viability and need for enhancing online financial transaction capabilities to reduce the need for members of the public to come to the Town Office.
At present, online payments are available and cheques can be dropped in the mail slot.
The Thelma Fanning Library has closed until further notice.
The ice arena’s season was ended last week.
The Town takes its role as an essential service provider very seriously and shall continue to provide these vital services during this period.
Council meetings shall continue as normal and in public for now, as required under the municipal legislation. Further guidance is being prepared by the Province. Social distancing shall be observed, and Skype and teleconferencing capabilities are available to both staff and members of Council for remote participation. Meeting location will change if the Emergency Operations Centre (Fire Hall Chambers) is activated. Please keep checking our website content for updates. All standing committees have been suspended until June.
Alberta Health has not recommended that any buildings or businesses be closed at this time to protect public health from COVID-19. Temporary closures remain the operational decision of the employer. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, Alberta Health may require further action.
Alberta is continuing to test people for COVID-19 and has completed more than 57,000 tests as of April 2.
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Special Minister’s Statement on COVID-19
As our efforts to address the public health emergency continue, I want to thank seniors‑serving and housing partners for taking special care to look out for the Albertans we serve.We know individuals over 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID‑19. Our government is doing everything it can to prevent the spread and protect the most vulnerable.Seniors and fraud
In emergencies like this, dishonest groups or individuals often try to take advantage of our fear and uncertainty.Deceitful individuals who may pose as door-to-door salespeople, telemarketers, collection agents and, sometimes even distant relatives asking for help, can target vulnerable individuals, especially seniors.If you have a parent, grandparent, vulnerable family friend or neighbour, please watch out for them. Offer to be their buddy, someone they can check in with before responding to matters involving money. A calm, informed person can advise a senior in their life about a caller or salesperson who is legitimate or a scammer.Please, do not respond to requests for personal information or immediate payment. Take a moment and call a person you trust.Public health orders
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations. That includes the following:
We encourage Albertans to report any infractions to provincial public health officials.Snowbirds
All Albertans who have travelled outside of the country, including snowbirds returning home from wintering in the United States and other countries, must enter mandatory isolation upon returning to Alberta and self-isolate for 14 days.You must not stop at the grocery store on your way home, or pick up the dog at the kennel.You must go directly and immediately home, self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
Returning snowbirds who are not experiencing symptoms can still go outside, but this does not mean visits to all outdoors areas are advisable. Feel free to take a walk around your neighbourhood, but make sure to maintain distance from others – at least six feet (about the length of a bicycle).Family members in continuing care, long-term care and seniors lodges
We are taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among people who live in various types of seniors accommodations.A single individual designated by the resident or guardian is the only person who can visit a family member or friend living in continuing care, long-term care and seniors lodges in Alberta.Facilities will have a greeter to verify that the resident or guardian has designated the visitor. Visitors will undergo a health screening, possibly a temperature check and a questionnaire, prior to entering the facility. Mandatory health screening protocols apply to staff, residents and essential visitors entering a facility.
As well, all facilities must follow enhanced cleaning practices and additional directions around the use of shared spaces and common activities.We are taking these steps to protect seniors, and the staff who work at these facilities.Non-essential medical appointments
If your family physician or other health-care provider is unable or unwilling to receive you, we recommend you contact another health-care provider.To find a family doctor near you who is accepting new patients, Primary Care Networks and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta offer online tools. Visit https://albertafindadoctor.ca and https://search.cpsa.ca/physiciansearch.We recommend the postponement of any non-essential visits at this time.You may also download the Babylon by Telus Health App to meet with Alberta-licensed physicians through your smartphone.Family and Community Support Services
Last week our government announced additional emergency funding to charities, non-profit and civil society organizations through the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program to support their COVID-19 response.Funding criteria and forms for emergency funding to charities, non-profit and civil society organizations is now available.We will continue to work with our important stakeholders to reach those who are most impacted by COVID-19.Resources for caregivers
Caregivers Alberta offers supports to all caregivers, including those who might be experiencing heightened feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. The organization has closed its office to help slow the spread of COVID-19, but continues to offer support through its Caregiver Advisor and online programming.Click here to access Caregivers Alberta’s COVID-19 resources including:
Click here for more information about Caregivers Alberta’s ONLINE Caregiver Support Community.Identifying concerns and solutions
My ministry is currently working with key partners to find innovative ways we can help seniors‑serving organizations continue to provide key services and mitigate the impacts and effects of social isolation.If your organization has identified a concern, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Information and social supports
For information and referrals to social supports in your community, visit Alberta 211. For more information on COVID‑19, visit alberta.ca/COVID19. For steps you can take to protect yourself and others visit alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx.Information that can be posted by your organization and shared with your clients is available here. As additional materials are developed, they will be available online.The health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority. We will get through this together.Josephine Pon
Minister of Seniors and HousingMarch 28, 2020
The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to municipalities, charitable and non-profit organizations to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.
Through grants from their local Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Edmonton and Calgary, and from Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA) representing the remainder of the province, funding will be distributed to civil society organizations.
These organizations will support a range of services needed from at-home help for seniors, crisis and helplines, food security issues, emotional and mental health counselling or any other identified community issues.
The $30 million in funding will be distributed to the following municipalities:
As funding is being distributed outside the scope of the FCSS Act and Regulation, the 80/20 funding rule will not applyCharitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to connect directly with their local FCSS program to receive detailed funding guidelines and grant criteria. FCSS will work closely with Community and Social Services (CSS) to obtain project approvals.
Grant funding must be expended by March 31, 2021. Any surplus dollars from the grant must be returned and cannot be carried over to the following fiscal year (2021/2022).
For services to be eligible, they must address the social well-being of those most affected by COVID- 19 and the measures implemented to limit the spread of the virus.
Those impacted may include seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, caregivers, families with children at home and individuals with limited access to supports. Services should align with one or more of the following funding priorities:
Services to allow individuals, seniors and families who are isolated to have their home needs met, including home support and support services for children and families. Examples include: transportation or delivery of goods, such as groceries or prescriptions, housekeeping services, caregiver relief and other services.
Services to build capacity and strengthen volunteer work in the community. Examples include: food and meal service delivery, grocery shopping, helplines, volunteer support coordination, out of pocket expenses for volunteers and information services.
Provide alternate ways of supporting individuals and families so people can function within this new environment. Examples include: telephone mentoring, counselling/emotional mental health supports and supports to help address economic and food security needs.
Expand or supplement efforts to provide information and referral services and telephone/online support. Examples include: crisis/distress lines, 211 services, promotion of information and services, posters and signage.
Ineligible expenses include but are not limited to the following:
Purchase of any capital assets.
Any costs required to sustain an organization that do not relate to direct service delivery under the project.
Organizations chosen to provide services and supports will need to sign an agreement and submit a report at the end of the grant term. This report must demonstrate that activities were completed and monies spent as described in the agreement.
Organizations should contact their local FCSS to request funding for specific programs or services in their community. Funding for specific programs and services will not be distributed directly from the Alberta Government.
All projects must adhere to government recommended procedures and standards pertaining to COVID-19.
For the most updated information, please visit Alberta.ca/COVID19.
MEDIA STATEMENT - APPROVED March 24, 2020 - afternoon
A statement from AUMA President Barry Morishita: AUMA supports provincial government’s education tax relief
Alberta’s municipalities and AUMA support the provincial government’s recent announcement of fiscal relief for residents and businesses of Alberta. The changes to the 2020 education tax requisition, which municipalities collect on behalf of the province, will relieve pressure on Albertans during this uncertain time.
Education property tax freeze
AUMA is pleased that the province has decided to cancel the increase to its education property tax requisition, which was announced in the 2020 Budget. This increased tax burden would have fallen on Alberta’s residential property taxpayers and our already-suffering businesses. AUMA strongly advocated for the reversal of this increase, and we are grateful that the provincial government responded in this way.
Education property tax deferral
We also applaud the province for deferring its education property tax for businesses.
In addition, AUMA wishes to collaborate with the provincial government to enable municipalities to provide deferrals for the municipal portion of the property tax. Municipalities need flexibility so they can implement and set property tax payment deferrals in a manner that reflects their local circumstances.
We must emphasize that municipalities will have limited ability to defer property tax, as their cashflows are already strained. In order to be able to offer significant property tax deferrals for businesses, municipalities will require financial assistance from:
We have reached out to the Government of Alberta to work out the details of how municipalities can be full partners in supporting economic recovery and growth.
Businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers in our communities are under a tremendous amount of stress, and Albertans rely on municipalities’ critical services, now more than ever. As Premier Kenney has mentioned, we are facing a period of profound adversity. Municipalities share the same ambition as the provincial government for a strong and prosperous Alberta, and we look forward to sharing in brighter times ahead once we have weathered this time of uncertainty.
Carla Putnam Kerr
Communications Manager, AUMA
New funding and supportive measures will provide immediate financial relief to Alberta’s families, vulnerable populations, local businesses and employers. “Albertans are doing their part to keep each other safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are doing ours by assisting Albertans and their families, protecting jobs and supporting workers and employers. We will help shelter Albertans from the economic disruption of COVID-19 now, and position Alberta’s industry and businesses to bounce back when the situation stabilizes. This is an initial set of measures, and more will follow in the days to come.”
Jason Kenney, Premier
Financial supports for Albertans
Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills, so the government has put a number of options in place for those struggling financially:
• This will be a temporary program for working adult Albertans who must self-isolate because they meet the Government of Alberta’s published criteria for self-isolation, including persons who are the sole caregiver for a dependent who must self-isolate because they meet the public health criteria, and who will not have another source of pay or compensation while they are self-isolated.
• It will be distributed in one payment instalment and will bridge the gap until the federal emergency payments begin in April.
• We expect the program to be accessible by a simple online application through alberta.ca next week and that funds will be deposited in the accounts of eligible recipients beginning at that time.
• Residential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer bill payments for
the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off from these services during this
time of crisis.
• This will cover electricity and natural gas, regardless of the service provider.
• The government will implement a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.
ATB Financial customers impacted by COVID-19
• Personal banking customers can apply for a deferral on their ATB loans, lines of
• credit, and mortgages for up to six months.
• Small business customers, in addition to payment deferrals on loans and lines of
• credit, will be provided access to additional working capital.
• For other business and agriculture customers, ATB will work with customers on a
• one-on-one basis and further solutions are being considered at this time.
• For more information on ATB’s relief program, please visit their website.
• Alberta credit unions
• Credit union members will have access to a variety of programs and solutions designed to ease difficulties with loan payments and short-term cash flow.
• Both individual and business members are encouraged to proactively contact their
• credit union directly to work out a plan for their personal situation.
Alberta employers are facing significant challenges and uncertainty. To give them increased access to cash in order to pay employees, address debts and continue operations, the government will:
• defer the collection of corporate income tax balances and instalment payments, due after today, until Aug. 31, 2020. This gives Alberta businesses access to about $1.5 billion in funds to help them cope with the COVID-19 crisis.
“In these exceptional circumstances, having cash on hand is vital to families and employers and it’s critical we give Albertans this certainty and support. This tax measure will provide timely relief and additional runway for businesses to continue operating and compensating their employees during this difficult time.”
Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance
Alberta is pleased the federal government has responded to concerns and has taken the recommendation to increase supports to people receiving Employment Insurance. Alberta has contributed far more to the federal government in employment insurance (EI) premiums than it receives in EI support, so it is good to see the federal government providing the support Albertans need in these difficult times.
• Charitable and non-profit groups will immediately receive an additional $60 million to support seniors and other vulnerable populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. This is in addition to the $3.9 billion for community and social services allocated in Budget 2020.
• The Government of Alberta has committed $500 million extra this year to respond to the public health crisis and to support front-line health professionals working to keep Albertans safe and healthy. This is in addition to the record-high $20.6 billion allocated for health care in Budget 2020. A further $58 million has been allocated to Alberta health care for COVID-19 response by the federal government.
Download the Press Release here
This is generally a property or the outside of a building which is characterized by a lack of general maintenance, repair and upkeep, and does not look neat and tidy in comparison to the surrounding neighbourhood. The Community bylaw details more information in this regard.
The Community Bylaw generally addresses “noise” which may be reasonably likely to disturb the peace of others and designates “quiet times”. Our residents should be aware, however, that there may be events which preclude normal circumstances, such as large snowfall events, that may necessitate the use of certain equipment such as snow plows or blowers.
All new applications for building, electrical, gas, and plumbing permits can be dropped off at the Town Office, with payment, to be sent for further handling to:
Superior Safety Codes Inc.
422 North Mayor Magrath Drive
Lethbridge, AB T1H 6H7
For information on safety codes regulations and requirements visit the Superior Safety Codes website. Permit applications can also be filled out online.