Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 Update: 

Province wide COVID-19 restrictions in effect. To learn more go to The Provincial Government Covid-19 page.

Effective Until Further Notice:
• Masks worn in all indoor public spaces.
• No indoor social gatherings are permitted in any setting.

• Outdoor gatherings - up to 10 people allowed.

• Indoor close contacts must be limited to people in the same household.

• People who live alone can have up to the same 2 non-household contacts.

• Gathering restriction exemptions apply to service visits from caregivers, health or child care providers and co-parenting arrangements.

• Places of worship restricted to 15% of occupancy (with mandatory masking and physical distancing between families).

• Funeral ceremony attendance - 20 people, with mandatory masking and two metre physical distancing.
• Funeral receptions are still not allowed.

• Mandatory work from home, unless the employer determines work requires physical presence for operational effectiveness.

Businesses closed for in-person service include: 

• Restaurants, bars and cafes (takeout, curbside pickup and deliveries are encouraged).

• Fitness and recreation centres, pools, arenas, libraries, museums and casinos.

• Additional business closures are listed here.

Businesses that are open for in-person service but with restrictions include:

• Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 15% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code.

• Personal and wellness services - allowed to open by appointment only.

• Regulated health services can remain open by appointment only as long as public health orders and sector guidance is followed. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services.

• Physicians, dentists, physical therapists, optometrists, hearing aid practitioners, acupuncturists, naturopaths.

Additional business closures.

Complete details on all new restrictions.

Alberta COVID-19 Status Map

To check the status of Olds and other areas of the province, including whether additional measures are in place, visit the Alberta COVID-19 Status Map.

Public Health Orders and Complaints

Covid-19 Complaints

To report concerns and for questions  regarding complaints of non-compliance of CMOH's orders, residents are to notify Alberta Health Services via its Environmental Public Health Page or call 1-833-415-9179.

Government of Alberta

COVID-19 Orders and Legislation

COVID Self-Assessment and Testing

If you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, please click Alberta Health Services self-assessment to launch the self- assessment. 
Visit 811 Health Link or dial 811 for health advice or information 24/7 for everyone in your family.  
For all emergencies, dial 911 .

Businesses: 15% Max Occupant Load Calculation

Effective December 13, retail services must reduce customer capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy or a minimum of 5 customers.

Approximating Occupant Capacity

If you are unsure of your current occupant load, the following steps can help approximate your restricted capacity.

Step one:
Measure the approximate area (square metres) of your floor space usedby customers, excluding the washrooms. This is done by measuring the length of one wall and the length of the adjoining wall in metres (not
feet).
Step two:
Multiply these two numbers together to get your floor area.
Step three:
Divide this floor area number by 3.7 to determine your usual occupant load.
Step four:
Multiply your usual occupant load by 15% (0.15) to determine your restricted capacity.

If you require additional help determine your occupant load, please contact the Town of Olds Fire Prevention Officer at (403) 507-4850 or via email, jvasseur@olds.ca.

Small Business Support Programs - Federal Government

Read an Overview of the Federal Government Business Support Programs here

CANADA SUMMER JOBS

Applications for the Canada Summer Jobs 2021 Are Being Accepted 
The Federal Governments’ Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to help all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition into the labour market.
The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned Youth Employment and Skills Strategy and are as follows:

  • provide quality work experiences for youth
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers
  • provide opportunities for youth to develop and improve their skills

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years. 
Funded employers are not restricted to hiring students — all youth aged 15 to 30 years may be eligible participants.


CANADIAN  GOVERNMENT  – COMMUNITY FUTURES REGIONAL RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND 
This $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can now apply for loans of up to $40,000 through RRRF.  As the financing terms of RRRF and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are similar, rural businesses can choose which program to apply for funding
Who can apply to the RRRF?
Businesses and organizations that have either:

  •  Applicants Applied for other federal relief measures and have not been able to secure funds; 
  •  Accessed COVID-19 relief measures and continue to experience hardship.

Businesses in sectors that are critical to the resilience and survival of Atlantic Canada’s economy, such as advanced manufacturing, ocean industries, clean growth technology, and tourism, may be given priority.
CEBA requirements and deadlines have changed:

  • As of December 4, 2020, CEBA loans for eligible businesses will increase from $40,000 to $60,000.
  • Applicants who have received the $40,000 CEBA loan may apply for the $20,000 expansion, which provides eligible businesses with an additional $20,000 in financing.
  • All applicants have until March 31, 2021, to apply for $60,000 CEBA loan or the $20,000 expansion.

*NEW* All applicants can now check the status of their CEBA Loan online at https://status-statut.ceba-cuec.ca/. Please wait 5 to 7 business days after finalizing your application before checking your loan status on this loan status website or with the call centre. If you try before the 5 to 7 business days you will not receive an update. 

The Loan Status Website will be able to address the following types of questions:

  • What is the status of my application?
  • Why was my application declined? How can I fix those errors (if applicable)?

All applicants are encouraged to check the status of their CEBA Loan online, but if you continue to have questions you may call the CEBA Call Centre at 1-888-324-4201.
The CEBA Call Centre is available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 9PM Eastern Standard Time, excluding statutory holidays.

Individual Support Programs - Federal Government

Small Business Support Programs - Provincial Government

THE SMALL and MEDIUM ENTERPRISE RELAUNCH GRANT offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations in December and, experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers 2 payments to eligible applicants, with up to $20,000 in available funding per eligible application.

Eligibility change to the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant for new businesses
New businesses that began operations between March 1 and October 31, 2020 and meet the updated 30% threshold can apply for the grant starting February 4, 2021. Do not apply before the portal has been updated on February 4 to ensure your application isn't deemed ineligible
Background: The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


CANADA-ALBERTA JOB GRANT 

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant helps cover training expenses for existing employees and new hires.  If you are hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee. For further information, please contact  the  Canada-Alberta Job Grant processing centre at: 1-855-638-9424 or email jobgrant@gov.ab.ca.


INNOVATION RELIEF and RECOVERY PROGRAM 
Alberta Innovates extended its Innovation Relief and Recovery Program (IRR) with $350,000, in an effort to help more small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program initially launched in fall 2020 with $400,000 in federal funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), part of a total $1.3 million contribution from WD to Alberta Innovates.
This new funding, provided entirely by Alberta Innovates, aims to support an additional 38 SMBs in recovery from pandemic caused disruptions. The IRR program offers tech businesses access to various technical and business supports that are not covered through other  relief programs. Project activities may include product testing and refinement, manufacturing capacity improvement, customer discovery work as well as professional services such as human resources, legal, and financial required to support relief and recovery. Support for each project ranges from $5,000 up to $10,000.


ALBERTA ONLINE WORKSHOP SERIES - CULINARY TOURISM
Growing Agritourism webinar - February 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Explores opportunities to develop experiences that highlight food producing businesses, places and processes.

Partnering for Success webinar - February 16, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Focuses on the role partnership can play in the development of innovative culinary tourism products and experiences.

Posters for Businesses and Public Buildings

Full color COVID-19-related posters are available free on the Provincial Government Website.  

 

Town Facilities and Services

Town Administration Office

Town Administration Office: Open

  • Holiday Hours: Closed December 24 to January 1

Town Office hours are Monday to Friday from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 4 pm (Closed daily from Noon - 1:00 pm).

Fire Hall

Closed to public, services still available.

Town Operations Centre

Holiday Hours: Closed December 24 to January 1

Nu2U Thrift Store

Holiday Hours: Closed December 24 to January 1

RCMP

Front counter services have been modified.  See more details here.

Olds Aquatic Center 

Closed until further notice.

Sportsplex

Closed until further notice.

Olds Municipal Library

Closed until further notice.

Mountain View Museum and Archives

Closed until further notice.

Olds Evergreen Centre

Closed until further notice.

Masks and Face Coverings

    COVID – 19 : Watch the video Choosing the Right Mask  

    COVID – 19: Watch the video How to Use a Non-medical Mask

    Fore more information on guidance for non-medical face masks for the general public click here

     

    Mental Health Supports

    Your mental health matters

    If you are having difficulties dealing with the effects of COVID-19, there are resources available to you.

    For younger people seeking assistance, there is the  Kids Help Phone. No matter what you want to talk about.  Totally private. 24/7.

    Alberta Health Services has a free, text-based service called Text4Hope. By texting COVID19HOPE to 393939, you will receive daily text messages on healthy thinking or actions to improve your mood.

    For more resources, visit Alberta Health Services Help In Tough Times.

    You are not alone. Ask for help.

    Stay Safe and Healthy

    Emergency Preparedness

    It’s never too early to prepare for an emergency or disaster. Here are some ideas on how to start preparing without spending a lot of money.

    Preventative Measures

    During this time, focus on prevention of spreading the virus.

    To help protect you and your family against all respiratory illnesses, including flu and COVID-19, you should:

    • Wash your hands often and well
    • Avoid touching your face, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched
    • Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill

    Limit Social Activity

    Use this time to stay home connect with family - playing board games or watching movies. Keep an eye out for neighbors who might need help with shovelling sidewalks or ensure they have what they need. Check in on those who are vulnerable to illness to ensure they are ok - but only do so by telephone/text/email.

    Get outside for fresh air and exercise, but practice social distancing.  Do not gather in groups, stay two meters (six feet) apart and do not use public playground facilities.

    Guide to Physical Distancing

    Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

    Mayor's Message

    Mayor's Message

    COVID-19 Outreach - Great Neighbours Program

    Information on the following programs can be found on the Great Neighbours Program page

    Celebration Drive-by Greetings

    Community Volunteer Bank

    Neighbour Help Card

    Isolation Check In

    Grocery/Prescription delivery