COVID-19 Coronavirus News

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions have been with us since March 2020. Although, during the period of time from late spring to early fall, it seemed as though the crisis had settled into a holding pattern, we are finding that a “second wave” has been moving across Canada. Numbers of cases and positive test results are rising rapidly, and so pandemic guidelines and restrictions are being re-instated, which means that plans and activities must be reconsidered, both privately, and in our Communities of Faith.

For all updates in this rapidly changing situation, please refer first and always to the provincial, territorial, and federal sources linked below, as well to your local government or band council and your Member of Parliament and provincial or territorial representative as needed.

Health Canada             Alberta         British Columbia           Northwest Territories

The Province of Alberta released an important advisory on November 24, 2020, which made changes to restrictions affecting Communities of Faith. As further updates are publicized, they can be found at the Alberta link above.

All government directions continue to shape our decision-making and responsibilities. The United Church of Canada has dedicated web pages for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep checking for the most up-to-date resources from the General Council Office, including information about Governance, Worship, Congregational Finance, and Emergency Funding.
A three-phase guidelines document for re-opening discernment and practices can be found on this page as well: Faith Communities and COVID-19

Please note that Kirk Centre, the Regional Office location, continues restrict access to the building for community activities, events, worship, and meetings. Our office will continue to function, with staff working in their individual offices, or at home. Anyone visiting the office is asked to make an appointment ahead of time.

The news feed below includes Regional Council news about the COVID-19 pandemic, and some national updates.
News is also circulated in our weekly E-Newsletter, which can be accessed here.

The Regional Council has established two Emergency Funding programs that can be accessed through the Regional Office.

Emergency Relief Fund: funds available to assist with disaster recovery and extraordinary costs related to the current emergency (Not intended for major capital or payroll expenditures).

Interest Free Loans: (a) up to $1,500 per Community of Faith, intended to assist with bridging payroll expenses until federal government funding becomes available. (b) up to $10,000 per Community of Faith to assist with payroll and community engagement costs until the end of 2020.