For flooding and recovery information from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, click here.
For the latest update on the YMCA of Northern Alberta’s response to COVID-19, please, click here. Because of the high volume of requests, we are unable to respond to phone inquiries at this time.

Last Updated: May 22, 2020

As we continue to receive new and updated information regarding COVID-19, please be assured that our YMCA and your leadership team are watching and collecting information and updates to inform our actions and decisions.

Our response continues to evolve quickly. As a result, there will be regular email updates to ensure you are aware of our Y’s decisions, actions and response plans. All employees are also encouraged to visit this page for the most up-to-date announcements and recourses from anywhere at any time.

This page has information on temporay lay-off recall and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsity, temporary lay-offs and Employment Insurance, internal announcements, COVID-19 medical information, as well as both Government of Alberta and Canada resources.
Temporary Lay-off Recall | Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

We're happy to inform you that, after weeks of providing status updates, that our YMCA will be participating in the Government of Canada’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Our YMCA now has all financial supports in place and we have confirmed that we meet eligibility criteria.

  • If you have been recalled from your temporary lay-off to participate in the CEWS, you will receive a letter by e-mai.
  • If you have been recalled from your temporary lay-off to participate in the CEWS, you probably have questions. Click here for our FAQ.
  • For information on how this affects your Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), click here.
  • For information on temporary lay-offs and employment insurance, scroll past the internal announcements below.

Internal Announcements

Temporary Lay-offs & Employment Insurance
On March 20 and 27, we announced temporarily lay-offs due to the emergency and mandatory closure of all of our facilities. While this was a difficult decision, it was made to safeguard the future viability of our YMCA and thus the future employment of all employees.
  • If you are affected by temporary lay-offs, you probably have questions. Click here for our FAQ.
  • For a guide to access your electronic Record of Employment (ROE), click here.
  • For a guide to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, click here.
  • For information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, and to see if you're eligible to apply, click here.

What if I have COVID-19?
Ensure you follow protocol issued by Alberta Health Services. Additionally, please inform our Health and Wellness team at HS@northernalberta.ymca.ca if you may, or have been exposed to COVID-19. Health Link (8-1-1) is currently experiencing a large volume of phone calls, please take the COVID-19 self-assessment, via the link below, prior to calling 8-1-1.
If you have been traveling, once you have returned, you must self-isolate for 14 days.

Health Link (8-1-1) is currently experiencing a large volume of phone calls. To view the latest from Alberta Health Services, visit ahs.ca/covid.


Provincial, Territorial and Federal Resources

With new government resources being announced daily, it can be hard to keep track of what is available to you. CBC News has made your COVID-19 guide to provincial, territorial and federal funding. Here you can find information on jobs, seniors, students, families, finance and taxation, housing, business and Canadians abroad. To view these resources, click here.