Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last updated on June 9

 

UPDATES | RESOURCES & QUICK LINKS | CLUB CLOSURES | FAQs

 
The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is closely monitoring the development and spread of COVID-19 and reviewing possible changes to events on a case by case basis. Please be advised that we are constantly seeking professional and organizational input on this matter from our colleagues in the provincial and national sport system. We are also regularly checking the FIG and GymCan websites for updates to their events. Below you will find a summary of updates as they happen including any known cancellations and postponed events involving AGF members. 

UPDATES

RESOURCES & QUICK LINKS

Get it from the source! Here are the top websites to follow for the most current information on COVID-19:

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT: EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE & GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
 

Help at a Glance - Financial Support Options

 
Support for employers and employees

Click here for information about:

  • Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
  • Corporate income tax changes 
  • Education property tax deferral 
  • WCB premium payment deferral 
  • Utility payment deferral 
  • Job-protection leave 
  • Vacation pay, leave or banked overtime 
  • Employment insurance benefits 
  • Business continuity plans 
 
Alberta Employment Standards - Temporary Layoffs

Employers who want to keep an employment relationship may temporarily lay off an employee. 
Learn more | Employment Standards (COVID-19 Leave) Regulation PDF

 
Alberta Emergency Isolation Support

Effective March 25, 2020, you can apply for a one-time payment of $1,146 from the provincial government if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 
  • Are caring for a dependent who is self-isolating 
  • Have been directed by health authorities to self-isolate 
  • Are not receiving compensation from any other source 

Learn more and apply

 

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN
 
Support for Individuals

Some of the ways that the Government of Canada is assisting individuals during the COVID-19 crisis include:

  • Increasing the Canada Child Benefits this year 
  • Extra time to file income taxes
  • Mortgage support
  • Improved access to Employment Insurance
  • The new Emergency Support Benefit
  • Improved access to Employment Insurance Sickness Benefit
  • The new Emergency Care Benefit
  • Increased goods and services tax credit this year 
  • Enhancing the Reaching Home initiative 
  • Support women’s shelters and sexual assault centres 
  • A new Indigenous Community Support Fund 
  • Eased rules for Registered Retirement Income Funds
  • A moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans

Learn more and apply
 

Support for Businesses

Some of the ways that the Government of Canada is assisting businesses during the COVID-19 crisis include:

  • Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance
  • Extending Work-Sharing program 
  • Providing small business with wage subsidies 
  • Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program 
  • Lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer 
  • Cutting the interest rate 
  • Launch and Insure Mortgage Purchase Program
  • More time to pay income taxes

Learn more and apply
 

PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR CLUB

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH: SELF CARE

 

OTHER TOOLS & RESOURCES

 
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MEMBER CLUB CLOSURES

Last updated on March 19 at 1:30 p.m.

All AGF member clubs have taken action to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by voluntarily closing their gyms in response to the evolving COVID-19 concerns.

  • Acrobatic Studio
  • Airborne Tumbling and Trampoline Club
  • Airdrie Edge Gymnastics
  • Altadore Gymnastic Club
  • Artistique Gymnastics Club and Playschool
  • Ashlin Gymnastics Club
  • Athabasca Flips Gymnastics
  • Athletica Gymnastics
  • Brazeau Gymnastics Club
  • Brooks Gymnastics Club
  • Cactus Gym Club
  • Calgary Acrobatic Gymnastics Centre
  • Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Canmore Illusions Gymnastics Club
  • Capital City Gymnastics Centre
  • CAPTivate Gymnastics
  • Cardston Gymnastics Club
  • Carstairs Gymnastics Club
  • Dreams Gymnastics Academy
  • Drumheller Gymnastics Club
  • Dynamyx Gymnastics Club
  • Eclipse Gymnastics
  • Edmonton Acrobatic Gymnastics
  • Edson Tumblers Gymnastics Club
  • Exelta Gymnastics Club
  • Explosion Gymnastics
  • Fairview Gymnastics Club
  • Fort Saskatchewan Gymnastics Club
  • Foothills Gymstars
  • Glenmore Gymnastic Club
  • Grande Prairie Gymnastics
  • Gymtastics Gym Club
  • Hanna Gymnastics Club
  • Horizon Gymnastics Club
  • Jasper Gymnastics Club
  • KIN Gymnastics
  • Lakeland Gymnastics Club
  • Leduc Kanata Gymnastics Club
  • Lethbridge Gymnastics Academy
  • Milk River & District Gymnastics Club
  • Mountain Shadows Gym Club
  • Norfort Gymnastics Association
  • North Edmonton Gymnastics Club
  • North Peace Gymnastics Club
  • Olds Gymnastics Club
  • Ortona Gymnastics Club
  • Pegasus Gymnastics
  • Phoenix Gymnastics Centre
  • Pine Valley Gym Centre
  • Ponoka Gymnastics & Trampoline Club
  • Precision Gymnastics
  • Rimbey Gym Club
  • Rocky Flipz Wellness & Learning Centre
  • Royal Glenora Club
  • Salta Gymnastics Club
  • Salto Gymnastics
  • Sexsmith Tumbling Club
  • Slave Lake Gymnastics Association
  • Southern Alberta Gymnastics Club
  • Spruce Grove Aerials Gymnastics
  • St. Albert Gymnastics Club
  • St. Paul Gymnastics Club
  • Stettler Gymnastics Club
  • Stony Plain Kips Gymnastics
  • Strathmore Gymnastics Club
  • Sundre
  • Taber Gymnastics Fitness Club
  • Three Hills Gymnastics Club
  • Thunder Country Trampoline & Gymnastics
  • Town of Beaumont
  • Twist & Flip Gymnastics
  • University of Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Valleyview Gymnastics Club
  • Vegreville
  • Viking Gymnastics Club
  • VSTAR - Flippin'Out
  • Wainwright Gymnastics Club
  • West Wind Gymnastics Club
  • Whitecourt Gymnastics Club

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can AGF host weekly Town Halls?

As requested by members, AGF has been hosting weekly Town Halls over the past few weeks. These have included weekly Town Halls for Club Administrators and Board Members as well as weekly Town Halls for Coaches. As of April 29, 2020, AGF is going to move forward with combined Town Halls held every two weeks. The frequency will be changed if required. To see when the next Town Hall will be held and to register, please visit the AGF Calendar of Events. Recordings are available for Town Halls that have passed. Please click on the past Town Hall event links within the calendar to learn more about how you can obtain the recording for that specific Town Hall.
 
Last updated on April 30, 2020

Can we see more engagement with the club, athletes and community through AGF social media platforms specifically Instagram?

At this point, we are looking further into this type of engagement. Our initial plan of attack was to get as much information out as possible, we can now look at switching gears to more engagement if other priorities do not take precedence.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Could we look at setting up a separate site for executive Director’s to engage on items specific to club administration?

On April 3, 2020 AGF created a private Facebook Group called "AGF Member Clubs". This is a free solution on a platform most members are using and already familiar with. The group can be accessed by request. Only AGF member club administrators and board of directors will be granted access and those who have been invited by an existing member of the group. The group provides a forum for information sharing, respectful discussions and problem solving around topics of critical importance to our members. For more information and to join the group, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/AGFMemberClubs/
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Could we look at doing the town halls on Zoom or a platform to allow more engagement?

Unfortunately, with the numbers that attend, allowing microphones and video would become very cumbersome and counterproductive to the process. At this point, we will continue with asking questions online and ahead of town halls or other webinars held by AGF. This is a great idea for smaller groups of clubs with like-minded goals/needs and will be further discussed moving forward.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

What is meant by “vacancy” when referring to the Property Insurance?

A vacant space can be defined when no one enters the premises of your business for 30 consecutive days. The difference between an “unoccupied” space and a “vacant” space is that an unoccupied space will still have someone is checking on things, going in to clean, in the office to do administrative work etc.
Please note that AGF does not carry your business property insurance and it is recommended that clubs check with their insurance provider on the parameters of their respective policy.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Would AGF be able to look at a membership at something like Zoom or mygymisonline.com so that clubs can keep in touch with their athletes?

AGF is looking into the cost implications for providing these options to each club and will consider it when looking at all items for club support. There seems to be mixed opinions on which one is more preferred, as well as whether AGF should spend any money at all during this period. AGF will continue to investigate the cost and determine the best option for our members at this time.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

What is mygymisonline.com?

MyGymIsOnline is a program that was created by Futures Gymnastics (based out of Ontario) to store an archive of videos, activities, and resources for gymnastics clubs to use. The content that they have created is directed to doing gymnastics-type activities remotely when their participants are unable to come to the gym.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

What kinds of subsidies can clubs apply for?

For further information on government initiatives, please visit the Government of Alberta and Government of Canada websites. All links can be found on AGF's COVID 19 webpage under the "Resources and Quick Links" section.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

What is the current status of “home workouts”?

On April 15, 2020, AGF sanctioned online training. To learn more, click here.
 
Last updated on April 30, 2020

Can parents come in to clean out their child’s locker if the club collects all items and schedules times for them to come?

This is currently not encouraged but if there are items that they must have, or feel are necessary then you as a business can make that call. However, please refer to AHS and the Government of Alberta’s website for the most up to date guidelines and best practices.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Can coaches get certified during COVID-19 closures?

This is a great time to get started! Coaches can certainly start the evaluation process by preparing and submitting their coaching portfolio(s) online here. The portfolio will be reviewed by a Coach Evaluator, and once the portfolio successfully "meets expectation" the coach will be notified. Then when it is safe for coaches and athletes to return to the gym the coach can simply record and submit a video of their lesson observation or request an onsite observation. Half of the evaluation process can be completed during shutdown, and the other half can be completed immediately after, or at the coach's pace. For more information click here or contact AGF's Education Manager at education@abgym.ab.ca.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Can coaches use adults for finalizing their certification?

GymCan has indicated no. Coaches are evaluated on their ability to teach a safe, age appropriate lesson. It is important for the coach evaluator to observe the coach working with the actual participants in order to evaluate many of the outcomes, and may be difficult to recreate actual scenarios when ‘staging’ a lesson using other coaches as participants.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Has there been any word on insurance rate increase for the 2020/21 season?

AGF is now within the 90-day review period (as of April 2, 2020) and are awaiting a response from insurance companies with respect to the RFP we sent out for quotes. With respect to the constantly evolving environment, AGF is yet to receive new information on whether insurance rates will increase for next season.

At this point, we can not give a timeline in terms of insurance.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

When insurance information is available, can AGF organize a webinar with Toole Peet?

Yes, once AGF receives information with respect to the RFPs sent to insurance companies, we will host a webinar regarding all information.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Who is on the insurance working group?

AGF Staff, Board Members and Toole Peet are all collaborating to address the financial, operational, and logistical components of AGF’s insurance.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

With respect to insurance, why do all members have to pay the same amount regardless of whether they join in September or April?

AGF has made changes to address this for the 2020-2021 season. GFA and CANJUMP participants will be able to be registered for specific periods (Summer, Fall/Winter/ Spring), with a proportional rate. Because the nature of competitive gymnastics goes for a full year, their membership rates will still be annual. Click here to see the rates
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Will clubs have the option to opt-out of AGF insurance in 2020/2021?

At this point, insurance will remain a mandatory item.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Will GymCan be providing a refund for membership?

GymCan has stated that collected membership fees will not be reimbursed as many member services have been provided and/or are continuing at the GymCan level during this period of isolation.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

How many Clubs in Alberta are using Amilia and is there any opportunity for a break in these fees while the clubs are closed?

There are currently 37 AGF Clubs utilizing Amilia. Currently, Amilia is providing a discount on fees for anyone paying a monthly fee of $125 - $650 which applies to 11 of our clubs. The other 26 clubs pay a monthly fee between $15 - $75.
 
Last updated on April 3, 2020

Where did the Club Relief funds come from?

The Relief Fund was approved by the AGF Board of Directors at a meeting on Sunday, April 5, 2020. AGF used money from our reserve funds and distributed a total of $502,690 amongst our 79 clubs in Alberta. These funds were distributed in the form of a cheque via mail on April 9, 2020. The rebates were extended to athletes that were registered for the shortened Spring session which provided further relief to our member clubs. 
 
Last updated on June 1, 2020

How much will remain in AGF's reserves after the Club Relief Fund is distributed?

While the Relief Fund greatly diminished the AGF cash reserves, Finance continually monitors the level of funds on hand. We expect the amount to fluctuate as we make remittances to sustain AGF operations and maintain membership benefits. Currently, there is enough to sustain operations and maintain membership benefits and AGF continues to apply for all available subsidies to maximize the amount.
 
Last updated on June 1, 2020

With the relief funds being sent out, does this mean that AGF will no longer be exploring online options for gyms like mygymisonlie.com?

Yes, with the distribution of funds, the individual Clubs can explore options that are best suited for their own needs and work with the philosophy of their Clubs. Hearing multiple opinions on how Clubs need assistance, AGF felt it was in the best interest to distribute funds rather than using the money for programs that did not benefit all. This allows Clubs to allocate the money to where most needed for their members.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Does AGF qualify for the 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy?

AGF does qualify for the CEWS. We apply and receive the subsidy each month with the monies going directly into the cash reserves used to sustain operations and benefits. 
 
Last updated on June 1, 2020

What will AGF's staffing look like after layoffs and hour reductions?

For current staff hours and availability, click here.
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

With AGF staff working at a reduced capacity what services can we expect and what will not be available?

With the current reduced hours, AGF is still able to provide essential services to the membership during a difficult time while maintaining operational and financial efficiencies that ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. 
 
Due to this reduction in hours and the evolving nature of COVID-19, some services will be impacted, and priorities will have to be revisited on an ongoing basis. Staff will remain accessible via the contact information provided on the AGF website but may not be able to respond to enquiries within the typical 24-hour business window or outside their respective work hours. We thank you in advance for your patience.
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

Could AGF look at producing a weekly or monthly newsletter?

Prior to staff hour reductions and this interruption in regular gymnastics business, a newsletter was discussed. Due to the changes in staffing, a newsletter is not feasible at this time however all important updates and information are being emailed to clubs for distribution to their members as appropriate. This information is being shared as it become available. We will look to explore this and other options when we return to a normal level of staffing. In the meantime, please continue to visit the AGF website for the most current information.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

The Facebook page for administrators/owners/board members is great, could we look at doing one for the coaches?

On April 9, 2020 AGF created a private Facebook page called "AGF Coaches" to provide AGF coaches with a forum for collaboration. This group is a great not only during this uncertain time but for the future as it provides a place for coaches to come and work together. To request access, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/AGFCoaches
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Are the Facebook groups monitored to ensure they are used as a positive tool and resource for all?

Both AGF Facebook Groups have group rules that all members are expected to adhere to. These are outlined upon joining the group and can be referenced within the groups at any time. AGF will also continue to monitor for any inappropriate content and will remove it when we see it or are made aware. Members of the group can report inappropriate behaviour to the moderator within the group directly or by emailing comm@abgym.ab.ca.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

How is AGF planning to adjust for lower membership revenue in 2020?

AGF and the Board of Directors are continuing to monitor all situations and explore all options for the Federation moving forward. At this point, there is no solid information to be able to share but when decisions are made, and information is available we will share with our membership.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Will there be a reduction in AGF fees, not including insurance, for 2020/2021?

AGF fees for the upcoming season were distributed on March 19, 2020 to all clubs. AGF is currently reviewing all possible future membership scenarios. Any changes will adhere to the AGF Bylaws and/or Policy and Procedures. A recap of the current fees for the upcoming season can be found at here.
 
Last updated on April 16, 2020

Can clubs register new members with AGF to allow others to participate in online training sessions?

AGF is in the process of creating a registration category for new members so they can be registered to participate in the online training sessions. Upon completion, the new category will be announced, and the process will be managed in the same format that GFA participants are currently registered.
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

Can I look at best practices from other sources such as USA Gymnastics regarding COVID-19 protocols?

Clubs are welcome to research and review resources that have been shared by other organizations for their knowledge. All Alberta government, Government of Canada and AGF regulations must be adhered to at all times, as the context of other sources may have been created under different circumstances.
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

Can AGF look into why the Alberta multi sport module calendar hasn't been updated with any new courses?

Yes, unfortunately there are very few Multi-Sport NCCP courses being offered by the Coaching Association of Canada and their Partners (PTCR). AGF has contacted our PTCR called the Alberta Sport Recreation Parks (SPAR). SPAR is currently waiting for approval from the Ministry on the delivery of NCCP modules.  Once approval is received, SPAR will begin to schedule online and home study modules. Unfortunately, SPAR was unable to provide a more defined timeline of when this will occur.  
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

Can I take Multi-Sport NCCP courses offered through other provinces?

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is a national program and the training is recognized across the country.  Unless a province has restrictions on out-of-province enrollment, registering for online courses in other provinces shouldn’t be an issue.
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020

Can I earn Professional Development (PD) points for recorded webinars?

Yes, AGF members can recieve non-NCCP activity PD points for AGF approved webinars. Please visit the AGF events calendar and click on each webinar to learn more and see if it is eligible for PD points. If the webinar is eligible and you were unable to participate in the live session, please email your name, NCCP number, webinar topic, and webinar date/time to Gina Peake, Education Manager at education@abgym.ab.ca within 6 months of when the webinar was offered. This information is only required for those who were unable to attend the live session and watched the recording instead. 
 
Last updated on April 23, 2020