- Coronavirus info for Banff
- Support Services For Residents
Support Services For Residents
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This page has emergency social service resources that are available to Banff, Lake Louise and ID9 residents, including Permanent Residents, Temporary Foreign Workers and Refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Emergency Social Services team is available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to help answer questions relating to mental health, employment insurance, meal and grocery services, housing, issues related to immigration, child and youth care information and more. After hours, you can contact 2-1-1 for resources, information and isolation requests.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org This e-mail is checked during regular business hours only. We request that you first read through the information below as information you are looking for may already posted. Alternatively, call 403.762.1251 for assistance in normal office hours.
Latest local COVID information and vaccination rates
For info on the Banff situation, current restrictions or measures visit Banff.ca/COVID
The Alberta Vaccine Program is underway. All Banff residents are encouraged to become fully immunized as soon as possible, including boosters.
People living in Banff do NOT need to be citizens or even have an Alberta Health Care card to be able to receive immunizations and boosters.
- Everyone 5+ can now get vaccinated. Everyone 18+ can get a booster dose 5 months after the last dose.
- Reserve as soon as you are eligible. AHS Info.
- COVID-19 vaccines help prevent you from getting severely ill if you do contract the virus. All vaccines are safe, effective and save lives.
Book your shot at a local pharmacy, a medical clinic or the Banff Community Health Centre through the AHS online booking tool or call 811.
Full immunization is proven to significantly reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID. Immunization and masks help our community avoid transmission to those who are vulnerable.
Vaccinations target newest strains of the virus and provide more protection than the level of immunization that may occur from previous COVID-19 infection.
In Banff, vaccines are available at:
Banff Community Health Centre
To book call 811 or book online with AHS.
Flu Vaccine information:
Alpine Medical Clinic
Visit alpinemedical.ca to book an appointment or call 403-762-3155.
Visit Gourlay’s Pharmacy on Bear Street or make an appointment by calling 8-1-1 or book online at https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx
Rexall Drugmart IDA Pharmacy
Visit Rexall Drugmart IDA Pharmacy in Cascade Shops or call 403.762.2245.
Banff IGA Pharmacy
Visit the Banff IGA on Elk Street or call 403.762.5370.
When you book:
- Please note that booking eligibility is according to your birth year. When booking, have your Banff postal code ready.
- People without an Alberta Healthcare Card can also receive a vaccine at specific locations. Notify the agent when booking via 811.
When you go for your vaccination:
- Please bring one piece of identification with you, which could include your Alberta Health Care card, a drivers license, Social Insurance Number, birth certificate, or passport.
- Please wear clothing that will easily allow access to your upper arm for receiving the immunization.
- Be aware that you will be required to sit for 15 minutes in the clinic after you receive your shot.
All 3 vaccines help our bodies learn how to protect us against future infection from the virus that causes COVID-19, but use a different mechanism to get the attention of the immune system. All 3 vaccines are effective in preventing death or serious symptoms from COVID-19. Learn more from Alberta Health.
More information COVID-19 vaccine program from Alberta Health Services
- All working Albertans can access up to 3 hours of paid leave to get each dose of the COVID-19 vaccine without fear of penalty, loss of pay or reprisal.
- Employers may provide additional time beyond 3 hours per appointment, if necessary, but are not required to.
- The leave applies to all full and part-time employees regardless of how long they have been employed.
Employees need to provide notice to their employer as soon as possible and reasonable in the circumstances when they are taking this leave.
Employees do not need to provide a medical note or record of immunization in order to access this job-protected leave or disclose any health information about underlying conditions to their employer.
Assessment and Testing for COVID-19
- Rapid Testing at home is now available with kits from the Government of Alberta, via local pharmacies and the health centre, when supplies are available,
- Take the AHS online self-assessment or call 8-1-1
Albertans are legally required to isolate for 5 days if you tested positive, or if you have any core symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition until you test negative.
For more information on testing eligibility, visit: Alberta Health Testing Info
Wearing a Mask
You may be asked to wear masks in some community health settings to keep yourself and others safe, such as pharmacies, physiotherapy clinics or family doctors' offices. Wearing a non-medical mask in public is a tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Wearing a mask can help reduce your risk of infection and help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
Learn more: https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx
Banff residents are able to collect packages of free masks from Town Hall during normal businesses hours.
Please also see the links below for referral information for local, provincial and federal resources that may be of assistance.
- Essential Services
- Food Services
- Mental Health (Counselling and Resources)
- Immigration (Permanent Residents, Temporary Foreign Workers and Refugees)
- Senior Services
- Children, Youth and Families
- Volunteer Opportunities, Donations and Recognition Programs
For Town updates on the COVID-19 pandemic please visit banff.ca/COVID. For health-related information (i.e., if you think you may be experiencing symptoms) visit Alberta.ca/COVID.
In Case of Medical Emergency
If you experience or see someone experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately and inform the operator that there may be a risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Information and resources from all levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal – to a help assist with basic needs for individuals and families:
For non-emergency contact with the Banff police service, such as international assistance to find foreign nationals in the town of Banff, please email email@example.com or call +1 403-763-6600.
If there are situations or gatherings happening where physical distancing is not being enforced – such as in a business, in a house or at a park – people can contact Alberta Health Services or the Town of Banff using these online complaint forms:
For an immediate response, the Town of Banff accepts calls at 403.762.1218 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. After hours, please call the RCMP at 403.762.2226. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.
For community health complaints, submit to Alberta Health Services Complaint Form.
Complaints about people not working from home (when it is possible) can be forwarded to OHS: File an OHS complaint | Alberta.ca
The operations yard Transfer Site is open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Federal Financial Supports
For information about COVID-19 federal financial support programs visit, https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/covid19-emergency-benefits.html.
Employment Standards Information
For information on laws for minimum wage, overtime, holidays, job-protected leaves, vacations, hours of work, earnings, youth workers and termination visit: https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-employment-standards-rules.aspx
To report a concern about an employer or business not following public health orders please visit: https://ephisahs.microsoftcrmportals.com/create-case/
Financial support for individuals
Support for Individuals and Families
To pay for basic expenses like food, clothing and shelter:
Job Loss Resources
Employment services, job loss support and job training: https://www.alberta.ca/employment-support.aspx
Job Resource Centre
The Job Resource Centre in Banff is now open remotely. 403-760-3311.
Workers Compensation Board (WCB) Alberta
Most instances of COVID-19 are not work-related and do not need to be reported to WCB Alberta. However, there are a few exceptions. https://www.wcb.ab.ca/assets/pdfs/workers/WFS_COVID-19.pdf
Emergency financial assistance
If you have urgent food needs and are unable to access or purchase food, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403.762.1251
Updated Dec. 31, 2021:
- Nesters Market is providing grocery delivery to anyone who needs it (including people isolating due to COVID requirements)
- Grocery delivery is offered 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday)
- People can email their orders with a shopping list to email@example.com
- Orders received before noon will see same-day delivery; orders after noon will have next-day delivery
- Please provide your name, phone number and delivery address – Nesters will call if they need to ask any questions about your order
- Please advise in the order if you are isolating due to COVID to ensure contactless delivery is arranged
- Credit card only (not debit)
- Banff Food Rescue - a volunteer driven organization helping with food rescue and food security. Free and by donation. www.banffcollective.com/food-rescue and www.facebook.com/banfffoodrescue
- Banff Park Church Lunch to Go (closed – reopening September)- 12-1 p.m. 455 Cougar Street.
- Banff Food Bank - The Food Bank provides food to individuals in need once per month, up to 6 times per year. Located at 455 Cougar Street, the back door of the Banff Park Church. ID and registration is required, and families must book an appointment by calling 403.762.1060. Open Tuesdays 12 – 1 p.m. Closed July & August.
- Bow Valley Good Food Box - a monthly box of fresh produce at an affordable price www.bowvalleygoodfoodbox.com
- St. George’s In the Pines Church Banff Food and Friends (closed until September). Every Monday evening 5-7 p.m.. By donation
- Nesters Market – call 403-762-3663 for same day delivery.
- Spud.ca offers a full selection of groceries. Orders must be made by 8 p.m. on Wednesday for Thursday delivery. Visit www.spud.ca for more information.
- TheOrganicBox.ca offers a full selection of organic produce and delivers weekly to Banff. For more information visit www.theorganicbox.ca.
- Daily Needs Grocery delivers Wednesdays and Fridays and to Lake Louise on Saturdays. Visit www.dailyneedsgrocery.ca to place an order or call 403.688.3838.
Shelter / Housing
Protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:
- While scheduled rent increases can now take effect provided proper notice has been given to tenants, landlords cannot retroactively collect rental increases.
- For more information, visit: https://www.alberta.ca/information-tenants-landlords.aspx
Alberta Works can provide financial support and emergency accommodation to Citizens of Canada and Permanent Residents of Canada.
Alberta Works Canmore Office: 403-678-2363, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Alberta Works Emergency Income Support: 1-866-644-5135 after 4:30 p.m.
Supportive Housing Program
The Supportive Housing Program has been expanded by repurposing all Hotel inventory to support short- and long-term housing needs of residents and employers.
Emergency Shelter spaces are available for individuals and families experiencing domestic or sexual violence.
YWCA housing: 403.760.3200 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
This service is available for foreign workers, Permanent Residents of Canada, and Canadian citizens.
Bow Valley Home Finder Facebook Page
Local rental housing offered & requested
There is currently no government direction on reduced rental payments. Talk directly with your landlord about your personal situation. See the section in the Residential Tenancies Act on rental payments: https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/a2767396-099f-43d0-932e-1ec75bf458f3/resource/15cc7bf1-89c6-4baf-9393-ce82d28f3850/download/rta-handbook-bw.pdf
At some point in our lives we all have stressful times. We can be impacted by such things as financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment, or stressful situations such as the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Remember, if you are struggling you are not alone. There are supports in place to help you.
If you need to talk, free and confidential support is available for Banff and Lake Louise residents. You can also find information in Tagalog, Japanese, Spanish, Oromo, Amharic, and Tigrinya. http://www.bllha.ca/support/
Alberta Health Services Urgent 2-9 p.m. at Banff Mineral Springs Hospital
Alberta Health Services Non-Urgent at1-844-943-1500
Kids Help Phone: Confidential phone / text / live chat support for youth (ages 10-18) https://kidshelpphone.ca/ Call 1.800.668.6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868
24/7 support from a registered nurse
Information about mental health supports, crisis intervention, referrals.
Mental Health Helpline 24/7: 1-877-303-2642
Counselling via phone or online for YWCA residents and to victims of domestic or sexual violence.
Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.: 403.760.3200
Alberta’s Addiction Helpline is available 24-7 toll-free and offers confidential support for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and problem gambling: 1-866-332-2322
The AlbertaQuits helpline is FREE for all residents of Alberta, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week. Call toll-free at 1-866-710-7848 to receive confidential, non-judgmental support from trained Quit Counsellors. They will help you deal with cravings and help you stay motivated. Translation services provided.
Focused on building a comprehensive Information and Referral system accessible to all Albertans. https://www.ab.211.ca
SeetheSigns.ca - A Wellness Campaign by Bow Valley Communities and Residents
Look inside, see the signs & take care of your mental health. Visit seethesigns.ca for a complete guide to free mental health and wellness programs and supports in the Bow Valley.
Developed by the Bow Valley Wellness, Recovery & Preparedness Coalition, a collaboration between Bow Valley municipalities, community organizations and local services supporting wellness of fellow residents during challenging times.
The Bow Valley Primary Care Network
This organization has compiled a list of resources available in the Bow Valley FREE of charge to all residents.
Information for Foreign Workers, Permanent Residents of Canada, and Refugees
People from all over the world are an important part of our community. Help is available for Foreign Workers, Permanent Residents of Canada, and Refugees.
Click here for news and updates for foreign workers and immigrants and information about COVID-19 in other languages: www.bvipartnership.com
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program
The AINP is an economic immigration program that nominates people for permanent residence in Alberta. Program nominees must meet the following federal checks to be eligible for permanent residence in Canada:
The AINP continues to accept and process applications, with temporary adjustments to some application and assessment processes. The program is working with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on the impact of COVID-19 on the permanent residence process. Please visit https://www.alberta.ca/ainp.aspx to learn more.
The Town of Banff has a Senior Support Coordinator available for questions or concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email email@example.com or call Sue at 403.762.1253 if you or a senior you know requires extra support during these times.
COVID 19 Safety Information for Seniors (PDF)
Transportation & Delivery
The Town offers the following transportation and delivery services. Call 403.792.1251 to coordinate.
- Shopping bus runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-1 p.m.
- Monday bus runs for banking.
- Mail and shopping pick-up and delivery services.
- Free taxi passes are available for medical appointment purposes.
Other services include:
- Meals on Wheels meal service - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cost is $7.50. Call Alberta Health Services to get a referral at 403.762.2990.
- Gourlay’s, IGA and Rexall have a taxi pass to deliver prescriptions.
- Nester’s is offering free delivery service for groceries. Call 403.762.3663.
- Home Care health care providers delivering services in your home. Call 403.762.2990 for more information.
Children, Youth and Families
The Town of Banff has many children, youth and family support services available to Banff residents. For more information call 403.762.1251. The Town also offers many low-cost and no cost programs for children, youth and families. For more information visit www.Banff.ca/kids and www.banff.ca/families. For up to date information about Banff local school visit www.crps.ca.
Kids Help Phone: Confidential phone/text support and articles to support children/youth: 1.800.668.6868 or kidshelpphone.ca
Government of Canada COVID-19 resources for parents and children: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/resources-parents-children.html
Alberta Health Services resources for coping at home: https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-coping-at-home-for-families.pdf & https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/amh/if-amh-mhpip-disaster-pandemic-coping-for-children-families.pdf
Provincial Education Helpline
Recognizing that many families have questions about at-home learning, a provincial education helpline is available to parents. The intent is to provide advice to families, particularly to parents of children with disabilities, who have questions about their child’s educational program now that the traditional delivery process has changed.
Parents can reach the helpline by calling 780-422-6548 (toll-free by dialing 310-0000, followed by the 10-digit phone number) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the most up to date information about recreation please visit Banff.ca/active
Sunday Mass online
St. Mary’s Church
Online Services. Now open
Banff Park Church
Call 403-762-3225 or email email@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities, Donations and Recognition Programs
Alberta Cares Connector
While physical distancing and gathering restrictions are in place, there is still a need for healthy volunteers to help those in need with countless opportunities to do so. The Alberta Cares Connector embraces the Alberta spirit of supporting the vulnerable by offering assistance, skills and time to those who need it most.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Volunteering at food banks.
- Sewing masks or scrub bags for front-line health-care workers.
- Providing meals for essential service workers, like truckers.
- Picking up groceries for those unable to leave their homes.
- Packing and delivering essential needs for vulnerable Albertans.
- Donating blood through myaccount.blood.ca.
- Donating items to shelters in need.
- Reaching out to seniors through positive messages or phone calls.
Volunteers and volunteer organizations must follow all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to protect themselves and those they help. More information on safety and physical distancing guidelines can be found at alberta.ca/COVID19.
- COVID-19 Safe volunteering guidelines (PDF)
Volunteer Opportunities for Health Care Workers
If you are an Alberta Health Services professional able to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an external physician, please contact email@example.com.
Donate Health Equipment and Services
To donate health equipment or services, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Lights Volunteer Recognition Program
The Alberta Northern Lights Volunteer Awards honour everyday heroes as the province responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. The honourees are nominated by fellow Albertans and selected for profiling on the program’s website and social media.
There are no requirements for hours of service, and any individual or group who helps out in their community is eligible for an award. The nomination submission requests a brief story about the nominee’s contribution. Nominations will be accepted online on an ongoing basis.
Make a Financial Donation
Financial donations can be made to the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital via www.covenantfoundation.ca/donate-online and to Alberta Health Services at FoundationRelations@albertahealthservices.ca.