Tuesday, August 25, 2020

At City Council on Monday, August 24, 2020

We have been following a number of topics at City Council that will be of interest to our membership. On Monday City Council decided the following: 


Effective Immediately - this new bylaw states that a person must wear a face covering at all times while in an indoor, enclosed, or substantially enclosed public place or in a public vehicle.

There are number of  bylaw exemptions:

  • A person under the age of 2;
  • persons unable to place, use, or remove a face covering without assistance;
  • persons unable to wear a face covering by reason of an underlying medical condition or disability or other protected ground under the Alberta Human Rights Act;
  • persons consuming food or drink in designated areas or as part of a religious or spiritual ceremony;
  • persons engaged in aquatic activities or physical exercise;
  • persons providing care or assistance to a person with a disability where a face covering would hinder that caregiving or assistance;
  • persons engaging in services that require the temporary removal of a face covering;
  • a person who is sleeping or in bed at a homeless shelter,
  • A child who is older than two (2) years of age but is younger than five (5) years of age chronologically or developmentally and who refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver.
  • An individual leading in worship, provided physical distancing of at least two metres is possible.

The City of Lethbridge bylaw does not apply to:

  • Schools and other educational facilities
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Child care facilities
  • Areas exclusively accessed or used by the public place's employees or a public vehicle operator provided that physical barriers or physical distancing practices are implemented between any person not required to wear a face covering by operation of this exception and any other person;

Signage for businesses
More information on the bylaw
Alberta Health Information On Masking

Note: a business guide is being prepared and will be available in the coming days and will be included in a subsequent newsletter and available on the city website.


Yesterday, City Council unanimously supported an investment of $25 Million in the redevelopment of Exhibition Park, along with other requests including extended lease agreement and loan of $17 million. This will leverage the $27.8 Million already committed to by the Province of Alberta.

Information on the Exhibition Park Redevelopment Plan- Exolution

Weekly Economic Review - August 21, 2020

Weekly newsletter containing economic commentary, analysis and statistics examining Alberta’s economy, labour market, price indices, household sector and business sector.

Weekly Economic Review - August 21, 2020

Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance - August 21, 2020

Residential construction rebounds 

ATB Economics - The Owl

Seasonally adjusted spending on the construction of buildings in Alberta rose by 25.9 per cent in May and by 0.8 per cent in June, but remained 5.6 per cent below where it was in February.

The residential and non-residential sectors have been on different tracks.

Residential spending experienced a large drop in April (-38.2 per cent), but bounced back by 50.6 per cent in May and another 3.4 per cent in June. Spending in June was off by 4.9 per cent compared to February and by 6.9 per cent compared to the same month the year before.


Working Through COVID-19 Workforce Impacts

Conference Board of Canada

The Conference Board of Canada asked organizations across the country about how COVID-19 is affecting their turnover, attraction, and retention rates—and the strategies they’ve put in place to manage.

Here's what they found

Dan Levy Enrolls In Free Online Indigenous Course By U Of A

Dan Levy would love to be your classmate.

The former “Schitt’s Creek” actor is heading back to school this September to take a free online course on Indigenous history and issues, offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta.

“Indigenous Canada” is a 12-week remote learning program the Canadian performer hopes the world will take along with him, from the comfort of their homes.

Hesitant about returning to class? Many current students are all too familiar with how hard it can be to learn at home. That’s why Levy will also be hosting a weekly study group with the Indigenous-led course’s facilitators: Métis and Fransaskois assistant professor Dr. Paul Gareau instructs the course, alongside presenters Tracy Bear, Alannah Mandamin-Shawanda, and Isaac Twin.

The course itself has received rave reviews since its creation in 2017, with CBC dubbing it “the most popular course in Canada.”     Read More...

Related Information:
University of Alberta - Indigenous Canada - Free Online Course

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Further information on the course
Registration is open

September is right around the corner.

Corporate and Continuing Education registration is now open!

Information on upcoming courses

Funding may be available through the Canada Alberta Job Grant of up to $10,000 per trainee per year. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of 1/3 of the total training costs.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is an employer-driven program that helps employers invest in training for current and future employees.

Find more information at:
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Overview
Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide
As a member of BILD Lethbridge Region, you are also a member of BILD Alberta and CHBA National. As such, you are entitled to many member benefits such as...
COVID-19 Resource List
The BILD Lethbridge website has a dedicated page that contains links to the provincial, federal and municipal programs and updates for your easy reference. You can find it HERE .
Other helpful main links:
City of Lethbridge Permit Report
Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance (August 21)
CMHC Housing Market Information Portal
CREA Housing Market Statistics National Price Map

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