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City dropping employee vaccine and mask mandates – except for transit drivers and passengers


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City suspends staff COVID-19 immunization policy

The internal immunization policy that applies to all City of Red Deer staff is suspended starting today. The policy was originally implemented on October 5, 2021, as an added layer of protection to reduce transmission and minimize symptom severity to protect the healthcare system and maintain service levels.

“There has been a shift in the provincial pandemic response over the past several weeks to learning to live with the virus. The decision to suspend our internal policy is reflective of this shift,” said Interim City Manager Tara Lodewyk. “The policy contributed to the safety of our workplaces and lessened the impact of COVID-19 for staff, which resulted in minimal impacts to service delivery over the past five months. The decision to suspend rather than eliminate the
policy speaks to our inability to foresee what COVID-19 may hand us in the future; it reserves the ability to re-implement the policy if the hazard level and situation warrants it.”

Since implementing the policy, 92.5 per cent of City staff provided proof of full immunization, the remaining 7.5 per cent chose to provide ongoing proof of negative rapid antigen testing. With the suspension of the policy, the ongoing rapid antigen testing is not required; however, The City will continue to encourage immunization recommendations made by the provincial and federal governments, including booster shots.

As of Monday, March 21, internal masking requirements for staff are also lifted unless required for specific jobs or worksites, or those who make the personal choice to continue to wear one. Staff who have worked from home since the beginning of the pandemic will also begin to move back into the traditional workspace. These adjustments to internal measures come three weeks following the province’s removal of mandatory masks in public places and lifting the
work from home order. “Safety and providing continuous services to our community is job one. That is why we are taking a cautious approach in easing of internal measures and shifting back into our offices,” said Lodewyk. “Each person experienced this pandemic differently, and this next phase that we’re moving into is no different. We will support our staff as we move into what we hope to be the post-pandemic phase.”

Other measures that will remain in place for staff include physical barriers and distancing, limited in-person gatherings for training and meetings, and the requirement to stay home when sick.

City staff were notified today of the suspension of the internal COVID-19 immunization policy. The City will also continue to follow all health measures in place from the Province. Currently masks are still required on municipal and intra-provincial public transit for Albertans 13 years and older, and at AHS-operated and contracted facilities and all continuing care settings. For Transit services in Red Deer, this means that all riders over 13 years and Transit operators must continue to mask when on our buses.

The staff COVID-19 immunization policy is approved by the City Manager. Council has their own immunization policy and any changes to that policy would need to be discussed and decided upon at a Council meeting.


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City of Red Deer puts out call to private owners interested in selling or leasing property for integrated homeless shelter

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Call for privately owned properties for consideration during shelter site selection process

Private property owners who are interested in selling or leasing their site for the purposes of an integrated shelter are invited to submit their information until Friday, March 31. Currently, The City is developing a high-level property listing for technical review, but if there are any properties that are not currently on the market, they can be submitted by the property owner through an online form on The City’s website.

Administration will assess the privately-owned properties submitted, sites that are currently on the market, and municipally or provincially owned properties using Council’s criteria:

  • Ability to acquire site: Acquiring the optimum site can be done in a timely manner. Acquisition options and costs are important considerations.
  • Adequate size: The size of the site considers the potential need to adjust service delivery at any given time. It will accommodate proposed integrated amenities and services. It considers the land size needed to accommodate outdoor gathering spaces and activities. The site already has a building or can accommodate a building that meets the Province’s minimum requirement of 10,000 square feet.
  • Broad community impact: The site aligns with The City’s vision for the community. Community impact includes considerations such as, impacts on economic and business development, and municipal operations. It includes potential reputational impacts and financial impacts (both capital and operating). It also includes impacts to those accessing shelter services in our community. The site considers impacts to our community as a whole, including health, and safety for all in our valued places and spaces that are enjoyed by our citizens.
  • Impacts to surrounding area: Impacts to businesses, residences, parks, trails, and schools are a priority consideration in selecting site. The city’s reputation is considered. A preferred site can accommodate and foster development of a safe, secure shelter.
  • Access to services & supports: Safety and basic needs for all is a priority. Regularly utilized services and supports that would not be co-located are taken into consideration. Sites where co-located services can operationalize are preferred.

Once the technical assessments are complete, administration will present options to Council for consideration to recommend to the province.

If you are a property owner and would like to submit a site for consideration, please fill out and submit the online form here.

For information on the future shelter site selection process, please visit


Back on February 3, City Council provided a “community update” on the status of 2 properties which were thoroughly vetted but failed in the end to get the go ahead.  Here is video from that announcement and the following q and a with media.

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Free Farewell party for Red Deer’s Kinex Arena Saturday, April 1

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City to host Kinex Arena farewell event

With the twin arenas now open at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre, The City will continue with it’s plan to decommission the Kinex Arena. The facility will no longer serve as a recreation amenity for the community.“We understand the distinct history the Kinex Arena has to sport, recreation and community life here in our city,” says Curtis Martinek, Facilities & Asset Management Superintendent. He continues, “we would like to invite Red Deerians to bid farewell to this amenity which has served our community for over 50 years.”

The Kinex Arena was originally built in 1967 and has provided over 5 decades of fun, sport and recreation. As a farewell, The City is hosting a free public drop-in event.

Free Kinex Arena Farwell Event
Saturday, April 1
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
4725 A – 43 Street

Behind the Servus Arena (map)

Join us for our free skating times with themed music:

  • 10 – 11 a.m. – preschool/family skate with preschool songs
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  – 60’s & 70’s public skate
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – 80’s & 90’s public skate
  • 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. – 00’s & 10’s public skate

Pre-registration is not required, drop-in when your schedule allows!


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