For Immediate Release / August 18, 2020

Update on City of St. Albert's Response to COVID-19

Update for August 18, 2020 

The City of St. Albert is taking a thoughtful and measured approach to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please note: due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, this information is considered current as of the date of distribution. In an effort to keep residents and visitors informed, below is a summary of some current information to be aware of.

Financial Forecast

Through quick action and prudent financial management, the City has effectively managed and mitigated the negative financial impacts driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On August 17, 2020, the City provided City Council an updated 2020 financial forecast that accounts for the phased reopening of municipal facilities and programs approved at the June 29 and July 6, 2020 Council meetings. Previous forecasts focused solely on the estimated revenue losses (and offsetting expense reductions) of the three main impacted departments of Recreation and Parks, Community Services and Transit.

This current forecast is comprehensive and includes impacts and forecasts for all City departments. These forecasts also include additional revenue losses from cancellation of fees and reduced activity as well as savings that materialized due to most staff working from home (e.g. reduced electricity and water consumption, reduced printing costs).

Administration has estimated the total forecasted impact is $14.4 million which includes recreation, culture, transit and other department costs, as well as response costs.

  • Recreation - $5.4 million
  • Culture - $0.9 million
  • Transit - $2.7 million
  • Other - $3.7 million
  • Response costs - $1.7 million

Total offsetting expense savings are $13.9 million. Overall, the total forecasted deficit is approximately $500,000.

The forecast presented is based on the current state of the pandemic, the current guidelines from the Medical Officer of Health and various assumptions surrounding residents’ readiness to return to facilities/programs. There are still many unknowns that may cause the City’s year end financial position to differ.

Administration has begun the process to understand the lingering impacts that COVID-19 may have on the City’s operating expenses and revenue shortfalls for the 2021 budget and beyond.

Closures to City facilities

No new closures as of August 18, 2020.

Suspension of City programs or services

No new suspensions as of August 18, 2020.

City services still open/operating

Unless listed on the facility closures or listed above, all City services are still available for access by phone, email or online.

Cancellation of City events

No new cancellations as of August 18, 2020.

Please check the City’s website and social media for updates and further information. The City thanks its residents and patrons as we work through our response to COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit the Alberta Health Services website, a link to which is available at stalbert.ca/covid19.

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