Updated: January 17, 2014
Career and employment services
The McBride Career Group offers career and employment services to reidents affected by flooding. Job seekers can visit one of their centres to:
- do their own research, independent career planning and job search inquiries with self-help tools and online resources
- get assistance from a Career Coach with occupational research, using a computerized career planning tool, searching for jobs, developing a cover letter and resume, and learning interview skills.
Employers can contact the McBride Career Group to find out about:
- participating in job fairs and job posting opportunities
- collecting resumes and conducting on-the-spot interviews
- being featured in a weekly local employer spotlight
Job seekers and employers can also get career and employment assistance from Alberta Government staff at a local Family and Community Services office:
- High River | Tuesday mornings
- Okotoks | Tuesday afternoons
Please call 403-297-2707 for an appointment.
Emergency Child Care Subsidies
High River families still evacuated from their homes now have more options to assist with their child care needs.
Regardless of family income, evacuated High River residents may be eligible for up to four months of subsidy at a home-based or licenced child care centre. You're eligible if:
- Your primary residence is in High River and you are unable to live in it
- Your family is registered as evacuees with Red Cross
- Your children are 12 years of younger and are not yet attending Grade 7
- In the case of home-based care, you are paying a non-custodial adult relative or friend to look after your children
Apply for High River Emergency Child Care subsidy:
- Online: download the application form and submit it by email or fax 780-422-5692
- By phone: 1-877-644-9992
- In person: High River Welcome Centre or the Careers in Motion RV located in the McBride parking lot (28-12 Ave SE)
Find available child care programs:
Drop-In Recreation Programs for Children
The free program for children ages 19 months to 12 years is available to evacuated High River families.
- Age appropriate programming in a safe, nurturing environment
- Supervision from qualified staff
Location: Cayley School, 904 Ross Avenue
Open 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-5 pm, 7 days a week
Transit system for High River
High River residents, volunteers and workers have new transit options.
» Local bus routes in High River (PDF)
Health care in High River
High River hospital emergency department to reopen August 07, 2013News Release
The High River General Hospital Emergency Department will re-open August 8 at 8 a.m. 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in conjunction with acute care beds at the hospital, following its temporary closure due to the flood.
Not-fit-for-Habitation (NFH) Homes
If your home has been designated NFH, call the remediation hotline at 587-363-2894 to set up a meeting with Tervita.
Tervita, an environmental cleaning company, has been contracted to remediate NFH homes in High River.
Remediation experts will work to ensure homes are structurally sound and safe for return. They will:
- Assess homes with structural engineers and health inspectors to determine the work needed to make the home safe for rehabilitation.
- Meet with homeowners to discuss results.
- Send a report to the Government of ALberta for approval.
- Complete repairs and remove mold and bacteria.
Homeowners will need to work with their insurance company and the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) to complete the interior work, like drywall, floors or painting.
Homeowners can choose who completes the remediation work, but the payment method differs:
- If Tervita is chosen, the company will bill the Government of Alberta directly.
- If a private contractor is chosen, you will pay the bill and submit your receipt to the Government of Alberta for refund through the DRP.
Getting permits for repairs
The Town of Okotoks and the Municipal District of Foothills will issue gas, plumbing, electrical and building permits on behalf of the Town of High River to speed the process for residents who require them. Residents can go to the Okotoks Town Office or the MD office at Mullen Trucking on Highway 2A, to get your permits. The High River office is scheduled to re-open on Monday, July 8 and will be issuing permits immediately.
The original colour coding used for re-entry was designed as a rapid assessment to help identify potential risks for residents returning to their homes. Once the re-entry process is complete, homeowners need to have an assessment completed by their insurance adjustors to identify necessary repairs.
Permits are required for any repairs where certified inspectors must approve that the work meets legislated safety and building codes. This includes electrical, plumbing, gas, and structural.
Primary contractors hired by residents are responsible for completing the permit application. Residents who are doing the remediation work themselves can apply for a general building permit.
The Town of High River is recruiting additional safety code and building inspectors to facilitate a quick process.
Note: It is also extremely important for residents to ensure the contractor working on your property is covered by Workers Compensation Board (WCB).
An easy way to protect yourself is by obtaining a Direct Employer Clearance Certificate (DECC). This self-service system allows you to electronically request and receive clearance certificates for your contractors and subcontractors to confirm they are already covered by WCB. DECCs are easy to obtain:
High River news
Residents of High River will once again have access to all pre-flood health services in their own community, including cancer, maternity and long-term care.
A Disaster Recovery Center will open in High River on August 12 and remain available in the community as long as needed. It will serve as an ongoing location where people impacted by floods can apply for disaster recovery funding and have their questions answered.
Temporary housing expands for High River families August 08, 2013News Release
Up to 60 families impacted by the southern Alberta floods have begun to move into the temporary neighbourhood of Saddlebrook, as part of the planned expansion of the neighbourhood. The 205 adults and children in these families bring the total to more than 400 people that have now moved into Saddlebrook. The neighbourhood will reach capacity of 1,200 residents when complete.
High River residents affected by the June floods will have another opportunity to learn more about help available to them at an information expo on Wednesday, August 7.
Work has begun on clearing the Highwood River of excess gravel, sediment and debris to increase the river's flow and thus help protect High River from future flooding.
Health Minister Fred Horne released the following statement today regarding the status of the High River General Hospital and resumption of other health services.
A community information expo will be held at the High River Agricultural Society's rodeo grounds on Friday, July 12 starting at 5 p.m. for residents of High River impacted by the flood.
A total of 336 High River residents have now moved into interim housing at no charge.
Vast majority of High River residents now have access to their homesJuly 05, 2013Information Bulletin
Massive relief efforts and countless hours by volunteers are helping thousands of High River residents return to their homes.
Housing solutions are in place for High River residents displaced by the recent flooding. Residents looking for interim housing are asked to call 310-4455, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., to complete a housing assessment so that safe and comfortable accommodation can be arranged.
Re-entry continues in High River July 04, 2013Information Bulletin
Residents in most parts of the eastern community of Sunshine Meadows in High River will be able to return to their homes beginning Thursday, July 4. A higher than expected rate of success in pumping out water and an unprecedented number of support workers and machinery donations have led to this advancement in the recovery plans. Water is currently being pumped at more than 95,000 gallons per minute from that area.
In another important step in the recovery of High River , volunteers are now able to assist residents who have re-entered their homes. There is now full public access to the northwest, southwest and business corridor along 12th Avenue from Highway 2.
Progress in High River flood recovery continues June 30, 2013
High River business operators return Monday, July 1 at 8 a.m.
First residents of High River go home June 29, 2013News Release
High River residents from seven neighbourhoods are the first group of people being allowed back into their homes today, after provincial officials and local authorities declared it is safe to do so. This is the first stage of a three-phase community re-entry plan that will support a safe and orderly return of evacuees to the community.
Some residents of High River can return to their homes tomorrow (Saturday, June 29), and others will be able to tour the community by bus, said Rick Fraser, the Associate Minister of Regional Recovery and Reconstruction for High River.
In response to a request from the mayor, the Alberta government has declared a provincial state of emergency in the Town of High River and will assume responsibility for emergency operations, programs and services.
High River beef processor and government working together to re-open plant June 27, 2013News Release
Cargill Meat Solutions, one of Alberta's largest beef processors, could be back in production sooner than expected, thanks to some innovative thinking and some help from the Redford government.
The Town of High River has received $50 million in cash from the province to help pay for the costs of emergency response and initial costs related to recovery.
Assoc. Min. Rick Fraser announces volunteers now able to assist High River residents
Operations briefing on the updated situation of flood recovery and re-entry efforts in the Town of High River.
Associate Minister Rick Fraser updates the media on the staged return of residents to High River. June 29, 2013
Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths and Associate Minister Rick Fraser announce the details of the staged re-entry plan for High River. June 28