COVID-19 Response

CMN is working with the Networks of Centres of Excellence program and our Host Institution, the University of Alberta, to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our researchers and other partners.

We thank the mountain research community for your patience and support during this time and encourage you to subscribe to CMN’s newsletter, as well as the Network’s FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn accounts, for updates and resources.

CMN Response Highlights:

  • Administration
    • Due to the closure of CMN’s offices, we ask that all correspondence be sent digitally wherever possible and that you notify us by email of any correspondence sent by mail (admin@cmn-rcm.ca).
    • The CMN team can still be reached by phone on our general line (780-492-6366) or at the numbers listed in our staff directory
  • Research
    • The deadline for CMN Principal Investigators to submit annual financial reports for April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (Form 300s) has been extended to May 15, 2020.
    • We anticipate that the pandemic will have significant but differentiated impacts on all of CMN’s funded projects and are committed to supporting PIs and their teams to mitigate and/or accommodate those impacts.
    • To protect the health and safety of research teams and the communities in which they operate, we emphasize the need for PIs to follow the latest guidance of their institution and the regional governments and communities in which they operate.
    • PIs will be contacted by CMN to discuss adjustments to project timelines and budgets, which will be evaluated by the Research Management Committee in light of these exceptional circumstances.
    • Finally, we strongly encourage PIs to consider other research support work opportunities that can be offered to trainees during the suspended field season.
    • Please contact CMN’s Operations Manager, Ainsley Sykes (ainsley@cmn-rcm.ca), with any questions.
  • Training
    • CMN will reimburse network trainees for the cost of a Coursera certificate in one of four courses relevant to the Network’s strategic plan:
      • Mountains 101
      • Climate Change and Water in Mountains: A Global Concern
      • Aboriginal Worldviews and Education
      • Indigenous Canada
    • Network trainees are those individuals formally identified by project PIs and who have signed the relevant annex of the Network Agreement. 
    • Courses must be completed by August 31, 2020 and proof of course payment and completion must be provided to qualify for reimbursement.
    • PIs and trainees will be contacted with additional information and any questions should be directed to CMN’s Administrative Assistant, Kristie Benson (admin@cmn-rcm.ca).
  • Events
    • The CMN-sponsored Reconciling Ways of Knowing Forum that was scheduled for May 2020 has been indefinitely postponed. The organizers are committed to holding the event at the appropriate time and CMN will provide updates as they become available.

Additional Resources:

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Government of Canada

Supports for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19

Students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for funding
Students and recent graduates are being significantly affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has announced a series of measures that will help Canadian students and recent graduates overcome these challenges and support their future success. Students and recent graduates can now appply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) as part of a $9-billion aid package for struggling students on April 22.
Learn if you are eligible and how to apply here

Canada Emergency Response Benefit

  • If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support.
  • The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks

Public Health Agency of Canada Recommendations for Remote and Isolated Communities

Canada’s Research Granting Agencies

Tri-Council COVID-19 Statement

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council COVID-19 Information

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council COVID-19 Information

Canadian Institutes of Health Research COVID-10 Information

More information

To get out of the daily news cycle and develop a deeper understanding of the pandemic and its impacts, including those specific to the post-secondary sector, we recommend these resources:

The University of Calgary COVIDcast
A podcast featuring interviews with experts from the University of Alberta community on a variety of topics to help navigate these unprecedented times.

Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19
Free coursera course offered by Imperial College London and the Abdul Latif Jameel Institute for Disease and Emergency Analytics (J-IDEA)