Reducing Impact on Health from Financial Strain (RIFS)

This website is a place where you can share your insights, experiences, and ideas in reducing impact on financial strain in your community.

How might Communities and Primary Care Reduce the Impact of Financial Strain

A dedicated team of partners are keen to understand what is important to communities members in reducing impact on health from financial strain. Although our project is in select communities, we invite all communities to learn along side, share progress and highlight promising opportunities.

RIFS Community Coalition from Vermilion

Some of the RIFS Community Coalition teams

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. They aim to collaboratively design local solutions to support health by addressing financial concerns in a sensitive, compassionate and sustainable way. While community looks at improving supports, Primary care teams will identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health. Anyone can experience difficulty making ends meet at any time

This website is a place where you can share your insights, experiences, and ideas in reducing impact on financial strain in your community.

How might Communities and Primary Care Reduce the Impact of Financial Strain

A dedicated team of partners are keen to understand what is important to communities members in reducing impact on health from financial strain. Although our project is in select communities, we invite all communities to learn along side, share progress and highlight promising opportunities.

RIFS Community Coalition from Vermilion

Some of the RIFS Community Coalition teams

The ‘Reducing the Impact of Financial Strain (RIFS)’ project will strengthen connections between community members and organizations including primary care teams. They aim to collaboratively design local solutions to support health by addressing financial concerns in a sensitive, compassionate and sustainable way. While community looks at improving supports, Primary care teams will identify and support patients with financial concerns and help them access appropriate community supports.

Income is one of the most important factors that influences health. Financial strain is economic pressure that can cause stress and harm health. Anyone can experience difficulty making ends meet at any time

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  • Helping deal with Financial Stain and Impact from COVID-19

    3 months ago


    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” Margaret Mead

    There are so many inspiring stories of communities working together and showing kindness. Tell us what your community has done to support those dealing with financial strain. Many communities and organizations have put together ways that individuals and families can get local, provincial and federal support. Check it out

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    AHS Help in Tough Times

    211 Alberta is building a comprehensive Information and Referral system accessible to all Albertans. The 211 system is an enhancement, not a replacement, of local Information & Referral services currently operating across the province. If you see a listing that should be posted on 211, please suggest a new listing.

    What resources and services are in your community that help people with the stresses and financial challenges of COVID-19? What provincial and federal programs have you leveraged or heard are helpful? Share what has helped you and what would be helpful?

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  • Free tax clinics provide low income residents with tax refunds and government benefits

    5 months ago

    What income tax clinics are in your community and what impact have you seen?

    Community volunteer tax clinics has contributed to reducing poverty and improving economic self-sufficiently across Alberta, FCSS reports. Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a partnership between the Province of Alberta and the participating municipalities of Alberta. Through this partnership, some local FCSS programs have been participating in Canada Revenue Agency's Volunteer Income Tax Program, or have created their own program, to reduce poverty and build economic self-sufficiency within Alberta's communities. Primarily completed through the use of volunteers, this program creates a huge economic return for communities with very little investment.

    For more information on free tax clinics that support tax filing among people with a modest income, contact 211 Alberta, Family and Community Support Services or Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. Tax clinics can bring money back into the community through the refunds and benefits people receive. People often need a notice of their tax assessment to access other benefits and services available in the community. Providing free income tax support reduces barriers to access to financial well-being services and benefits. More information on reducing the barriers at Prosper Canada.

    Here are some of the supports that Whitecourt offers (see information below).


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  • Hopes and Dreams of Committed Community Members

    6 months ago

    An inclusive community with no service barriers or bias and has increased integration and collaboration to maximize the level of supports to community members are just some of the hopes and dreams of 21 Whitecourt community members that attended the first RIFS coalition meeting in September.


    When they dreamed of Whitecourt's financial wellness in two years here are some of their thoughts: Families adjusting to lower income levels; Alternative safe housing for our at risk teens; Children that do not shoulder financial strain; No limits set on children/youth due to finances; Affordable housing for everyone who needs it, when they need it; Healthy food for all; More part-time meaningful employment opportunities for those with barriers.

    They hope that working together on RIFS, will lead to greater understanding of community and social services, financial education, positive attitudes towards those who are struggling, interconnection between support services, and engagement of community members. Check out the meeting summary. Do their hopes and dreams ring true for you?

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