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Coronavirus: Resources and Information for Members of the ALSA

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommendations from Alberta Health Services.

 

Updated May 12, 2020

 

On March 27, the government announced new restrictions for close contact businesses. The government also published its list of essential services. These businesses can continue to provide services at locations accessible to the public and must have proper risk mitigation measures in place, such as sanitation stations and appropriate distancing between customers. The list of essential businesses includes "professional services including lawyers and paralegals, engineers, accountants, translators." Although land surveying is not specifically mentioned, it is our interpretation that land surveying is a professional service and consistent with other listed essential services including "land registration services."

At the provincial government’s request, the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association has established a “professional services continuity plan.”

The Province of Alberta is concerned about the impact that the virus will have on regulatory bodies and the professionals they regulate and their ability to continue to provide essential services throughout the duration of the outbreak.

The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association's plan is available here.

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association office is closed at this time. All staff are working from home.

The wetland delineation seminar is cancelled.

The Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association will be automatically issuing refunds to anyone who had already registered for the annual general meeting, regional meetings and the wetland delineation seminar.

The ALSA will continue to process post orders.

In response to the challenges and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Council of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association will allow Alberta Land Surveyors to pay their annual dues in quarterly installments.

The ALSA Executive Committee had already approved a staff contingency plan in case a staff member was going to be away for an extended period of time.

Decisions on meetings scheduled after the AGM (ie: Council orientation, strategic planning, committee meetings, discipline hearing) will be made closer to the time.

The Council of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association has changed the date, time and venue of the 111th annual general meeting.

The AGM will now be an online meeting and held on Thursday April 16th at 9:00 a.m. The online AGM is scheduled for one hour.

There will be a special general meeting on Thursday April 30th to debate and vote on proposed MSP recommendations #1 to #4.

There will be a second special general meeting on Thursday May 21 to debate and vote on proposed MSP recommendation #5 (and its four sub-recommendations).

Registration links are available on the AGM page here.

PPLS #1 is postponed until October 2020.

  • Both PPLS #1 and PPLS #2 will be scheduled the same week but on different days to allow pupils to attempt both.
  • All payments and registrations will automatically be transferred to the October 2020 sitting for the pupils who are currently registered for the PPLS #1 exam.

Oral exams are postponed until June 2020.
  • Two dates in June will be set in Edmonton and Calgary.  
  • Pupils that were scheduled in April will have first choice of June dates. After that, pupils that have already applied for their qualifying exam can sign up for a June sitting.
  • The Registration Committee will continue to monitor COVID-19 and may revisit this decision in May.

All articles will be extended by six months.
  • NO fee or application is required.
  • Any principal who is opposed to extending their pupil’s articles must contact Rosalind Broderick (broderick@alsa.ab.ca) within 30 days from the date of this notice.
  • As every articling pupil is being accommodated for COVID-19, this will not considered an extenuating circumstance in the future.

Initial/transfer/unemployment interviews will continue to be done.
  • All interviews will be done by GotoMeeting.
  • Michelle Woywitka will be setting up new times.

 

To assist Albertans with self-isolation and social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, effective today, we are temporarily allowing the registration of Land Titles documents that have been witnessed, sworn or affirmed by Alberta lawyers using two-way teleconferencing.

  • This is a temporary measure as the government responds to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Land Titles will only accept documents commissioned or witnessed via videoconferencing from lawyers who are active, practicing, and insured in Alberta. Lawyers are subject to the Law Society of Alberta’s client identification and verification rules and oversight.
  • Original signatures are still required on all documents.
  • These measures will be in place as long as the state of public health emergency remains in effect.

This change applies to the following Land Titles forms:
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 31 (Affidavit of Attestation of an Instrument)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 31 (Affidavit of Attestation of an Instrument by a Marksman)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 11 (Alberta Land Surveyor’s Certificate)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation  Form 11.1 (Monumentation Certificate)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 12 (Dominion Land Surveyor Certificate)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 27 (Affidavit in Support of Caveat)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 31.1 (Affidavit Verifying Corporate Signing Authority)
  • Land Titles Forms Regulation Form 32 (Affidavit re: Value of Land)
  • Dower Act Forms Regulation Form B (Affidavit)
  • Dower Act Forms Regulation Form D (Release of Dower Rights)
  • Dower Act Forms Regulation Form E (Affidavit in Support of Dower Release)
  • Dower Act Forms Regulation Form G (Affidavit of Executor or Administrator)
  • Builders Lien Forms Regulation Form 3 (Affidavit Verifying Claim)
  • Builders Lien Forms Regulation Form 4 (Affidavit Verifying Claim by individual other than lienholder)
  • Personal Property Security Forms Regulation Form 18 (Affidavit Verifying Notice)
  • Personal Property Security Forms Regulation Form 20 (Statutory Declaration)
  • Foreign Ownership of Land Regulation Form 1 (Citizenship Declaration)
  • Foreign Ownership of Land Regulation Form 2 (Corporate Ownership Declaration)
  • Foreign Ownership of Land Regulation Form 3 (Non-Canadian citizenship/Corporate Ownership Declaration) Foreign Ownership of Land Regulation
  • Form 4 (Citizenship and Corporate Ownership Declaration for Trustees)
 

Yours truly,

 
Richard Schlachter
Executive Director,
Land Titles & Surveys Branch, Service Alberta

 

In order to reduce exposure risk resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and protection of our clients and colleagues, the Land Titles Offices in Calgary and Edmonton have closed in-person counter services. Land Titles business in all other respects, including SPIN2, continues to operate as usual.
 
LAND TITLES DOCUMENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURE CHANGE
In order to reduce exposure risk resulting from the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and protection of our clients and colleagues, Land Titles and Surveys Branch has modified document drop off and pick up processes. These measures only impact physical delivery of packages. Normal services for examination, SPIN2 and phone support continue to operate as usual. 
 
Changes to delivering documents to Land Titles Offices Effective Immediately:

  • Documents submitted to Land Titles Offices are to be placed in the after-hours drop box.  Land Titles staff will retrieve documents regularly throughout the day and will handle all time dependent documents as per usual procedures.
Changes to document pick-up call boxes at Land Titles Office Effective Immediately:
  • There is no change in process for clients who currently have a call box. Access is available as usual during office hours (8:15am – 4:00pm). 
  • There are limited call boxes available in Edmonton and Calgary for those who wish to obtain one. Account holders who wish to obtain a call box must contact 780-422-4612.  Requests will be fulfilled on a first-come first-served basis.
  • In Edmonton, all requests where the return instruction selected is ‘pick-up’, packages will be mailed out to the address provided on the Document Registration Request (DRR)
  • In Calgary, all requests where the return instruction selected is ‘pick-up’, packages will be mailed out to the address provided on the Document Registration Request (DRR) and can still be picked up in a new self-serve location in the building. Signage will be posted to direct couriers or firms to the new location.
  • All documents currently in the pick-up location in Edmonton will be mailed out to the address provided.

Please be assured that we will do everything possible to maintain an acceptable level of service for our clients. Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions can be directed to Land Titles Offices at Calgary Phone: 403-297-6511 or Edmonton Phone: 780-427-2742 or by email at LTO@gov.ab.ca

The Minister of Municipal Affairs signed ministerial order 0222/20 on March 31, 2020. It outlines the legislative time frames for planning approvals, appeal processes, and enforcement procedures outlined in Part 17 of the Municipal Government Act.The ministerial order is available from the Queen's Printer website.

The City of Airdrie will be accepting  digital copies of RPRs.  As the City of Airdrie continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for ways to expedite service to our customers.  Digital RPS’s will be accepted through our main Planning & Development email: planning@airdrie.ca.  The digital RPR must be in high quality PDF and bear a color stamp signed by the Surveyor.
 
Upon receipt of application and accompanying documents, Planning & Development will contact the applicants to arrange payment as we currently do not have an online system for payment of this service line.  Following the processing of these applications, we will arrange pick up or mailing of the package depending on your preference. 
 
Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.
 
Geoff Rice
Planning and Development Technician
City of Airdrie
PH: (403) 948.8800 ext 8465
FAX: (403) 948.6567
www.airdrie.ca

As a Canadian employer whose business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a subsidy of 75% of employee wages for up to 12 weeks, retroactive from March 15, 2020, to June 6, 2020.

This wage subsidy will enable you to re-hire workers previously laid off as a result of COVID-19, help prevent further job losses, and better position you to resume normal operations following the crisis.

For more information please see the Government of Canada website.

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information please see the Government of Canada website.

When you apply for the Canada Employment Wage Subsidy (CEWS), you will be asked to enter amounts such as the number of eligible employees and gross payroll. You can determine these amounts and preview your subsidy claim, based on information you enter. The calculator is a tool to help you estimate the amount of your wage subsidy.

For more information please see the Government of Canada website.

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The Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) is a self-governing professional association legislated under the Land Surveyors Act. The Association regulates the practice of land surveying for the protection of the public and administration of the profession.