What is a Community Association?

Community associations have the unique ability to mobilize, support, and interact with their residents to improve neighbourhood life in Calgary. Everyday, they make significant contributions to the health and well-being of your community.

Community associations exist in every neighbourhood in Calgary – they are non-profit organizations run by your neighbours and other volunteers that connect you, act as a voice for your area, and offer you endless opportunities close to home, such as:

  • Soccer
  • Outdoor skating rinks (hockey and pleasure)
  • Tennis
  • Community gardens
  • Fitness classes (yoga, zumba, pilates, etc.)
  • Arts & culture programs
  • Youth programs
  • Community-wide events like Stampede breakfasts and movie nights
  • Language classes
  • Farmer’s markets and craft fairs
  • Senior’s clubs
  • Committee work (planning and development, special events, safety, etc.)
  • And so much more!

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They also keep you informed on issues and topics that affect you and your neighbours, through your monthly community newsletter, their website, social media, and more.

Most importantly, community associations are dedicated to making sure your community is a great place to live, work, and play.

Did you know that there are over 150 community associations in Calgary? In fact, more than 20,000 volunteers are involved in community associations here in Calgary, making it the LARGEST collective volunteer network in the city! 

Annually, these 20,000 community association volunteers contribute 2.4 million hours of public service, which has a dollar value of over $28 million! These volunteers also operate, manage, and maintain a combined total of over $350 million worth of community infrastructure like community halls, sport facilities, ice rinks, playgrounds, and outdoor pools.

Who are these volunteers? Click here to meet the 2018 Faces of Community!

Purchasing a community association membership is a great way to get involved and show your support for the many ways your neighbours work to ensure you love where you live. Click here to learn about some of the many benefits of membership.

Click here to find your community association!


Last Modified: December 6, 2018