November 1, 2017

  November 1, 2017

Activate YYC Workshop
Interested in doing an ActivateYYC project but unsure where to start? Sign up for our FREE November 23rd workshop! We’ll show you what goes into making a great project and provide you with inspirational ideas. Register here!
Don’t forget the next deadline is February 5, 2018
Faces of Community
We received over 30 nominations for the 2018 Faces of Community! Our selection committee met and 12 volunteers have been selected. They will be revealed at our Faces of Community event in March 2018, to kick off March Community Association Awareness Month, so stay tuned for more information on the event!
Building Safe Communities Part 1 – Nov 7 or 14
This past Saturday, the Building Safe Communities (BSC) guide was launched with a workshop showcasing crime prevention solutions and community engagement exercises! Missed out? Attend part 1 on either November 7th or 14th here at the Federation offices. To register click here.

Community Planning Exchange: Change in Calgary – Saturday, November 4
Monday Mingles – Monday, November 6
Building Safe Communities – Part 1 – Tuesday, November 7
Employment Standards for Community Associations – Wednesday, November 8
Externally and Internally Restricted Cash – Thursday, November 9
Click here for more upcoming events
Employment Standards Workshop for Community Associations
Many community organizations employ part time and full time staff but as volunteer run organizations it may be difficult to understand the different codes and standards needed to be compliant. Join us and the Worker’s Resource Centre to learn what is required and what support there is for your organization.
Be part of the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Food Drive
The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Food Drive in support of the Calgary Food Bank is just around the corner! Help our fellow neighbours in need and contact Tara to get your Calgary Food Bank donation boxes. Joining Together for a Hunger Free Christmas!
Welcome New City Councillors
Our new City Council was sworn in on Monday, October 23 so we want to congratulate and welcome the new Councillors joining the team. To see the list of City Council and the new Ward boundaries click here.
Learn about the Infill Construction Collaboration Program (ICCP)
Want to learn more about infills and construction? We are hosting a FREE workshop on the Infill Construction Collaboration Program to understand how the different departments at the City of Calgary work together on infill construction. The Infill Construction Collaboration Program is an inter-discipline group at the City of Calgary that provides a coordinated approach on infills as they relate to construction. Register here:
Meet the Partners! Connect with local organizations that can support your community association
Collaborations and partnerships are important to building strong and vibrant communities. Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from and meet community based organizations that can help your connect you to residents in your neighbourhood and your local activities. Click here to register.
Property Tax Changes
Worried about property tax changes for your organization? There have been changes to “Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulations” (COPTER), however we don’t see this adversely affecting community-based organizations that are currently exempt. Read more here.

Here are a few highlights from our urban planning world this month – be sure to check our blog for a complete listing of recent events and updates.

  1. Infill Scoping Report Update: The City has now released a potential third objective they hope to address with their scoping report. We are also looking for community volunteers with a strong understanding of infill development to be part of a city-led working group for infills. Please read more to see the criteria and send in your interest.
  2. Community Planning Exchange on Nov 4th: Join us on Saturday, November 4th for our 6th Community Planning Exchange (CPE)! This year CPE will explore the theme of “Change in Communities”. This free half-day workshop will give communities an understanding of laneway housing, heritage overlays, and age-friendly planning; three innovative approaches that are being used in our city to address change. Click the link to register.
  3. Community Visions: What’s your vision for the future? The Federation has been working on a template for CAs to create visions of their communities in terms of built form, mobility, and landscape. We are looking for a community interested in piloting the current template, with hopes that we can roll out the visions to all of Calgary’s communities. If you’re interested in being part of the project or would like more information, contact Ben at
  4. Urban Agriculture Pilot Program & Land use bylaw amendment: The City is implementing a pilot project to advance urban agriculture opportunities in Calgary. Existing ways of growing food have improved and new ways of growing food in urban areas have emerged that require City support and coordination. The City is seeking applications from qualified non-profit organizations who would like to develop an urban farm project on underused City-owned vacant land, with the goal of producing healthy food for commercial sale while providing significant community benefit. Click the link to learn more.
  5. PIP- Land use Bylaw Course On Nov 18: Sign up for our PIP core course on the Land use Bylaw. Hurry quick as this is one of our most popular courses!
  6. Call out for community members to join our Urban Planning Committee: We are seeking community members from new or suburban developing communities to join our Urban Planning Committee (UPC). UPC is an advisory committee that meets monthly to discuss major planning processes or issues that the Federation is working on or to identify items that need to be on our radar.
Hall Rentals
Are you a new Facility or Hall Rental Manager? Do you need a template to create your own Hall Rental Agreement? Want to offer regular renters a satisfaction survey? What’s the difference between Sub Lease and Rentals? We have some resources available. Take a look!
  1. Hall Rental Facility Agreement – Template
  2. Renter Satisfaction Survey 
  3. Guide to Rentals Sub Licenses and Sub Leases in Community Facilities 


Take the Activate Workshop!

Interested in doing an ActivateYYC project but unsure where to start? Sign up for our November 23rd workshop! We’ll show you what goes into making a great project and provide you with inspirational ideas. Register here!

Created by: Rebecca Dakin -- Last Modified: October 31, 2017