Get Engaged! June 26, 2019

This is our last Get Engaged issue for the summer! Get Engaged will return the first week of September.

Have a wonderful summer everyone!

June 26, 2019

In this issue:

  • Apply for ActivateYYC today!
  • Bring your b-game!
  • Calgary Foundation’s Vital Signs Survey
  • Airport Transit Study- Green Line to Blue Line Connector

… and more!

Apply for ActivateYYC today!
If you’re wondering, “Should I apply for ActivateYYC?”, here are a few things to ask yourself: Are you a community builder (or do you want to be)? Do you have great ideas for improving shortcuts in your neighbourhood? Are you a huge fan of Calgary and its communities? Do you want to get involved in a community project? If any of these statements sound like you, you would be a great fit for the ActivateYYC initiative! Check out all the details on our website or contact Mackenzie, our ActivateYYC Coordinator, if you have any questions!

Communities ChooseWell Healthy Eating in Recreation Grant
Communities Choosewell has a new grant opportunity to help communities create healthier eating environments in their facilities. Six grants worth $5,000 each, along with the support from Communities ChooseWell staff, are available to fund activities that improve healthy food choices in one or more of your community’s recreation facilities. For more information about this grant opportunity click here.

Canadian Institute of Planners 100th Anniversary Recognition
The Canadian Institute of Planners is celebrating its 100 year anniversary! One of our hardworking board members, Roy Wright, was one of several planners to receive special recognition from City Council on June 17 for their outstanding contributions to city planning. Congratulations Roy! Click here to learn more about the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Click here for more upcoming events

Bowls, Beers, Bites Lawn Bowling Tournament – August 9, 2019

Bring your b-game!
You and your board work hard all year, so why not get together for a fun night out filled with good food, drinks, and even better company? Join us for our first annual Bowls, Beers, Bites Lawn Bowling Tournament presented by Toole Peet Insurance on August 9! Bowls, Beers, Bites is replacing our Chip in Fore Communities golf tournament, but will still help us raise money to continue supporting community organizations, their hardworking volunteers, and all they do to make Calgary a great place to live, work, and play! Click here to register your team.
Calgary Foundation’s Vital Signs Survey
Each year, Calgary Foundation allocates nearly $50 million of funding to help build a better future for our city. Calgary’s Vital Signs survey is your chance to share your perspective and help us affect the areas that matter most, including community connections, living standards, wellness, and arts. Click here to take the survey. The survey closes June 27.

Neighbour Day Rebate
Its not too late to collect your receipts for our Village Brewery Neighbour Day rebate! From June 1-30, any Calgary community association can collect Village receipts and submit a claim form to receive a 15% rebate! Click here for more information or to find the claim form.
Thrilling Energy Efficiency Education
Open Streets Calgary is a non-profit organization that offers energy efficiency education through fun-filled activities for kids and adults. It’s easy to experience power generation and learn how much electricity we use on a daily basis by pedaling on one of their fender generators. Their programming can be with or without their staff, while letting you offer your guests the thrill of charging devices, comparing LED versus incandescent light bulbs, blending drinks and powering speakers. Connect with them at if you want people to power your events.
Solar PV Rebate for Community Associations.
We have recently confirmed with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) that funding is still available, and applications are still being accepted for the Solar PV rebate for up to 30% of project cost. An energy utility company is also offering to finance the remaining portion for a very low interest rate which will be repaid by the monthly savings from the Solar PV system. This means zero out of pocket upfront payment from community associations. Contact our Energy Manager, Adeniyi, at for more details.
Boland Survey
We have worked with CCVO to add some job descriptions to the Boland Survey that better reflect some of the jobs in community organizations. If every member organization entered their employee compensation data, imagine how rich this resource would be for our network! Click here to enter your data today or to find more information. The cost for up to five employees is $150.
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. Airport Transit Study – Green Line to Blue Line Connector
The City is hosting two open houses to provide both information and share project recommendations for future airport LRT transit connections. The first open house will be held June 24 at the Genesis Centre drop-in anytime between 5:00pm-7:30pm. The second open house will be held June 25 at Vivo for Healthier Generations drop-in anytime between 5:00pm-7:30pm. If you are unable to attend either of these open houses, information will be posted here. In addition to the open houses, online engagement for input will begin June 25 and close July 9.

2. 144 Avenue N.W. Functional Planning Study
The City is in the process of developing plans to improve the connections to 144 Avenue N.W. The design study aims to improve multi-modal transportation options (i.e. driving, bicycling, walking) to best accommodate the future growth of this part of the city. You can provide online input on this phase of work until June 26 by clicking on the title link.

3. Secondary Suites in Semi-Detached Dwellings
Phase 2 of secondary suite reform and legalization is well underway at the City. Council has directed administration to recommend a way to achieve legalization of secondary suites in semi-detached dwellings (two units side-by-side). In order to achieve legalization amendments to the land use bylaw are being proposed in the following districts:

  • R-2
  • R-C2
  • R-2M
  • M-CG
  • M-C1
  • M-H1
  • M-H2
  • M-H3
  • M-X1
  • M-X2
  • CC-MH
  • CC-MHX

Administration will present this recommendation to Council at the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Urban Development on October 2, 2019. For more information please click on the title link.

4. Main Streets – 1 Avenue NE Streetscape Master Plan
As the City continues to work towards achieving its main streets initiative the streetscape master plan for 1 Avenue NE is focused on the areas between 4 street NE and 11 street NE and will also include portions of Edmonton Trail. To find out more about this project and provide input on the design elements created to-date click on the title link.

Tip-Sheet: Meet your Neighbours
Welcoming and inclusive community organizations are important to help create a sense of belonging for all. Check out our resources on how to build meaningful and inclusive connections in your community!


  1. Tip-Sheet: Indigenous Land Acknowledgement Greeting
  2. Tip-Sheet: 10 Ways to Create Fun Projects for Youth Volunteers
  3. Tip-Sheet: Tips for Engaging Immigrant Residents in Neighbourhood Initiatives
  4. Guide: Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide
Click the images for more information!