Partners in planning

Planning Implementation Understanding Planning & Design Community & Citizen Involvement

What is Partners in Planning?

The Partners in Planning program (PIP) is a free, award-winning certificate program offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities in partnership with The City of Calgary. The program is geared towards helping community association planning volunteers and the public to develop skills for effective participation in the planning process. 

Certificate Program

To earn your Partners in Planning certificate, you need to take 3 core courses and 1 elective course. The 3 core courses cover the basics of the planning system in Calgary and every year, we offer a variety of elective courses. There is no time restriction to complete the courses so you can spread them out over a few years if you like. Also, you can retake courses or take other courses that interest you at any time. 

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Core Courses

Every year we offer these three core courses as part of Partners in Planning! The courses are Community and Citizen Involvement, Planning Implementations and Understanding Planning and Design.

Elective Courses

Every year we offer unique and interesting elective courses as part of Partners in Planning! We try to pick special topics that are relevant and that you will find exciting. Check out past Partners in Planning elective courses.

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Urban Planning

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The Federation of Calgary Communities includes around 150 community associations, 75 community non-profit organizations, 11 resident associations, and 7 rural community associations. We are always on the lookout for passionate, value driven associations and organizations!

Members gain free access to over 50 workshops every year!

Members have access to one-on-one support from staff in all our access areas, monthly drop-in opportunities, and access to grants and funding from ActivateYYC and Energizing Spaces powered by ENMAX

Members receive guidance on local and provincial matters in relation to community organizations. Additional access includes information for specific positions, bi-weekly newsletter updates, and monthly content from community stakeholders.
We offer lower cost, public practice audits to non-profits and charities, assistance with tax, AGLC reports, financial compliance, and financial literacy.
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