Canmore Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a cost sharing program between the Province of Alberta (80%) and Town of Canmore (20%) to provide preventive social programs in our community. Local autonomy is a cornerstone of the FCSS philosophy that allows local programs to develop services that meet unique needs of individual communities.
For a complete list of FCSS staff, please click here.
Canmore FCSS builds strong community through preventative programs, community development and system/policy change.
As the needs of the community continue to change, FCSS services change to respond to those identified needs. A variety of services are offered including:
The Affordable Services Program is a coordinated community response that provides eligible residents with increased access to supports aimed at making Canmore a Livable Community for all. With one application, the Affordable Services Program provides access to multiple community supports and services including ROAM Transit, Recreation Fee Assistance, Food Supports, Income Tax Preparation and more.
This program is for residents with affordability challenges. It will allow residents to sign up at one location, and understand what supports are available across Town. For more information on the Affordable Services Program, please click here.
Click pdf here (5.89 MB) to view the Bow Valley Affordability Guide.
Volunteer Driver Program, Meals on Wheels, Snow Angel Program, Cycling Without Age and Alberta Seniors Benefits support. For a complete list of seniors programs, click here.
Financial Literacy, Home Alone Safely, Wills 101, Writing Personal Directives, Healthy Little Chefs, Grief Workshops and Board Development are a sample of some of the courses that FCSS offers. For a complete list of workshops that are currently being offered, please click here.
School Programs & Presentations
FCSS provides options and responds to teacher requests for presentations at Elizabeth Rummell and Lawrence Grassi Schools. Programs and presentations include Roots of Empathy, conflict resolution, relationships, bullying, friendship, suicide awareness and prevention, honesty, telling/tattling and good touch/bad touch.
Support Groups/Counselling/Separation & Divorce Support for Children and Adults
Rainbows is divorce and separation support for children/youth. The program involves 12 group support sessions with a trained facilitator on-site at schools. Adults/parents can access monthly support through the Resilience Building After Separation and Divorce group. For more information or to register, please call 403-609-3743.
Non-profit support and resources, capacity building, community grants.
A program through the Town of Banff, in partnership with the Town of Canmore, Canadian Rockies Public Schools and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy. The program is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. All services are free and confidential. Our services support Permanent Residents, Live-in Caregivers, Refugees and Temporary Foreign Workers transitioning to permanent status who are living in the Bow Valley – Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Kananaskis – no matter the length of time living in Canada. For more information, click here.
Community Connections in the Bow Valley
Bow Valley Interagency
This Interagency group is co-hosted by Banff and Canmore FCSS. All community organizations and agencies throughout the Bow Valley are invited to attend to share information and to listen to guest speakers throughout the year discuss issues that are prevalent in our area. For more information on Bow Valley Interagency, please contact Lu Douce, Canmore FCSS 403.678.7136, or Shawn Carr, Banff FCSS 403.762.1255.
Meetings are held 5 times a year, on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:00-4:30pm. Locations alternate between Banff Town Hall and the Canmore Civic Centre.
Meeting schedule for 2017 is as follows:
- January 17th - Banff
- March 21st - Canmore
- May 16th - Banff
- September 19th - Canmore
- November 21st - Banff