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Total 2016 CIP Grants by Category

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Number of Summer Programs, Events and Participants

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Visits to Information Centres After the 2016 Wildfire

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Volunteers for Community Services Programs and Events


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Provides quality programs and services through collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with community groups, non-profit organizations and residents. The department builds capacity within the community to improve quality of life and strives to achieve the goal of building a future with opportunities for all.

Department Key Services

  • Community Facilities and Investment (CFI).
  • Recreation, Culture and Beautification Services.
  • Counseling, Housing Initiatives and Community Development Branch (NCD).
  • Provide relevant programming, encourages social and community development, manage rural contact offices connecting residents to Regional services.

Strategic/Council Initiatives

Goal 7: Building Healthy and Active Lifestyles

Objective: Encourage the use of the Region’s recreational and community facilities, including natural amenities.
Strategic Initiative: Create and implement Regional Indoor Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan.
Objective: Recover and support the social profit sector.
Objective: Increase accessible recreation and leisure opportunities in the Region.
Objective: Increase opportunities for sports/cultural events that attract outside visitors to the Region.
Strategic Initiatives: Sport tourism events supported:
  • Western Canadian Summer Games
  • Northern Kick-off presented by Shell
  • FC Edmonton regular season soccer game
  • Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette champions
  • Grand Slam of Curling Elite 10
  • 2016 Baseball Canada Cup
  • Winter Games awarded to host society and planning underway
Objective: Increase cultural programming and program awareness throughout the Region.

Achievements (Aug 2015 – Sept 2016)

  • Hosted Western Canadian Summer Games
  • Hosted Northern Kick-off presented by Shell
  • Developed Engaging Youth Guidelines
  • Hosted FC Edmonton regular season soccer game
  • Hosted Tim Hortons Canadian Ringette champions
  • Hosted Grand Slam of Curling Elite 10
  • Hosted 2016 Baseball Canada Cup
  • Completed planning, coordination and implementation of wild fire re-entry information centres
  • Awarded Alberta Winter Games 2018
  • Extended Public Art Policy for 1 year
  • Organized Regional senior gathering
  • Partnered to create Wood Buffalo Psychosocial recovery plan
  • Application accepted for World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities
  • Hosted Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup (hockey)
  • Fort Chipewyan Aquatic Centre (Opening Nov 2016)

Major Business Initiatives (2017)

  • Development of the Diversity, Social Inclusion and Equality Plan
  • Implementation of Wood Buffalo Regional indoor recreation and community facilities Master Plan
  • Development of Wood Buffalo Sport connection
  • Development of Culture and Heritage policy
  • Installation of first public art
  • Implementation of the Psychosocial recovery plan

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