Social Development is part of the Community Development Department and offers consultative, administrative, and funding support to volunteer groups and agencies who endeavor to meet the social needs in the community.
One of the goals of Community Development is to encourage residents and volunteers to become involved in the planning and provision of community programs and services. The Social Development Advisory Board (SDAB) is an avenue for residents to provide advice to the Public Services Committee and City Council on a number of areas. The SDAB has representation from the Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, the Transit Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, one representative from City Council and an additional four community members. The SDAB meets the first Wednesday of each month.
Municipal Social Policy Statement
In September 2004, City Council adopted the Municipal Social Policy Statement which guides Social Development in their work with many local organizations to develop preventive social initiatives to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and the community.
Social Development Programs and Services Include:
Preventive Social Services Act
In July 1996, The Preventive Social Services Act was passed by the Government of Alberta. The Act included 80/20 cost sharing between the Government of Alberta and municipalities or Metis Settlements of projects identified by the community. These projects must have an emphasis on non-profit social service programs and volunteerism. FCSS funding allocation is based on the population of each participating municipality, with an adjustment based on the median income level of each community.
The City of Medicine Hat has been involved with FCSS funding since the late 1970's. The City of Medicine Hat manages the FCSS funding and collaborates with agencies and the community to better understand social issues/needs and how best to respond to them.
The City of Medicine Hat currently uses FCSS funding to support, in part, the following:
The current funding cycle ends in December 2014.
The Social Development department works in conjunction with the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society (MHCHS) to provide Affordable Housing in Medicine Hat. Through a partnership with and funding from Alberta Urban and Municipal Affairs, the City is involved in the creation of additional affordable housing units that will be managed and maintained by the Medicine Hat Community Housing Society. The City is represented on the MHCHS Board of Directors by one alderman and one staff person.
Contact Social Development:
General Inquiries: 403.529.8316
Fax Line: 403.529.8324