Family & Community Support Services (FCSS)

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)

The Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program is an 80/20 funding partnership between the Government of Alberta and participating municipalities through which municipalities may design and develop preventive social services, provided at the earliest opportunity, to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities.  FCSS programs are intended to help individuals adopt healthy lifestyles, improve their quality of life, and build capacity to prevent and deal with crisis situations should they arise. 

Participating municipalities are responsible for allocating joint FCSS funding at the local level to: 

  • deliver eligible preventative social programs and services themselves; or
  • provide FCSS grants to community agencies to deliver the programs and services. 

FCSS may include initiatives and programs that:

  • help communities identify their social needs and develop responses; 
  • promote, encourage and support volunteer work in the community; 
  • inform the public about services; 
  • support children and their families’ social development; 
  • help families enrich and strengthen family life and function more effectively in their own environment; and, 
  • enhance retired and semi-retired people’s quality of life. 

For additional general information regarding Family and Community Support Services, visit the Province of Alberta online.

Fairview FCSS

The Municipal District of Fairview No. 136 and the Town of Fairview have partnered up to establish Fairview FCSS to provide local programming.  

Information Provision, Resource Referral & Application Assistance

Fairview FCSS provides information and referral services for resources available locally, and provides application assistance for many Provincial and Federal Programs including, but not limited to: 

  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Old Age Security (OAS); 
  • Guaranteed Income Support (GIS);  
  • Senior's Financial Assistance, Dental and Optical Assistance for Seniors, and Seniors Home Adaptation and Repair Program (SHARP); 
  • Alberta Special Needs Assistance, CPP Disability and Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH); 
  • Blue Cross; 
  • Survivor Benefits; and, 
  • Alberta Health Care. 

Program Offerings 

Fairview FCSS offered the following throughout 2022:  

  • E.E. Oliver & St. Thomas More Family School Liaison Program; 
  • Fairview Big Brothers Big Sisters; 
  • Fairview Fine Arts Generation XYZ Program; 
  • Bonding with Baby; 
  • Newcomer Welcome Bags; 
  • Community Volunteer Income Tax Program; 
  • Volunteer Week; 
  • Seniors' Week; 
  • FCSS Corner Newsletter; 
  • PACE Community Support, Sexual Assault & Trauma Centre Courses; 
  • Kindness Campaign Monthly Activity Bags; 
  • Ignite Youth; and, 
  • FCSS Grant Program. 

For more information regarding the services and resources available through Fairview FCSS, visit them online or in person at the Family and Community Resource Centre located in Room 126 of the Provincial Building (10209 109 Street) in the Town of Fairview. Alternately, you can contact them by email or by telephone at 780-835-5471.