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Neighbourhood Services News

Thanks(giving) to Edmontonians

Autumn is a time of change; from flowering buds to fall foliage, shorts to sweaters and blueberry to pumpkin pie. This year, so far, has been one of unprecedented change. However, Edmonton’s communities, friends and families have navigated the changes of the COVID 19 pandemic together through their spirit, optimism and ‘neighbourliness’ that bring us together in times of doubt. Although Thanksgiving is a time of celebration for many, it has a different significance for some so this Thanksgiving, Neighbourhood Services encourages you to take the time to reflect on these differences and have a safe, loving  experience with your friends and family while following provincial COVID 19 health measures 

Ice Making Workshop 

Each year Neighbourhood Services hosts an Ice Making Workshop for community league representatives to attend. Join us on November 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30  to learn from an experienced Ice Making Volunteer how to build and maintain your community ice rink. This year the session will be hosted virtually. Ice Making Workshop Poster.         


Civic Election Forum for Neighbourhood Voices

In spring 2021, the Central McDougall & Queen Mary Park Neighbourhood Revitalization Steering Committee members started to have conversations about how they could engage their neighbours in the upcoming municipal election, and how important it might be for the voices of a diverse range of community members to be heard by candidates vying both for council in Ward O-Day'min as well as for mayor.  Queen Mary Park Community League, one of the Steering Committee members as well as a forum host in the past, decided to take the initiative of organizing and hosting a forum with the facilitation support from Beth Saunders.  Partnering with other community stakeholders as well as with other individuals and organizations across Ward O-Day'min, the forum scheduled for September 23rd was organized by the community with the intention to offer constituents the opportunity to ask pertinent ward-specific questions and to become well informed prior to the vote.

Pop Up Gardens Feedback

The pop-up garden pilot was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, then continued for the 2021 growing season, and will be evaluated in the fall/winter season of 2021. We have so much to learn from this experience and we are eager to hear from you! As part of the general public, your feedback is important to us! Please fill out the survey by November 15th, 2021. Pop Up Gardens Feedback Survey              

Block Party and Play Streets Update

Block Parties and Play Streets have enjoyed a busy summer and fall of neighbourhood fun! 

Please note the 2021 deadline for applications is October 31. 

A follow-up online survey will be sent to Block Parties and Play Streets hosts for their feedback to help the City expand the benefits of these neighborhood events to more Edmontonians. 

We thank all hosts and organizers of Block Parties and Play Streets for reminding us of the importance of neighbourhood life through another difficult year.

Overdoses Happen in Your Neighbourhood

The street drug supply is contaminated with often unknown amounts of synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil. Just a small amount can result in an unintentional overdose or poisoning. Drug poisonings are occurring in neighbourhoods all across our city, many in private homes where people are often using alone.  There has been a significant increase in the number of deaths from drug poisoning in Edmonton. 456 Edmontonians lost their lives to drug poisoning in 2020, almost double the 234 deaths in 2019. And from January to May of 2021, 207 Edmontonians have lost their lives.

This month the City of Edmonton is launching a drug poisoning (overdose) prevention campaign and will run from October 1 - 21. For more information, please visit: Drug Poisoning Campaign.

Community Connections

Awesome Block Awards

The Awesome Block Awards were launched this year to formally celebrate the grassroots connections growing at the block level in Edmonton’s communities and to demonstrate the importance of neighbourhood leadership. At the onset of COVID-19, we saw an outpouring of support by neighbours to neighbours and this has continued throughout the pandemic.  

There were 30 nominations this year and the City of Edmonton considers them all winners! Every nominated block was “awarded” several Awesome Block Award signs so everyone who lives on the block, apartment building floor or in the cul de sac can celebrate living in a wonderful neighbourhood!  

Covid - 19 Updates

Public health measures - private gatherings

The Government of Alberta has announced new public health measures related to private gatherings. Effective October 5, all private outdoor gatherings are now restricted to no more than 20 people, with 2-metres physical distance between households at all times.

Measures remain in place for indoor private gatherings, including:

  • Vaccinated: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to 2 households (yours plus one other) up to a maximum of 10 vaccine-eligible, vaccinated people and no restrictions on children under 12.

  • Unvaccinated: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for vaccine-eligible people who are unvaccinated.

  • This restriction does not apply to mutual support groups, or to workers who need to access your home to provide caregiving support or home repairs and maintenance.

More information on public health measures can be found on the Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 website.

City Adopts Provincial Restrictions Exemption Program

Edmontonians will now be safer using City of Edmonton programs, services and facilities after the City decided to adopt the Government of Alberta’s Restrictions

Anyone using a City-operated facility is required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test result before entering. Those ages 18 and over will need to provide valid identification that matches your vaccine record.

Following the provincial guidelines, to access discretionary City services and programs, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or documentation of a medical exemption or show proof of a negative test result.

  • Sept. 20 to Oct. 25: proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than two weeks before the time of service.

  • After Oct. 25: proof of double (full) vaccination is required.

  • Tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within the last 72 hours.

  • Tests from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories will not be accepted as proof of a negative result.

For information on the Government of Alberta’s requirements for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test, visit the Government of Alberta’s website.

More information about the impacts of the new public health measures on City services, programs and facilities is available on

Within Edmonton city limits, masks or face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles as per the Temporary Mandatory Face Coverings bylaw. This applies when you are visiting any City of Edmonton facility, using public transit vehicles, and while you are at enclosed transit centres and LRT platforms.

Other City of Edmonton News

Fire Prevention Week- "Learn the sounds of fire safety"

Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your loved ones safe. 

1. Hear a beep, get on your feet! A continuous set of loud beeps means smoke, fire or carbon monoxide. Leave the building and call 9-1-1.
2. Hear a chirp, make a change! A single chirp every 30 or 60 seconds means that the battery is low and must be replaced. Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means that the alarm is at the end of its life and the entire alarm must be replaced with a new alarm.
3. Remember to test your alarms monthly. Press and hold the test button to make sure you hear the loud beep, beep, beep sound. If your alarm is more than 10 years old - it is time for a new one!

October 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week. Did you know that the majority of home fires in Edmonton are cooking-related fires? Check out Edmonton Fire Rescue Services’ recipe for home fire safety for more information. Download it, print it off and place it on the fridge for the whole family. Another good activity to do with your household is the Home Safety Action Plan.

What should you do with yard waste?

It’s that time of year when we are all cleaning up our yards in preparation for winter and looking to dispose of our yard waste.

Disposing yard waste using the following options can help to keep our communities safe and healthy:

  • Use a home composter and turn that waste into compost for your plants!

  • Go bagless by leaving grass clippings on your lawn to naturally feed the soil and plants.

  • Set out your yard waste in clear plastic or double-ply paper bags for seasonal yard waste collection this fall.

  • Top up your food scraps (green) cart with yard waste. 

  • Drop off excess yard waste for free at one of the City’s Eco Stations.

Dumping yard waste in the City’s natural and park spaces can cause negative ecological impacts and contribute to higher risk of fire. We encourage everyone to dispose of yard waste properly to reduce fire risk in our parks and neighbourhoods, and help to protect our green spaces!

Fall Tips for Coexisting with Our Coyote Neighbours

As the leaves start to change and pumpkin spice lattes come back into season, it is easy to forget about our growing list of yard maintenance to do next spring. However, did you know that sealing up holes on your property, like under your deck, shed and porch, can help keep coyotes from denning in your yard next season? 

Coyotes can be attracted to any unsealed hole on your property that may be an attractive place to burrow in the spring to have their pups. Coyotes mate between January and March and rear pups through early summer, during which time they may be more protective and defensive. Young animals usually disperse in the fall, but they may also remain in family groups throughout the winter. 

You can also help keep your coyote neighbours wild and decrease coyote conflict by:

  • Never feeding a coyote.

  • Clearing away bush along the edges of your yard and trimming trees.

  • Keeping your property free of garbage and secure compost in containers.

  • Removing fallen tree fruit, dense shrubbery and pet waste. 

  • Avoiding leaving small pets outside unsupervised.

To learn more about how to protect our wildlife and what to do when you see a coyote visit

Involving our Pets in our Post-Summer Routines

Fall has arrived - As we all make our way back to work and our children back to school, it’s important to remember to include our pets in our post-summer routines. Below are a few friendly reminders for how we can ensure our pets are responsible members of our communities.


1. Ensure  your pet is licensed and microchipped or tattooed - A pet licence is required for pets in the City over the age of 6 months.  Ensuring that your animal has up-to-date information increases the likelihood your animal is returned home to you if lost.. Visit to update your information or purchase a licence. You can also do this at your local financial institution.
Although cats are permitted to roam, they remain safest at home. If your cat enjoys the outdoors you may want to consider building a catio or taking your cat for a walk on a leash.

2. Dogs must always be on a leash when on public property and should be contained in a secure yard or building when on your property. Dogs are not allowed on school grounds, sports fields, playgrounds and golf courses. The fine for violating this bylaw is $100. When walking your furry friend, it is also important to remember they must stay on the path and on a leash at all times. 

3. Don’t see a path or trail? This means dogs are not permitted in the area. Please help ensure these spaces are enjoyed by everyone.

4. I Found a Cat - Please remember that not every cat you find in your travels is lost or in need of rescue. Cats are 10 times more likely to return home if left where they’re found as compared to being brought into a facility or shelter. If the cat appears healthy, you can leave it to find its way home and monitor its movement and condition. Visit for additional steps to take in locating an owner. 

Funding News

Neighbourhood Services Funding Update

City of Edmonton Neighbourhood Services is pleased to introduce some improvements to our funding contribution programs coming later this fall which include moving to an online process and changes to the program names and funding levels. More information about the forthcoming changes are below but in the meantime, funding for 2021 is still available so please use the current process to apply for yours today!

Many of your groups and organizations are already using the City of Edmonton’s online grant applications successfully. For example the Community Investment Operating Grant, Community League Operating Grant, Neighbourhood Revitalization Matching Fund, and the Emerging Immigrant and Refugee Community Grant have been online for several years. All Neighbourhood Services’ funding contribution programs will now be available through the online application portal as well. 
The funding contribution changes are being made to: 

  • Improve community support through online application accessibility.
  • Renaming the funding programs to better reflect what each is for.

  • Aligning the funding program levels so applicants know which one is most suitable for their needs.

  • Store group or organization applications under one account, keeping them all together for easy reference. 
  • Show how the funding contribution and your project are advancing Edmonton’s goals as outlined in the City Plan.

Updated funding contribution program names and funding levels:

  • Neighbourhood(s) Micro-Grant (up to $350) - previously Revitalization Small Sparks and Community Incentive, available to all neighbourhoods in Edmonton

  • Neighbourhood(s) Connections Grant ($351-$2500) - previously Neighbourhood Engagement Grants, available to all neighbourhoods in Edmonton except neighbourhoods in Revitalization areas
  • Revitalization Project Macro-Grant ($351-$20,000) - previously Revitalization Matching Funds, only available for Revitalization Area.

If you have any questions, feedback or concerns, please contact your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator, Neighbourhood Revitalization Coordinator or

This information will be made available online at once these changes come into effect later this fall. Note that funding remains available while we prepare for the new rollout so please use the current application forms or reach out to a Neighbourhood Services staff.  

We look forward to receiving your great ideas and funding requests and working alongside you to make Edmonton neighbourhoods even better!

Resources, Events, and Learning Opportunities

Community League Sub-License Information Sessions

The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues will be co-hosting two information sessions for Community Leagues about the sub-license process, including how leagues can apply for City approval for this type of agreement. Under the Tripartite License, a sub-license agreement is required between a community league and a third-party group using the league’s licensed site for a recreation purpose that occurs on a regular, ongoing basis. 

Leagues are invited to come along to find out more about the sub-license process and to ask questions. Sessions will be held virtually on October 25 and November 20. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

Creating a Neighbourly Vibe!

Are you hoping to get more connected in your Neighbourhood? Do you want to know your neighbours and feel a stronger sense of belonging? Join us for a free "Creating a Neighbourly Vibe with ACE" workshop! Visit eventbrite for a listing of upcoming dates and times and to register: Click Here
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