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What You Need to Know

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1. Happy 2023, community builders. This is our first newsletter of 2023. Look for the Living Local newsletter to arrive in the middle of each month, though there will be a few exceptions.
  • We'll send two newsletters in August, with the second being a Community League Day special edition.
  • We'll also send our September issue a bit early, to fall before Community League Day in mid September. 
2. Winter General Meeting: Our WGM is on February 9. We're holding an Opportunity Fair from 5:30-6:25pm and then the meeting proper from 6:30-9pm. The EFCL's budget and structural changes to EFCL's ways of working will be discussed. Registration opens today, January 18. Read more in the newsletter.

3. NFP (formerly Foster Park Brokers) is hosting an insurance information session for Community Leagues on January 19 at 6pm. This is your League's chance to ask about costs and other changes. See the event listing in the newsletter.  

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Off-Leash Pilot Update

City responds to League feedback, including concerns on accessiblity

The City of Edmonton has informed EFCL that based on League feedback, several modifications have been made to the Off-Leash Pilot program to better meet the needs of both Community Leagues and the City. 

For 2023, there will be fewer restrictions on types of spaces that can participate in the program, how the space is used and when the space runs. The program has also been expanded to include a transparent process for Leagues to be able to use outdoor spaces within their licenced areas for off-leash rentals such as for dog birthday parties or private training.

The City will create educational resources about accessibility and is also available to support accessibility even before League applications are submitted. The City will continue to provide temporary ramps to all Leagues that require them to provide barrier-free access into off-leash areas. 

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Read City of Edmonton Off-Leash Project Update

Help for Riverbend

EFCL call to community brings in nearly $1,000 to help League

Following the upsetting violence preyed upon Riverbend Community League's hall, EFCL put a call out to community members to offer donations. In roughly two weeks we've raised just less than $1,000. This money will be given to Riverbend 

Riverbend tells EFCL that all funds will go towards either its insurance deductible or non-insurable costs related directly to the vandalism at the hall.

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Visit EFCL's Riverbend Rebuild Page

League Spotlight

The Busy President

How one League leader helps offer skates to youth across Edmonton

Meet Dave Ball. He’s the president of Bannerman Community League and he volunteers to repair old hockey equipment at Sport Central. This equipment is donated and then repurposed for youth that need it across the city. Sport Central has partnered with Leagues across Edmonton to provide rink shacks with free skates to lend out or give away.

Learn more about this great local organization that wants to work with Leagues here.

Check Out EFCL's Rink Resources

EFCL Spotlight

Budget for Community

Council increases EFCL funding by $200,000 to continue mentorship

In late December, Edmonton City Council increased EFCL's base funding by $200,000 per year to allow us to continue our work reaching out to Leagues and offering mentorship programs. Our second service package for infrastructure was also approved, meaning we're scaling up. To find out more about this, make sure to read our Winter General Meeting package.
More About the Budget Request


REGISTER: Jan. 25 – Membership Directors' Summit
REGISTER: Feb. 9 Winter General Meeting
READ: Meeting Invitation Email
REGISTER: Feb. 15 AGM Mentorship Cafe

Planning and Development

District Planning Feedback

Letter to UPC comes from engagement with League experts, calls for participation

The City's Urban Planning Committee (UPC) met on January 17 to discuss district planning. The EFCL met with 15 Leagues and experts within them, as well as gathered feedback from all interested Leagues, and offered a nuanced letter of recommendation to the committee. 

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Read EFCL's Letter to the Committee


Are You Park People?

Grants of $2,000 for park events (perfect for Leagues), Feb. 20 deadline

This year, TD Park People Grants are $2,000and will support 216 park events (in-person and virtual) in cities including Edmonton. 

Successful applicants will use the grant to host three events between April 15 and December 31, 2023. These events must support the ongoing care and protection of green spaces through environmental education, sustainability and stewardship initiatives.

  • Groups are not required to have a trustee or charitable status to apply
  • This grant can be combined with other sources of funding
  • You can apply by here 

    Applications due February 20, 2023, at 11:59 pm local time. 

On January 25 at 3pm (Edmonton time), Park People will host a Q&A webinar to take your questions."

Register for Grant Webinar

Healthy Community Funds

ChooseWell grants up to $5,000, Feb. 28 deadline

Communities ChooseWell provides the Healthy Community Grants to transform and promote local places, programs, policies, and partnership focused on improving healthy eating and active living at the community level. 

These grants are designed to support champions with promoting and improving healthy eating and active living initiatives in their communities with funding of up to $5,000.

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Read Application Guide

Other Noteable Stuff

Insurance Qs Answered

Info session to answer League questions on insurance Jan. 19

Have questions or want to know more about your League’s insurance program? NFP (formerly Foster Park Brokers) is hosting a hybrid information session for Community Leagues on January 19 at 6pm

At the session you will:
  • Meet the new insurance provider, Markel Insurance 
  • Learn how and why they were selected as your insurer
  • Understand why insurance costs have increased
  • Ask questions you may have
Registration is required if you plan to attend in-person. If you'd like to join this meeting virtually on Teams, use this link:

NOTE: NFP Canada Corp. is an entity established through the legal amalgamation and/or combination of, among others, Foster Park Brokers Inc. As of January 1, 2023.

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Register for Info Session

E-sports as League Rec?

The world is changing. Find out how e-sports can fit into your offerings

The Alberta Esports Expo runs February 18 and 19 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Have you heard of e-sports but can't quite fathom how gaming can be a recreation option for all? Head to this event to learn more.

The EFCL Recreation Committee is working with Alberta ESports to find a way to bring this incredibly popular sport to Community Leagues. This free event is focused on providing our communities with more information about what e-sports and gaming are.

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Buy ESports Expo Tickets (free)
We respectfully acknowledge the land upon which the EFCL operates is located on Treaty 6 Territory and has served a purpose as a traditional meeting ground for many First Nations groups. This territory has provided a traveling route and home to the Nakoda Sioux, and later, Blackfoot and Cree peoples, followed by Saulteaux and Métis and other Indigenous peoples.
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