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An online portal to support newcomers by connecting them with information to resources and services that exist within Grande Prairie to help them settle in the community. 

Newcomers Guide

New to Grande Prairie? We have developed this guide to ease your settlement and enjoyment of your new city. Within this publication, you will find information on everything you need to live, work and play in Grande Prairie.

Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Initiative

The Welcoming and Inclusive Communities initiative focuses on creating strong communities, where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community and the quality of life enjoyed by all residents.

Watch the Video of Best Practices

The City of Grande Prairie’s Welcome and Inclusive Communities Committee officially unveiled a video of best practise on December 17th 2012:

The video showcases agency members of the Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Committee working collaboratively to support newcomers in Grande Prairie. Agencies include ACFA Régionale de Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers and Council for Life Long Learning.

The video was funded and produced by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA).

Community Mapping Project

This project is the result of a community mapping initiative lead by community partners in the City of Grande Prairie. Community Mapping is an effective tool for enhancing relationships between human service partners, engaging people in talking about their community, making evidenced based decisions, and collaborative planning. View the Social Atlas online at 

Two groups worked with Community Social Development and Perfecting Tomorrow Inc. to develop the Social Atlas. Those groups are:

  1. Youth Mapping Initiative (YMAP) which consists of the following community partners:
    Alberta Health Services, Addiction Services (Youth Detox), Pregnant and Parenting Teens, GP Public School District, GP Catholic School District, Crime Prevention, John Howard Society Tabano Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cool Aid Society, GP Friendship Centre, CFSA, GP Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Camp Tamarack, Catholic Family Services
  2. Welcoming and Inclusive Mapping Initiative (WIMAP), which consists of the following community partners:
    GP Centre for Newcomers, AFCA, GP Centre for Life Long Learning, ACT Grande Prairie, Welcome Wagon

Alberta Views Article (PDF 195KB)

Learn how rural communities are meeting the challenge of newcomers.

Contact Us 

Contact Community Social Development for more information about Community Mapping or information on how to join the initiative.

Last updated: 6/12/2018 2:44:27 PM