For over forty years, the provincial and municipal governments have joined together to provide financial resources for preventative social services through Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Preventive social services are defined as those that “enhance the social wellbeing of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies at the earliest opportunity”.

It is administered provincially through the Ministry of Human Services and municipally through our Community Social Development department. The FCSS program is designed to provide preventive community based services, planned and delivered with a strong volunteer component, to address community needs.

The Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) philosophy is based on a belief that self-help contributes to a sense of integrity, self-worth and independence. The programs developed are intended to help individuals in their community to adopt healthy lifestyles, thereby improving community quality of life and building the capacity in citizens to prevent and/or deal with crisis situations should they arise.

The local programs we support through FCSS include: 

  • Youth Development
  • Home Support
  • Transit and Recreation Access Program
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Community
  • Many more through funding of almost 20 local social agencies !

Funded Agencies List

Agency Type: Seniors
Seniors Outreach
Agency Type: Adults
Meals on Wheels Program
Agency Type: Adults
Men's Support Group
Agency Type: Youth
Wire to Hire Youth Program
Agency Type: Youth
Breakfast Club Connect Program
Agency Type: Youth
Education & Economic Advancement
Agency Type: Youth
Youth Leadership Program
Agency Type: Youth
Tabono Program
Agency Type: Youth
Youth Mentorship Program
Agency Type: Youth
Youth Drop-in Program
Agency Type: Children
Home Alone Program
Agency Type: Children
Roots of Empathy
Agency Type: Families
Community Support Training Sexual Violence Awareness
Agency Type: Families
Citizen Engagement Enhancement
Agency Type: Families
Reunification Program
Agency Type: Families
Respond Volunteer Program
Agency Type: Families
Palliative Life Services & Supports
Agency Type: Children
Camp Heal a Heart
Agency Type: Children
School Liaison Program