We have provided some great information and support links below!




811 Alberta



 What is FCSS?

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is a cost sharing program between the Province of Alberta (80%) and Municipalities (20%) to provide preventive social programs in communities. Local autonomy is a cornerstone of the FCSS philosophy that allows local programs to develop services that meet unique needs of individual communities.

What are Preventive Social Programs?

Preventive social programs are activities that use proactive, strength based and intentional strategies to help individuals, families and communities develop skills required to form a strong sense of self resulting in the ability to build healthy relationships with others.

The MD supports the Cochrane and Canmore FCSS programs financially and they provide services to MD residents:
Canmore FCSS 
Cochrane FCSS  
Cochrane – Rocky View FCSS Newsletter
Cremona FCSS 403-637-3731 or 403-510-4521


Primary Care Network

Physicians and other health professionals work as a team to provide access to comprehensive primary care services for area residents. The Primary Care Networks (PCN) are a partnership between family doctors, Alberta Health and Wellness and Alberta Health Services.

Bow Valley PCN – Information, Programs and Services
To register for Bow Valley PCN courses, call 403-675-3000 or log on to www.bowvalleypcn.ca
Calgary Foothills PCN – Information, Programs and Services


Bow Valley Community Resource Directory and Affordability Guide

This is a great resource if you have been in the Bow Valley for a while or if you are a newcomer. It lists all the clubs, support services & organizations that make up our unique, diverse & vibrant communities. It is jointly produced by the Town of Banff Community Services and the Town of Canmore FCSS (Family & Community Support Services) so that you can get involved and connected and access any support you need. Printed copies of the Directory and Bow Valley Affordability Guide are available at Banff Town Hall, Canmore Civic Centre, MD Bighorn Office, libraries, recreations centres and other community locations.

Resource Directory
Affordability Guide

Concerned about the high cost of living and having trouble making ends meet?  Contact Community  Services for information about area discount programs available for lower income individuals and families and about programs to help with recreation fees for children and youth up to age 18.


Cochrane Affordable Housing Information

Cochrane Society for Housing Options
Kerby Centre (options for seniors affordable housing for Calgary AND surrounding area)
Seniors on the Bow


Bow Valley Connections Centre

We create social opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. For more information contact Dorothy at mstanif@msn.com

All activities are scheduled Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Niemi Room, Canmore Legion, unless specified at another location. Please bring shoes or slippers as we need to keep the drop in floors clean. As well, we will need shoes when we have open gym.


Wellspring – Calgary   

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating.

Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. All Wellspring programs, services & resources are offered free of charge and without referral.

Our vision is  No one has to face cancer alone.

Wellspring Programs  – Locations in NW and SE Calgary


Suicide Prevention – We need to talk about it!

Every year in Alberta suicide takes more than 500 lives. Over 75% of those deaths are men, most between the ages of 30 and 69. These men are our fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, uncles and grandfathers gone from our lives.

Stigma around mental illness and suicide can prevent middle-aged men from reaching out and seeking support during times of crisis. Suicide is preventable. If anyone in your life is struggling, you can help. Remember that talking about suicide will not make a person suicidal

The Alberta Suicide Prevention Network is launching Keep Him Here, a new provincial campaign designed to start the conversation about suicide. Visit keephimhere.ca to learn more about how to recognize the signs of suicide, start a conversation and reach out to help the men in your life.

For immediate or emergency support for anyone please call:
Rural Alberta 1-800-232-7288
Calgary and area 403-266-4357
Health Link Alberta 1-866-408-5465



SupportWorks provides free mental health peer support groups for people living with depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and post-traumatic stress disorders, all in an open and inclusive environment. *No registration or referral required* Meetings are held in Banff and Calgary. For more information and meeting schedules : www.supportworks.ca – contact@supportworks.ca 403- 305-4465


Bow Valley Literacy Program

Reading is a right not a privilege


Settlement Services in the Bow Valley

Settlement Services in the Bow Valley a program through the Town of Banff is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to support newcomers to Canada living in the Bow Valley. Settlement Services will work with you to identify your settlement needs, and help you use your strengths and resources to achieve you and your familys settlement goals. All services are free. The office is located in the Town of Banff Family and Community Support Services department. We support the entire Bow Valley region and do outreach to meet and support you in your community.

Stay connected through our bi-monthly e-letter. It is a way of keeping informed of upcoming workshops and community events, programs, and services. Contact us and sign up today or check out the Event Calendar.

Information and support for Temporary Foreign Workers in the Bow Valley.

Contact: Settlement Services Team, Community Services in Banff Town Hall, 403-762-1248 or 403-762-1149

Please book an appointment as we cannot accommodate drop in meetings


Money Mentors – Make Debt a Thing of the Past

Debt doesn’t need to be a four-letter word. Whether you owe a little or are overwhelmed by a lot of debt, our services will help you improve your money management skills, become debt free, build a bright financial future and live a more stress-free life. Free online courses available too. Information Brochure