Social Sustainability Plan

Social Sustainability is about making sure we can meet the needs of residents today as well as into the future by fostering healthy communities. It also means that social wellbeing is balanced with economic and environmental considerations.

As the City of Spruce Grove grows we need to take proactive steps to ensure it continues to be a great place to live, work and play.

The City of Spruce Grove's Social Sustainability Plan   was presented to Council in 2016. This plan provides a blueprint to address the social needs that currently exist and builds resiliency as our community changes. 

The Social Sustainability Plan identifies 8 key areas for action:

Public Transportation
Increase social wellness through appropriate and affordable public transportation.
Homeless Population
Develop a program of support for the homeless population in Spruce Grove.
Develop a continuum of housing in Spruce Grove.
Access to Programs and Services
Increase access to social wellness programs, services, and supports.
Family & Domestic Violence
Reduce the levels of domestic violence.
Create and sustain Spruce Grove as an inclusive city.
Community Engagement
Create sustainability through community engagement.
Civic Governance & Admin Practices
Modify city governance and administrative practices to ensure the plan is incorporated.

Examples of Initiatives

1. Homelessness - Winter Emergency Response Plan

The Winter Emergency Response will be in effect from November 1, 2020 - April 1, 2021.  The full detailed plan will be available on October 30, 2020.

2. Inclusion – Measuring Municipal Inclusion

The City of Spruce Grove was awarded the Measuring Municipal Grant through AUMA to support fostering a culture of inclusion within the organization.

3. Access to Programs and Services - Grant Opportunities

Domestic Violence Community Grant
This is a grant opportunity is for up to $30,000 annually for organizations that offer treatment services to offenders, victims, and children exposed to domestic violence.

Deadline to apply is 4:30 PM October 2, 2020.

More information can be found here: 

Grant Information and Guide
Grant Application Form
Budget Request Sheet

Community Recovery Grant
This one-time grant opportunity supports locally-driven preventative social services and programs to support COVID-19 recovery. Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 from an available $40,000 fund.

This grant has three focus streams:

  • Social Well Being and Isolation – promoting social connection and reducing feelings of isolation.
  • Vulnerable Populations – focusing on diverse needs including, but not limited to community inclusion, healthy living and well-being, and support services to address various social issues.
  • Neighbour Connections – building capacity and promoting connection at a neighbourhood level.

Deadline to apply is 4:30 PM September 18, 2020.

More information can be found here:

Community Recovery Grant Information and Guide
Community Recovery Grant Application Form

Contact Us

For more information, please call us at 780-962-7583.