Family and Community Support Services

What is FCSS?

FCSS stands for Family and Community Support Services. This is a joint endeavour between the provincial government and municipalities. Lac La Biche County FCSS is a partnership between the County and the Government of Alberta that supports preventative social services in the community. Both the local and provincial governments fund the program, and an advisory board composed of four County residents and two County councillors makes programming decisions. This ensures the program’s goals and actions are aligned with the community’s needs.

Lac La Biche County’s FCSS and Community Development department focuses on social programs that enhance residents’ quality of life and wellbeing, encourage personal growth and strengthen the community. The department works alongside other local and regional organizations to build partnerships and further a sense of community belonging.

How can FCSS help me?

FCSS activities include grant programs, information and referral services (including assistance for seniors), volunteer recognition and supports, community events, various courses and workshops, hosting interagency meetings, and much more. FCSS is here to help connect social programs and services with the people who need them.

Contact

For general inquiries about FCSS and Community Development, please call (780) 623-6745 or e-mail fcss@laclabichecounty.com.

Community Outreach Workers: Christine Martin  (780) 623-6754 & Nadine Gordey-Landstrom (780) 623-6361 

FCSS Coordinator: Aimee Gauthier (780) 623-6819 aimee.gauthier@laclabichecounty.com

FCSS Clerk: Kelli Calvert (780)623-6745

Paratransit Bus Service: (780) 623-6763
 
Facebook: @llbcountyFCSS

FCSS Grants

FCSS recognizes and supports the role that non-profit groups play in delivering programs. There are two types of FCSS grants available to help fund preventative and developmental programs for individuals and families in the community.

  1. Grants under $2,500 are reviewed at monthly FCSS Board meetings. Applications must be received at least 14 days prior to the meeting at which they will be reviewed.
  2. Grants over $2,500 are reviewed at monthly FCSS Board meetings. Applications must be received by April 30 for the current fiscal year, or October 31 for the current or subsequent fiscal year.

How can my organization apply for FCSS grants?

FCSS grants must comply with Alberta’s FCSS Act and Regulation. Proposals must be eligible in accordance with the FCSS Association of Alberta’s Program Advice Inventory Listing.

Before applying, please read the FCSS Grant Guidelines Applications can be mailed to Lac La Biche County or submitted in person at the Bold Center. Applications can also be sent by e-mail to fcss@laclabichecounty.com in PDF format.

Click here to download the Grant Application Form If your organization receives a grant, completion of a Grant Report to summarize the grant’s impact is required. Please call (780) 623-6819 for more information about this step.

Lac La Biche County FCSS gave $38,940 in grants to local organizations in 2016.

Lac La Biche County Interagency

The Lac La Biche County Interagency is a group of service agencies and community members who meet to share information and ideas, and discuss current trends and issues that affect residents’ quality of life. All interested groups and individuals are invited to attend bi-monthly meetings. There is always an open seat at the table.

Please e-mail fcss@laclabichecounty.com to find out more, or if you would like to present at the Interagency’s next regular meeting. FCSS and Community Development also maintains a list of agencies and residents who want to be kept informed about local programs and services between meetings.

Community Programming and Services

One of FCSS and Community Development’s main responsibilities is observing what is happening in the community, identifying gaps in local social programs and services, and finding ways to fill them. The department’s activities change frequently, so up-to-date information is posted on Lac La Biche County FCSS’ Facebook page.

Click here to find out more about Community Programming and Services.

Lac La Biche County’s Community Access System is a busing service that helps low-income families, those with limited transportation access, seniors, and people with disabilities get around our community. Our aim is to provide improved access to health care, shopping, educational services, and recreational activities.

The Community Access Paratransit Service will continue to be available to seniors and people with disabilities. See below for more details on Paratransit services.

Community Access Bus Service

The Community Access Bus Service is a low-cost transportation option to take individuals and families to and from health appointments, shopping, educational opportunities, and recreation events.

Fees

$2 per ride, or $5 per family (up to four dependents per adult)
*Please have the correct fare. The driver cannot provide change.

There are also punch passes available:

  • $20 individual punch pass: 12 rides
  • $50 family punch pass: 12 family rides

The bus follows a Monday-Friday schedule, driving a fixed route through the hamlet of Lac La Biche.

Click here to see the Monday-Friday schedule.

Service outside the hamlet of Lac La Biche

Service outside the hamlet of Lac La Biche is for prearranged door-to-door pick-ups only, from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays. Service will be provided for residents living within 30 minutes of Lac La Biche, within the County boundaries.

Tuesday Rural Pick Up Fees

$4 one way, or $10 per family one way (up to four dependents per adult)
*Please have the correct fare. The driver cannot provide change.

There are also rural punch passes available:

  • $40 individual punch pass: 12 rides
  • $100 family punch pass: 12 family rides

Please call (780) 623-6763 to arrange a pick-up.

Community Access Paratransit Bus Service

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The Community Access Paratransit Service is available to seniors and people with disabilities travelling within the County. Paratransit provides affordable door-to-door transportation, helping people run errands, access medical care and attend social events. Click here to read the County’s Paratransit Policy.

The Paratransit bus is equipped with a wheelchair lift. Users of this service can bring one guest each, should they need support during their trip. After registering, users are billed monthly for the trips they have taken.

Click here to view and download the Paratransit registration form. You can check out the Community Access Paratransit Service Guide by clicking here. Please call (780) 623-6763 for more information or to book transportation.

Fees  
Urban (within the hamlet of Lac La Biche)
Rural (within County boundaries)
$4 one-way or $8 roundtrip
$8 one-way or $16 roundtrip


Hours

10 am to 2 pm
2:30 pm to 6 pm
Monday to Friday

Office Hours for Bookings 
Call (780) 623-6763.
8:30 am to 12 pm
1 pm to 4:30 pm
Monday to Friday

 

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