Community Services coordinates 16 facilities and numerous programs through five divisions: Arenas, Arts Culture and Heritage, Library, Recreation and Social Services. The Community Services department also administers the Community Grants portfolio as well as coordinating a number of special events and projects.


As part of the larger Social Services Division transformation the Community Development Program has been moved to the management and budget of the Commissioner's Office as its community based programming offers a better alignment with the overall Community Services Department. This realignment will be effective for January 2021.

The Community Grants program provides funding to non-profit, community-based organizations that deliver direct programs, services, or activities that improve the quality of life for residents. The grants support activities in the areas of social services and health, arts, culture, heritage, recreation, and the environment. These activities can range from small special events to operations for larger organizations.

Performance data

In 2020, through the various levels of grants awarded, a total of 80 organizations were supported.

Community grants
Grant type201820192020 (forecast)
Project $14,950 $21,000 $19,200
Investment $203,266 $230,000 $209,500
Service $1,000,611 $1,051,425 $1,091,137
Total $1,218,827 $1,302,425 $1,319,837
Number of organizations 72 81 80

2021 Overview

Community Services Administration
Description2021 recommended
Expenditures $1,741,554
Revenues (Waste Water Reserve Fund) $47,930
Net requirement $1,693,624