Social Planning & Development

The Social Planning & Development function focuses on improving well-being and quality of life in Chestermere through an inclusion and equity lens. This is achieved through a collaborative approach, by working with community members, non-profit agencies, City departments, other levels of government and local businesses to address topics such as social infrastructure, accessibility, diversified housing options, affordability, multiculturalism, and services for children, youth, families, and seniors. These actions are guided by social research, social policy development, community engagement and sustainable practices.

Key Social Planning Documents

Social Planning and Development prepares information and research to help community stakeholders stay informed about local assets and social trends impacting Chestermere's residents' overall quality of life. Social planning can also equip decision makers with key resources to inform future resource allocation and community growth. 

Community Social Profile 

With federal and census information about demographics, languages and economics compiled in a visual way, the community social profile can support in the identification of essential services and programs needed for residents.

Read the Community Social Profile here (with reference documents).

Read the Community Social Profile here (without reference documents).

The profile was prepared by Perfecting Tomorrow Incorporated in 2018. It includes three reference documents: 2016 Early Development Instrument Community Profile, 2017 Living Wage, 2017 Christmas with Dignity Community Report.

Thank you to our community partners who contributed to the development of this very first profile.

Living Wage 

The Living Wage is an important indicator for municipalities to assess pressures on affordability for local residents and to consider the potential role of local government. A living wage reflects what earners in a family need to bring home based on the actual costs of living in a specific community. This calculation assesses the hourly rate at which a household can meet its basic needs, once transfers and deductions are accounted for.

Read the 2017 Living Wage Report here.

Read the 2017 Living Wage Infographic here.

The 2017 Living Wage was prepared by M. Haener Consulting Services.

Community Discussions to Follow

To sign up for future community discussions about the Community Social Profile or Living Wage, please email dfermin@chestermere.ca. The purpose of these community discussions will be to explore and mobilize priorities identified in the social planning resources.

For more information, please contact the Senior Coordinator, Social Planning & Development at (403) 207-8152 or dfermin@chestermere.ca.