Community Social Development
Community Social Development (CSD) is structured to help build a strong community that meets the diverse needs of residents today and in the future. CSD is a department within the Community and Protective Services division of the City of Spruce Grove.
Community Social Development identifies and achieves its goals through research, community engagement, strategic planning, community capacity building, and implementation of projects and initiatives addressing complex systemic social issues such as homelessness, poverty, diversity, and inclusion.
Strong and resilient communities are developed through caring connections where individuals and families support one another. As communities grow and change, more complex needs emerge, as does the need for more innovative solutions.
Social sustainability is about ensuring we can collectively meet the needs of residents today and in the future. In order to meet that goal, CSD focuses on two functional areas:
- supporting individuals and families
- supporting community
Addressing changing social needs
Community Social Development will work to help address changing social needs in Spruce Grove that are broad, complex and the result of a rapidly growing city, including:
- Homelessness and poverty
- Diversity and inclusion
- Community engagement
In addition, CSD supports collaboration between the City and community groups/stakeholders who have the expertise and a unique understanding of social issues that are identified or may arise in Spruce Grove.
Community Social Development operates under relevant statutes, codes and regulations, and adheres to program standards and best practices. It maintains professional certifications for credentialed staff. CSD receives a portion of its mandate from the Provincial FCSS Act and Regulation as well as other funding agreements.
2024 Practicum Students
Thank you for your interest in our organization. CSD is currently interviewing social work students (diploma-level, BSW, and MSW) who have a specific interest in the work of our department. Please contact us at through our email below to discuss potential practicum placements further.
As a public body, the City of Spruce Grove’s authority to collect and use of personal information is subject to limitation under the Freedom of information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act.
No Personal information will be collected by or for the City of Spruce Grove UNLESS:
- The collection is expressly authorized by an enactment of Alberta or Canada
- For the purpose of a law enforcement matter
- The information relates directly to and is necessary for an operating program or activity of the City.
Any unsolicited emails or correspondence will be destroyed in a reasonable timeframe and will not be retained by the City of Spruce Grove.