Community Resources

Dispose of Pet Waste the Right Way

With the warmer weather finally upon us, you may be cleaning up your yard or outside enjoying the sunshine with your pets. Help keep our city clean by disposing of pet waste properly.

  • You can put pet waste and kitty litter (all varieties) in your green cart for composting. For the safety of your collector, put pet waste in a certified compostable bag or paper bag and securely tie/roll closed.
  • Never put plastic bags or bags labelled biodegradable in your green cart. These bags do not break down and end up as small pieces of plastic that contaminate the finished compost.
  • If using conventional plastic bags to clean up pet waste, please double bag and securely tie closed before disposing of in the black cart.
  • Only dispose of pet waste in your own carts. If you want to use someone else’s bins, you need to have permission from the homeowner or occupant.
  • If you live in a multi-family complex like a condo or townhouse, check with your building owner or manager to see if your compost collection company accepts pet waste.

To see a list of acceptable compostable bags, visit







Be Aware of Fire Bans

Backyard fire pit, make sure no Fire Bans are in effect before starting a fire, and always remember – in case of an emergency – call 9-1-1 for help. For more fire safety tips, go here.

Storm Drain Information

Did you know, there are about 60,000 storm drains (or catch basins) part of stormwater system in Calgary working to drain water and melting snow off sidewalks, streets and roads?
Keep your storm drains free and clear of snow, leaves and debris/ If it’s safe and possible to do, remove debris or snow blocking the drain. Create a channel if need be, to facilitate water flow.
In communities built after 1990, The City installs devices in the storm drain to control how fast water flows into the system. During and after a rainfall event, these devices allow water to pool on the road (usually in a depression or low spot, called a Trap Low), until the stormwater system can accept the extra water. If the storm drain remains submerged for more than 90 minutes or you cannot safely clear ice and snow away, take a photo and submit it via the 311 App or a web request. This way, our crews can prioritize and respond promptly. For more information on storm drains and to locate the closest one to you, visit

Greenline Business Support

If you are a business owner, manager or staff along the Stage 1 alignment, answer our short questionnaire here.
to share your information and join our Green Line business database. Visit here to learn more about the Business Support Program.

Family Resource Network

Closer to Home’s North Central Family Resource Network (FRN) builds family resiliency with programs and services for children, youth and families in north central Calgary communities.

Programs promote healthy child/youth development, strengthen parent/caregiver capacity to meet their family’s needs, and facilitate building strong community connections and supports for families. The North Central Family Resource Network is coordinated by Closer to Home; delivering a range of services and programs along with Catholic Family Service, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Trellis.

Families may self-refer to FRN programs. Families and services providers are invited to contact the FRN to learn about resources that will help them address concerns and build family strengths. For more information, please call our central intake line at (403) 543-0555.

** Please note: Closer to Home’s North Central Family Resource Network is currently open by appointment only. Please contact them at (403) 543-0555 or if you need assistance. **


Upcoming Programs

This is a small snapshot of the happenings at the NCFRN; please see the calendar below.

To register, call the intake line at (403) 543-0555.

Coming soon: A Community Mural Project

Our goal is to engage the community, reconnect families and create a mural that everyone can see themselves in. Stay tuned for details!

Summer in The City Summer Camps 2021

Closer to Home’s summer camps are back! Free two-week long day camps running in July & August, combined in-person & virtual programming.

COVID protocols to be closely followed.

Mind, Body & Soul – Youth Drop-In nights

Looking to gain new social connections within your community? Join us online for our Mind, Body, and Soul youth drop-in nights held on the first Monday of every month.

My Kid’s New Thing

Kids seem to change every week, and sometimes you need to talk to other parents about it! Parents and Caregivers can join us for weekly conversations, connect with other parents, talk about kids successes and challenges, and learn from others.

Mondays, ongoing
Online, 10:00am-11:00am

Women’s Group

Women’s Group offers a safe, interactive, supportive, learning environment for women of diverse cultures. Women have the opportunity to connect with others who may be living in similar circumstances, whether they are a newcomer to Canada, a single parent, have limited English language skills or simply feel isolated in their neighbourhood.

The program is set up in such a manner that it helps encourage attendees to build positive relationships and foster the skills of working independently as well as in a team.

We meet online on Thursdays from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm.

The following programs are accepting waitlists for the spring or for additional sessions:

  • Cookin’ with the Youngins
  • Home Alone Safety
  • Babysitting Safety Certification
  • Creative Me
  • Girl Talk, Online!
  • Kids Konnect
  • Food & Mood – Cooking for Youth
  • Youth Healthy Relationships Plus Program

Program Highlight: Stronger Families

Stronger Families provides support and information for parents & caregivers with children ages 0-17, strengthening existing parenting abilities and promoting new parenting skills needed to promote child learning and development.

Some (but not all) programs offered are:

  • Mother Goose
  • Common Sense Parenting classes
  • My Kid’s New Thing (parent support group)
  • Cookin’ with the Youngins

Please contact intake for more information at (403) 543-0555.

Community Highlight: Alberta Newcomers: How-To & Smart Tips Video Series

The “Alberta Newcomers: How-To & Smart Tips Video Series” is a video project launched by Immigrant Services Calgary, funded by the Government of Alberta, that involves the publication of a series of easy to understand, story-based information videos.

These videos are available in simple English, with subtitles translated into the top 7 in-demand languages (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Spanish, and Tigrinya)

You can click here to subscribe to the project’s YouTube channel for all current and coming videos!