City of Calgary Engage – Together we can Build a Better City

(from City of Calgary – Engage)

City of Calgary’s Engage portal was established to provide Calgarians with an online space to learn about and participate in City projects and initiatives that are open for public input.

Within the Engage portal you can:

  • Provide feedback on projects that are currently open for input.
  • Learn about upcoming in-person public engagement events.
  • Find out what we heard from participants on projects previously open for input.
  • Check the progress of ongoing projects.
  • Discover what final decisions were made on projects that had public involvement.

We encourage you to get involved, provide your input online or in person, and stay connected to all projects that interest you.

Visit the Engage Portal now!


Citizens’ View – Calgary’s Online Panel

(from City of Calgary – Citizens’ View)

It’s no secret that life is good in Calgary, but as Calgarians, we can all play our part to make this city even better.

What is Citizens’ View?​

Citizens’ View is an online panel that encourages citizens to participate in shaping City of Calgary programs and services through surveys, discussions and engagement activities.

Citizens’ View is easy to navigate and simple to use.

Join the panel today!

As a member of Citizens’ View, you can expect to:

  • Participate in surveys, approximately once or twice per month;
  • Have access to online discussions;
  • Provide your valuable input on a variety of topics;
  • Receive information and updates on upcoming events and service improvements.

While we want to hear your opinions, participation in both panel surveys and other activities is entirely at your discretion.

How will my input be used?

Information collected through Citizens’ View will be used as one input into City decision-making. Every effort will be made to foster two-way communication and let you know how the information is being used.

Citizens’ View is just one way for you to provide input for your City. Find other ways to engage such as attending a public meeting or open house.

For more information complete an online service request or contact 311.

Help form Calgary’s submission for the Smart Cities Challenge!

(from City of Calgary)

The City of Calgary is creating a community submission to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge.

From now until April 2, 2018, we are asking Calgarians to submit your big, bold, ambitious and smart ideas about how to increase economic diversification and job creation using data and connected technology to continue to shape Calgary as a smart, resilient and prosperous city.

Tell us what could make our great city even better. Share your thoughts now through our Civic Innovation YYC online platform.

See complete information at City of Calgary – Smart Cities Challenge.

Calgarians encouraged to start planning for Neighbour Day 2018

(via City of Calgary Media Line)

On June 16, Calgarians will come together in their communities, blocks, parks and streets to celebrate Neighbour Day 2018.

Held annually on the third Saturday of June, Neighbour Day is an opportunity for neighbours to come together and celebrate our strong community spirit in Calgary. In past years, Calgarians have celebrated in the form of front yard BBQs, community cleanups, picnics, garden parties and potlucks.

Mayor Nenshi spoke today to encourage Calgarians to participate and organize an event.

“At its core, Neighbour Day is about celebrating the strength and resilience of our community. Every time we come together—whether to build something for everyone or enjoy the company of neighbours and new friends–we’re making our communities even stronger,” said Mayor Nenshi. “It can be as simple as having tea in the common area of your apartment building, or as large as a community-wide games day in one of our many amazing parks.”

“Neighbour Day is a great opportunity for Calgarians to celebrate the unique qualities that make their neighbourhood strong and inspiring,” said Aaron Taylor, Neighbour Day 2018 organizer. “People are impacted by where they live. When a neighbourhood is thriving, it can positively affect the quality of life for everyone who lives there.”

For those wishing to host an event that requires a permit, The City is waiving its fees for approved block party and greenspace bookings on Neighbour Day. The deadline to submit permit applications for Neighbour Day is Friday, May 25, 2018.

This year, Calgarians will have the opportunity to invite Mayor Nenshi, their local Councillor, members of the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Community Standards Peace Officers and 9-1-1 Communications Officers to their Neighbour Day event. An official invitation request can be submitted at

To sign-up for your Neighbour Day event and access celebration ideas, an event planning kit, information about permits, templates and other logistical considerations, visit

Neighbour Day was first held in June 2014 to celebrate the incredible outpouring of support and generosity neighbours demonstrated after the 2013 floods. It has since evolved into an annual celebration of Calgary’s strong and caring communities.

To show fellow Calgarians how you spent Neighbour Day, use #yycneighbourday

Calgary Waste & Recycling Update: Shepard Landfill re-opening to residents from April to October, 2018.

The Shepard landfill is closed to most traffic right now, but will re-open to residential customers starting in April.

The Shepard Landfill Throw ‘n’ Go will accept waste from residential customers between April 3 and October 26, 2018 (Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

The Throw ‘n’ Go accepts household chemicals, paint, electronics, appliances, tires, yard waste, separated construction and demolition materials (asphalt shingles, drywall, construction lumber), and garbage that is too bulky for your black cart. Charges may apply.

Are you a business? Interested in a weekend visit? The East Calgary landfill is just 15 minutes away, and accepts residential and commercial waste Monday to Saturday year-round, and on Sundays between April 8 and October 28.

For more information, visit

Public Service Announcement from City of Calgary: #YYCSnowMelt – Get Ready for it.


(from City of Calgary, March 7, 2018)

The weather forecast indicates that warm weather can be expected for Calgary this weekend. The warm weather combined with the large amount of snow received in recent weeks will likely result in significant snow melt and this could create challenges for all of us.

Here are some tips to protect your home and your family this weekend:

  1. Shovel snow away from the foundation of your home and window wells to prevent seepage into your basement.
  2. If you are moving or piling snow, check furnace and exhaust vents to make sure snow and ice are not blocking them. Carbon monoxide can build up within your home as a result.
  3. Ensure your downspouts (eavestroughs) are clear and pointed away from your home/foundation.
  4. Once the snow begins to melt and the storm drain is visible, clear snow away from the storm drain.
  5. Once the melt begins, you can clear away snow from the storm drain. If you find that the storm drain is iced over, do not try to remove the ice yourself. Call 311 and a crew will clear the ice for you. Don’t chip away at ice on storm drains as you may damage it or injure yourself.
  6. If water pools by the storm drain, give it 90 minutes to drain. The City of Calgary has special devices in the storm drains that allow the water to drain slowly and not overload the stormwater system.
  7. If you see pooled water on a roadway, be careful – don’t drive through deep water as you can’t see potentials risks or conditions that might be unsafe.
  8. Check the function of your sump pump.
  9. Clean out your back flow prevention valve which should be cleaned every 6 months.