FCSS Legislated Requirements

Regardless of the approach, an FCSS municipality must ensure that local initiatives, processes or services meet all the requirements set out in the FCSS Act.  In particular, the Act requires that FCSS supports social initiatives that are preventive and that they enhance the social well-being of individuals and families through promotion or intervention strategies provided at the earliest opportunity.

FCSS Program Requirements

Below are some of the guidelines for FCSS programs. For a full listing of programs, services and approaches that generally meet the FCSS Act, please refer to the FCSS Program Advice Inventory (pdf) .

FCSS funded programs must also do one or more of the following:

  • Help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills, and become more resistant to crisis;
  • Help people to develop awareness of social needs;
  • Help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
  • Help people and communities assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them; or
  • Provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.

FCSS must not fund services that:

  • Provide primarily for the recreational needs or leisure time pursuits of individuals;
  • Offer direct assistance, including money, food, clothing, or shelter, to sustain an individual or family;
  • Are rehabilitative in nature (as that is in conflict with “prevention”); or
  • Duplicate services that are ordinarily provided by a government or government agency.


As is the case with all funded programs, Red Deer & District FCSS is required to meet required outcomes and financial accountability as set by the Province.  On a random basis, the Red Deer & District FCSS program is audited directly by provincial FCSS staff with the last audit being in 2013.