Sturgeon County - Family & Community Support


Supporting resident's practical action toward happiness and well-being

FCSS is a leader in preventative social support programs in Alberta that encourages communities to strengthen themselves. Sturgeon County provides a wide range of healthy lifestyle programming to meet the needs of residents. Programs include Senior/Youth Support, community assistance grant program, a Living Well resource service and numerous preventative programs and services for children, youth and adults.

Celebrating Seniors' Week: June 1-7

This is the 34th anniversary of Seniors’ Week in Alberta. Let’s celebrate our seniors!

Nominate a Senior: If you know of a senior 55+ (or would like to nominate yourself), please click here to complete a nomination form. This is to recognize seniors who are making important contributions to our community and we look forward to reading your entry! Submissions are due Sunday, June 7 and completed forms can be sent by email to

Fraud Workshop: On June 3 at 2:30 p.m. EDT, we invite seniors to register for a session to learn about protecting yourself from fraud. Register online for this important session, made possible by the generous support of Canada Life, our national development sponsor. More information is available through our events listing.

Pet Parade: Everyone is invited to bring a pet to the pet parade on June 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at West Country Hearth. This is a great opportunity to dress up your pooch (or not) and enjoy the outdoors while showing off your animal to the seniors to enjoy. West Country hearth is located at 26504-AB 633 in Villeneuve, Sturgeon Country. Note that social distancing protocols will be in place and markers will be laid out on the ground.

Did you know? Mental Health Week was May 4-10.

During that week, we focused on how to #GetReal about how we feel. We say we’re fine, when in truth we’re anything but. Every time we go through the motions, we miss out on the chance to connect for real. In times of crisis like this, we need each other more than ever. 

Living Well Counselling Service

Supportive counselling, preventative resources and referral services.

Life is full of challenges and successes.

Sturgeon County has two highly skilled and trained professionals who are committed to providing compassionate and confidential support to the individuals and families who come to us.

Living Well Counselling Service is available at no-cost for Sturgeon County residents in our office, over the phone or in the community. We are here to help residents of all ages find their own ways to create more happiness in their lives.

You might call us for:

  • Strategies to solve problems in daily life or help manage a stressful situation;
  • Resources related to your hopes, concerns and enhanced well-being;
  • Approaches to improving your relationships and over-all happiness

For more information please call at 780-939-8334 or toll free at 1-866-939-9303, or email

We are #SturgeonProud of our commitment to healthy families and quality of life for our residents. The Living Well program is funded by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Sturgeon County.


Early Childhood Development Initiative - Sturgeon Region

Early Childhood Development Initiative – Sturgeon Region Supports for families with children ages 0 to 6 are available for residents of Sturgeon County, Bon Accord, Gibbons, Morinville, Redwater, Legal and the Garrison. These include free developmental screenings for children 0 to 6 years of age, support in accessing subsidies for families with children 0-6 with financial barriers toward early childhood services and Early Childhood Development programming.

For further information, please contact Dyvonna Inkster at 780-923-2374.

Financial Assistance Available

To ensure that all residents of Sturgeon County, regardless of economic circumstances, have access to community services programs, Council has approved a program fee subsidy policy. Subsidy of up to 100% of a given program fee may be granted to individuals based on the established criteria. You must be a Sturgeon County resident to qualify for the subsidy. All applications are held in strict confidence. Payment plans can also be negotiated for those who do not qualify for subsidy.

For more details or to receive an application form, please contact Community Services at 780-939-8334 or email