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Community and Protective Services Committee Dec. 5, 2018

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The Dec. 5, 2018, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included:

2018 BiodiverCity Advisory Committee Annual Report

Administration presented a report for information that was based on the 2015 March 30 direction from Council to create a comprehensive Biodiversity report. The report outlined how The City is to achieve biodiversity conservation outcomes through the execution of biodiversity programs and initiatives. The Advisory Committee pursued three categories of work: engaging stakeholders, communications, and reviewing City policies related to biodiversity. The outcome of this work has been to advance biodiversity awareness within the Corporation and to support Calgarians fostering more resilient, biologically diverse communities. This report was approved to go forward to Council for information.

Community Representation Framework - Final Report

Committee was presented with a final report on the Community Representation Framework. Council previously directed Administration to develop a Community Representation Framework to guide the way a broader range of organized community groups contribute to community-building and representation including The City’s supporting processes and practices. Council also directed the formation of the Community Representation Framework Task Force to provide guidance and advice to help Administration develop the Framework. Committee approved this final report to go forward to Council with the recommendations that Council:

  1. approve the Community Representation Framework;
  2. direct Administration to return to Council through the SPC on Community and Protective Services with a progress report on the implementation of the Community Representation Framework no later than the end of Q1 2020;
  3. accept this report as a summary of how the Council Innovation Fund has been allocated to help complete the Framework;
  4. thank the Community Representation Framework Task Force members for their hard work and contribution to this program; and
  5. direct Administration to disband the Community Representation Framework Task Force.

Short Term Rental Scoping Report

Administration presented a report to providing options to apply the appropriate level of safety and oversight to the market of Short Term Rentals including both Home Sharing and Vacation Home Rentals Committee. This item will go forward to council with the recommendation that Council direct Administration to:

  1. undertake work to create a new, tiered licence category in the Business Licence Bylaw 32M98 for Tourist Accommodation and bring forward amendments to this bylaw to Council through the SPC on Community and Protective Services no later than 2019 Q3;
  2. revise the Lodging House licence category in the Business Licence Bylaw 32M98, to clarify the definition and scope for application to rooming, lodging, and boarding houses, and bring forward amendments to this bylaw to Council through the SPC on Community and Protective Services no later than 2019 Q3;
  3. develop a public education campaign to be launched following approval of the above bylaw amendments;
  4. continue its advocacy urging the Government of Alberta to deliver on its commitment to improve the administration of the existing Destination Marketing Fee to enhance transparency and accountability and create a level-playing field with the application of the fee to short-term rentals as well as hotels; and
  5. that any recommendations are resourced within the existing approved 4-year budget.

2019-2021 Family and Community Support Services Funding Recommendations

Committee was presented with the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding recommendations for 2019 to 2021. FCSS is a provincial/municipal partnership that provides funding for preventive social services. Administration is seeking Council’s authorization to access up to $750,000 one-time funding from the FCSS Stabilization Reserve to strengthen the capacity of non-profit organizations to deliver preventive programs. One-time funds increase the non-profit sector’s capacity to deliver strong, evidence-based social programs and to respond to emerging social issues. This will go forward to council with the recommendations that Council: Approve the recommended FCSS allocations of $29.7 million for 2019, $28.8 million for 2020 and $28.8 million in 2021; Authorize Administration to access up to $750,000 from the FCSS Stabilization Reserve in 2019 for the purpose of funding capacity-building initiatives and responses to emerging social issues.

Multilingual Communications and Engagement

Committee received a report on the Multilingual Communications and Engagement Strategy as directed by Council in 2018, April. Council had requested Administration to research the resourcing needs of the Office of the Councilors and the Office of the Mayor as they relate to communications and engagement with Calgary’s multicultural communities and those with limited English language skills. Administration will continue to expand the multicultural strategy to include additional languages and communities based on Statistics Canada data. This will go forward to Council to be approved, after amendment, with the recommendations that Council:

  1. Direct Administration to utilize Statistics Canada census data to produce a map displaying demographic data such as languages spoken.
  2. Evaluate and report back by Q4 2019 to determine if resourcing is adequate.

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