The role of the EFCL
The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues is an umbrella group that has supported the city of Edmonton’s 158 community leagues since 1921.
The role of the EFCL is to speak on behalf of and lobby for all community leagues. EFCL assists and supports the work of community leagues through the promotion of the community league movement, program development and delivery, workshops, regular communications, advice on issues and opportunities, joint purchase of supplies and attraction of sponsorships.
EFCL secures community league funding and support and ensures City of Edmonton decisions and plans reflect the interests of our members. EFCL has no jurisdiction over community leagues. Each community league is a separate organization, incorporated as a not-for-profit entity under the Societies Act of Alberta. Each is operated by a volunteer board of directors elected by its members who live in the community. Every league has its own bylaws, policies and procedures, and offers programs in the community to the best of the abilities of the league’s volunteers.
EFCL focuses its work on:
- issues that have a city-wide implication for community leagues. These include sports and recreation programs and facilities, zoning bylaw changes such as secondary suites regulation, the Municipal Development Plan, Joint Use Agreement, Transportation Master Plan, the parks management strategy, public involvement policy, affordable housing policy, public transit systems and municipal community league grants;
- issues that may affect a majority of community leagues either directly or indirectly. Examples include mature neighbourhoods redevelopment, oil and gas facilities, river valley and top-of-bank policy, school closure policy and processes, LRT system, noise wall standards, Tripartite Licence Agreement and SOCAN legislation; and
- issues that will affect future community leagues where there is none now to represent their long-term interests. These include suburban neighbourhood design guidelines, area structure plans and school/park sites planning.
- The EFCL is non-partisan: we do not support nor endorse any particular political party or candidate, nor is there any affiliation with any religion or sect.
- From time to time, the EFCL may issue Requests for Proposals from various businesses to provide services to our organization and our members, and we offer a referral service for various suppliers of services to community leagues based on references from satisfied community leagues. Otherwise, we do not endorse any particular business, nor will we forward unsolicited advertisements or proposals to our members.
The EFCL works on behalf of the Community Leagues by:
- consulting with the City of Edmonton to negotiate license agreements, infrastructure and operating grants, and to influence decisions
- informing community leagues of projects and emerging issues/events,
- checking with and gathering feedback from community leagues,
- consulting with partners (e.g. minor sports organizations, area councils, public safety and security agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch, Safedmonton and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), senior citizens’ associations, cultural groups and government staff) as appropriate,
- considering advice and recommendations of EFCL staff,
- determining a decision through the EFCL Board of Directors or by community leagues through a general meeting and/or special resolution, and
- ensuring the EFCL Board of Directors presents and upholds the decision,
- promoting the Community League movement through media, events, and publications,
- in the event of a serious dispute between board members on a given League, or Community Leagues, or the public and their League, our staff can provide mediation, or refer the parties to the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre.