What is a Community League?

Our Function

A community league is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization formed to meet the needs and interests of residents within a defined geographic area. Community leagues are recognized by the City of Edmonton as the primary speaking body for the community. A community league acts on behalf of its members. Any resident within the boundaries of the community may become a member.

Common functions of all community leagues include bringing neighbours together, providing recreation and social programs for its members, developing amenities (rinks, parks, halls, etc.), and representing the community at large on matters of interest to the appropriate order of government and other organizations.

Community League vs HOA?

What's the difference between a community league and a home owners association?

Community leagues are formed for advocacy purposes and to enhance their neighbourhoods by providing programs, playgrounds, skating rinks, tennis courts, halls, and other facilities.

Homeowner or residents' associations are formed for maintenance purposes and the enforcement of architectural guidelines.

Community league membership is voluntary while membership in a homeowner association is often mandatory.

Get Involved

Roles on the BCCL Board include President, Vice-President, Secretary, Facilities, Sports, Civics, etc. In addition to our BCCL Annual General Meeting, we hold monthly meetings every 3rd Wednesday of the month (except July, August, and December) at 7:00 p.m. We welcome and encourage residents to attend the meetings and become involved with the community.

100 Snowy Years Ago

A Poem by Garth Paul Ukrainetz

100 snowy years ago
The Federation started
Communities of Edmonton
Their noble goals imparted
To foster healthy neighborhoods
More vibrant and more giving
Where people get together
That's the place of better living

Helpful and supportive
Planning healthy recreation
Advocating and engaging
Better city, better nation
For no matter where your castle
There's a league for everyone
Great communities are warmer
Here in snowy Edmonton

Copyright 2021 Garth Paul Ukrainetz

In tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, January 1921 - January 2021.


The mandate of the Southwest Area Council (SWAC) is to enhance recreational facilities and opportunities for residents of southwest Edmonton and to be venue for civic action and the sharing of information and ideas between its community leagues.

SWAC represents the community leagues in Southwest Edmonton including: Aspen Gardens, Blackmud Creek, Blue Quill, Brookview, Duggan, Ermineskin, Greater Windermere, Greenfield, Heritage Point, Malmo, Lansdowne, Ogilvie Ridge, Riverbend, Royal Gardens, The Ridge, Riverbend, Terwillegar, Twin Brooks, and Yellowbird.

The council meetings once a month.