Community Comprehensive Plan
HOLISTIC, COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PLANNING THAT COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY AND LAYS OUT A VISION AND GOALS FOR THE LONG TERM.
The CCP process is a type of planning that is designed to be very inclusive, culture-and-community-specific, and long term. CCPs range from 25-100 year plans, with high-level goals and a vision that represents the overarching dreams for the community.
Each CCP looks different, in order to reflect the unique community that created it, but in general they often include the following sections:
- Community History and Context
- Goals & Objectives
Goals & Objectives :
Themes may be called something different or combined according to community needs, some sample groupings include:
- Culture & Language
- Governance & Administration
- Infrastructure & Housing
- Lands & Resources (Environment)
- Social Issues
- Monitoring & Evaluation Process
TIMELINE & STAFFING:
Typically it takes 2-5 years to complete a CCP, and the trend seems to be to revisit and update the plan every 5 years so that the goals stay relevant. Often a CCP Champion (ideally a community member with some facilitation and planning skills) is hired to oversee the project, often with a CCP Assistant and a CCP Community Committee.
The CCP process needs to involve the community as much as possible. Staff meetings, Chief & Council meetings, many community meetings (often targeted to specific demographics or focusing on specific topics) both on- and off-reserve, the development of communication materials and use of social media, surveys, video projects, and many other forms of community engagement are typically all part of a good community planning process.
Most First Nations access funding from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) for their CCP processes. Own-source revenue, trust funds, and other sources of external funding can also be used.
Please check out the resources page to see some sample plans or check out the CCP Handbook for a more detailed introduction to the CCP process.
CCP Fast Facts:
- The CCP movement was driven by First Nations around 2004 (though it draws on centuries of community planning expertise).
- A fraction of the 40 First Nations within the Anishinabek Nation have done CCPs but that number is expected to grow as the federal government is starting to support Comprehensive Community Planning.