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The M.D. of Wainwright is situated in the heart of the agriculture and oil industries and is a major partner with one of Canada’s largest military training bases. This makes the M.D. of Wainwright an area of diverse wealth both socially and economically and allows us to provide our residents with many services and the benefit of low taxes.

In addition, the M.D. of Wainwright offers various historical and recreational attractions for residents and visitors.

The M.D. of Wainwright is a progressive community that is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are glad to welcome you.

In 2021 the M.D. of Wainwright had a population of 4,276 living in 1,490 of its 1,852 total private dwellings, a change of -4.2% from its 2016 population of 4,464. With a land area of 4,095.29 km2 (1,581.20 sq mi), it had a population density of .97/km2 (1.1/sq mi) in 2016.

Join the Ag Service Board as a Farm Member

Applications for a farm member are now open for the Municipal ASB! The individual appointed will join a board consisting of three farm members and two Municipal Councillors. Applicants must be a resident and/or rate payer of the M.D. of Wainwright, be familiar with agricultural concerns and issues, and be willing to sit for a four-year term. Farm members are provided remuneration and expenses for attending committee meetings and events. Expected time commitment is four to six meetings per year, two conferences, with the possibility of attending other ag related events/tours. Those interested are asked to submit a letter and/or resume, including reasons why they are interested, by October 12th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. to Assistant Fieldman Shelby at soracheski@mdwainwright.ca or applications can be dropped off at the M.D. Administration building at 717 14th Ave Wainwright. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the M.D. office at 780-842-4454.

Community representative Mel Erickson has just completed his term and had this to say about his experience: “There is no downside to becoming farm member of the M.D. of Wainwright ASB. I have heard the question many times, ‘what is the purpose of an ASB rep?’ As part of the ASB, members provide valuable input to our field staff regarding weeds, pests, and programming and act as a resource for the M.D. Councillors making policy decisions that can have a great impact on the food producer. I received valuable insight on how bureaucracy and red tape can hinder common sense decisions, but also how other areas in the province can benefit, or suffer, from policies made for the benefit of our area. There are many issues affecting different farm sectors and ASB meetings encourage and promote friendly discussions about solving issues for the good of all. We are fortunate in our M.D. to have friendly, informed staff and Council. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”

Avian Influenza in the M.D. of Wainwright

On September 16th, 2022 the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed the presence of Avian Influenza in a commercial poultry flock in the M.D. of Wainwright.

The M.D. of Wainwright will continue providing updates for informational purposes for residents and producers as they become available. The M.D. of Wainwright is not otherwise directly involved in the process and any questions should be directed to the CFIA and their appointed spokespeople as the situation evolves.

https://inspection.canada.ca/…/1640207916497/1640207916934

Roadside Mowing

The roadside mowing program is scheduled to commence on July 15th beginning at the eastern end of the Municipality and working westward. The program will be completed no later than August 31st.
Mowing improves site lines along traffic corridors and reduces the risk of collision with wildlife. This program is administered by the Agricultural Services Department and completed by contractors. Please note that mowers will honor existing swaths in the ditch for haying purposes, however if there is no existing swath all designated roads will be mowed.
Mowing locations have been predetermined, not all roads will be mowed. For questions or concerns regarding this program please call 780-842-4454.

Wild Boar

So, you’ve heard about the wild boar bounty program. Here’s what you need to know:

First and foremost, the M.D. of Wainwright is not participating in this initiative at this time. There are currently only three Municipalities signed up in Alberta to partake in this one-year pilot running from April 1st, 2022 until March 31st, 2023.

Why? There are several factors at play, including:

– There are active “whole sounder” trapping programs being run by both the Alberta Government and Alberta Pork. Any Municipality with active sounder trapping is not eligible to participate in the bounty program, and vise versa if you are participating in the bounty program you are not eligible to partake in these trapping programs. In the M.D. of Wainwright, we are not currently aware of any resident wild boar populations. Should we become aware of boar within our borders the plan of action is to engage professional trappers to remove the population in its entirety.

– Hunting efficacy. It has been proven that the recreational hunting of wild boar is not an effective control option, let alone a viable way to eradicate them. Boar are highly intelligent and adaptable and will become increasingly elusive when exposed to hunting pressures.

If you spot wild boar or signs of their presence you are encouraged to ‘Squeal on Pigs’ by emailing AF.wildboar@gov.ab.ca, calling 310-FARM, or by contacting the M.D. Agricultural Services Department.

Resources:

Squeal on Pigs!

https://www.alberta.ca/wild-boar-control-program.aspx

Video resources:

Wild boar, when at large, are a declared pest in Alberta. This means landowners have the right to hunt them at any time on their own property.

Strychnine

A friendly reminder that the M.D. of Wainwright does not have any Strychnine available, and cannot procure more.

Under the authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada has cancelled the registration of strychnine, and all associated end-use products, used to control Richardson’s ground squirrels for sale and use in Canada.

March 4th, 2022 marked the final day strychnine was able to be sold by retailers.

March 4th, 2023 will be the final day of permitted use of strychnine for the control Richardson’s ground squirrels.

Contact your local retailer to learn what products they are currently carrying.