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.

Rural Address Update

Rural address signs have been delivered and our contractor has started installing signs.  They started in the South-East corner and will be working their way up to the North-West corner over the new few weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns about the placement of your rural address, please call Stephen at the M.D. of Wainwright administration office at 780-842-4454.

Notice to M.D. Ratepayers

This notice is to inform all ratepayers in the M.D. of Wainwright in all of Ranges 5 and 6, that Re-Inspection of properties for assessment purposes  in these areas will commence the week of September 12, 2016. In addition, any other properties requiring review throughout the M.D.  of Wainwright will also be Re-Inspected during this time period. This process is being done by the Wainwright Assessment Group and will be  completed by the end of December 2016.

A property tax assessor will be on site and will review your property assessment. In order to achieve uniform and equitable assessment, additional information about your property may be requested.

Fall Cleanup

The M.D. of Wainwright will be supplying garbage roll-off bins for the purpose of fall clean up initiative in your area.  The bin will be placed at three different locations for a one week period from September 21st through to September 28th, 2016.  Locations are Ascot Heights garbage compound, the Fabyan town site compound, and at the Clear Lake main beach area.

This initiative is to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of yard clean up materials and house hold materials that are not hazardous.  Unacceptable materials would be tires, appliances, furniture, metals, hazardous waste, household chemicals, yard chemicals and paint.  These materials must be taken to the Wainwright regional waste to energy authority (Town Dump) for proper disposal.

Clean Farms - Obsolete Collection Campaign

Return your unwanted or obsolete pesticides and livestock medication.  You can safely dispose of your unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications from October 3-7, 2016.  Click here to view locations where items can be disposed of free of charge.

Rural Addressing Update

The M.D. of Wainwright Council approved moving forward with rural addressing as part of its 2016 Budget. The system will aid Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Police, utility companies, couriers and other visitors in finding your residence or business quicker.  The M.D. awarded the contract to Kalitec in June and they are currently producing the signs.  Their contractor will start marking locations for installation on Tuesday Aug 20, 2016 and all signs should be completed by October 31, 2016.  If you have any questions please see the FAQ at the bottom of the Rural Addressing page.  If your question is not answered there please contact the Administration office at 780-842-4454 and we will do our best to answer your questions.
Please note that we have asked our contractor to place signs farther away from driveways to avoid them being hit by equipment and graders.  The original staked location may not be the exact location the sign will be placed.  Most signs will be placed on the right hand side of the driveway when looking into the property.  If you would like the sign placed on the left please send us and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Stephen @ 780-842-4454 and we will asked our contractor to install the sign where asked.  In some cases this may not be possible because of utility lines (phone and gas).

Blue-Green Algae at Clear Lake

A blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom has been identified in areas of Clear Lake, located southeast of Wainwright. Residents living near the shores of this lake, as well as visitors to this lake, are advised to take the following precautions:

  • Avoid all contact with blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) blooms.  If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.
  • Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae is visible.
  • Do not feed whole fish or fish trimmings from this lake to your pets.
  • Consider limiting human consumption of whole fish and fish trimmings from this lake, as it is known that fish may store toxins in their liver.  People can safely consume fish fillets from this lake.

As always, visitors and residents are reminded to never drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake, including Clear Lake, at any time.  Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae. An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock, while this advisory is active.

Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) is naturally occurring, and often become visible when weather conditions are calm. Appearing like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of water, blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, and/or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.

People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), or who ingest water containing blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), may experience skin irritation, rash, sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, fever, nausea and vomiting and/or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Symptoms in children are often more pronounced; however, all humans are at risk of these symptoms.

Weather and wind conditions can cause algae blooms to move from one location in the lake to another. As such, this advisory will remain in effect for Clear Lake, until further notice.

Please note that areas of Clear Lake in which the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) bloom is NOT visible can still be used for recreational purposes, even while this Blue-green Algae (Cyanobacteria) Advisory is in place.

If you suspect a problem related to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), or if you require further information on health concerns and blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), please call Health Link at 811. Additional information is also available online, at

Irma Recycling

The M.D. of Wainwright in partnership with the Village of Irma will have a recycling station located at the Irma transfer station.  The transfer site is open to the public Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. for recyclable items. Cardboard needs to be collapsed and can be placed in the bins and the remainder of recyclables can be put into the blue bags and placed in the marked bins.

Garbage Bin Fees

As of July 1, 2016 garbage bin fees will be:

Container Size

Monthly Pick-up Every 2nd Week

(July 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017)

Per Extra Lift
3 yd Container $36.31/Month + GST $36.31/Month + GST
4 yd Container $38.65/Month + GST $38.65/Month + GST
6 yd Container $41.00/Month + GST $41.00/Month + GST
8 yd Container $43.33/Month + GST $43.33/Month + GST

Riverdale Sunday Brunch

The Riverdale Clubhouse is now offering a brunch buffet every Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.  $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for kids 6 - 12.