Rural Addressing in the M.D. of Wainwright
Rural addressing is a standardized system of identifying and locating rural properties. The M.D. of Wainwright will be assigning addresses adhering to the standards set by Alberta Municipal Affairs, which are widely used by rural municipalities throughout Alberta.
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 Monday Aug 15, 2016 and all signs should be completed by October 31, 2016. If you have any questions please see the FAQ at the bottom of this 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.
Reading rural addresses
There are standards for the way rural addressing signs are to be placed in the M.D. This is being done to ensure emergency services can easily find the main entrance to your property from the roadway when they are called.
The signs can only be installed by M.D. of Wainwright Public Works Staff, or contractors conducting this work on behalf of the M.D. Each rural property will receive signage that will be placed according to Bylaw No. 1587, Schedule A – Sign Placement.
How does it work?
Rural addresses are based on the location of the primary access to a residence or business along a road allowance.
Each mile of road is divided into intervals of 40 metres, with numbers increasing from South to north and East to West. Even number addresses are placed along the North and West sides of a road allowance and odd number addresses are placed along the South and East side of a road allowance.
Reference the road to the east if the Primary Access is off a Township Road or to the south if the Primary Access is off a Range Road. For the purposes of addressing, virtual township roads exist between all sections, whether an actual road allowance exists or not.
Example #1: 643008 RGE RD 213 – The access is along the West side of RGE RD 213. It is located in address interval 8. 643 is the intersecting TWP RD number to the South.
Example #2: 213033 TWP RD 644 – When there are multiple accesses, the primary access is used. In this case, the access is along the South side of TWP RD 644. 213 is the intersecting RGE RD to the East, and 33 is the interval the primary access is in.
Example #3: 643032 RGE RD 213 – When there are multiple accesses along the same side of a road allowance, the primary access, interval 32, is determined.
Example #4: 643072 RGE RD 213 – When there is one access along a TWP RD, one access along a RGE RD, and no clear primary access, the access along the RGE RD is typically chosen.
Example #5: 643009A & 643009B RGE RD 214 – When there are multiple residences located off the same primary access, the first building off the access is designated “A”, the second building is designated “B”, and so forth.
Example #6: 643047(5, 12, 16 & 21) RGE RD 214 – Subdivision addresses are also based on the location of the primary access on a road allowance. Each parcel within a subdivision will be assigned a unique number. The lots are numbered clockwise using an increment of 4, with odd numbers along the East and South, and even along the West and North. The lot number is to be used along with the six-digit rural address for your full address.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a Rural Address? Where a rural address has not previously been assigned or where an approach application is approved for a new approach or multi-lot subdivision, the address will be determined and assigned when a development permit is issued or when a subdivision is approved.
What are the benefits of using Rural Addresses over a Legal Land Location? A legal land location will identify where a property is located on a specific quarter section whereas a Rural Address will pinpoint the access to the property off of a road allowance.
Is the Rural Address the same as a Mailing Address? No, they are two different addresses. Your current Canada Post mailing address will not change, so please continue using your existing mailing address to send and receive parcels and letters.
Who assigns Rural Addresses and who will have access to my address? Rural Addressing information is assigned and maintained by the M.D. of Wainwright. Rural Addresses are shared with TELUS Communications to link to TELUS 911, 911 Dispatch and Emergency Responders.
What do I do with my new Rural Address once I get it? You don’t need to do anything with your new rural address, other than memorize it! Your new Rural Address is primarily for emergency response. If you ever need to call 911, you can give the 911 dispatcher this address. We recommend posting your Rural Address near every phone in your house. Also be sure to educate your children as to what your Rural Address is, what it is for, and how it should be used in the event of an emergency.
Is it mandatory? Yes, all developed rural properties with an inhabited residence or business will require a Rural Address and proper signage.
I live in a village or hamlet. Do I get an address also? Yes. Each house in Fabyan, Jarrow and Ribstone has a house number just like the Town of Wainwright, Irma and Chauvin. Each street will have a road name like 1st Avenue, 2nd Street.
The Municipal District of Wainwright has implemented a TAX AUTOPAY program allowing us to direct debit a monthly payment from your banking institution towards your current year tax levy.
To be eligible, your 2017 tax levy must be paid in full and you must complete a PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT FORM (forms available at our office or for download here). For further information, please call or come in to see us at:
Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
717 - 14th Avenue
Wainwright, Alberta T9W 1B3
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.
The M.D. of Wainwright will be closed on Monday May 21st, 2018 for Victoria Day. Enjoy your first long weekend of summer!
Unacceptable Waste for a Front Load Bin
The M.D. of Wainwright and Waste Management would like to remind everyone that the following items are unacceptable waste for front load bins.
- No appliances or furniture
- Hazardous materials or any container having contained such material
- Free liquids, oily wastes, oil filters oily rags, sludge’s and semi-solids
- Solvents, greases, empty containers
- Paint, thinner or remover cans (unless RCRA empty, solidified or triple rinsed
- Treated wood, railroad ties, industrial waste
- Animal wastes and / or carcasses
- Drums / containers (sealed)
- Burned debris
- Compressed cylinders (propane, oxygen etc.)
- Batteries, transformer, ballasts
- Household chemicals
- Herbicides and pesticide containers
- Hydrocarbon soils
- Biomedical waste
- Fluorescent tubes
- Radioactive materials, naturally occurring (NORM)
Thank you from the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 and Waste Management
Bob Barss presents plaque to Cliff Bethune
Bob Barss presented a plaque to Cliff Bethune for his years of service with the Wainwright Fire Department as Chief. Thank you from the council and staff at the M.D. of Wainwright No.61.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta - Post Secondary Scholarship Program
The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts.
Fire Permit Restriction
Due to the extremely dry conditions the Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 is restricting the issuance of any new fire Permits and all outstanding fire permits are hereby suspended.
Fires not requiring a permit such as small recreational contained campfires and solid fuel barbecues are still allowed in designated camping and recreational areas.
The Municipal District of Wainwright No.61 urges the public to take the utmost caution during these extremely dry conditions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact our office at (780) 842-4454.
The M.D. of Wainwright will be supplying garbage roll-off bins for the purpose of a spring cleanup initiative in Fabyan, Ascot Heights and Clear Lake. The bins will be placed at the three different location for a one week perion over the long weekend in May from Wednesday, May 16th to Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 in Fabyan townsite compound, Ascot Heights garbage compound and at the Clear Lake main beach.
For the Hamlet of Greenshields, the M.D. of Wainwright will be picking up pring cleanup materials for a two week perion beginning May 7th to May 17th, 2018. Pickup days will be Monday and Thursday each week. Schedule for pickups would be May 7th, 10th, 14th adn 17th, 2018. Acceptable materials are grass clippings and tree trimmings.
Unacceptable materials for all locations would be tires, appliances, furniture, construction materials, metal, hazardous waste, houshold and yard chemicals and paint. These materials MUST be taken to the Wainwright Regional Waste to Energy Authority (Town dump) for proper disposal.
Grazing School for Women
Updated Road Ban Information
As of Monday April 9, 2018 at 7:00 am the M.D. of Wainwright will have a 75% road ban on certain oiled and gravel roads. Please check here for the latest information.
2018 Strychnine Sales
On-Farm Energy Management Program
The On-Farm Energy Management Program along with the On Farm Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Program formally found within the Growing Forward 2 Program have moved. The On-Farm Energy Management Program now called the Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program or FEAP can be found at www.agriculture.alberta.ca/feap. The On Farm Solar PV Program is now a provincially ran program and can be found at http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv464. Both websites will provide the terms and conditions, funding list and application form for there respective programs. Stayed tuned for more details regarding the Canadian Agriculture Partnership. If you would like more information you can contact Tanis at the M.D. office 780-842-4454
Alberta Environmental Farm Plan Renewal
Effective April 1, 2018
- Producers who have an EFP older than 10 years will have to renew their EFP to eligible for new funding under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program (CAP)
- It is strongly recommended that producers complete the renewal online to make future renewals easier,
Why is Alberta EFP instituting a renewal period?
- Alberta is the only province that does not have a renewal period. EFP is harmonizing nationally and they expect all prov-inces will harmonize the renewal period
- EFP’s are part of sustainable sourcing programs in Canada (potato sustainability initiative, proAction, VBP). Alberta EFP is anticipating more initiatives will use EFP as the Environmental backbone of their sustainable sourcing initiative.
Who decided the renewal period would be instituted?
Alberta EFP Stakeholder Advisory Committee approved the renewal period
What does this mean to me?
For producers if you to apply for CAP grants you will need to have a current EFP.
Beat the rush by renewing before CAP funding becomes available!!!
Who Can I Contact?
Tanis Ponath, Assistant Agricultural Fieldman & EFP Technician, 780-842-4454
Changes to the Growing Forward On-Farm Solar PV Program
Road Closure Update
Road Closure Update
The M.D. of Wainwright has re-opened the 4 miles West of highway 897 on Twp Rd. 454.
The 1 mile of construction road on TWP 464 between RR 55 and 60 is still closed.
Thank you for your cooperation.