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 2016 the M.D. of Wainwright had a population of 4,479 living in 1,459 of its 1,768 total private dwellings, a change of 8.2% from its 2011 population of 4,138. With a land area of 4,156.56 km2 (1,604.86 sq mi), it had a population density of 1.1/km2 (2.8/sq mi) in 2016.
We are still at zero (0) cases of COVID-19 within the MD of Wainwright. Please continue to follow all guidelines put forth by Alberta Health Services.
Please note that going forward we will only be sending out an email notification to you if our status changes.
While we understand that there is a desire to want more information on the exact location of COVID-19 cases, what we can say is that the cases continue to be localized. Alberta Health Services (AHS) is working with these areas to manage the situation, as per the province’s policies and all areas are currently cooperating with AHS.
Because of COVID-19, the M.D. of Wainwright will be streaming our Council meetings on both Facebook and Youtube. Council meetings are held every third Tuesday starting at 9:00 AM. Click on either link below to listen in.
Our next scheduled Council meeting is October 20, 2020
The M.D. of Wainwright would like to congratulate John Clark on his retirement. Reeve Bob Barss presented John with a plaque at the October 20, 2020 Council Meeting.
The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program is hosting an EFP virtual workshop series for producers who would like help getting started on their workbooks. Producers will be walked through starting a workbook and completing Chapters 1 & 2.
The EFP program will also be hosting an EFP webinar series. The webinars will focus on the benefits of completing an EFP and what to expect through the process. Each webinar is the same so you only need to attend one if you are interested.
Thank you to everyone for a great, all be it, shortened camping season. All of the campgrounds in the M.D. of Wainwright are now closed. We will have information on when reservations can be made in early 2021.
The Wainwright RCMP Detachment would like to hear from local community members in the Wainwright RCMP Detachment area who may have any comments and/or concerns about policing issues in the following geographic areas:
Town of Wainwright, M.D. of Wainwright, Villages of Irma, Edgerton, and Chauvin.
Normally, a Town Hall Meeting would have been held in a local community hall; however, due to the current state of the pandemic, this was not possible. As a result, for a two-week period from Thursday, September 10, 2020, until Thursday, September 24, 2020, the Wainwright RCMP will be accepting input from community members through either regular mail or email. If you ware interested in participating, please reach out to the Wainwright RCMP at:
Wainwright RCMP, 826 – 3 Avenue, Wainwright, AB, T9W 1R3
The Western Canada Onsite Wastewater Management Association and its affiliates will be promoting septic awareness during the week of September 14 to 18. The purpose of this initiative is to promote proper operation and maintenance of onsite wastewater systems. Join them for a FREE webinar on Sept 14 or Sept 16, 2020. For more information visit https://www.wcowma.com/blog/septicsense2020/.
M.D. of Wainwright Stands To Lose 10 Million Dollars
The M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 is extremely concerned with and opposed to the changes to the assessment model for regulated properties such as wells and pipelines that was announced recently. This adjustment will affect the linear assessment within the M.D. of Wainwright. We have been told this is to enhance industry’s competitiveness. The M.D. of Wainwright is in support of industry in the area, but this change in assessment will jeopardize Rural Alberta.
The assessment model is the method the province gives municipalities to raise revenues through taxation. Based on the potential changes presented by the province, the M.D. of Wainwright is poised to lose between $9,453,925 and $6,979,777, or between 30% and 22% of our total tax revenue. To offset this loss the M.D. of Wainwright could be required to increase the residential tax rate by between 290% and 393% and increase the non-residential tax rate by between 37.4% and 58.4%. Raising tax rates to off-set the impacts of the assessment model change will have the effect of simply transferring taxes from industry to other businesses and residents. This draconian change to the assessment model will force municipalities to enact a reduction in service levels and intermunicipal collaboration agreements, as the above increases are not realistic for our ratepayers. These changes will impact not only our municipality, but the entire region.
In addition, municipalities requisition amounts for schools and senior housing using the assessment model. Those rates will also need to be adjusted going forward to offset the revenues lost, or those services will be reduced.
There is no guarantee that the tax savings experienced will be put back into the local economy, as a majority of the benefit will profit global companies and their shareholders, not M.D. of Wainwright residents. This is in direct contrast to what a municipality does, which is work hard to keep dollars in our community.
The M.D. of Wainwright is giving you all this information in hopes you will be able to help us save Rural Alberta. Once this legislation is passed, we are heading down a path that will result in the decay of a viable Rural Alberta. We have been told we have until the middle of August to voice our displeasure.
For more information please contact the M.D. office at 780-842-4454 or visit our website at www.mdwainwright.ca where council member contacts and staff contacts are posted.
Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 Council