Welcome to the
M.D. of Wainwright No. 61


For booking and information for Riverdale, please call 780-842-2996

For booking and information for Arm Lake, please call 780-842-4727

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.

Happy Retirement Karen

Oscar Buck, Deputy Reeve and Councilor for Division 1, presented Karen Steele a plaque for her many years of service at the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61.  Happy retirement from all the staff and Council.

Industrial Hemp Workshop

The M.D. of Wainwright Agricultural Service Board is pleased to host Dr. Jan Slaski and the Alberta Hemp Alliance as they demystify industrial hemp and build your foundation of knowledge in a pressure free environment. Learn the benefits of diversifying your operation with hemp and the opportunities in this expanding industry.

This workshop will focus on growing hemp for fiber in our regions soil and climate conditions.

Registration for this workshop taking place on Saturday December 10th at the Wainwright Communiplex is required. Contact Shelby at soracheski@mdwainwright.ca or call the M.D. office at 780-842-4454 to register. The deadline for registration is Wednesday December 7th.

This workshop is offered at a cost of $10 per participant for M.D. of Wainwright ratepayers and $20 for all other attendees. This covers coffee and refreshments, as well as a delicious catered lunch prepared by Vera’s Catering. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions at the time of registration. Also note that payment may only be made in cash at the door.

Registration and coffee: 9:30am-10:00am
Presentations and Q & A Sessions: 10:00am – 12:15pm
Lunch: 12:15pm – 1:00pm


Dr. Jan Slaski is an expert researcher with InnoTech Alberta. Jan has been at helm of hemp research for over two decades and is an expert in agronomy, hemp, and cannabis. He has spent countless hours on crop development and optimization, selecting and breeding hemp varieties that would perform well in Alberta’s soil conditions and climate.

The Alberta Hemp Alliance (AHA) is a non-profit association of stakeholders collaborating to create a strong, competitive and diversified Hemp Industry in Alberta. The champion and facilitate market development and provide provincial networking, tools and resources specifically for Alberta.

AAAF Bursary Winner

Congratulations to Ryan Chesterman for being selected to receive the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen (AAAF) Bursary! Two students pursuing an education in Agricultural or Environmental studies are chosen annually in the Northeast Region.
Ryan is currently a first year at Lakeland College in the General Agriculture Program and is looking forward to putting his education to use on his fifth generation family farm. Best wishes Ryan!
Pictured: James Schwindt, M.D. of Wainwright Agricultural Fieldman, Ryan Chesterman, and Shelby Oracheski, M.D. of Wainwright Assistant Agricultural Fieldman

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.


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.


Squeal on Pigs!


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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.


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.