Municipal Elections

Represent your region's vision & views.

Lesser Slave River's government consists of a Reeve elected at large, and six Councillors representing two municipal divisions. Division 1 includes the communities of Flatbush, Chisholm, Hondo and Smith. Division 2 includes the communities of Mitsue, Marten Beach, Canyon Creek, Widewater and the land adjacent to the Town of Slave Lake. Though they bring unique mandates and perceptions to the table, Council shares the vision to steward a municipality where prosperity is the norm, and where residents have the resources they need to thrive.

Municipal elections are held every four years on the third Monday in the month of October pursuant to the Municipal Government Act and the Local Authorities Election Act. The last municipal election was held on October 21, 2013.

Running for Lesser Slave River Council: General Considerations

To become a candidate you must be at least 18 years of age on nomination day, a Canadian citizen, and you must have been a resident of Lesser Slave River for the six consecutive months preceding nomination day.

You are ineligible as a candidate for Lesser Slave River under the following circumstances:

  • if you are the auditor of the municipality
  • if you are a municipal employee, unless you take the entitled leave of absence
  • if your property taxes are more than $50 in arrears or you are in default, for more than 90 days, for any other debt in excess of $500 to the municipality
  • if you have, within the previous 10 years, been convicted of a offense under the Local Authorities Election Act, the Election Act or the Canada Elections Act
  • If you are a judge, member of parliament, senator, or member of the legislative assembly, you must resign that position before you take office as a member of council.

The demands on your time will be heavy. You will be elected for a four-year term of office and during that time you will be required to attend:

  • regular and special meetings of council
  • council committee meetings
  • meetings of other boards and agencies to which you are appointed as council’s representative
  • conferences, conventions, seminars, and workshops for training and discussion
  • social and other events promoting your municipality

You will also need to spend time reading material and talking with residents, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), and others. This will all be part of the necessary preparation for meetings so that you can make informed decisions. Don’t forget the time you need for your personal life, work, etc.

As a member of council you will have the opportunity to significantly influence the future of your community. Your power as a member of council depends on your ability to persuade the other members of council to adopt your view. All decisions must be made at meetings, held in public, at which a quorum is present.

As an individual member of council you will not have the power to commit your municipality to any expenditure or to direct the activities of the municipal employees. Any promise you make as part of your election campaign that involves municipal expenditures or the activities of the employees, can only be carried out if you can convince a majority of council that it is a good idea.

The Canadian Constitution delegates responsibility for municipal institutions to the provinces. Through a variety of legislation, the Alberta Legislative Assembly has delegated some of its authority to municipal councils. The legislation you will use most often is the Municipal Government Act.

Local legislation is in the form of bylaws that remain in effect until they are amended or repealed. You will not be starting with a blank slate and creating your ideal municipality from scratch. If you are running with some kind of reform in mind, you will have to become familiar with what exists, how it has been created – by bylaw, resolution or policy – and why it exists, before you will be able to start discussing your changes.

Some examples of local documents you will often refer to are the Council Procedural Bylaw, Land Use Bylaw, the bylaws establishing the positions of the Chief Administrative Officer and the designated officers, and the Policy Manual.

As a member of council, it will be your duty to establish policy for your municipality. It is the job of the administration to implement the policy. The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has competent and dedicated administrators. You will need the support, advice and assistance of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) if you are to be an effective member of council. Their training, experience, and understanding of how and why things have developed as they have, will be an important resource for you.

The best way to find out what the job is all about is to spend some time reading council agendas and minutes, and talking to current members of council. Sit in on some council meetings. Talk to the CAO to find out what other information is available. This will help you in your campaign and will assist you in assuming office. If you don’t do that kind of research now, you’ll have to do it after you are elected, and you probably have more time now than you will if you are elected.

Ask how much time may be required for committee work and for council appointments to other boards and agencies, over and above the time required for regular council meetings. Once you are elected you have a duty to represent your community.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River Region is almost twice the size of Prince Edward Island, but with just 1/15 the population. The Region includes the urban area of Slave Lake, as well as nine outlying communities: Flatbush, Chisholm, Smith, Hondo, Marten Beach, Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, and Assineau. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River


Measured guidance for local matters.

Municipal Policies provide guidance for Lesser Slave River Council and staff during the handling of local matters and procedures. In this spirit, Lesser Slave River's policy library provides an online resource listing all policies that guide MD protocols.

The policies in this library provide a set of guidelines for employees to follow in making decisions in the best interest of Lesser Slave River and its residents. They are designed to provide a framework for the delegation of decision making; to eliminate misunderstandings; to reduce uncertainties; and to enable MD staff and management to meet its goals and objectives. Some latitude is allowed in decision making, dependent upon circumstances; otherwise, it would be considered a rule or procedure. However, in making decisions, the intent of the policy must be followed. Municipal Policies are intended to:

  • Promote common understanding of Council's policy objectives
  • Provide direction to allow Administration to meet council's policy objectives
  • Facilitate better and more timely decisions
  • Allow personnel to know what is expected of them
  • Address recurring problems or situations.

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Category : Advisory Council
Category : Agricultural Services
Category : Community Services
Category : Finance
Category : Planning & Development
Category : Protective Services
Category : Recreation
Category : Transportation
Category : Utilities

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Traditionally the Sawridge First Nation used the sprawling Boreal forest and the numerous lakes and rivers of the Slave Lake Region as their territory for centuries prior to the arrival of colonialists. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Scholarships and bursaries opportunities.

Municipal District of Lesser Slave River has recently announced a new grant program called the Community Assistance Board (CAB) grant. It is available to not-for-profit community organizations in an effort to enhance social programming, community events and facilities, as well as other amenities located within the municipality. The program will have four intakes during the year (January, April, July and September) and applications will be evaluated on the project’s alignment to the MD’s community values.

In addition to this new program, groups will also have access to funding through the Municipal District’s Public Transit Operating Assistance Grant, its Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) program as well as various provincial programs including:

  • Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) Grant. Click here for more information.
  • Community Initiatives Program. Click here for more information.
  • Further information about the programs, eligibility requirements and funding levels can be obtained by contacting the Recreation and Community Services Department.

    Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

    As goods and people come from Edmonton via steamboat, a small outpost called Mirror Landing was founded 70 km east of Sawridge, opposite what is now the Smith townsite. It supplied those making the journey to the Peace Country, and offered weary travellers food and rest. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Addressing the concerns of the community.

Safety is our first priority. We want to provide a desired quality of life for residents and visitors alike by raising public awareness of community standards.

Bylaws are created to address the issues and concerns of the residents, as well as to protect the environment, public health and public safety in the Municipality.

Below you will find an alphabetical listing of the most commonly requested Bylaws. If you are unable to find a specific bylaw, please contact the Main Administration Office at 780.849.4888.

Please visit our Online Document Library for the most complete and up-to-date files.

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Category : Administration
Category : Animal Control
Category : Assessment Review Board
Category : Bylaw Enforcement
Category : Council
Category : Disaster
Category : Elections
Category : Fire Protection
Category : Library
Category : Planning
Category : Recreation
Category : Taxation
Category : Transportation
Category : Waste
Category : Water and Sewer

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

In the late 1920s and early 1930s there was substantial activity in the Chisholm, Smith, and Sawridge areas. Logging trains brought heavy shipments of logs to the sawmill in Chisholm and provided many jobs for newcomers to the area. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

Forms & Applications

Let us address your requests or concerns.

Below you will find an alphabetical listing of frequently requested forms. The following forms are meant to help us address your requests, questions or concerns in a more timely and effective manner.

For forms not included in this listing, please contact the Main Administration Office at 780.849.4888.




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Forms and Applications

Approach Construction Request Download 420.00 kb 1828
Assessment Complaint Form Download 1.05 mb 1612
Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization Download 39.62 kb 2071
Board and Committee Application Download 309.80 kb 1828
Committee Application [Interactive] Download 235.65 kb 467
Community Assistance Funding Application [Interactive] Download 427.06 kb 1972
Community Assistance Funding Final Report [Interactive] Download 307.85 kb 1745
Delegation Application - Appearing Before Council [Interactive] Download 170.74 kb 1654
Development Permit Application [Interactive] Download 830.19 kb 2105
Dust Control Application [Interactive] Download 192.12 kb 8
Employment Application Download 403.68 kb 1660
FCSS Grants To Groups Application Download 317.94 kb 199
FCSS Project Summary Report Download 245.93 kb 179
Photo Release Form Download 28.75 kb 1643
Preauthorized Payments Application Download 579.47 kb 252
Private Water and Sewer Application Download 580.76 kb 1601
Request for Rural Address Download 94.68 kb 2054
Rugged and Real Scholarship Application Download 278.81 kb 1789
School Support Notice Download 19.53 kb 1921
Seniors Property Tax Assistance Program Application Download 220.66 kb 1833
Sewer Repayment Agreement Download 453.19 kb 1974
Snowplowing Agreement [Interactive] Download 105.06 kb 1776
Subdivision Application [Interactive] Download 830.89 kb 2022
Withdrawal of Assessment Complaint Download 221.11 kb 1952

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Oil was struck in the Lesser Slave River region in 1964. This discovery attracted numerous entrepreneurs and opportunists to the area, resulting in a population jump and the transformation of Slave Lake to a town in 1965. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
Legendary Lesser Slave River

MD of Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton, Lesser Slave River is a truly unique place to live, work and play. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound. Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

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