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 16, 2017.


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.
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Policies

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.


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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Fee Schedules

How much do your municipal services cost?

When you go to a store, you typically pay each time you buy something. For public services, like roads or garbage pick-up, you don’t pay each time the service is used. Partially for that reason, most residents don’t know how much public services actually cost.

The following Bylaws establish the latest fees and charges for various municipal services. For information on fees not included in this listing, please contact the Main Administration Office at 780.849.4888.

 

 



Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Anyone’s first stop in Lesser Slave River should be the Visitors Information Centre, located on Highway 2 just five km east of Slave Lake. A multitude of information about every recreational activity imaginable can be found here, and local staff are eager to help plan a fantastic stay or a day out in the Region. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Bylaws

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.



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.
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Media Resources

Get familiar with our visual identity guidelines.

A well-defined identity system enables the Municipal District of Lesser Slave River to deliver a consistent and professional visual message to its internal and external audiences. This consistency is fundamental to reinforcing the organization’s identity and reputation, assisting us to communicate in a strong and cohesive voice.

We recognize the need for creative flexibility across various touchpoints. With that in mind, this Quick Reference Guide outlines many ways to incorporate the Lesser Slave River visual identity system into all forms of municipal communications, while still allowing for different applications of the brand.

 


Downloadable Brand Assets

Authorized groups or individuals requiring the Lesser Slave River logo for use with communications materials, and who adhere to the municipal brand usage guidelines, can download public domain brand assets in this section.

Please contact the MD to request access to brand assets not found in the online media section, or for assistance with the development of communications materials that require the Lesser Slave River logo.

To download files, click on the links provided below:

PLEASE NOTE
Use of the Lesser Slave River logo by any third party individual or organization denotes understanding of, and implied adherence to, the usage guidelines provided within this document.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River region hosts the Show n’ Shine Car show, Geocaching events, an Easter Family Egg-stravaganza, Relay for Life, Community Corporate Challenge, Spooktacular Halloween Party, and various Christmas Charity events. With all of these events, there is something fun for everyone almost every weekend in the Region. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Grants

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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Statistics

Municipal Statistics.

Thanks to data collected through the latest Municipal Census, we were able to construct a comprehensive picture of the social and living conditions of the citizens in our region.

Only a census can provide such complete detail right down to the smallest area and the results are an essential tool for effective policy, planning and decision making purposes.

An accurate census and proper information collection is in everyone’s interests. It provides the knowledge so that public resources can be shared evenly across the Municipality and ensures that the municipal services are relevant to all the people who live here.


MUNICIPAL STATISTICS

  Total Area of Municipality 10,076 km2
  Population 3,074 2014 Municipal Census
  Dwellings 1,534 2014 Municipal Census
  Hamlets 7
  Kilometers from Edmonton 257 km
  Length of Open Roads Maintained 698 km
  Kilometers of Water Mains 72.1 km
  Kilometers of Wastewater Mains 64.9 km
  Size of the Lake 1,168 km2 Length: 100 km, Width: 15 km
  Kilometers of River 1,168 km2
  Full-Time Positions 57 52 at MD and 5 at Landfill
  Fire-Halls 4
  Loaders 2
  Bridges 60
  Graders 5
  Excavator 1
  Water Tanker 1
  Loaders 2

AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS | Did you know...

  • Approximately 124,300 acres of land are under agricultural use by 215 farms*
  • 11,757 cattle and calves on 86 farms in the MD*
  • 53% of MD Farmers also work off the farm*

*Stats obtained from the 2011 Census.

2014 PLANNING STATISTICS

  Number of development permit applications received 83
  Number of subdivision applications received 20
  Number of land use bylaw amendment applications 5
  Number of Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) appeals heard 0

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Anyone’s first stop in Lesser Slave River should be the Visitors Information Centre, located on Highway 2 just five km east of Slave Lake. A multitude of information about every recreational activity imaginable can be found here, and local staff are eager to help plan a fantastic stay or a day out in the Region. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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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.

 

 

 


Forms and Applications

# Title Size Hits Download
Assessment Complaint Form 1.05 MB 1883 Download
Photo Release Form 28.75 KB 1827 Download
Employment Application 403.68 KB 1997 Download
Rugged and Real Scholarship Application 278.81 KB 1970 Download
Snowplowing Agreement [Interactive] 105.06 KB 1955 Download
Subdivision Application [Interactive] 830.89 KB 2257 Download
Development Permit Application [Interactive] 830.19 KB 2689 Download
Withdrawal of Assessment Complaint 221.11 KB 2128 Download
Sewer Repayment Agreement 453.19 KB 2146 Download
School Support Notice 19.53 KB 2079 Download
Request for Rural Address 94.68 KB 2251 Download
Private Water and Sewer Application 580.76 KB 1774 Download
Delegation Application - Appearing Before Council [Interactive] 170.74 KB 1860 Download
Community Assistance Funding Final Report [Interactive] 307.85 KB 1958 Download
Community Assistance Funding Application [Interactive] 427.06 KB 2309 Download
Board and Committee Application 309.80 KB 2022 Download
Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization 39.62 KB 2239 Download
Approach Construction Request 420.00 KB 2029 Download
Committee Application [Interactive] 235.65 KB 671 Download
Preauthorized Payments Application 579.47 KB 428 Download
FCSS Project Summary Report 245.93 KB 361 Download
FCSS Grants To Groups Application 317.94 KB 397 Download
Dust Control Application [Interactive] 192.12 KB 94 Download
Seniors_Property_Tax_Assistance_Application_2017 [Intertactive] 290.20 KB 33 Download
Driveway Maintenance Agreement 133.78 KB 12 Download

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.
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Mobile Applications

Alberta Wildfire

Stay current on Alberta's wildfire situation. See where wildfire are burning in Alberta and how they impact you. Get up-to-date information on wildfire conditions and hazard. Join our conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Report a wildfire. This app provides easy access to Alberta's wildfire map with up-to-date wildfire information. Features include area-specific updates on wildfire situations, plus direct contact information for Alberta's wildfire-related websites, phone numbers and email addresses.


Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldmen - AAAF

Agricultural Fieldmen have always been central to the success of Agricultural Service Boards. They develop, implement, and control programs designed to carry out priorities and policies set by their Agricultural Service Board.


Alberta Emergency Alert

When disaster strikes, get more information and take appropriate action to protect yourself and your family. Disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. Alberta Emergency Alerts provide you with critical information about immediate disasters, where the disasters are occurring and what action you can take to better prepare yourself. Alerts are distributed to the public through various outlets including: radio and television; Internet; RSS feed; social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); and road Signage. Public Safety is everyone’s responsibility.


Alberta Air Quality Health Index

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a tool available for Albertans to learn what the air quality around various Alberta communities means to individual health. The AQHI provides a number from 1 to 10 to indicate the level of health risk associated with local air quality. The higher the AQHI number, the greater the health risk and need to take precautions. This app provides updated AQHI readings and daily forecasts for more than 20 communities. The AQHI is paired with advice about limiting exposure to air pollution and adjusting activity levels when air quality is poor. Special community level messaging is displayed when odour or visibility events occur. For more information visit: airquality.alberta.ca.


Alberta Rivers: Data and Advisories

Obtain the latest information about Alberta's rivers, including flood advisories and comments issued by Alberta's River Forecast Centre. View all current surface water data for Alberta. View all monitoring stations on a map, tap stations to view current data and whether flows are normal, and receive notifications when new advisories and comments are issued. You can also save your own list of important stations for quick reference.


Alberta Registry Services

Need to find an Alberta Registry Agent or need more information about registry services in Alberta? With the Registry Services applications you can find a Registry Agent using your current location, city or postal code. Alberta Registry Agents are a network of community-based services centres, offering one-stop shopping for a wide range of registration, information and licensing services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Services provided by Registry Agents include motor vehicle registrations, driver licensing and testing, personal property (lien) searches and registrations, land title searches, corporate registry services, and vital statistics certificate requests.


Bee Health

The Bee Health app is based on current scientific knowledge to address honey bee diseases and pests. It is a handy resource to help beekeepers and other users to detect, diagnose, manage and treat honey bee diseases and pests. It includes pictures and treatment options which aid beekeepers in adopting appropriate pest management practices. Thus, beekeepers can improve bee health and enhance on-farm food safety and biosecurity practices in their operations. Download the free Bee Health app from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry today.


Transfer Alberta

Knowing ahead of time what courses and programs transfer between colleges and universities can help you better plan your future, save your time and money. The Transfer Alberta App provides students and secondary/post-secondary professionals with an informative and easy to use search tool to support post-secondary planning, admissions, and transfers. This tool provides access to Alberta post-secondary transfer agreements, as well as high school upgrading and provincial course equivalency information.


Call of the Land

Call of the Land is Alberta's premier agricultural news program. Airing five days-a-week, this nine minute agricultural radio program, produced by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is broadcast to a daily audience of over 110,000. For over 60 years, stories have kept the agricultural community current on the latest agricultural technologies, research findings, production methods and marketing trends, as well as government programs and policies. The Call of the Land Calendar keeps listeners informed about upcoming agricultural events.


Alberta Baby Names

Each year, Service Alberta publishes a list of Alberta's top baby names, compiled from the Registration of Live Birth forms that are completed by parents. Alberta Baby Names is a fun and easy to use application that helps you find the perfect baby name. Access lists of Alberta's baby names since 1980 by year and gender. Build, edit and view a list of favorite names. View names popularity rankings by year. Search from a list of more than 81,000 names.


Healthy U Jr. Chef

Welcome to Healthy U Jr. Chef, a simple and smart app created by the Government of Alberta. Healthy U Jr. Chef allows parents to browse, plan and cook healthy meals for their family, plus include the kids through fun, interactive games with our cast of critters. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a snack, moms and dads can find quick, healthy dishes with a variety of main ingredients ranging from seafood and poultry, to grains and vegetables.Dishes are shown in full colour photography, then ranked as to how healthy they are, and how often you should serve them to your family. Check out the cooking instructions and ingredients before saving them to your phone’s grocery list with the touch of a button.


Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

Lesser Slave River is “Iyaghchi Eennu Sepe “ in Cree, meaning "River of the Strange People." The river itself is a major tributary of the Athabasca River. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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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.

General Contact Info

 info (@) mdlsr.ca
 780.849.4888
 1.866.449.4888
 780.849.4939

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