Assessment & Taxation

Providing fair and transparent property valuations.

The Assessment & Taxation department is responsible for the valuation and classification of all real property, personal property, and business occupancies within Lesser Slave River for the purpose of distributing taxes fairly to the municipality's residents.

This department works to establish the assessed value for all property within municipal boundaries; prepare the annual tax rate bylaws for the collection of property taxes; produce an annual assessment roll reflecting changes in property condition, ownership, boundaries, and exemption status; and provide guidance and communications to the public and liaises with the public regarding statutory requirements and tax policy. .


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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Committed to serve and protect our community.

The Emergency Services department is comprised of a team of dedicated and professional staff who commit themselves daily to safeguarding those who live, work and play within our borders. Through education, inspection, enforcement, community relations and emergency response, the Emergency Services department is tasked with maintaining the health, safety and quality of life of the region.

This department is comprised of three primary sections: Bylaw Enforcement, Protective Services and Animal Control. Together, these departments serve the community by providing health and safety, animal control, enforcement of provincial statutes and municipal bylaws, emergency management, education, prevention and cooperative support with local RCMP and other government agencies.


Fire Services


Get on the Grid

Expect the best. Plan for the worst.

The boreal region of Lesser Slave River is certainly beautiful. However, the proximity of many communities to forested areas can pose a threat to lives, homes and livelihoods when certain conditions conspire. Here are a few simple steps you can take to safeguard your family both before and during an emergency situation.

01 Make sure your family’s current contact information is on file with the MD’s Emergency Notification System, which will automatically call in the case of an emergency. The interactive enrolment form is in the Emergency section of

02 Bookmark the municipal website at – or MD social media sites – to access emergency updates as they happen. is a popular municipal social media channel.

03 Monitor local radio stations such as Lake FM (92.7) for breaking news or instructions related to an emergency event.

04 Download the Alberta Wildfire app from iTunes or Google Play (depending upon your device) for real-time alerts on wildfires throughout the province.

What happens if evacuation becomes necessary?

01 Know the location of the evacuation centre closest to your community. There are several throughout the community, and they are listed in the Emergency section of

02 Create your own 72-hour emergency kit to ensure you have certain necessities at a moment’s notice. A checklist can be found in the Emergency section of

Emergency Kit Checklist

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave River Region includes the Town of Slave Lake, Municipal District of Lesser Slave River, and the Sawridge First Nation, who are dedicated to building a collaborative and cohesive future together. The Slave Lake Region encompasses all areas within the three entities – together they cover more than 10,000 square kilometers. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission

Reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.

Waste and how we choose to handle it affects our world’s environment — that’s YOUR environment, everything that surrounds you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things. You know that you need a healthy environment for your own health and happiness; you can understand why effective waste management is so important to you and to everyone else.

The Municipal District of Lesser Slave River operates three transfer sites and one landfill facility at various locations throughout the municipality. These facilities are intended to provide a means for residents to recycle or dispose of household solid waste. The Regional Landfill is under the guidance of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Waste Management Services Commission which is comprised of three Town of Slave Lake council members and three MD of Lesser Slave River council members. It operates under Approval from Alberta Environment and provincial legislation.

MD transfer stations are under the supervision of the MD so for questions related to them, please call the MD office at 780.849.4888

Residents, Did you know?

01 You could be responsible for the tipping fees for all of your waste as well as a $50 fine if you are found throwing away a lot of recycle material into the waste stream, or for not sorting your waste appropriately. The landfill offers options for recycle materials and it is expected that residents work with us in recycling and diverting those materials from the landfill, such as: Metals, Electronics, Tires, Paints, Household Hazardous Wastes and regular recycle material such as cardboard and plastic.

02 Even though you are not charged for most of your waste directly, your respective municipality is billed for the waste, this is why you are asked if you are from the Town of Slave Lake or the MD of Lesser Slave River. You are allowed up to 500kg of waste in a load, over that you are responsible for that extra amount.

03 It is considered theft if you are found dumping without weighing in, for example going into the Class III site when the gate is open and dumping your construction material without weighing in and out at the scale. All materials have to be recorded accordingly, even just a few boards from a small project. Here are some references to Provincial Laws relative to dumping of waste or not tarping your loads, These laws are enforced locally by Peace Officers as well as RCMP in our region.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

On May 20, 2011, a firefighting helicopter crashed into the Lesser Slave Lake near Canyon Creek, taking the life of pilot Jean-Luc Debas died at the scene. A memorial park on the shore of Canyon Creek honours the bravery of Mr. Debas. Visit the Municipal History section to learn more about our region's rich heritage.
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Transportation services and infrastructure.

The Transportation department provides and maintains the infrastructure in Lesser Slave River’s transportation network. This department aims to provide safe and cost-effective systems for all modes of transportation, maintains these systems at acceptable levels of service, and expands these systems to facilitate the population growth and economic development of our community.

It is responsible for repairs, rehabilitation, and maintenance including oiling, roadside brushing, gravelling, sanding, and snowplowing; construction and maintenance of roads, public walkways, sidewalks, trails within the road allowance, street lights, bridges, and drainage systems; administration of road closures and bans; maintenance of traffic and directional signage, and; acquisition and maintenance of the vehicles and equipment in the municipal fleet.

Transportation Resources for MD Residents

Road Bans

Snowplow Flags

Dust Control

Road Works

Winter Roads | Priorities & Maintenance

Roadway maintenance standards are at Council approved service levels that minimize economic loss and inconvenience to the community. Snow will be cleared from roads in order of priority. The degree and frequency of clearing will be according to the level of service outlined for each priority.

Protect public safety and ensure key emergency transportation routes are passable within one working day.

Mitsue Industrial Park municipal and contract roads, fire halls, water treatment and sewer facilities.

Ensure the majority of school bus routes will be passable within two working days following a snowfall.

To allow safe and normal movement on traffic within three working days following a snowfall.

Given to roads kept open twelve months of the year. Plowing to be completed within four days.

Driveways will be plowed following completion of road plowing, which under normal conditions is three to four days following a snowfall.

Facilities will be plowed as a community service at no cost upon completion of Priority 6 requests.

Life, Work and Leisure in Lesser Slave River

The Lesser Slave Lake and the river were the main links to the Peace River district until the beginning of the 20th century, when the construction of the Northern Alberta Railway facilitated transportation in the area. 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.

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