List of villages in Alberta

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Distribution of Alberta's 93 villages

A village is an urban municipality status type used in the Canadian Province of Alberta. Alberta villages are created when communities with populations of at least 300 people, where a majority of their buildings are on parcels of land smaller than 1,850 m², apply to Alberta Municipal Affairs for village status under the authority of the Municipal Government Act.[1] Applications for village status are approved via orders in council made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council under recommendation from the Minister of Municipal Affairs.[1]

As of 2013, Alberta has 93 villages that had a cumulative population of 38,169 and an average population of 410 in the 2011 Census.[2][3] Alberta's largest and smallest villages are Stirling and Gadsby with populations of 1,090 and 25 respectively.[2]

When a village's population reaches or exceeds 1,000 people, the council may request a change to town status, but the change in incorporated status is not mandatory.[4] Villages with populations less than 300, whether their populations have declined below 300 or they were incorporated as villages prior to the minimum 300 population requirement, are permitted to retain village status.

381 elected village officials (93 mayors and 288 councillors) provide village governance throughout the province.[5]

The highest frequencies of villages in Alberta are found along existing and former rail lines in the east central portion of the province.

Administration[edit]

Pursuant to Part 5, Division 1 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), each municipality created under the authority of the MGA is governed by a council. As a requirement of the MGA, a village council consists of three councillors by default, one of which is the village's chief elected official (CEO) or mayor. A village council may consist of a higher odd number if council passes a bylaw altering its size.[1] For the 2013-2017 term, 42 villages have a council of three, and 51 have a council of five.[5]

Village councils are governed by a mayor and an even number of councillors that are elected by popular vote, resulting in a total odd number of councillors to avoid tie votes on council matters.[1] All council members are elected under the provisions of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).[6] Mayoral or councillor candidates are required to be residents of their municipality for a minimum of six consecutive months prior to nomination day. The last municipal election was October 21, 2013.

Alberta Municipal Affairs, a ministry of the Cabinet of Alberta, is charged with coordination of all levels of local government.

Administrative duties of villages include public safety, local transit, roads, water service, drainage and waste collection, as well as coordination of infrastructure with provincial and regional authorities (including road construction, education, and health).

List[edit]

Name Rural
municipality
[7]
Incorporation
date (village)[8]
Municipal
census
population
(year)[9]
Population
(2011)[2]
Population
(2006)[2]
Change
(%)[2]
Land
area
(km²)[2]
Population
density
(per km²)[2]
Acme Kneehill County July 7, 1910 653 656 −0.5 2.47 263.9
Alberta Beach Lac Ste. Anne County January 1, 1999 865 884 −2.1 1.98 436.7
Alix Lacombe County June 3, 1907 830 851 −2.5 3.15 263.4
Alliance Flagstaff County August 26, 1918 174 158 10.1 0.64 270.1
Amisk Provost No. 52, M.D. of January 1, 1956 207 172 20.3 0.76 272.2
Andrew Lamont County June 24, 1930 379 465 −18.5 1.23 308.7
Arrowwood Vulcan County May 13, 1926 188 221 −14.9 0.66 286.1
Barnwell Taber, M.D. of January 1, 1980 812
(2011)
771 618 24.8 1.49 517.2
Barons Lethbridge County May 6, 1910 315 276 14.1 0.68 462.2
Bawlf Camrose County October 12, 1906 403 367 9.8 0.96 418.5
Beiseker Rocky View County February 23, 1921 785 804 −2.4 2.84 276.8
Berwyn Peace No. 135, M.D. of November 28, 1936 526 516 1.9 1.66 316.7
Big Valley Stettler No. 6, County of March 9, 1942 364 351 3.7 1.84 198.3
Bittern Lake[N 1] Camrose County November 2, 1904 224 225 −0.4 6.64 33.7
Botha Stettler No. 6, County of September 5, 1911 175 185 −5.4 1.09 160.7
Boyle Athabasca County December 31, 1953 916 854 7.3 7.28 125.8
Breton Brazeau County January 1, 1957 581
(2012)
496 550 −9.8 1.73 286.5
Carbon Kneehill County November 18, 1912 592 570 3.9 2.00 295.6
Carmangay Vulcan County March 4, 1936 262
(2013)
367 336 9.2 1.86 197.1
Caroline Clearwater County December 31, 1951 501 515 −2.7 1.98 252.8
Cereal Special Area No. 3 August 19, 1914 134 126 6.3 0.95 141.6
Champion Vulcan County May 27, 1911 378 364 3.8 0.88 429.7
Chauvin Wainwright No. 61, M.D. of December 30, 1912 340
(2011)
334 308 8.4 2.32 143.9
Chipman Lamont County October 21, 1913 284 253 12.3 9.61 29.5
Clive Lacombe County January 9, 1912 675 562 20.1 2.12 318.3
Clyde Westlock County January 28, 1914 503 470 7.0 1.36 370.7
Consort Special Area No. 4 September 23, 1912 722
(2012)
689 739 −6.8 2.83 243.3
Coutts Warner No. 5, County of January 1, 1960 277 305 −9.2 0.98 283.3
Cowley Pincher Creek No. 9, M.D. of August 16, 1906 236 219 7.8 1.40 168.8
Cremona Mountain View County January 1, 1955 457 463 −1.3 1.71 267.8
Czar Provost No. 52, M.D. of November 12, 1917 167 175 −4.6 1.18 141.6
Delburne Red Deer County January 17, 1913 830 765 8.5 3.92 211.5
Delia[N 2] Starland County July 20, 1914 186 207 −10.1 1.31 142.5
Dewberry Vermilion River, County of January 1, 1957 201 196 2.6 0.84 238.5
Donalda Stettler No. 6, County of December 30, 1912 259 224 15.6 0.99 262.3
Donnelly Smoky River No. 130, M.D. of January 1, 1956 305 293 4.1 1.27 239.9
Duchess Newell, County of May 12, 1921 992 978 1.4 1.89 526.2
Edberg Camrose County February 4, 1930 168 155 8.4 0.36 470.9
Edgerton Wainwright No. 61, M.D. of September 11, 1917 401
(2012)
317 373 −15.0 1.89 168.1
Elnora Red Deer County July 22, 1929 320
(2011)
313 280 11.8 1.48 210.9
Empress Special Area No. 2 February 5, 1914 188 136 38.2 1.75 107.6
Ferintosh Camrose County January 9, 1911 181 153 18.3 0.62 290.2
Foremost Forty Mile No. 8, County of December 31, 1950 526 524 0.4 1.89 277.8
Forestburg Flagstaff County August 21, 1919 831 895 −7.2 2.75 302.0
Gadsby Stettler No. 6, County of May 6, 1910 25 35 −28.6 0.82 30.5
Galahad Flagstaff County March 5, 1918 119 134 −11.2 0.60 199.7
Girouxville Smoky River No. 130, M.D. of December 31, 1951 266 282 −5.7 0.58 461.2
Glendon Bonnyville No. 87, M.D. of January 1, 1956 486 421 15.4 1.98 245.1
Glenwood Cardston County January 1, 1961 287 280 2.5 1.46 197.2
Halkirk Paintearth No. 18, County of February 10, 1912 121 113 7.1 0.65 185.7
Hay Lakes[N 3] Camrose County April 17, 1928 425 362 17.4 0.58 730.1
Heisler Flagstaff County January 1, 1961 151 153 −1.3 0.76 199.9
Hill Spring Cardston County January 1, 1961 186 192 −3.1 1.11 167.2
Hines Creek Clear Hills County December 31, 1951 380 430 −11.6 4.37 86.9
Holden Beaver County April 14, 1909 381 398 −4.3 1.70 224.3
Hughenden Provost No. 52, M.D. of December 27, 1917 258
(2012)
230 231 −0.4 0.78 296.6
Hussar Wheatland County April 20, 1928 176 187 −5.9 0.99 177.8
Hythe Grande Prairie No. 1, County of August 31, 1929 820 821 −0.1 4.12 198.8
Innisfree Minburn No. 27, County of March 11, 1911 220 233 −5.6 1.27 172.6
Irma Wainwright No. 61, M.D. of May 30, 1912 457 444 2.9 1.11 410.7
Kitscoty Vermilion River, County of March 22, 1911 967
(2013)
846 709 19.3 1.54 549.8
Linden Kneehill County January 1, 1964 725 660 9.8 2.56 283.3
Lomond Vulcan County February 16, 1916 173 175 −1.1 1.28 134.9
Longview Foothills No. 31, M.D. of January 1, 1964 307 300 2.3 1.09 282.1
Lougheed Flagstaff County November 7, 1911 273
(2013)
233 217 7.4 1.92 121.5
Mannville Minburn No. 27, County of December 29, 1906 803 782 2.7 2.15 373.6
Marwayne Vermilion River, County of December 31, 1952 667
(2013)
612 521 17.5 1.68 364.5
Milo Vulcan County May 7, 1931 122 100 22.0 1.04 116.9
Minburn Minburn No. 27, County of June 24, 1919 105 65 61.5 0.73 144.2
Morrin Starland County April 16, 1920 245 253 −3.2 0.82 298.9
Munson Starland County May 5, 1911 204 217 −6.0 2.60 78.5
Myrnam Two Hills No. 21, County of August 22, 1930 370 362 2.2 2.76 134.2
Nampa Northern Sunrise County January 1, 1958 362 360 0.6 1.86 194.9
Nobleford Lethbridge County February 28, 1918 1,000 689 45.1 1.54 647.8
Paradise Valley Vermilion River, County of January 1, 1964 174 183 −4.9 0.57 306.9
Rockyford Wheatland County March 28, 1919 325 349 −6.9 1.08 300.0
Rosalind Camrose County January 1, 1966 190 190 0.0 0.59 322.2
Rosemary Newell, County of December 31, 1951 421
(2012)
342 388 −11.9 0.56 607.8
Rycroft Spirit River No. 133, M.D. of March 15, 1944 628 638 −1.6 1.69 372.5
Ryley[N 4] Beaver County April 2, 1910 497 458 8.5 1.97 251.9
Spring Lake[N 5] Parkland County January 1, 1999 614
(2012)
533 501 6.4 2.12 251.5
Standard Wheatland County April 29, 1922 379 380 −0.3 2.34 162.1
Stirling[N 6] Warner No. 5, County of September 3, 1901 1,147
(2013)
1,090 921 18.3 2.64 413.6
Strome Flagstaff County February 3, 1910 228 252 −9.5 0.92 248.4
Thorsby Leduc County December 31, 1949 947
(2012)
951 945 0.6 3.87 245.7
Veteran Special Area No. 4 June 30, 1914 249 293 −15.0 0.84 297.0
Vilna Smoky Lake County June 23, 1923 290
(2012)
249 274 −9.1 0.90 277.5
Wabamun Parkland County January 1, 1980 661 601 10.0 3.24 203.8
Warburg Leduc County December 31, 1953 789 621 27.1 2.70 292.6
Warner Warner No. 5, County of November 12, 1908 392
(2011)
331 307 7.8 1.15 288.5
Waskatenau Smoky Lake County May 19, 1932 255 278 −8.3 0.60 427.6
Willingdon Two Hills No. 21, County of August 31, 1928 275 295 −6.8 0.97 283.8
Youngstown Special Area No. 3 December 31, 1936 178 170 4.7 1.00 177.7
Total villages 38,675 37,288 3.7 166.12 232.8

Notes:

  1. ^ Bittern Lake was formerly known as Rosenroll prior to December 16, 1911.[10]
  2. ^ Delia was formerly known as Highland prior to December 9, 1915.[11]
  3. ^ Hay Lakes was formerly known as Hay Lake prior to January 1, 1932.
  4. ^ Ryley was also known as Equity in 1909.[12]
  5. ^ Spring Lake was formerly known as Edmonton Beach prior to January 1, 1999.[13]
  6. ^ Stirling is designated a national historic site.

Village status eligibility[edit]

Stirling is Alberta's largest village by population

Numerous Alberta hamlets meet the minimum population requirement for village status eligibility.

Town status eligibility[edit]

The villages of Stirling and Nobleford are currently eligible for town status having populations of 1,090 and 1,000 respectively.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Municipal Government Act". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. January 30, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 328/2012". Province of Alberta. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Types of Municipalities in Alberta". Alberta Municipal Affairs. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  5. ^ a b "Municipal Profiles (Villages)". Alberta Municipal Affairs. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Local Authorities Election Act". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Communities Within Specialized and Rural Municipalities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 9, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Municipal Profiles: Summary Reports (Towns)". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 17, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "2013 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 20, 2013. pp. 5 7. ISBN 978-1-4601-1418-6. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 979/11". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1911-12-16. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  11. ^ "Change in Name of Village Municipality - Highland to Delia". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1915-12-09. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  12. ^ Village of Ryley. "The Village of Ryley - Equity". Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  13. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 517/98". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1998-12-09. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 

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