|Town of Morinville|
The Provincial Building in downtown Morinville
|Motto: "We Listen, We Serve, We Achieve"|
|Municipal district||Sturgeon County|
|• Mayor||Lisa Holmes|
|• Governing body|
|• CAO||Debbie Oyarzun|
|• MP||Brian Storseth|
|• MLA||Maureen Kubinec|
|• Total||11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||700 m (2,300 ft)|
|• Density||755.6/km2 (1,957/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
Morinville was settled by Father Morin, an Oblate missionary, who brought many French settlers in the late 1800s, followed by several German pioneers—hence its many French and German families such as Hittinger, Riopel, Boissonnault, Tailleur, Houle, Labonté, St. Laurent, Maisonneuve, Bokenfohr, Krauskopf, Rustemier, and Meyers.
The monument located in the St. Jean Baptiste Park lists the many names of pioneers and settlers to Morinville. Once situated on the street at 100 Avenue and 100 Street, the monument was moved to its present location in 2000, as it was a safety hazard and very difficult to enjoy with all the traffic at the intersection.
The first post-office opened in 1894.
The Roman Catholic Church of the St. Jean Baptiste Parish was built in 1907. The church, along with its adjacent but now inoperative convent Morinville Convent, was declared a historical site in 1975. In 2005, the grounds of the church were landscaped with a clock tower, new grass, trees and shrubs, in celebration of Alberta's 100th anniversary as a province.
Morinville has a long history of successful business ventures as one of the first locations in Western Canada to open a Royal Bank of Canada in 1910 and a credit union in 1940. A series of successful international business ventures include Champion Pet Foods that exports around the world.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Morinville had a population of 8,569 living in 3,078 of its 3,261 total dwellings, a 26.5% change from its 2006 population of 6,775. With a land area of 11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi), it had a population density of 755.6/km2 (1,957.1/sq mi) in 2011.
In 2006, Morinville had a population of 6,775 living in 2,401 dwellings, a 3.6% increase from 2001. The town has a land area of 11.34 km2 (4.38 sq mi) and a population density of 597.4 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Seven percent of Morinville residents still speak French, most of whom are elderly. A bilingual mass is conducted at the Catholic Church on Sundays.
Morinville’s business community consists mostly of small businesses. Some of the businesses in Morinville include two grocery stores, fast food restaurants, a recreational vehicle dealership, and a car dealership.
One of the town’s larger businesses, Champion Pet Foods, employs approximately 50 people. The business emits an odour that often blankets the community and has generated numerous complaints as a result.
The Town of Morinville is undertaking an economic development strategy to attract new businesses in order to increase its commercial/industrial tax base. As of 2010, 93% of its tax base is residential in nature. In the interim, the town has introduced a stepped tax break program to attract businesses.
Recreation amenities in Morinville include walking trails, a splash park, a trout pond, a skateboard park, a hockey arena, a curling rink, numerous parks and playgrounds, and outdoor fitness equipment stations along the trail system and at the splash park among other amenities. Other recreation amenities are available in St. Albert and Edmonton to the south.
Additional recreation amenities are being considered by the town as it grows. One of the amenities currently being considered is the development of a swimming pool.
The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division operates three schools in Morinville – Ecole Notre Dame Elementary, Georges H. Primeau Middle School and Morinville Community High School. Prior to 2011, Morinville held the distinction of having only public Catholic schools, and no secular or Protestant schools of any kind. The public Sturgeon School Division, which provided school programming to surrounding Sturgeon County, did not provide school programming in Morinville. This led to non-Catholic parents starting an advocacy campaign to introduce a secular option for education in Morinville. In response, Sturgeon School Division and the Town of Morinville came to an agreement to provide space for a secular education program for grades 1–4 for the 2011–2012 school year. Further, the Government of Alberta committed to conducting a census in Morinville, Legal, St. Albert, and a portion of Sturgeon County to determine the minority faith in the area as a precursor to developing a long-term solution to address the issue of secular education in Morinville.
Morinville is served by three local weekly newspapers — The Free Press delivered by Canada Post & online, Farm 'n' Friends delivered by Canada Post & online and The Morinville News available from pickup boxes & online.
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