|Town of Bonnyville|
Grain elevators, 1974
Location in the MD of Bonnyville No. 87
|Planning region||Lower Athabasca|
|Municipal district||Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87|
|• Village||September 19, 1929|
|• Town||February 3, 1948|
|• Mayor||Gene Sobolewski|
|• Governing body||Bonnyville Town Council|
|• MP||Shannon Stubbs (Conservative)—Lakeland|
|• MLA||Dave Hanson (United Conservative Party) — Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul|
|• Land||14.18 km2 (5.47 sq mi)|
|Elevation||564 m (1,850 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation area|
|Area code(s)||+1-780, +1-587|
The community derives its name from Father Bonnin, a Roman Catholic priest.
Bonnyville is located on the north shore of Jessie Lake. The lake is an important staging area for thousands of migrating birds, and therefore attracts birdwatchers. Other nearby lakes include Moose Lake and Muriel Lake.
|Source: Statistics Canada|
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Bonnyville recorded a population of 5,975 living in 2,281 of its 2,706 total private dwellings, a -3.9% change from its 2011 population of 6,216. With a land area of 14.18 km2 (5.47 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.4/km2 (1,091.3/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Bonnyville had a population of 6,216 living in 2,324 of its 2,482 total dwellings, a 6.6% change from its 2006 population of 5,832. With a land area of 14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi), it had a population density of 440.9/km2 (1,141.8/sq mi) in 2011.
The determination of the Town of Bonnyville's population has been subject to controversy since 2006. Most recently, Statistics Canada's February 2017 release of the population and dwelling counts from the 2016 census reported an overall population of 5,417, which was 1,504 residents fewer than 6,921 permanent residents the municipality counted in its own census conducted in 2014, and 799 less than the 6,216 counted in Statistics Canada's 2011 census. The population count as initially reported by Statistics Canada resulted in a change of -12.9%, which gave Bonnyville the distinction of being the municipality in Canada, among those with at least 5,000 inhabitants, that experienced the greatest percentage loss in population between 2011 and 2016. The Town of Bonnyville disputed the 2016 census results and conducted its own census in 2017 that counted a population of 6,422, which was 1,005 higher than the 2016 population published by Statistics Canada and 499 less than what the town had counted in 2014. Later in 2017, Statistics Canada issued a revised 2016 population count of 5,975 for Bonnyville, 558 higher than the originally reported population of 5,417.
|Mother tongue, 2016 census||Number of speakers||Percentage|
Visible minorities and Aboriginals
|Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2016 Census)|
|Population group||Population||% of total population|
|Visible minority group||South Asian||35||0.6%|
|Visible minority, n.i.e.||0||0%|
|Multiple visible minority||15||0.3%|
|Total visible minority population||545||10.1%|
|Aboriginal group||First Nations||270||5%|
|Multiple Aboriginal identity||0||0%|
|Total Aboriginal population||710||13.1%|
In celebration of Bonnyville's centennial year (2007), the town constructed the Centennial Centre, an educational and recreational centre, as an extension of the R. J. Lalonde Arena and the Bonnyville & District Agriplex. Its construction was somewhat controversial as its cost exceeded the original estimate and required a tax hike for both residents of the town and the municipal district.
Bonnyville is home to the Bonnyville Pontiacs, a junior hockey team playing in the Alberta Junior Hockey League and also a senior hockey team, The Bonnyville Senior Pontiacs. The teams plays out of the R. J. Lalonde Arena, which is part of the Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre.
|MLAs representing Bonnyville|
|Part of St. Paul|
|6th||1926–1930||Laudas Joly||United Farmers|
|8th||1935–1940||Joseph Beaudry||Social Credit|
|Part of Bonnyville|
|12th||1952–1955||Laudas Joly||Social Credit|
|14th||1959–1961||Karl Nordstrom||Social Credit|
|17th||1971–1975||Donald Hansen||Progressive |
|Part of Bonnyville-Cold Lake|
|24th||1997–2001||Denis Ducharme||Progressive |
|Part of Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul|
Bonnyville Town Council is composed of a mayor and six councilors, all directly elected at large. The current mayor, as of the 2013 election, is Gene Sobolewski. The offices of the Municipal District of Bonnyville are located within the town.
Bonnyville is located within the Bonnyville-Cold Lake provincial electoral district. The current MLA is Scott Cyr, the Wildrose justice critic, first elected in 2015. Previous MLAs include Genia Leskiw and Denis Ducharme.
- Lakeland Catholic School District No. 150
- École Notre Dame Elementary School (offering kindergarten through grade 4 English and French programming)
- École Dr. Bernard Brosseau School (offering grade 5 through grade 8 English and French programming)
- École Notre Dame High School (offering grade 9 through grade 12 programming)
- Northern Lights School Division No. 69
- Duclos School (offering kindergarten through grade 4 programming)
- H.E. Bourgoin School (offering grade 5 through grade 8 programming)
- Bonnyville Centralized High School (offering grade 9 through grade 12 programming)
- Bonnyville Outreach School (offering grade 9 through grade 12 programming)
Conseil scolaire Centre-Est
- École des Beaux-Lacs (French school offering kindergarten through grade 12 programming)
- Denis Ducharme, former provincial politician
- Tyler Ennis, professional hockey player
- Justin Fontaine, professional hockey player
- Ernie Isley, former provincial politician and mayor
- Jon Kalinski, professional hockey player
- Eugenia "Genia" Leskiw, Canadian politician, Progressive Conservative (MLA 2008-2015)
- Tanner Boser, mixed martial artist
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- "Bonnyville Outreach School: Programs". Northern Lights School Division No. 69. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
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