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Sturgeon County

Coordinates: 53°48′8″N 113°38′59″W / 53.80222°N 113.64972°W / 53.80222; -113.64972
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Sturgeon County
St. Emile Roman Catholic Church in Legal
St. Emile Roman Catholic Church in Legal
Official logo of Sturgeon County
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
Coordinates: 53°48′8″N 113°38′59″W / 53.80222°N 113.64972°W / 53.80222; -113.64972
RegionEdmonton Metropolitan Region
Census division11
Incorporated1997 (County)
Named forSturgeon River
 • MayorAlanna Hnatiw[1]
 • Governing body
Sturgeon County Council
  • Dan Derouin
  • Kristin Toms
  • Wayne Bokenfohr
  • Neal Comeau
  • Patrick Tighe
  • Karen Shaw
 • CAORegan McCullough
 • Administrative officeMorinville
 • Land2,084.24 km2 (804.73 sq mi)
 • Total20,061
 • Density9.6/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area

Sturgeon County is a municipal district in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of Alberta, Canada. It is north of Edmonton and west of the North Saskatchewan River. Sturgeon County is located in Division No. 11 and was named for the Sturgeon River.


In 1876, the Crown gained title to the land that would later become Sturgeon County in Treaty 6 with First Nations. The area was first settled in 1879.[4] The first settlers were several francophone families.[5]

The Municipal District (MD) of Sturgeon River No. 90 was originally incorporated on January 1, 1955 and became the County of Sturgeon No. 15 on January 1, 1961.[6] It reverted back to the MD of Sturgeon No. 90 on July 12, 1965.[6] Its name was changed to Sturgeon County on April 23, 1997.[6]


Communities and localities[edit]

The following localities are located within Sturgeon County.[9]

Other places


In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Sturgeon County had a population of 20,061 living in 7,021 of its 7,599 total private dwellings, a change of -2.1% from its 2016 population of 20,495. With a land area of 2,084.24 km2 (804.73 sq mi), it had a population density of 9.6/km2 (24.9/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

The population of Sturgeon County according to its 2020 municipal census is 20,506,[11] a 7% change from its 2008 municipal census population of 19,165.[12]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Sturgeon County had a population of 20,495 living in 6,870 of its 7,337 total private dwellings, a 4.7% change from its 2011 population of 19,578. With a land area of 2,090.13 km2 (807.00 sq mi), it had a population density of 9.8/km2 (25.4/sq mi) in 2016.[13]


Sturgeon County's Economic Development Department is responsible for promoting business. The organization recognizes the benefits that new businesses can bring to the region. It helps businesses navigate municipal programs and processes, provides consultation services, and offers hands-on solutions to assist local actors at every stage of development.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alberta election 2017: Sturgeon County results | Globalnews.ca".
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ Speers, Bertha (1936). A cameo of the West : story of the pioneers of the Sturgeon River district, 1879–1900. Namao, Alberta: UFWA.
  5. ^ "Le patrimoine francophone de Saint-Albert, Morinville et Legal".
  6. ^ a b c "Location and History Profile: Sturgeon County" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  7. ^ "St. Albert, City (Census Subdivision), Alberta". Statistics Canada. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. June 3, 2024. Retrieved June 14, 2024.
  9. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4811059 - Sturgeon County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. March 5, 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Geo-Administrative Areas (Hamlet, Locality and Townsite Culture Points) (Geodatabase layer) (Map). AltaLIS. October 26, 2020. Retrieved October 2, 2021.{{cite map}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  11. ^ 2019 Municipal Affairs Population List (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. December 2019. ISBN 978-1-4601-4623-1. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  12. ^ "Alberta 2009 Official Population List" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  13. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Start In Sturgeon > Why Sturgeon County > Economic Development Team". www.startinsturgeon.ca. Archived from the original on July 5, 2015.

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