Welcome to the M.D. of Wainwright
The M.D. of Wainwright is situated in the heart of the agriculture and oil industries and is a major partner with one of Canada’s largest military training bases. This makes the M.D. of Wainwright an area of diverse wealth both socially and economically and allows us to provide our residents with many services and the benefit of low taxes.
In addition, the M.D. of Wainwright offers various historical and recreational attractions for residents and visitors.
The M.D. of Wainwright is a progressive community that is a great place to live, work and raise a family. We are glad to welcome you.
In 2016 the M.D. of Wainwright had a population of 4,479 living in 1,459 of its 1,768 total private dwellings, a change of 8.2% from its 2011 population of 4,138. With a land area of 4,156.56 km2 (1,604.86 sq mi), it had a population density of 1.1/km2 (2.8/sq mi) in 2016.
Flags Lowered in Honor of Robert A. 'Butch' Fischer
The M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 would like to send out their condolences to the family and friends of Robert 'Butch' Fischer.
Robert 'Butch' Fischer passed away peacefully Sunday, August 9, 2020 in Wainwright, Alberta with his family by his side. Butch became an MLA for the Wainwright Constituency in 1982 and won six consecutive elections before retiring in 2001. He was appointed Minister of Transportation and Minister of Public Works by Premier Ralph Klein. He thoroughly enjoyed his political career meeting people and attending community functions. Butch had a passion for golf especially during his retirement years. Butch is survived by his wife Marian of 61 years, 5 children, Brent (Beret) Fischer of Irma, Greg (Darla) Fischer of Irma, Sherri (Chris) Pfisterer of Wainwright, Tracey (Phil) Boorman of Peachland, Doug (Corrina) Fischer of Wainwright; eighteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. A "come and go" Open House with the family will be held at the Greg Fischer farm on Thursday, August 13, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the WDCHF Scanner Project, Box 3540, Wainwright, Alberta, T9W 1T5. Sympathy cards may be mailed to 905-9th Street, Wainwright, Alberta, T9W 1E1. Creech's Funeral Home in care of all arrangements. www.creechsfh.ca
Because of COVID-19, the M.D. of Wainwright will be streaming our Council meetings on both Facebook and Youtube. Council meetings are held every third Tuesday starting at 9:00 AM. Click on either link below to listen in.
Our next scheduled Council meeting is July 21, 2020
COVID-19 Update - Aug 21, 2020
Reeve Bob Barss recorded a short 1 minute video to update the rate payers of the M.D. of Wainwright. You can watch it on our YouTube channel here.
There are no active cases of COVID-19 within the MD of Wainwright. We sadden to know that another person has died from COVID-19. Although there a no active cases, it remains important to wash hands often, physical distance when able, wear a mask when unable to physical distance or to feel comfortable and to be respectful towards each other.
Please stay tuned to our Facebook pages, website and other means of communication to ensure that you are up to date with all current requirements. At this time there are no additional health restrictions.
AAAF Memorial Bursary
The Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldman, as an ongoing tribute to past, present and future AAAF members, and in the spirit of continuing education valued by our Association, created the AAAF Memorial Bursary.
The Bursary is intended for student continuing their education at a College or University. Students must be enrolled in an agricultural or environmental science program. One $500 bursary is available to a student that resides in the Northeast AAAF Region. Deadline for the NE AAAF Bursary application submission is September 1, 2020
Press Release - M.D. Stands to Lose 10 Million Dollars
M.D. of Wainwright Stands To Lose 10 Million Dollars
The M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 is extremely concerned with and opposed to the changes to the assessment model for regulated properties such as wells and pipelines that was announced recently. This adjustment will affect the linear assessment within the M.D. of Wainwright. We have been told this is to enhance industry’s competitiveness. The M.D. of Wainwright is in support of industry in the area, but this change in assessment will jeopardize Rural Alberta.
The assessment model is the method the province gives municipalities to raise revenues through taxation. Based on the potential changes presented by the province, the M.D. of Wainwright is poised to lose between $9,453,925 and $6,979,777, or between 30% and 22% of our total tax revenue. To offset this loss the M.D. of Wainwright could be required to increase the residential tax rate by between 290% and 393% and increase the non-residential tax rate by between 37.4% and 58.4%. Raising tax rates to off-set the impacts of the assessment model change will have the effect of simply transferring taxes from industry to other businesses and residents. This draconian change to the assessment model will force municipalities to enact a reduction in service levels and intermunicipal collaboration agreements, as the above increases are not realistic for our ratepayers. These changes will impact not only our municipality, but the entire region.
In addition, municipalities requisition amounts for schools and senior housing using the assessment model. Those rates will also need to be adjusted going forward to offset the revenues lost, or those services will be reduced.
There is no guarantee that the tax savings experienced will be put back into the local economy, as a majority of the benefit will profit global companies and their shareholders, not M.D. of Wainwright residents. This is in direct contrast to what a municipality does, which is work hard to keep dollars in our community.
The M.D. of Wainwright is giving you all this information in hopes you will be able to help us save Rural Alberta. Once this legislation is passed, we are heading down a path that will result in the decay of a viable Rural Alberta. We have been told we have until the middle of August to voice our displeasure.
For more information please contact the M.D. office at 780-842-4454 or visit our website at www.mdwainwright.ca where council member contacts and staff contacts are posted.
Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61 Council
Farming the Web
Road Side Mowing
Attention Rural Ratepayers
Road side mowing will begin July 15th
Mowers will be starting on the west end of the Municipality and moving their way East. We want to remind residents that all road side haying should have been completed by July 15th. If there is an existing swath the mowers will honour the swath but will not leave any areas.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact James or Tanis at the M.D. Office at 780-842-4454.
Annual Calendar Photo Contest
Send us your photos that capture the diversity of our agriculture industry and the environment within the M.D. of Wainwright.
Agricultural Service Board News & Events
ASB news and events announcments have been moved to the ASB page here.
Road Ban Notice
All road ban's in the M.D. of Wainwright have been lifted.
Public Sale of Land
- All AHS social distancing rules will apply
- At this time, the campgrounds will only be open to Canadian residents only
- If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of illness, please stay home. We are relying on honesty to help curb the spread
- We are open to 100% capacity
- Group Sites are open
- Public Washrooms in the Clubhouse are open
- Outdoor washrooms will be available
- Beaches are open
- 18 hole golf course is open
- Mini putt will be open
- Firewood is available @ $7.00/ bundle (Riverdale Mini-Park Only)
- The clubhouse is open for food services
- Club rentals will commence
- Tents will be permitted
Payments can now be made through PaySimply
The M.D. of Wainwright No. 61 is pleased to announce that you can now pay your taxes, utility bill and gravel invoice with your credit card through PaySimply.
We partnered with ATB Financial and through their unique partnership with PaySimply, you can now make payments with your credit card, within minutes.
- Secure – PaySimply doesn’t store your payment information
- Digital alternative to cheques and cash
You can earn points on any rewards credit card and have your taxes pay you back!
To pay your utility or gravel invoice with your credit card please go to https://www.paysimply.ca/Partner/Details.aspx?id=24857
To pay your taxes with your credit card please go to https://www.paysimply.ca/Partner/Details.aspx?id=24855