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Welcome to Big Lakes

Happy New Year from Big Lakes County, Alberta, Canada!  

Our municipal region, formerly known as the "Municipal District of Big Lakes", has now been approved by the Government of Alberta to become "Big Lakes County".  Join us as we enter this exciting transition! 

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FORT MCMURRAY EVACUEE ASSISTANCE

We are now accepting cash and gift card donations to assist Fort McMurray evacuees who have arrived in Big Lakes County and the Town of High Prairie.  Donations will be accepted at all FCSS offices and the main County Administration Office in High Prairie.  Charitable donation receipts will be issued for cash donations. Cash donations will be used to provide gift cards and all gift cards will be distributed for clothing and food as needed within the Town and County.  ABSOLUTELY NO MATERIAL GOODS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


Please continue to direct evacuees to Big Lakes FCSS offices OR call 780-776-3811.  From there evacuees can be assisted with the services they need.  
If you have campers, campsites or other housing you would like to make available to evacuees, please share that information with the County FCSS as well and lists can be provided to those in need.

 

WILDFIRE HAZARD REDUCED TO LOW

As of 4:00pm Thursday, May 19th, the fire ban and OHV restriction will no longer be in effect for much of the province, including the Slave Lake Forest Area.  See complete information hereMore information regarding the fire ban and OHV restriction can be found at Alberta Fire Bans.

 

As we head into the long weekend, all Albertans are asked to please continue to exercise extreme caution with fires.  If you're going to have a campfire, make sure you fully extinguish it, soak the fire, stir the ashes and then soak it again.  The campfire shouldn't be hot to the touch before you leave.  Fire related incidents can be directed to 310 Fire (310-3773)

 

NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF ASSESSMENT ROLL 2016

Notice is hereby given that the Assessment Roll of Big Lakes County made under the provisions of the Municipal Government Act has been prepared for the year 2016, and is open to inspection in the County Office, in High Prairie, Alberta from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm, during business hours. See complete information here.

 

MUNICIPAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN / LAND USE BYLAW OPEN HOUSES

Join us at an upcoming open house to review proposed updates to the County's planning documents.  Details on the open houses can be found here.

 

FIRE SERVICES BYLAW# 07-2016

Big Lakes County is looking for Comments and Feedback on the new Fire Services Bylaw# 07-2016. First Reading of the Bylaw was passed at the May 11, 2016 Regular Council Meeting. Please email all Comments and Feedback by June 14, 2016 to jmartinson@biglakescounty.ca.  Fire Services Bylaw #07-2016.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK

Emergency Preparedness Week was May 1st  to May 7th  2016. This was a time for families and communities to think about being prepared for those emergencies that will have an impact on our lives. Recent events remind us to contemplate emergency preparedness year round.  Below is a series of short information guides that will provide some thoughtful reminders of emergency preparedness as well as some steps on how to build a 72 hour kit. 

You can find additional information on 72 hour preparedness at: http://www.aema.alberta.ca/emergency-preparedness-week

 

MAY IS HEARING & SPEECH MONTH

The month of May is Hearing & Speech month.  Learn about eary detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders. Be an advocate for hearing and communication health!

 

MEMBER AT-LARGE APPOINTMENTS

Annually the Council for Big Lakes County seeks interest from individuals to be part of various boards and committees to serve our public. Currently, Big Lakes County Council is seeking individuals with interest and expertise in the following areas to serve as committee members: Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.  See for more information.

 

Municipal Development Plan & Land-Use Bylaw Review

Big Lakes County is conducting a review the MDP and the LUB.  These documents are essential for land-use management within our region. 

We need Plans and  YOU play a role. See more information.

  

Canada 150 Grant Funding

Recently the Government of Canada announced the Canada 150 Fund in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.  The theme of the program is Strong, Proud, and Free - aiming to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together to celebrate.  Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, Canadian business corporations, schools and municipal governments. There is no application deadline; funding is granted on a case-by-case basis.