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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! 


PUBLIC NOTICE:                                    

The following roads have now been re-opened to public travel:

Township Road 722 between Range Road 175 and Range Road 183, and  Township Road 734 between Range Road 180 and Range Road 181.

Local traffic is advised that there is still minimal localized flooding in the Gilwood area. The public is reminded to please take care when travelling in areas with barricaded shoulders and that road roughness may be encountered where water has washed over the road.



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.



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.



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.


It’s not too late / Il n’est pas trop tard

It’s not too late to complete your census questionnaire.

Go to to complete it online. Enter your 16-digit secure access code and follow the instructions.

If you received a census letter, your secure access code is located at top of the page.  If you received a paper census questionnaire, your secure access code is located at the top right corner of the first page. Alternatively, you can complete a paper copy and return it in the green envelope accompanying the questionnaire.

Complete your questionnaire today. It’s important!

For more information, visit or call 1-855-700-2016. Respondents who use TTY (a telecommunications device for people who are deaf)can call 1-866-753-7083.


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.