Emergency Preparedness Week: Minister Madu

May 06, 2019 Media inquiries

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu issued the following statement on Emergency Preparedness Week in Alberta:

“Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time. The goal of this year’s national Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11, is to raise awareness that all Albertans have a role to play in building safer communities.”

“There are simple steps each of us can take to better prepare ourselves and our loved ones.”

*             Know the risks <https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-preparedness.aspx>
– Find out more about your community’s emergency plans by contacting your local municipal office. Know these risks and the best way to respond to them.

*             Make a plan <https://www.alberta.ca/make-an-emergency-plan.aspx>
– An emergency plan will help you cope with the stress of a disaster. Make a plan for what your family will do and who they will contact during an emergency.

*             Build a kit <https://www.alberta.ca/build-an-emergency-kit.aspx>
– In an emergency, you and your family should be prepared for a minimum of 72 hours.

Build your kit to suit your particular needs with enough non-perishable food, water, medicines, warm clothes and comfort items for all family members.

“I encourage all Albertans to download the Alberta Emergency Alert <https://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html>  app to their cellphones. Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is happening and what action you need to take to stay safe.”

“On May 8, the national alerting system will test the alert across Canada. The national system complements the Alberta Emergency Alert system, which issues alerts through radio, television, social media and cellphones for critical and emerging issues in Alberta.”

Related information

*             Emergency Preparedness Week events in Alberta


*             Emergency preparedness


*             Sign up to receive alerts


*             National wireless alerting system: Alert Ready


*             Government of Canada: Get prepared


Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project Launch

Beaver County Intermunicipal Development Plans Project

Beaver County and each of the Towns of Tofield and Viking and the Villages of Ryley and Holden have Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs).  These were approved in 2008 with some updates over the last few years.

The IDPs are beneficial tools for neighbouring municipalities to provide guidance for future growth areas, address development-related matters of joint interest along and near municipal boundaries, develop policies that are mutually beneficial, provide opportunities to explore joint economic development initiatives, and provide mechanisms for cooperation in delivering services.

The Province of Alberta has implemented recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA), which now requires all existing IDPs to include new minimum requirements, such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc.

Beaver County, in partnership with the Towns and Villages, have engaged ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd. to update the four existing IDPs.  The updates will ensure that the policies within the IDPs meet current needs, reflect new and emerging trends and planning best practices, and are in alignment with the recent changes to the MGA.

To review the existing IDP, click on the link below.

Beaver County and Town of Tofield (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Town of Viking (2008, as amended)

Beaver County and Village of Holden (2008)

Beaver County and Village of Ryley (2008, as amended)

Where are we now?

Over the winter, the ISL’s team held Steering Committee meetings, completed stakeholder interviews and prepared a discussion paper that included a review of the existing IDPs and other technical documents, estimation of future population growth, a review of land supply for each of the municipalities, and a review of potential opportunities and constraints in the plan areas.

COMING SOON To review the Discussion Paper.

The team is currently preparing the updates to the existing IDPs based on the information gathered over the past few months.

Stay tuned! In late May, affected landowners, residents and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to review the updated draft IDPs and provide their input through an online survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Intermunicipal Development Plan?

An Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) is a long-term and strategic plan between two or more municipalities that is required by the Municipal Government Act (MGA). An IDP’s purpose is to provide a coordinated and collaborative land use, servicing and transportation framework for growth on the land adjacent to and near the boundaries of the municipalities.

Under the MGA, an IDP must address:

  • future land uses,
  • future development proposals,
  • provision of transportation systems,
  • environmental matters,
  • coordination of intermunicipal physical, social, and economic programs,
  • other matters related to physical, social or economic development,
  • conflict resolution procedures,
  • plan amendment procedures, and
  • overall plan administration.

What is the importance of this project?

By initiating this project, the municipalities are demonstrating the importance of land use, servicing and transportation planning on a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative basis. They are also demonstrating that a solid land use planning framework is an essential component of successful intermunicipal relationships.

I’m happy with our community today. Why do the IDPs need to be updated?

The Province and the MGA now require that all existing IDPs include new minimum requirements such as addressing transportation systems, environmental matters, etc. Each of the municipalities involved in this project are experiencing growth pressures and challenges, so we need to direct growth and address the challenges in a strategic way. Each municipality has its own aspirations, anticipated development, and challenges to address. This project will ensure each IDP is in compliance with the changes to the MGA and addresses changing populations, economic circumstances, and shifting community needs. The updated IDPs will enable strategic decision-making about future growth.

Employment Opportunity – Ryley Summer Student

The Ryley Village Office is now accepting applications for the Summer Employment Student. Summer employment will be full time 30 to 40 hours per week, possible start dates June 1 till end of August 2019. You must be over the age of 16 and have a valid driver’s license.

Duties include assisting Public Works, mowing and general outdoor work.

Send resumes to Village office at Box 230, Ryley, AB, T0B 4A0, or drop off during office hours. Office is located at 5005-50 St.

Closing date is May 1st, 2019.  We appreciate and consider all applications however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.