Viability Reviews

What is a Viability Review

The viability review is a process that was approved in June 2012 through which municipalities can determine their viability and develop a plan to enhance viability. The review provides an objective analysis of the municipality’s governance, finances, infrastructure and services and may lead to recommendations for maintaining viability. Viability reviews are meant to evaluate whether a municipality is sustainable, not to examine council or administrative practices.

Regardless of a viability review, municipalities can also complete the self-assessment questionnaire PDF / MS Word to identify actions they can take to promote ongoing municipal sustainability.

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The Viability Review Process

Step 1: Initiating a Viability Review

A viability review may be initiated in one of three ways:

1. Council request: A municipal council can write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and request a review if council believes that the sustainability or viability of the municipality is in jeopardy and cannot be mitigated through the use of the self-assessment tool-kit. Municipalities should include a completed self-assessment questionnaire PDF / MS Word with the request.

2. Citizen Petition: The residents of a municipality can petition the Minister to undertake a viability review. The petition must include the signatures of eligible voters totalling at least 30 per cent of the population, or 50 per cent for summer villages. A petition must include a statement of Representative of Petitioners and an affidavit for each person that witnessed the signing of a petition. Municipal Affairs reviews the petition to ensure it is sufficient.

The petition must be prepared according to the guidelines found in the Information Handout on Petitions to ensure all legislated requirements are met; a petition template is available here. Prospective petitioners are encouraged to contact the Municipal Sustainability Team by email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca or by phone toll-free at 310-0000 (in Alberta), then 780-427-2225, prior to starting a petition.

3. Minister’s Discretion: The Minister may undertake a viability review if the Minister believes it is warranted, such as when a municipality triggers the Key Measures of Municipal Sustainability.

Step 2: Screening 

The goal of the screening is to help the Minister decide if a viability review would be most helpful to address the issues identified.Upon a council request or sufficient citizen petition, ministry staff may gather information to understand why the request or petition happened. The screening may involve collection of supporting documentation and interviews with both the review and potential receiving municipality.  After reviewing information from the screening, the Minister determines whether the viability review, or another process such as an inspection, audit, or additional provincial supports, would be most appropriate. If the Minister chooses to undertake a viability review, ministry staff begin step 3.

Step 3: Information Collection and Analysis

Municipal Affairs’ staff members begin information collection and analysis of the review municipality. The municipality initiates an infrastructure assessment or audit to provide as information to the review, for which it can apply for funding under the Alberta Community Partnership Program. A Viability Review Team (VRT) is then formed according to the direction of Municipal Affairs’ senior officials to review and analyze the municipality’s viability based on the information collected.

The VRT is composed of representatives from Municipal Affairs, the municipality undergoing the review, the potential receiving municipality (if the review municipality were to dissolve) and municipal associations. Alberta municipal associations include the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators Association (ARMAA), Alberta Summer Villages Association (ASVA), Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), and the Local Government Administration Association (LGAA).

Stakeholder engagement and community involvement is integral throughout the review. The community is typically engaged through a combination of mailed communications, surveys, open houses, and public meetings.

Step 4: Viability Recommendations and Options

After a comprehensive review of the governance, finances, programs and services offered by the municipality, the VRT develops a report with recommendations for the municipality. The report, or Viability Plan, outlines a minimum of two options. The first option involves recommendations on changes that could be made to achieve municipal viability. However, the municipality may not be able to make the recommended changes for various reasons. Because of this, a second option explores the changes and impacts to residents of having the municipality dissolve and become part of a bordering municipality.

After the viability plan has been reviewed by Municipal Affairs staff, the plan is sent to residents and presented at a public meeting by Municipal Affairs staff. Residents and the councils of the review and potential receiving municipality then have 30 days to provide written comments for the Minister’s consideration regarding their preference for either implementing changes to achieve viability or dissolving the municipality. The Minister then reviews this feedback, along with the viability plan and recommendations, and any relevant events that led to the review or have happened since the review started. The Minister may then either issue ministerial directives (Step 5a) or hold a public vote (Step 5b).  Depending on the results of either process, the Minister may choose to undertake further action (see Steps 5a and 5b).

Step 5a: Ministerial Directives

The Minister may choose to direct a municipality to take certain actions, called directives, that ensure the viability of the municipality. The directives are specific to the municipality, are based on the information collected during the review, and are based on the recommendations developed by the viability review team. The municipality is required to comply with the directives. If the municipality has difficulty achieving the directives, the Minister may choose to undertake further action(s).

Step 5b: Public vote

If after reviewing comments of residents and councils, the Minister decides a vote will be held, it is administered by Municipal Affairs staff in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA).

To be eligible to vote, a person must be: 1) at least 18 years of age, 2) a Canadian citizen, 3) a resident of Alberta for the six months immediately preceding election day, and 4) must have their residence located in that municipality on election day. According to the LAEA, residents of another municipality, or who own property but whose primary place of residence is not in that municipality, are not eligible to vote. A person’s primary residence is usually the one to which their tax returns are addressed or is on their driver’s license.

A public vote is held on the following two options:

  1. Implement changes to achieve viability, or
  2. Dissolve and become part of a neighboring municipality.

If a majority of residents vote for option one (implement changes), the Minister may issue directives which the review municipality must comply with. If the majority of residents vote for option two (dissolve), Minister is required to recommend dissolution to the provincial Cabinet, who will then make the final decision on dissolution.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Viability Reviews

1. How long does a viability review take?  Typically 9 to 12 months, but some may take longer due to council or staff vacancies, completing the infrastructure audit, or other reasons.

2. How much does the review cost? The cost depends on the amount of information to be reviewed and analyzed, the number of meetings and amount of travel required for staff and members of the Viability Review Team.

3. Who is responsible for the costs of the review? 

  • Municipal Affairs pays for 1) Ministry staff time and materials for researching, writing, printing, and distributing information and reports, 2) the cost of public meetings and community engagement activities, and 3) a municipal grant to pay for the infrastructure audit.
  • Municipalities pay for costs of municipal staff to compile information for Municipal Affairs, travel costs to meetings, costs of additional council meetings, and remuneration for councillors to attend Viability Review Team meetings.
  • Municipal Associations pay for travel costs to meetings and remuneration for association members to attend Viability Review Team meetings.

4. How can I participate? Members of the municipality are provided with opportunities to provide input into the viability review process. This may include surveys, delegations to Viability Review Team meetings, open houses and public meetings. If the process leads to a vote, electors will be able to vote on whether or not to dissolve the municipality.

Contact the Municipal Viability Team

If you have any questions about viability reviews or request a presentation for your council meeting on viability reviews, please call the Municipal Sustainability team toll-free in Alberta at 310-0000, then 780-427-2225, or via email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

 

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Current Viability Reviews

Town of Grande Cache

Current Status: The Returning Officer declared the vote result for the Vote on a Question for the Town of Grande Cache Viablity Review on September 25, 2018. (click to download pdf)

The Town of Grande Cache, the Municipal District (MD) of Greenview, and the province prepared a viability review report which contains information about the town, its local government, and the services the  municipality provides. The report also compares how the community would be governed and serviced if it were to continue as a stand-alone municipality, and how it would be governed and serviced if it were to dissolve and become part of the MD.

The report was distributed to town residents and property owners during the week of September 3rd. Three information sessions, each with the same format, were held to present the viability review report and provide residents, property owners, and community stakeholders with an opportunity to ask questions of the town, MD, and Municipal Affairs. The information sessions were held in the curling rink at the Grande Cache Recreation Centre on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, from 1:30 PM to 3 PM, Tuesday, September 18, 2018, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM and Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 10 AM to 11:30 AM.

Although the decision to dissolve a municipality rests with the Government of Alberta, the province will not dissolve the town into the MD unless this change is supported by Grande Cache residents. In order to determine the wishes of the community, the Minister has ordered a vote of the electors.

The vote was held in the Métis Nations Centre, 3300 Pine Plaza, Grande Cache on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 4 PM to 8 PM (Advance Vote)
  • Monday, September 24, 2018, from 4 PM to 8 PM
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 12 PM to 8 PM

The vote was conducted in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act.

 Past Activities:

  • In June 2016, the Town of Grande Cache requested a viability review be undertaken. The Minister approved the process, and the town was provided with grant funding to complete an infrastructure study as part of the viability review, which was complete in September 2017 and accepted by the town in November 2017.
  • In November 2017, the town requested the Minister defer the viability review in order for the town to continue discussions directly with the Municipal District of Grande Cache, which was granted.
  • During the summer of 2018, the town and MD reached an agreement on a number of matters including the resumption of the viability review, the preferred timeline and process of the review, and a proposed interim governance structure in the event of the town's dissolution.
  • On August 20, 2018, the Minister approved the resumption of the viability review.

Public Notices and Reports:

Questions about the Town of Grande Cache viability review can be directed to Municipal Sustainability, toll-free by first dialing 310-0000 then 780-427-2225 or by email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

Questions & Answers

Q. What is a viability review? A viability review involves a detailed examination and analysis of a municipality's governance, finances, infrastructure and services to determine what changes it needs to make to remain viable. There are 342 municipalities in Alberta and there are typically only a handful of viability reviews in any given year.

Q. If the town residents vote to support dissolution (where the community becomes part of the Municipal District of Greenview), what happens next?  The final decision on dissolution rests with the provincial government. If the vote supports dissolution, the Minister of Municipal Affairs will recommend to Cabinet that the community be dissolved. If the provincial government approves the dissolution, the municipal assets and activities of the town will be assumed by the Municipal District of Greenview. Community residents will be eligible to vote and run in the Municipal District of Greenview elections.

Q. If town residents vote to remain as a stand-alone municipality, what happens next? If a vote supports remaining as a stand-alone town, the process will be concluded and no changes will be made to the town’s status. Municipal services will continue to be delivered by the town, and eligible town residents will continue to be able to vote in elections for town council and to run in council elections. The provincial government may order the town council and administration to take specific actions that will support viability.

Q. Will I be eligible to participate in the vote? The voting process will follow the normal process used to elect town council every four years. If you are a resident of the Town of Grande Cache and eligible to vote in municipal elections, you will be eligible to vote on the town’s future.

Q. I’m a resident of the MD of Greenview. Can I have a say about Grande Cache joining my municipality? The process for dissolution of a municipality is set out in legislation. The dissolution process requires that a vote be held in the community that may be dissolved, but does not provide for a vote in the surrounding municipality.

Q. Why is the province involved? If the Town of Grande Cache and the MD of Greenview want to restructure themselves, shouldn’t they be allowed to do that? The question of whether to restructure or remain as a stand-alone town is important to the future of the community and the surrounding region. Out of respect for the democratic rights of its citizens, provincial legislation requires due process and public awareness before any changes are made. In Alberta, municipalities are established under the authority of the Municipal Government Act, and any changes to the structure of municipalities are subject to provincial approval. 

Village of Bawlf

Current Status:

  • A viability review of the Village of Bawlf has been initiated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.  Part of the Viability Review process will entail the village conducting an assessment of all its infrastructure (water, wastewater, roads, facilities) to determine the present and future significant and replacement needs.

Past Activities:

  • A viability screening of the Village of Bawlf was conducted in August 2018, following a sufficient resident petition.

Village of Cereal

Current Status:

  • A viability review of the Village of Cereal has been initiated by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.  The village will conduct an assessment of all of its infrastructure (water/waste water systems, roads, facilities) to determine the present and future significant repairs and replacements needs.
  • The Minister approved a grant of $120,000 to assist with the infrastructure audit.

Past Activities:

  • A viability screening of the Village of Cereal was conducted in April 2018, following assessment of the Key Measures for Success.

 

Village of Champion

Current Status: 

  • Following the October 4, 2018  public meeting, the public and councils have until November 3, 2018 to provide any comments to the Minister regarding next steps.

Past Activities: 

  • The Village of Champion Viability Review was initiated on February 17, 2016 following the receipt of a petition.
  • On March 4, 2016, the Minister approved a grant of $150,000 for the village to undertake an infrastructure audit.
  • The infrastructure audit is anticipated to be completed by March 31, 2017.
  • A Viability Review Team (VRT) was formed in February 2017.
  • The VRT held its first meeting on February 28, 2017 in Champion.
  • A public engagement session was held on March 28, 2017.
  • New appointments were made to the Champion Viability Review Team (VRT) following the October municipal elections.
  • A Viability Review Team (VRT) meeting was held in the Village of Champion on March 1, 2018.
  • A Viability Review Team (VRT) meeting was held in the Village of Champion on June 2, 2018.

Public Notices and Reports:

  • The Viability Review Team hosted a public information session on March 28, 2017 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Champion Hall (106 2nd Street North, Champion). Notice of Public Meeting (March 28, 2017).
  • A public information session regarding the report was held on October 4, 2018 at 7 PM at the Champion Community Hall at 106 2nd St. in Champion.
  • The final Village of Champion Report can be viewed here.

Questions about the  viability review can be directed to Municipal Sustainability, toll-free by first dialing 310-0000 then 780-427-2225 or by email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

 

Village of Ferintosh

Current Status:

  • A vote of the electors was conducted December 10, 2018, from 4-8 PM and December 11, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Little Beaver Hi U Senior Centre, 203 Glenmere, Ferintosh.
  • 52 (46%) voters voted in faviour of option 1 (that the Village of Ferintosh remains a village and implements changes to achieve viability. 60 (54%) voters voted for option two (dissolve the Village of Ferintosh and Ferintosh becomes part of Camrose County).  
  • ?The Minister will recommend the dissolution of the Village of Ferintosh to Cabinet. Contingent on Cabinet's decision, an Order in Council would be made stipulating a date of dissolution. Between the Order in Council and the dissolution date, the councils and administration of each municipality would be asked to work together to transition from one to the other. Until an Order in Council is made, the Village of Ferintosh continues to govern the community and conduct business through the administration. 

Past Activities: 

  • A public meeting to present the report and receive public input was held on October 1, 2018 at the Little Beaver Hi U Senior Centre.
  • Ministry staff began information collection activities in fall 2016.
  • An infrastructure audit was completed by the village (funded by Municipal Affairs).
  • The Viability Review Team established by Alberta Municipal Affairs will examine local governance & operations, services & infrastructure, and finances & property taxes to develop a comprehensive viability plan for consideration by Ferintosh residents and the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
  • A pre-vote public information meeting was held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on December 3, 2018 at the Little Beaver Hi U Senior Centre, 203 Glenmere, Ferintosh. 

Public Notices and Reports:

  • The Ferintosh report can be viewed here.

Questions about the  viability review can be directed to Municipal Sustainability, toll-free by first dialing 310-0000 then 780-427-2225 or by email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

 

Village of Innisfree

Current Status: 

  • A vote of the electors was conducted November 5 and 6, 2018. 67 (70%) electors voted in favour or remaining a village and 29 (30%) electors voted for option two, that Innisfree dissolve into the County of Minburn.

Past Activities:

  • The viability review was initiated in March 2016.
  • An infrastructure audit was completed by the village (funded by Municipal Affairs).
  • Ministry staff began information collection in June 2016.
  • The first Viability Review Team meeting was held on February 28, 2017.
  • Viability review Team meetings and public engagement sessions were held March 16, 2017 and April 11, 2017 in Innisfree.
  • The Village of Innisfree Viability Review Team (VRT) has reconvened after a hiatus resulting from the municipal elections cycle. During the hiatus information was collected by ministry staff.
  • A public meeting to present the report and receive public input was held on June 27, 2018 at the Innisfree Recreation Centre, located at 5024 54 Street, Innisfree.
  • A public meeting to present the report and receive public input was held on October 17, 2018 at 7 PM at the Innisfree Recreation Centre, located at 5024 54 Street, Innisfree.

Public Notices and Reports: The Viability plan can be accessed here: Innisfree Viability Plan.pdf

Questions about the  viability review can be directed to Municipal Sustainability, toll-free by first dialing 310-0000 then 780-427-2225 or by email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

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Completed Viability Reviews

Village of Berwyn

Current Status: The Minister has reviewed the viability plan and is providing the Village of Berwyn with directives through a Ministerial Order to ensure continued viability.

Past Activities:

  • The Village of Berwyn viability review was initiated on November 27, 2015 following the receipt of a council request.
  • On July 21, 2016, the Minister approved a grant of $100,000 for the village to undertake an infrastructure audit.
  • The infrastructure audit was completed and approved by village council on November 10, 2016.
  • A Viability Review Team was formed in January 2017.
  • The Viability Review Team hosted a public information session on February 16, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Elks Community Centre.
  • The Viability Review Team met via teleconference on March 15, 2017.
  • The Viability Review Team concluded its work over the summer of 2017 with the completion of the Viability Plan, including 26 recommendation for the future viability of Berwyn.
  • Municipal Affairs hosted a community meeting on January 22, 2018 to review the viability plan, answer questions, and receive input & comments from stakeholders.
  • Municipal Affairs hosted a pre-vote community meeting on May 8, 2018 to provide an overview of the two options contained with the viability plan, and to answer questions that residents and property owners had.
  • A vote of electors on the question of the dissolution of the Village of Berwyn was conducted on May 15, 2018. Of 160 valid ballots cast, 129 (80.6%) voted for Berwyn to remain a village and 31 (19.4%) voted for dissolution.

Public Notices and Reports:

Village of Botha

Current Status:  Dissolution was recommended following a vote of village electors where 91% of voters voted to dissolve the village on May 15, 2017.The Village of Botha was dissolved on September 1, 2017 and became a hamlet in the County of Stettler.

Past Activities:

  • Viability review was initiated in October 2015.
  • A Viability Review Team was formed in January 2016.
  • The Viability Review Team began meeting to determine the viability of the village.
  • An infrastructure audit was completed by the village (funded by Municipal Affairs).
  • A Viability Plan was developed based on information collected from the village and Stettler County. 
  • The Viability Plan was distributed to village residents and property owners in February. A special meeting of council was held on March 1, 2017 at the Botha Community Centre. At the meeting, village council resolved to request the Minister proceed to a vote on the viability options.
  • A public information session was held Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6-8 pm at the Botha Community Centre.
  • A vote of the electors of the Village of Botha was held on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Botha Community Centre.

Public Notices and Reports:

Village of Clyde

Current Status: The Minister reviewed the council decision and the recommendations from the Viability Review Team and issued directives (MO No: MSL:054/16) to the municipality. The village is providing annual reports until June 1, 2021 to the ministry on the completion of the directives.

Past Activities: 

  • Viability review was initiated in January 2013.
  • A Viability Review Team was formed in May 2013.
  • An Initial Findings Report was published in October 2014 (see below).
  • A public meeting was held on October 23, 2014 at the Clyde and District Agricultural Society Community Hall.
  • A What We Have Heard and Viability Determination Report was published in January 2015 (see below).
  • The Viability Plan was published in March 2016.
  • Based on the options found in the Viability Plan, village council had voted to remain as a village at its May 16, 2016 meeting.
  • The Viability Review Team  has wound down and has concluded the viability review.

Public Notices and Reports:

Village of Hill Spring

Current Status: The Minister issued directives (MO No: MSL:122/17) to the municipality on December 19, 2017. The village is directed to develop an action plan (including timelines) as to how the council plans to address each of the recommendations in the viability plan, to prepare a 10-year capital plan, and to provide copies of the two plans to Municipal Affairs. The village is to report to the ministry annually, until June 1, 2023, on the progress of the implementation of the plans.

Past Activities:

  • Viability review initiated in April 2015.
  • A Viability Review Team was formed in July 2015.
  • The Viability Review Team determined that the Village of Hill Spring is trending towards non-viability on September 15, 2015.
  • A public meeting was held on November 5, 2015 at the Hill Spring Community Centre.
  • The Viability Review Team determined the Village of Hill Spring to be trending towards non-viability.
  • The village's infrastructure audit was completed.
  • Facilitated discussions with Cardston County were held in early 2016.
  • The Viability Plan was completed in September 2016, with 32 recommendations to help council and administration address the long-term viability of the village.
  • The Chair of the Hill Spring Viability Review Team and the Project Lead presented the Village of Hill Spring Viability Plan at a special council meeting on September 19, 2016. The presentation can be downloaded here.
  • Minister approved to proceed to a vote of the electors on dissolution. A public information session was held on April 25, 2017.
  • A vote of the electors was held on May 3, 2017. There were 87 valid ballots cast, 50 (57 per cent) were in favour of remaining a municipality and 37 (43 per cent) were in favour of dissolving. There were no rejected ballots.

Public Notices and Reports:

  • Viability Plan (September 2016) - The Viability Plan provides information on the two viability options for Hill Spring to achieve viability. The first option is the Village of Hill Spring remains as a village and implements changes to achieve viability. The second option is to dissolve the Village of Hill Spring and Hill Spring becomes a hamlet in Cardston County.
  • The Minister's letter to residents on completion of the viability review can be accessed here.

Village of Hussar

Current Status: The Minister issued directives (MO No: MSL:072/18) to the municipality on October 3, 2018. The village is directed to develop an action plan (including timelines) as to how the council plans to address each of the recommendations in the viability plan, to prepare a 10-year capital plan, and to provide copies of the two plans to Municipal Affairs. The village is to report to the ministry annually, until June 1, 2023, on the progress of the implementation of the plans.

Past Activities:

  • The viability review was initiated in April 2015.
  • A Viability Review Team was formed in July 2015.
  • A public meeting was held on September 14, 2015 at the Hussar Community Hall.
  • An infrastructure audit was  accepted by council at its March 16, 2017 meeting.
  • Based on the first draft of the infrastructure study, the VRT determined the Village of Hussar to be not clearly viable in May 2017; then proceeded to draft recommendations for the long-term viability of Hussar and review how services and programs would be provided to Hussar residents if the village dissolves to become part of Wheatland County.
  • Following the village council's acceptance of the finalized Village of Hussar infrastructure study in January 2018, the VRT met in March 2018 to finalize the Village of Hussar Viability Plan.
  • A public meeting was held at the Hussar Community Hall on June 19, 2018 at 7 PM to collect feedback for the Minister regarding the viability options.
  • Based on the information in the Village of Hussar Viability Review Plan prepared by the VRT, along with the input received from the public and the Village of Hussar after the release of the plan, the Minister made the decision that the Village of Hussar will remain as a municipality at this time.

Public Notices and Reports:

Village of Rycroft

Current Status: The Minister issued directives (MO No: MSL:055/18) to the municipality on July 19, 2018. The village is directed to develop an action plan (including timelines) as to how the council plans to address each of the recommendations in the viability plan, to prepare a 10-year capital plan, and to provide copies of the two plans to Municipal Affairs. The village is to report to the ministry annually, until June 1, 2023, on the progress of the implementation of the plans.

Past Activities:

  • The viability review was initiated in April 2015.
  • The Viability Review Team was formed in May 2015.
  • A public meeting was held on November 19, 2015 at the Rycroft Community Hall.
  • The Viability Review Team has decided that information from an infrastructure audit is required prior to making a viability determination.
  • An infrastructure audit was initiated by the village in early 2016.
  • Facilitated discussions with the Village of Rycroft, Municipal District of Spirit River and Saddle Hills County were held.
  • Viability Review Team meetings were held February 23, 2017 and March 25, 2017 to discuss the draft viability report.
  • The Village of Rycroft Viability Plan was distributed to village residents.
  • A public meeting was held in the Rycroft Community Hall on December 14, 2017 to provide residents with an opportunity to discuss the viability plan, provide feedback to Municipal Affairs on the viability plan, and to learn the next steps in the viability review process.
  • A public information session was held on May 7, 2018, to discuss the viablity plan and options, and to provide residents, property owners, and community stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions prior to the vote of village electors on May 16, 2018.
  • The village electors voted on May 16, 2018 to remain a village and implement changes to achieve viability. Of the 221 valid votes cast, 125 (56.6 per cent) supported Option 1 (remain a village), and 96 (43.4 per cent) supported Option 2 (dissolve).

Public Notices and Reports: 

  • The Village of Rycroft Viability Plan can be viewed here.
  • The Minister's letter to residents on completion of the viability review can be accessed here.

Village of Willingdon

Current Status: Dissolution was recommended following a vote of village electors where 58% of voters voted to dissolve the village on January 26, 2017.The Village of Willingdon will be dissolved on September 1, 2017 and became a hamlet in the County of Two Hills. 

Past Activities:

  • The viability review was initiated in March 2015.
  • The Viability Review Team was formed in June 2015.
  • A public meeting was held on August 6, 2015 at the Willingdon Community Hall.
  • A viability determination was made on November 30, 2015.
  • An infrastructure audit was completed in March 2016.
  • The Viability Review Team met over summer 2016 to finalize the Viability Plan.
  • Viability Plan completed in October 2016.
  • Vote of Electors was held on January 26, 2017 at the Willingdon Seniors Centre.

Public Notices and Reports:

 

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Contact the Municipal Viability Team

If you have any questions about viability reviews or request a presentation for your council meeting on viability reviews, please call the Municipal Sustainability team toll-free in Alberta at 310-0000, then 780-427-2225, or via email at viabilityreview@gov.ab.ca

  • Date modified: 2018-12-18