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Big Lakes Rural Transportation Program

Seats are booked on a first come first served basis. Medical appointments take priority.
Each trip can accommodate 12 passengers and 2 wheelchairs

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Big Lakes County Amateur Photo Contest

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Are you thinking of running in the 2017 High Prairie School Division No. 48 General Election?

2017 HIGH PRAIRIE SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 48 GENERAL ELECTION – WARDS 2 & 3

Nomination Day will be Monday, September 18, 2017.
Nomination Packages will be ready at the beginning of August and can be picked up at the Big Lakes County Administration Office located at 5305-56 Street, High Prairie, AB.

For more information on the election or nomination process, please contact Jessica Martinson, Returning Officer, at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 780-523-5955 or email jmartinson@biglakescounty.ca.

 


Are you thinking of running for Councillor in the 2017 Big Lakes County Municipal General Election?

2017 BIG LAKES COUNTY MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION

Are you thinking of running in the 2017 Big Lakes County Municipal General Election for the office of Councillor?

Nomination Day in Big Lakes County will be Monday, September 18, 2017.
Nomination Packages will be ready at the beginning of August and can be picked up at the Big Lakes County Administration Office located at 5305-56 Street, High Prairie, AB.

For more information on the election or nomination process, please contact Jessica Martinson, Returning Officer, at the Big Lakes County Administration Office at 780-523-5955 or email jmartinson@biglakescounty.ca.

 


Update on the Faust Osmose Site

Big Lakes County in conjunction with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) held a meeting on Tuesday July 11, 2017 at the Faust Charity Association Hall to discuss the 2015 Osmose site assessment report.  During the meeting, the engineer who directed the 2014-2015 site assessment presented the results from the groundwater and soil samples, spoke about the options, and the future plans.  AEP recommends to develop and implement an exposure control plan, which would involve: soil capping over the highest concentration of dioxins in and around the source zone, build elevated boardwalks to direct foot traffic away from the source zone, remove existing fence, continue to monitor soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water, place restrictive covenants around the source zone, and update stakeholders.

Big Lakes County’s Reeve, Ken Matthews says,  “Big Lakes County acknowledges that some residents in Faust are concerned that dioxins from the former Osmose site could be spreading onto their properties.  The County takes issues like this very seriously and we’re committed to protecting the community and the environment.  We will continue to work with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and the residents to ensure a safe environment.  Big Lakes County will provide updates through our website (www.biglakescounty.ca) and our social media sites.”


Big Lakes County Successfully Obtains $59,109 Grant from Alberta CARES

On June 30th, 2017, Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Minister Danielle Larivee’s Office hosted a media launch event at Christie’s Gardens and Greenhouse to present the “Big Lakes Diversification and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) Support Initiative.”

As part of the Alberta Jobs Plan, the Alberta government allocated $30 million over the course of two years to promote long-term economic growth and prosperity in Alberta’s communities and region and they called this program Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES).  In February of 2017 our Big Lakes County EDA successfully obtained a $59,190 grant from Alberta Cares.  The EDA is using this grant money to research ten sectors: agriculture, energy, forestry, transportation and logistics, tourism, education, construction, health, retail, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In 2017, the focus is on agriculture, tourism, ICT, and energy.

For each sector, the EDA gathers information through research and tours as a first step to produce sector profiles. It then identifies opportunities for diversification and growth together with local companies and industry experts. Next, the EDA develops a focused, actionable plan and works to implement it with partners. Finally, the EDA works with participating local companies on one challenge for their business and gathers information to feature them in an online business directory slated for completion in 2018 on the Big Lakes County website.

The sector profiles, tours, plans, and directory provide information and tools for all current and future stakeholders involved in the economic success of the County – government, businesses, investors, organizations, and residents and visitors. This helps them to make informed decisions about their investments within Big Lakes County.

 

Agriculture
Agriculture is currently in the planning phase. A session was held in May with local business owners and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry representatives. The Agriculture Sector Profile is available online on Big Lakes Townfolio profile. The Agriculture Tour was held on October 18th, 2016. The EDA invited investors, the Premier’s Office, and agri-business government experts to the county. These guests joined County council members, Ag. Service Board members, and local businesses such as Christie’s Gardens and Greenhouse and the Seed Cleaning Co-Op. A journalist from The Western Producer came from Lethbridge for the tour and later published four articles about county agri-businesses. The tour created new customers for the Seed Cleaning Co-op as guests tweeted about the facility to their followers throughout Alberta. Guests and hosts alike benefited from the experience.

 

Tourism
Tourism is currently in the planning phase.  The Tourism Tour was held on June 27, 2017.  The EDA invited Brendan Newman from Tourism Alberta, Tracey Desjardins from Travel Alberta, Mike Waddell from Tourism Alberta, Steve Eppley from It Advantage, and Kaylyn Jackson from Lesser Slave Watershed Council.  These guests joined County council members on a tour through the High Prairie Airport, Grourard Museum, Shaw’s Point, Spruce Point Park, and the Kinuso Museum. Guests enjoyed a boat ride on the lake to further understand tourism in the area.

 

Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews, Hon. Minister Danielle Larivee, & Big Lakes County EDA Lisa Baroldi

 

 

 

 


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Tourism Assets and Adventure Tour

On June 26th, 2017, Big Lakes County Economic Development Authority (EDA) coordinated a Tourism Assets and Adventure Tour. The mobile workshop brought together a small group of County decision-makers with local tourism operators and Government of Alberta representatives who specialize in tourism. The tour started at the High Prairie Airport with a series of presentation about the Lesser Slave Lake Watershed, the airport, and provincial supports and resources for municipalities and companies involved in tourism. The group learned and shared at stops throughout the day including the Grourard Museum, Shaw’s Point, Spruce Point Park, and the Kinuso Museum. Guests enjoyed a boat ride on the lake to further understand tourism in the area.

The purpose of the full-day tour was to highlight the assets, and the opportunities and challenges in tourism in Big Lakes County. As a result, the EDA has immediate action items based on the conversations that took place throughout the day. The EDA is planning a fall follow-up session to bring together local tourism companies and government representatives to devise a plan of action for tourism in the area. All attendees said they feel better prepared to help make a realistic plan having experienced tourism in the county first-hand and hearing from the operators themselves. The tour is a part of the “Big Lakes Diversification and SME Support Initiative.” The EDA received $59,190 for this two-year project from the Alberta Community and Regional Economic Support (CARES) program in February 2017.