Year in Review

Key Milestones Fuel County’s Momentum in 2017

The arrival of the new year marks the beginning of a renewed drive within the ranks of County Council, staff and management. Back to regular municipal business following the holiday season, we refocus our efforts on making the County an even better place to live, work and play.

Much has been achieved over the past year. As we kick off the new year, I’d like to provide a look back at some of the more noteworthy achievements of 2016. We made some much-needed changes to firefighting programs and facilities in order to better serve the County and better equip those who work to keep it safe. We completed a new Intermunicipal Development Plan that is designed to facilitate new growth and attract economic development to the region. We have strengthened our communications program in order to better engage ratepayers in a two-way conversation, and we have worked hard to introduce a new FCSS delivery model aimed at better meeting the changing needs of the community.

2016 was a year of positive achievements for the County, but it was not without its setbacks. We were all saddened by the passing of Councillor Dwight Davidson in October. Councillor Davidson will be dearly missed as a friend and colleague, and his many contributions to the County will endure as his legacy. Resourcefulness is one standard by which we measure our efforts at Lac Ste. Anne County. As stewards of County growth and prosperity, we continually look for more efficient and effective ways of doing business. I’d like to personally commend County staff and administration for the vital roles they have played in better steering the County through the ups, downs and economic uncertainties of 2016. Your enthusiasm, your commitment and your tireless efforts form a large part of what makes our region so resilient. We are all aware of the many reasons why Lac Ste. Anne County is such a great place to live. By continuing to pull in the same direction, we can make it even better.

In the words of the great industrialist, Henry Ford: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” I am confident that in working together, we will achieve many successes both large and small to the net benefit of the County.

Mayor Bill Hegy

Download the 2016 Year in Review in PDF format

Reeve's Message

January 2019

The 2019 New Year is off to a busy and exciting start here in Lac Ste. Anne County. How is this for exciting news? In late December, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a report which examined 182 municipalities in Alberta, with a focus on the province’s most populated regions. Lac Ste. Anne County was among the top 20 of Alberta’s best performing municipalities (with populations of 1,000 or larger). The report showed that from 2006 to 2016, the vast majority of Alberta municipalities grew operating spending well above the sustainable benchmark of inflation and population growth. Lac Ste. Anne County was one of only 19 municipalities that have kept real operating spending increases at or below population growth. This recognition is something that we should all be proud of and reinforce that we are on the right track. Keep up the great work!

After a successful 2018 year with Council and Administration bringing awareness and raising funds for certain initiatives, we would like to once again work together to raise awareness and support in 2019. To start the year off, a motion was made at the County Council meeting held on January 25, 2019, for Council and Administration to work at bringing awareness and potential fundraising to the following initiatives:

  •  Mental Health Awareness - Bell Let's Talk Day: January 30, 2019;
  •  Heart and Stroke Awareness - February 1, 2019: Wear a red shirt day;
  •  Anti-Bullying Day - February 27, 2019: Wear a pink shirt day;
  •  National Agriculture Day - February 12, 2019: Wear green shirts to support, and Ag Services will have something fun planned; and
  •  Canadian Cancer Society - April is Daffodil Month: We will be selling and purchasing daffodils.

Based on the recent changes in the Municipal Government Act, municipalities are required to enter into Inter-municipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF's) and Inter-municipal Development Plans (IDP's) with all adjacent municipalities. The purpose of these inter-municipal relations is to maximize taxpayer resources and minimize duplication of process. At the January 10th, 2019, County Council meeting, Council members were appointed to various ICF Committees which will allow Lac Ste. Anne County to move forward with these important collaboration initiatives.

The Agriculture Services Convention was hosted this past week in Calgary, A.B. by the South Region of the Alberta Association of Agricultural Fieldman (AAAF). In attendance were some members of Council, the Agriculture Services Board and Administration to network with members of all counties throughout the province. Highlights of the convention were some of the many presentations ranging from plant-based proteins and soil health, classroom agriculture and the bright future of beef. Most importantly, considering the province-wide poor harvest conditions and feed shortages, farmers are feeling especially stressed and in need of support. Lac Ste. Anne County sponsored and moved a resolution to the Agriculture Services Boards for the creation of a Mental Health Crisis Line that would be available free of charge, agriculture- specific and operated 24 hours a day. This resolution was seconded, and the resolution was accepted. It was very well received, and we are hopeful more steps will be taken for implementation.

In closing, I would like to remind everyone of the old saying that with all the hoar-frosts on the trees there will be plenty of rain in six months time, we shall see! If you and yours are kicking around on the long weekend in February, I’d like to remind you to come on down to the SnoMo Days in Alberta Beach, A.B., It is a jam-packed, family-friendly event with plenty of things for everyone to do.



Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy (FOIP)

Lac Ste. Anne County came under the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act on October 1, 1995. The FOIP Act aims to strike a balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy with regard to records held by the municipality.

The FOIP Act is based on five fundamental principles:

  • To allow a right of access to any person to the records in the custody or control of a public body, subject only to limited and specific exceptions;
  • To control the manner in which a public body may collect personal information from individuals; to control the use that a public body may make of that information; and to control the disclosure by a public body of that information;
  • To allow individuals a right of access to information about themselves which is held by a public body, subject only to limited and specific exceptions;
  • To allow individuals the right to request corrections to information about themselves held by a public body; and
  • To provide for independent review of decisions made by a public body under the legislation.

These principles are the building blocks of the Act, as well as a point of reference for the examination of other provisions. Information is often routinely made available through official publications and websites, or over the phone. Public bodies have policies allowing staff to provide certain categories of information on request, so you often do not need to use the process provided under the FOIP Act to obtain access to the vast majority of information held by public bodies in Alberta.

Before making a FOIP request, it may be helpful to contact the public body concerned for advice on the most appropriate method of obtaining access to the information you need. If other methods do not satisfy your needs, a formal request for access to information under the FOIP Act ("a FOIP request") may be the best way to proceed.

If you would like to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, complete the Request to Access to Information form and return it by mail or fax to the Lac Ste. Anne County FOIP Coordinator, Stacey Wagner.

If you are making a request for general information, the initial fee is $25. Additional fees may be charged for processing costs over $150. There is no fee for a request for personal information unless the cost of producing copies exceeds $10.

The FOIP Act requires public bodies to respond within 30 calendar days of receiving your request. The response will either provide the requested information or explain why the information is not being disclosed. In the case of a request for correction of personal information, the response will either state the correction has been made, or say the record has not been corrected but it has been annotated. The 30-day deadline may be extended if, for example, large volumes of records are involved or if third parties need to be consulted.

If you are not sure if your request falls under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, please do not hesitate to contact the FOIP Coordinator.

There are a number of records that can be released under certain circumstances. Examples include:

Building permit information and related documentation: The records requested would be reviewed to determine whether any of the exceptions to disclosure in the FOIP Act apply, and then all or part of the records would be released based on this review.

Drawings and plans: These documents can be viewed but are copyrighted and cannot be copied unless you have written permission from the company/person that created them. If the drawings are hand drawn and do not have a copyright, the document belongs to the person who created the drawings and their written permission is required. While the County can advise you of the name of the company you need to contact, it is the requestor’s responsibility to obtain the required permission.

Real Property Reports: Can a Real Property Report be released to a prospective purchaser of property, to a new owner, or to anyone else?
• The requested records would be reviewed to determine whether any of the exceptions to disclosure in the FOIP Act would apply and then all or part of the records would be released based upon the application of the Act.
• It is unlikely that the report on a residential property would contain personal information or commercial or technical information under section 16 of the Act.

Assessment Roll information: Assessment summaries for all properties are available on our website. An appointment can be made for inspection of the Assessment Roll at the County Office. Please note that it can be viewed only, and an appointment must be booked.

Tax and utility account information: Only registered owners are privy to their own information. If you are not the registered owner of the subject property, proper authorization is required from the registered landowner(s).

Contact information for landowners (i.e. for service of documents, collection of debt or other legal matters): Lac Ste. Anne County is only permitted to release information for the purpose for which it was collected (i.e. administering tax accounts). The information is not collected for the examples given and, therefore, the County is prohibited from in providing information to requestors by the Act. Under the Act, this information can only be disclosed if another piece of legislation provides for it (e.g. Maintenance Enforcement Act, Income Tax Act).

Release of cemetery records: Under the Act, disclosure of personal information is an unreasonable invasion of privacy if the individual has been deceased for less than 25 years. Although this can be considered on a case by case basis, the County’s practice is not to release personal information until the 25 year requirement is met.

Information regarding a complainant: The County’s practice is to not release the personal information of an individual who files a complaint against another individual unless this information is necessary to resolving the issue (e.g. required at trial). If the name of the complainant is to be released, the individual will be advised before having their name disclosed. Information regarding bylaw infractions: The County is unable to advise whether or not an individual or business has been issued a notice or offence ticket for violation of a bylaw. The County can only confirm that bylaws are enforced when individuals and businesses are found to be in non-compliance. Once a violation ticket or court appearance has been dealt with, interested parties should contact the appropriate courthouse with requests for information.

Contract information: Contract information can be released to the public but may be released in a severed form. Under the Act, information harmful to the business interests of a contractor and/or proprietary information must be protected.

Click on the link below to download a printable PDF version of the request form:

Personal information is managed and protected according to the FOIP Act, and we will retain your information only as long as is required for those original purposes. The length of time we retain information varies depending on the product or service and the nature of the information. This period may extend beyond the end of your relationship with us but only for so long as is legally necessary for us to have sufficient information to respond to any issue that may arise later. When your information is no longer needed for the purposes explained to you, we have procedures to destroy, delete, erase or convert it to an anonymous form.

When you send us an email or ask us to respond to you by email, we learn your exact email address and any information you have included in the email. We use your email address to acknowledge your comments or reply to your questions, and we will store your message and our reply in case we correspond further. We may also use your email address to send you information about other services of Lac Ste. Anne County that we believe may be of interest to you. If you don't want us to contact you with other service information by email, you may tell us so at any time. Remember, email over the Internet is generally unencrypted. As part of an application, Lac Ste. Anne County may request that you transmit confidential information to us over the internet. In these cases we will ensure the transmissions are encrypted. We recommend you use caution when forwarding freeformat email messages to us and that you do not include confidential information (for example, an account number) on those unencrypted messages.

Letters from residents normally include personal information like name, address, phone numbers, and possibly opinions and other personal information. In deciding whether to disclose the personal information of individuals at public council or committee meetings, municipalities need to balance the dual objectives of open government and protection of privacy. Under Section 197 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), meetings of a Council or a Council Committee must be conducted in public, except where there is authority to hold the meetings in the absence of the public. Under Section 198 of the MGA, the public has a right to be present at Council and Committee meetings conducted in public. Given the public nature of Council and Committee meetings, an individual writing to a Councillor or to the Administration of a Municipality may have a reasonable expectation that their correspondence, including their personal information, could be disclosed at a public Council or Committee meeting.

Municipal Government

Stewarding Lac Ste. Anne County

Lac Ste. Anne County is a governing body in central Alberta, Canada. Its administrative office is located at 56521, Range Road 65, Lac Ste. Anne County, near Sangudo, about an hour west of Edmonton.

Lac Ste. Anne County welcomes you to a uniqueness that only we can offer. I ask you to explore our natural capital; namely our lakes, rivers, campsites, towns and hamlets and visit with our best assets, the residents of the County. Lac Ste. Anne County presents a rural/urban cultural blend with agriculture continuing to be the economic stabilizer of the County. I invite you to explore our website and personally welcome you to Lac Ste. Anne County.

Our Vision: Lac Ste. Anne County is prosperous, progressive and collaborative, building on our strong sense of community and our agricultural roots, and providing a diverse range of opportunities for growth.

Our Mission: Lac Ste. Anne County acts in the best interests of the County as whole to create a positive environment for economic growth, citizen and community engagement, and the provision of services and sustainable infrastructure.

Our Values: Lac Ste. Anne County's decisions are guided by: accountability; transparency; collaboration; trust; respect; integrity; diversity; environmental sustainability; and financial responsibility.

Statistical Profile of Lac Ste. Anne County

Current available Statistical information about Lac Ste. Anne County's population, education, labour, income, building permits, dwellings and major projects can be found at the Regional Dashboard section of the Government of Alberta website. Here are just a few general statistics about the region:

  • Total land area: 3,004.71 sq. km.
  • County roads: 1,263 mi. / 2,033 km.
  • 2016 population: 10,899
  • 2013 population: 10,260
  • 2008 population: 10,260
  • 2006 population: 9,516
  • 2001 population: 8,948
  • 1996 population: 8,737

Site Use Policy

Welcome to the Lac Ste. Anne County Website

The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about Lac Ste. Anne County ("we" or "the County"). No other use is permitted.

Access to and use of this site is governed by these Terms and Conditions, as well as applicable laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations. By accessing this site, you agree to abide by the terms and conditions set forth below.

We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms and Conditions so that you will be apprised of any changes. Your use of the site following any modification in these Terms and Conditions will signify your assent to and acceptance of the modified Terms and Conditions.

Your use and browsing of the site is at your own risk. While we use reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on the site, we make no warranties or representations as to its accuracy or completeness. We assume no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the site's content.

Neither the County nor any other party involved in creating, producing, or delivering the site is liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising out of your access to, or use of, the site. Without limiting the foregoing, everything on the site is provided to you "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT.

The County assumes no responsibility, and shall not be liable, for any damages to, or viruses that may infect your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the site or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from the site.

You should assume that everything you see or read on the site is copyrighted unless otherwise noted and may not be used without the written permission of the County except as provided in these Terms and Conditions or in the text on the site.

The County neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on the site will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with the County. Images of people or places displayed on the site are either the property of, or used with permission by, the County. The use of these images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted by these Terms and Conditions or specific permission provided elsewhere on the site. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.

The trademarks, logos, and service marks (collectively the "Trademarks") displayed on the site are registered and unregistered trademarks of the County or others. Nothing contained on the site should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any Trademarks displayed on the site without the written permission of the County or such third party that may own the Trademarks displayed on the site. Your misuse of the Trademarks displayed on the site, or any other content on the site, except as provided in these Terms and Conditions, is strictly prohibited. You are also advised that the County will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, which may include the seeking of criminal prosecution.

When you submit or post any content to the site, you represent that you have a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right (including any moral rights) and license to use, license, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, communicate to the public, perform and display the content (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed, for the full term of any worldwide intellectual property right that may exist in such content. You are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unacceptable content, including, without limitation, unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. We reserve the right to remove unacceptable content or links posted by you at any time. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing the County to disclose the identity of anyone posting any unacceptable content.

Although the County may from time to time create new features, or monitor or review postings, transmissions, and the like on the site, the County is under no obligation to do so and assumes no responsibility or liability arising from the content of any such locations nor for any error, defamation, libel, slander, omission, falsehood, danger, or inaccuracy contained in any information contained within such locations on the site.

You agree to indemnify and hold each of the County, its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, employees, sponsors, successors and assigns harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, due to or arising out of your (i) misuse of the site; (ii) violation of these Terms and Conditions; or (iii) infringement of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.

This site is controlled, operated and administered by the County and its assigns from its offices in Alberta, Canada. We make no representation that the site is appropriate or available for use at other locations outside of Canada, and access to the site from jurisdictions where the site is illegal is prohibited. If you access the site from a location outside of Canada, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws.


About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@)
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359