Tennis court repaving is complete
Game, set, match! Wetaskiwin’s public tennis courts have now re-opened after being closed for repaving.
Approval process for outdoor patios updated
Wetaskiwin restaurant owners interested in developing an outdoor restaurant patio or sidewalk patio can now reference the City’s recently updated Land Use Bylaw for approval process specifications.
Nearby highways closed July 25 for Pope’s visit; heavy traffic expected in Wetaskiwin area
As communities in Central Alberta continue to prepare for the Pope’s upcoming visit, more details on traffic disruptions have been released. Alberta Transportation has planned for rolling closures and restricted access of nearby highways that will affect the Wetaskiwin area during Pope Francis’ visit to Maskwacis on Monday, July 25.
Class 1 water restriction in immediate effect
Due to contamination discovered in the Central Station reservoir the morning of July 14, 2022, a Stage 1 water restriction is in effect immediately.
City streamlines mobile vendor application process
With an eye toward streamlining the application process for those seeking vendor licences, city council approved Bylaw 2018-22 to amend Business Licence Bylaw 1507-01 during its regular July 11 meeting.
City adopts policy on the handling of anonymous, frivolous, or vexatious complaints
Policy CO-007: Handling Anonymous, Frivolous or Vexatious Complaints and Inquiries was unanimously approved by Wetaskiwin city council at the regular council meeting on June 27, 2022.
Tennis courts closed due to surface paving
Wetaskiwin’s tennis courts are getting a facelift this summer, with repaving beginning on Monday, June 6, 2022. Currently closed to the public, the courts are expected to re-open at the end of August once the work has been completed (weather permitting).
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2022 Tax Rate Bylaw
The 2022 Tax Rate Bylaw results in a net municipal tax rate increase of 3.23 per cent for residential properties, and an increase of 3.35 per cent for non-residential properties.
Council approves changes to fire services response level
In response to the growing call volume and concern over firefighter burnout, city council has approved a reduction in service levels for Wetaskiwin Fire Services.
Council approves 10-Year strategic plan
The 10-year strategic plan—inspired by community feedback—serves as a decision-making framework to assist Council in making purposeful and strategic decisions in line with the community’s goals.
Wastewater treatment plant improvement project moves forward
Wetaskiwin City Council has officially approved the funding for the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant which will operate as its own corporate entity under the name of Peace Hills Utilities Inc.
Council approves 2022 budget with 3.99 percent tax increase
To provide an adequate level of service to citizens during a period of rising costs with minimal growth in assessment, Council has approved an increase in the tax requirement of 3.99 percent for 2022.
“The City We Share” wins national marketing award
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Economic Development
and Communications Departments have received national recognition as the recipient of a highly
esteemed award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC).
2022 Community Safety and Policing Priorities survey open until March 15
The annual Wetaskiwin & Area community safety and policing priorities survey is now available online until March 15, 2022. This is the fourth year that the City — in partnership with the Wetaskiwin RCMP — has conducted this survey.
Council approves creation of Peace Hills Utilities Inc.
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the business plan for the creation of Peace Hills Utilities Inc. at the regular February 14, 2022 Council meeting.
COVID-19 restrictions ease for City facilities as province begins to lift public health measures
Proof of vaccination will no longer be required atThe Manluk Centre and the Civic Centre due to the Government of Alberta’s graduated lifting of public health measures.
Budget Deliberations Rescheduled to February 28 and March 2, 2022
Wetaskiwin’s budget presentations and Council deliberations have been rescheduled to allow City employees additional time to familiarize themselves with the proposed budget due to the passing of a staff member.
City of Wetaskiwin utility fees return to 2020 rates
The cost of City utilities has returned to the rate structure originally approved in 2020, following a year of utility ratepayers benefitting from temporary utility rate discounts approved by Wetaskiwin City Council.
Closure of encampment authorized by City Council due to safety risks and low utilization
At a special Council meeting held January 17, 2022, Wetaskiwin City Council directed Administration to work with the RCMP to close the encampment located on 5800 37A Avenue.
Wetaskiwin City Council Amends Emergency Management Bylaw
The City of Wetaskiwin’s emergency Management Bylaw was amended by Wetaskiwin City Council during their regular January 10, 2022 Council meeting.
Virtual Budget Open Houses Scheduled for Jan 26 and Jan 28,
An updated budget consultation plan was approved by Council at their Jan. 10, 2022 meeting, featuring virtual-only budget open houses due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.
City of Wetaskiwin partners in launch of free digital support for small businesses
The Digital Economy Program is a free program designed to support small businesses as they integrate or upgrade their online operations.
Investigation into issues experienced with Wetaskiwin’s Water Treatment Plant complete
The internal investigation conducted by the City of Wetaskiwin following malfunctions experienced at the Water Treatment Plant — which resulted in a community-wide stage 4 water restriction — is now complete.
Municipally Controlled Corporation structure proposed for City’s water and wastewater services
The City of Wetaskiwin is proposing a Municipally Controlled Corporation (MCC) structure for future water and wastewater services in order to minimize the financial burden for local ratepayers due to the mandated construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.
Interim 2022 Municipal Operating Budget Approved by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council approved an interim 2022 municipal operating budget of $11.2 million at their regular December 13, 2021 meeting to allow for uninterrupted operations while Council reviews and deliberates the 2022 municipal budget in February 2022.
City of Wetaskiwin receives clear audit report for 2020 consolidated financial statements
Representatives from Grant Thornton LLP — the accounting and advisory firm hired to perform the City’s 2020 Financial Statements Audit — presented the results of the 2020 consolidated financial statements to Council during their regular November 22, 2021 meeting.
Council votes to further explore impacts of options outlined in Archives Assessment Report
The state of the Wetaskiwin Archives report was presented to Wetaskiwin City Council at their regular November 22, 2021 meeting, outlining three possible models for Council’s consideration.
City to divest of Civic Building following Facility Utilization Review
Following the presentation of a Facility Utilization Review report to Wetaskiwin City Council at their regular November 22, 2021 meeting, Council voted to divest of the Civic Building—with the caveat that the sale be contingent on any future owner allowing the Wetaskiwin Archives to remain within the building as leased space.
Stage 4 water restriction to be lifted Monday, Nov 29 at 8 AM
Wetaskiwin’s Stage 4 water restriction will be lifted as of 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 29. The water treatment plant is fully operational again and both treated water reservoirs will be replenished by Monday morning.
Potable water reserves increasing following repairs to equipment at water treatment plant
Repairs to the malfunctioning equipment at the Wetaskiwin water treatment plant have been completed, and treated water levels are slowly rising again. The City’s tap water remains safe for human consumption. The Stage 4 water restriction will remain in place until the City’s treated water reservoirs are fully replenished, which is anticipated to occur by Sunday night (November 28).
City declares Stage 4 water restriction until further notice due to critically low water reserves
The City of Wetaskiwin has declared a Stage 4 water restriction until further notice due to repairs currently underway at the water treatment plant and critically low treated water reserves. Effective immediately, only essential water use is permitted, which is water used strictly for health (drinking and food preparation), and medical purposes.
Mayor Tyler Gandam Acclaimed as Vice President of Alberta Municipalities for One-Year Term
City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam was acclaimed to the Alberta Municipalities’ Board of Directors as Vice President for Cities up to 500,000—for a one-year term—at their Annual General Meeting held Friday, November 19 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.
Warming trailers secured following additional funding approval by Wetaskiwin City Council
Warming trailers are on their way to Wetaskiwin following City Council’s unanimous approval of an additional $35,000—funded from the City’s contingency reserve—at a special Council meeting on November 12 to secure the lease of the trailers for the temporary warming shelter.
Wetaskiwin receives four blooms from Communities In Bloom Canada
Wetaskiwin has received four blooms — out of a possible five — from Communities in Bloom Canada during their 2021 evaluation of the community.
Wetaskiwin’s Utility Master Plan Finalized
The City of Wetaskiwin’s updated Utility Master Plan (UMP) has been finalized by Associated Engineering and was presented to City Council mid-September.
Official 2021 Wetaskiwin Election Results
The official results for the 2021 Wetaskiwin General Municipal Election are now available.
Unofficial 2021 Election Results
On Monday, October 18, 2021, approximately thirty-six percent of eligible City of Wetaskiwin voters elected the following candidates into municipal office.
Wetaskiwin City Council vote to maintain current utility franchise fees for 2022
The City of Wetaskiwin will maintain its current utility franchise fee agreements with ATCO and Fortis for the 2022 fiscal year.
Additional positions added to finance department
Three additional staffing positions for the City’s finance department were approved by Wetaskiwin City Council at their regular Oct. 12, 2021 meeting.
City addresses misinformation regarding its efforts to support Wetaskiwin’s vulnerable humans
The City of Wetaskiwin addresses some concerning misinformation published recently by the media concerning the City's efforts to support its vulnerable humans.
City logo cannot be featured on election campaign materials
Recent use of the City's brand identity by a general municipal election candidate has prompted the City to request they cease and desist with their use of the City’s former logo.
City entity remains neutral during municipal elections
The City of Wetaskiwin seeks to address an inaccurate statement made by a municipal general election candidate that the candidate’s campaign information would be disseminated through the City’s communications department rather than the candidate’s own media channels.
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves Memorandum of Understanding with Wetaskiwin FCSS
Wetaskiwin City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the Wetaskiwin Family and Community Support Services Board during their last regular meeting in September.
Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw Passed by Wetaskiwin City Council
The Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw (2000-21) received its third and final reading during the September 27, 2021 Regular Council Meeting and is now in effect.
Wetaskiwin Fire Department recognizes Fire Prevention Week
The Wetaskiwin Fire Department is observing Fire Prevention Week from October 3 to 9 to encourage Wetaskiwinites to learn the sounds of fire safety
City releases results of second annual customer service survey
The results of the City’s second annual customer service survey are now publicly available, following their presentation at the Sept. 27 Council meeting.
Manluk Centre and Civic Centre to Operate Under Restrictions Exemption Program
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness and the Civic Centre (Twin Arenas and Drill Hall) will be operating under the province’s Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) as of Monday, October 4, 2021.
Official List of Candidates for the City of Wetaskiwin’s 2021 Municipal Election
The official period for candidate nominations — and any withdrawals — for the City of Wetaskiwin’s 2021 Municipal Election ended at 12 Noon on September 21, 2021.
City facilities to close in honour of the National Truth and Reconciliation Holiday on September 30
The City of Wetaskiwin will be closing its facilities—excluding The Manluk Centre—on Thursday, September 30 in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday.
Temporary warming shelter to operate until March 31, 2022 at Wetaskiwin’s southside pending funding
A temporary warming shelter is expected to be set up this year on the southside of Wetaskiwin—dependent on grant funding secured—as moved by City Council at their regular September 13th, 2021 Council meeting.
City flags lowered to half mast for Firefighters' National Memorial Day
All flags on City property will be at half mast from sunrise on Sunday, September 12 until sunrise the following Monday (Sept. 13) in recognition of Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.
Wetaskiwin City Council approves Land Use Bylaw amendment 1997-21
Wetaskiwin City Council approved Bylaw 1997-21,
which amends Land Use Bylaw 1804-13, at their regular August 16, 2021 City Council meeting.
City Council votes to relocate encampment to southside of Wetaskiwin
At the August 19, 2021 Special Council Meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council directed Administration to work with the RCMP in providing the City’s vulnerable population a place to temporarily relocate.
City Terminates State of Local Emergency
The City of Wetaskiwin is terminating its State of Local Emergency as of 11:59 pm on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
City Seeks Community Feedback on Role of Wetaskiwin Archives
The City of Wetaskiwin is seeking community
feedback on the use of the Wetaskiwin Archives through a short survey—available until August 27, 2021 at whatifwetaskiwin.ca.
City of Wetaskiwin 2021 Customer Service Survey Now Live
The City of Wetaskiwin launched its 2021 Customer
Service Survey on whatifwetaskiwin.ca today in order to evaluate the quality and delivery of customer
service throughout the organization.
Wetaskiwin hosts AUMA Municipal Leaders' Caucus
Wetaskiwin recently hosted an Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Summer 2021 Municipal Leaders’ Caucus event at the local Best Western Wayside Inn on July 29th.
Municipal Election Bylaw updated to include use of Special Ballots
Special Ballots were added to Wetaskiwin’s now-updated Municipal Election Bylaw 1999-21, which was approved by Wetaskiwin City Council at their regular July 19, 2021 Council meeting.
Submissions open for 2021 Fall program guide
Submissions for the Fall 2021 Wetaskiwin Program Guide are now open and will be accepted until August 1, 2021.
Wetaskiwin receives provincial grant funding for airport paving project
The City of Wetaskiwin was approved for a provincial Community Airport Program grant which will see the Wetaskiwin Regional Airport’s runway, Taxiway B, and Apron 1 paved.
City flags lowered to honour loss of local firefighter
The City of Wetaskiwin’s flags were lowered on July 17 to honour the recent loss of a member of the Wetaskiwin Fire Service from medical complications.
City Face Coverings Bylaw repealed; Masks no longer required as of July 1
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw 1973-20 was repealed by Wetaskiwin City Council during their regular June 28, 2021 Council meeting—meaning that masks will no longer be required in local indoor public spaces as of July 1, 2021.
City Reveals New Community-Inspired Visual Identity
The City of Wetaskiwin launched its new, community-inspired visual identity. This new visual approach will anchor how the City of Wetaskiwin promotes the city as a mechanism for encouraging growth, prosperity, and long-term sustainability.
Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness Re-opening June 14
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness is re-opening to the public on Monday, June 14, 2021.
Wetaskiwin’s newest street sweeper gets a name
An online naming contest was recently hosted on the [what if wetaskiwin] portal to find a name for the City’s new Public Works street sweeper. The winning entry of Sweep Caroline was submitted by Wetaskiwin local Joshua Chamberlain!
Wetaskiwin celebrates June as Recreation and Parks month
Mayor Tyler Gandam has proclaimed the month of June as Recreation and Parks Month, and encourages Wetaskiwinites to safely explore the City’s greenspaces and recreational facilities.
City lowers flags to honour the 215 children buried at the Kamloops Residential School site
The City of Wetaskiwin has lowered its flags to half-mast as of Monday, May 31, 2021 to honour and remember the 215 Indigenous children buried at the former Kamloops Residential School site.
Invitation to pre-qualify for municipal facility electrical and plumbing repairs
The City of Wetaskiwin is looking to short-list qualified contractors to perform on-going electrical and plumbing repairs at its municipal facilities.
Urban Food Forest to be planted in Montgomery Park
Following a presentation last spring by Councillor Gabrielle Blatz, the City began researching urban food forests and how we could implement one in Wetaskiwin.
As a result, the Public Works department has purchased—and will be planting—41 fruit-bearing trees and shrubs in Montgomery Park (53 St. & Centennial Dr.).
Manluk Centre to close following New Provincial Restrictions
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness will close to the public, starting May 8, 2021, until further notice due to newly announced provincial restrictions.
HUB Taskforce created to address safety concerns
A taskforce has been created—involving City administration, Council, and other local agencies—to address the safety concerns that have been brought forward by the community. The HUB Taskforce will be meeting weekly for meaningful discussions and to develop steps going forward to ensure solutions are found sooner rather than later.
Wetaskiwin recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week
The City of Wetaskiwin recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week from May 2 to 8, 2021. This national awareness initiative has been ongoing since 1996 and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Wetaskiwin City Council approves 2021 Tax Rate Bylaw; no increase to taxes collected
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2021 Tax Rate Bylaw 1993-21 at their regular April 26, 2021 City Council meeting.
City of Wetaskiwin waives permit fees for temporary patios
City Council has unanimously approved a motion to waive permit fees for any local business wanting to install a temporary patio to comply with current provincial COVID-19 restrictions.
Wetaskiwin Mayor Proclaims April 28 as National Day of Mourning
Mayor Tyler Gandam proclaimed April 28, 2021 as National Day of Mourning in Wetaskiwin, Alberta during City Council’s regular meeting on Monday, April 26, 2021.
Wetaskiwin City Council meetings now viewable on City’s YouTube channel
Recordings of Wetaskiwin City Council’s regular and committee of the whole meetings are now being published on the City’s YouTube channel following each meeting. This initiative is part of the City’s mandate to ensure transparency in the municipal government process.
Wetaskiwin's 50-Year Community Vision results released
Wetaskiwin’s 50-Year Community Vision results are now available to the public.
City to resume enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw
The City of Wetaskiwin will resume enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 starting May 5th, 2021. This means Wetaskiwin-based retailers will no longer be able to provide single-use plastic checkout bags to customers from May 5th onward.
Red light cameras installed to increase intersection safety
Starting April 15, 2021, red light and speed infractions will be enforced and ticketed at the intersection of 40 Avenue and 56 Street in response to safety concerns and motor vehicle collision trends in this area.
Study recommends redistricting and selling Centennial Park
The recently completed Business Mix & Gap Analysis for Wetaskiwin provides a number of strategic recommendations on how the City can help facilitate local economic success. One of these recommended actions is redistricting Centennial Park and declaring it as surplus land in order to sell it for business development.
Level of service set for grass, plant, and flower bed maintenance
At the March 22, 2021 City Council meeting, Council received and approved an updated level of service plan for 2021 grass, plant, and flower bed maintenance—presented by Public Works.
City-led events to be held virtually until September 2021
In light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, City Administration made the decision to host its annual City-led events online until September 2021—while also cancelling those which cannot be held virtually. This timeline will be re-evaluated every two (2) months going forward.
Manluk Centre to re-open with restrictions March 29
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness will be re-opening with restrictions as of 6:15 am on March 29, 2021.
City Council approves new Master Rates Bylaw
City Council passes 2021 budget forecasting zero percent tax increase
Wetaskiwin City Council passed its 2021 Capital and Operating Budgets at the regular March 8, 2021 Council meeting, forecasting a zero percent tax increase and a reduction in utility rates.
Have Your Say Wetaskiwin has a new look
The City’s Have Your Say Wetaskiwin community engagement platform got a facelift today. Originally launched in February 2020, the new homepage appearance of the engagement site aims to streamline featured projects and provide better functionality for site users.
2021 Community Safety & Policing Priorities survey now available
The annual Wetaskiwin & Area Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey is now available online until March 18, 2021. An RCMP Virtual Town Hall is also being held on March 4, 2021 at 7 pm local time, giving community members an opportunity to ask questions and hear about the RCMPs priorities for the year. The zoom link and more information about the town hall can be found on the City’s website.
Spring/Summer Parade of Programs will continue in digital format for 2021
Due to the remaining uncertainty of how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect program attendance, the Wetaskiwin Regional Parade of Programs will continue to be available in an on-going, online format through a dedicated Facebook Page.
City of Wetaskiwin expresses concern over provincial dispatch error
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, an emergency medical call originating from Wetaskiwin resulted in a concerning provincial Alberta Health Services (AHS) dispatch error.
Results of City of Wetaskiwin customer service survey now available
The report showcasing the results of the City of Wetaskiwin's first customer service survey was presented to City Council at their regular January 25, 2021 meeting and is now available for public review.
Municipal budget deliberations schedule for mid-February
The City of Wetaskiwin’s 2021 municipal budget deliberations have been scheduled for mid-February 2021.
Small business grant program to provide COVID relief
In partnership with the Leduc & Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wetaskiwin has introduced a COVID Recovery Grant Program.
The new program will connect locally based businesses to legal, human resource, or accounting service providers for up to five (5) hours of consultation—or a maximum of $500—to assist with, understand and prepare documentation to apply for the current Government COVID-19 financial assistance support programs.
Nominations open for the 2021 general municipal election
Nominations for Wetaskiwin’s general municipal election—to be held on October 18, 2021—are now open until September 20, 2021.
City switching banks following Request for Proposal process
The City will be switching its banking services to Scotiabank some time in 2021.
Municipal budget deliberations to be held first quarter of 2021
Wetaskiwin City Council’s 2021 municipal budget deliberations have been postponed until early 2021. Originally slated to take place in the last quarter of 2020, the City’s budget deliberations were rescheduled for early 2021 to allow the 2019 year-end financial process to be completed.
City seeks Diversity and Inclusion Task Force members
The City is seeking interested community members to join the newly-formed Diversity and Inclusion Task Force—made up of a maximum of fifteen (15) members representing a broad range of under-served and equity-seeking groups.
City facilities impacted by additional provincial restrictions
In accordance with the enhanced province-wide restrictions recently announced by the Government of Alberta, the City of Wetaskiwin will close its indoor recreational facilities.
City utilities switching to monthly paper billing
In response to feedback received from City of Wetaskiwin residents, utility billing will be conducted monthly from January 2021 onward.
Residential waste collection changes coming to Wetaskiwin in 2021
Wetaskiwin City Council approved an amendment to Waste Management Bylaw 1940-20 following a presentation by the City’s Waste & Recycle department. As a result, solid waste collection will be moving to a 5-day schedule (Monday to Friday) by the second quarter of 2021.
City thanks community for participating in Wetaskiwin2070 community vision
The City of Wetaskiwin would like to thank those who participated in the recent #Wetaskiwin2070 Community Visioning project.
City selected as pilot site for Community Safety and Well-Being Plan
The City of Wetaskiwin has been selected as a pilot site for a Rural Crime Prevention Project through the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP). The scope of this project is to develop a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan to create and implement a model to reduce crime and build capacity among service providers within the community.
City Council approves Advertising Bylaw 1976-20
Wetaskiwin City Council approved an amendment to the City’s Advertising Bylaw 1976-20 at their regular November 23, 2020 Council meeting. The approved amendment allows for electronic communication to be recognized as an alternate form of notification—as set out in Section 606 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
City of Wetaskiwin Launches Whistle-Blower Program
As part of its commitment to operating with the highest standards of conduct and ethics, the City of Wetaskiwin has launched a whistle-blower program.
Wetaskiwin receives 1 and a half million from province for asphalt overlays
The City of Wetaskiwin has received $1,504,288 from the province’s Municipal Stimulus Program to help cover the cost of asphalt overlays.
City launches new citizen reporting tool
The City of Wetaskiwin has launched a new citizen reporting tool that will allow residents to easily submit service requests online.
City and County of Wetaskiwin enter into ICF agreement
The City of Wetaskiwin has been working diligently with the County of Wetaskiwin to create and adopt an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) between the two municipalities, which is required by the provincial government.
City temporarily closes Wetaskiwin's Archives for up to one year
Wetaskiwin City Council voted to temporarily close the City of Wetaskiwin Archives to the public—effective immediately for up to one year—to examine the Archives’ current portfolio and assets.
Council, Deputy Mayor schedules and board-committee appointments 2021
The Council meeting and Deputy Mayor schedules—as well as appointments to municipal boards and committees—for the next year were determined at Wetaskiwin City Council’s annual organizational meeting held late last month at City Hall.
City suspends enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw until May 2021
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management has approved the extension of the suspended enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 until May 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
24/7 Integrated Response Hub located in Civic Building
The 24/7 Integrated Response Hub—run by The Open Door Association—will be operating out of the Wetaskiwin Civic Building this winter season, located at 4904 – 51 Street.
Wetaskiwin declares State of Local Emergency to provide immediate assistance to vulnerable humans
Wetaskiwin declares State of Local Emergency to provide immediate assistance to vulnerable humans in Wetaskiwin and area.
Franchise Fee for Natural Gas will decrease starting Jan. 1 2021
The City of Wetaskiwin will be decreasing the natural gas distribution franchise fee it charges ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd. The current ATCO franchise fee is set at 35 percent and will decrease to 33 percent effective January 1, 2021.
City awarded $20 million in grant funding throughout 2020
The City of Wetaskiwin was awarded $20,097,055.00 in grant funding throughout 2020 from both the provincial and federal governments, as well as Community Food Centres Canada.
City Council passes temporary COVID-19 face coverings bylaw
Wetaskiwin City Council passed a temporary COVID-19 face coverings bylaw (1973-20) at their regular September 28, 2020 Council meeting. The bylaw does not come into effect until a threshold of 15 active COVID-19 cases in Wetaskiwin is reached, as reported by Alberta Health Services.
City seeks continued public input on the 2021 municipal budget
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the City is holding its annual public budget consultation virtually—including the budget open house scheduled for Monday, Oct. 5 from 6 pm until 8 pm.
Wetaskiwin City Council approves Tax Incentive Bylaw for new commercial developments & expansions
Wetaskiwin City Council repealed Bylaw 1969-20 and passed the replacement Tax Incentive Bylaw 1970-20 at their regular September 28, 2020 meeting. This new bylaw widens the scope of the non-residential property tax incentive to include large scale commercial developments and provides further clarification on the implementation of the Bylaw.
City of Wetaskiwin Launches Long-Term Community Visioning Project
On Sept. 28, The City of Wetaskiwin announced the launch of a community visioning project, which will create a long-term, community-built vision for Wetaskiwin. The new community vision—called #Wetaskiwin2070—will help guide what the city will look like in 50 years and help us all better understand what it will take to get there.
24/7 Integrated Response Hub Coming to Wetaskiwin November 2020
Wetaskiwin will be home to a 24/7 Integrated Response Hub as of November 2020.
Regular transit service to be re-instated as of Monday, September 21, 2020
Wetaskiwin Transit will be back in full service as of Monday, September 21, 2020. All riders who are able to wear a mask or face covering must do so while accessing the transit service.
City of Wetaskiwin & Town of Millet partner to ensure continued recreation access for all residents
The City of Wetaskiwin and the Town of Millet have partnered to ensure that the residents of both communities have access to a variety of recreational opportunities while Millet undergoes construction of their Agriplex.
Manluk Centre to re-open to the public on Saturday, September 5
The Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness will re-open to the public at 8 am on September 5, 2020.
Second Manluk Centre employee tests positive for COVID-19
The City of Wetaskiwin was notified on the evening of August 30, 2020 that a second Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
City employee tests positive for COVID-19
On the evening of August 21, 2020, the City was informed that a Manluk Centre employee has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus
City awards Community Visioning tender
After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the City of Wetaskiwin has awarded the Community Visioning tender to Stormy Lake Consulting, based in Calgary, AB.
City awards contract to build new Public Works Shop
The contract to build a new Public Works shop has been awarded to local architecture firm, Creative Infrastructure.
City of Wetaskiwin Reports Three New Cases of COVID-19
COVID-19 numbers are on the rise in Alberta, including three confirmed cases in the City of Wetaskiwin.
City Council Approves Tax Incentives Bylaw for New Industrial Developments in Wetaskiwin
Press Release announcing approval of Bylaw 1969-20.
City kicks off 2020 community visioning initiative with request for proposal
The City of Wetaskiwin is moving ahead with a community visioning initiative planned for later in 2020 and has issued a Request for Proposal to encourage a wide range of bids from contractors to help facilitate the process.
City to resume enforcement of Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw November 2020
The City of Wetaskiwin is planning to resume enforcement of Plastic Checkout Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 as of mid-November 2020.
City of Wetaskiwin pandemic utility payment deferral program to end June 30
The City of Wetaskiwin’s pandemic utility payment deferral program—initiated to help ease financial stress resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic—will end as of June 30, 2020.
Timeline announced for re-opening remaining City facilities
On June 29, the City will begin to re-open its facilities in a multi-phase approach that ensures compliance with public health and safety standards.
City of Wetaskiwin no longer under a state of emergency
The City of Wetaskiwin is no longer under a state of local emergency, effective as of 4:25 pm on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
City responds to Province of Alberta's Phase 2 Relaunch
The City of Wetaskiwin is in the process of reviewing its re-opening plans and continues to work closely with public health authorities to ensure a safe and successful relaunch of programs and services.
City of Wetaskiwin to begin re-opening outdoor recreation spaces as of May 27 in staged approach
The City of Wetaskiwin is taking a staged approach in re-opening all its outdoor recreation spaces following their closure in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Wetaskiwin FCSS now a governing body
At their regular May 11 Council meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council passed a bylaw which established FCSS as its own governing body.
Results released for 2020 Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey
The results from the 2020 Wetaskiwin & Area Community Safety and Policing Priorities Survey are now publicly available.
2020 Events cancelled; alternative celebrations being considered
Wetaskiwin City Council directed Administration to officially cancel the City-led events scheduled this year at their regular April 27, 2020 Council meeting.
2020 Tax Rate Bylaw finalized, Payment deadline extended
Wetaskiwin City Council finalized the 2020 tax rates and deferred the tax deadline for ratepayers as part of the City’s COVID-19 response efforts.
City of Wetaskiwin builds local economic recovery plan
The City of Wetaskiwin’s economic development department—with support from the Leduc and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce—has initiated a strategy that focuses on building resiliency within the local economy.
Wetaskiwin Peace Cairn designated as Municipal Historic Resource
Wetaskiwin City Council designated the Wetaskiwin Peace Cairn as a Municipal Historic Resource at their regular April 14, 2020 Council meeting.
City Council adds open mic session to regular Council meetings
Wetaskiwin City Council amended the Council Meeting Procedural Bylaw to include an open microphone session for all regular Council meetings.
City of Wetaskiwin Renews State of Local Emergency
The City of Wetaskiwin renewed its state of local emergency at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wetaskiwin City Council Announces New City Manager
Wetaskiwin City Council has hired Sue Howard to fill the role of city manager,
effective March 25, 2020.
City of Wetaskiwin Declares State of Local Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
The City of Wetaskiwin declared a state of local emergency at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 to further support provincial efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wetaskiwin Region
We have become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Wetaskiwin Region. As such, the City of Wetaskiwin and the County of Wetaskiwin are issuing a joint press release sharing what we know, and how we plan on protecting the health and safety of everyone in the region.
City of Wetaskiwin Closes its Buildings to the Public Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
Wetaskiwin City Council voted to close all City buildings to the public on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wetaskiwin Council votes to close most City facilities to the public
Wetaskiwin City Council convened a special council meeting on March 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm to discuss closing some of the City’s public facilities due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus.
Updated City Response to COVID-19 - March 13 - 2020 - 1245h
In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the City of Wetaskiwin is taking immediate action following the direction of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
City Activates Emergency Operations Centre in Response to COVID-19
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Director of Emergency Management, Robert Osmond, activated the EOC on March 10, 2020 as the City began to focus on measures to promote public safety and reduce the risk of spreading respiratory viruses.
Wetaskiwin emergency shelter to close amidst community safety concerns
At a special Council meeting held at 9 am on Thursday, Feb. 20, Wetaskiwin City Council voted to close the local emergency shelter earlier than planned due to a multitude of safety concerns brought forward by the community-at-large
City of Wetaskiwin launches new online community engagement site
The City of Wetaskiwin launched a new online community engagement site encouraging community members to share their thoughts on a multitude of municipal projects.
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2020 Capital and Operating Budgets
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2020 capital and operating budgets at their regular December 9, 2019 Council meeting.
City to seek new Chief Administrative Officer
Wetaskiwin City Council has reached a mutual agreement with its Chief Administrative Officer, Mr. Peter Tarnawsky, to conclude his contract with the City as of December 2, 2019.
Wetaskiwin City Council Allocates Funds to Open Emergency Shelter
At their regular November 12, 2019 meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council directed that Administration take immediate steps to open an emergency shelter at the Civic building again.
Pipe and Smudge Ceremony to Precede Peace Cairn Relocation
First Nations elders will be conducting a pipe and smudging ceremony of the future resting place of the Peace Cairn—located east of the water tower at 50 Avenue and 55A Street—at 1 pm on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in order to consecrate and dedicate the land.
City Offering Free Transit to Local Polling Stations on Election Day
The City of Wetaskiwin is offering free transportation to and from the federal election polling stations in Wetaskiwin on October 21, 2019. A handicap-accessible transit bus will be stopping at specific pick-up locations around the City of Wetaskiwin from 7:30 am until 7:20 pm on election day.
City of Wetaskiwin Budget Engagement and Deliberation Dates Finalized
The City will be holding three budget open houses in different locations around Wetaskiwin early in November. Community members are invited to attend any of the open houses to provide their feedback on the 2020 proposed budget. The open houses will be interactive, kid-friendly, and snacks and beverages will be provided.
Construction Begins at Hwy 13 and Hwy 814 Intersection
Construction has begun at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 814. Intermittent lane closures will occur.
City of Wetaskiwin Launches Online Citizen Budget Tool
The City of Wetaskiwin has launched its Citizen Budget tool, which allows community members to share their thoughts on how your tax dollars should be spent.
City of Wetaskiwin 2019 By-Election Results Now Official
Branco and Blatz-Morgan will be sworn into office at the regular September 30, 2019 Wetaskiwin City Council meeting, to be held in Council Chambers at Wetaskiwin City Hall (4705 – 50 Avenue).
City of Wetaskiwin Releases Unofficial 2019 By-Election Results
Wetaskiwin voters have elected Joseph Branco and Gabrielle Blatz-Morgan into office as councillors for the City of Wetaskiwin—filling the two vacant seats on City Council.
Speed Reduction will Precede Safety Improvements to Hwy 13 & Hwy 814 Intersection
A speed reduction is planned for the portion of Highway 13 running along the north boundary of Wetaskiwin as part of the overall safety improvements slated for the Highway 13 and Highway 814 intersection.
City Council Pursues Intersection Improvements at Hwy 814 & 13
Wetaskiwin City Council chose a preferred safety improvement plan for the Highway 13 and Highway 814 (47 Street) intersection at their regular August 19, 2019 Council meeting. Permission to implement the improvements is still required from Alberta Transportation for this intersection.
Wetaskiwin Becomes Second Alberta Municipality to Ban Plastic Bags
The City of Wetaskiwin’s Plastic Bag Ban Bylaw 1913-18 came into effect Tuesday, July 9, 2019, banning the local distribution of single use plastic bags. Wetaskiwin is the second community in Alberta to ban single-use plastic bags—the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was the first, having had similar legislation in place since 2010.
Pamela Ganske Resigns from Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council officially received notice at their regular June 24, 2019 Council meeting that Pamela Ganske resigned from her position as councillor—effective that morning—citing personal reasons.
Donation Provides Wetaskiwin Residents with Free Reusable Bags
A limited supply of free reusable bags will be available in most local grocery stores in July thanks to a generous donation made by the John Maude and Susan Quinn Charitable Foundation.
City Receives Finalized Rural Homelessness Report
A finalized rural homelessness report—undertaken by the Alberta Rural Development Network—has been made available to the City of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2019 Municipal Tax Framework
The new tax rates set by City Council at their regular May 13 meeting results in a net impact of an additional 3.25 percent for residential properties and 4.90 percent for non-residential properties.
By-Election Confirmed Following Resignation of Wetaskiwin Councillor
Wetaskiwin City Council called for a municipal by-election after formally receiving notice that Patricia MacQuarrie had resigned from her position as councillor with the City of Wetaskiwin at their regular May 13 Council meeting.
Wetaskiwin Mayor Proclaims April 28 as National Day of Mourning
City of Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam proclaimed April 28, 2019 as National Day of Mourning in Wetaskiwin, Alberta during City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
Wetaskiwin City Council Approves 2019 Municipal Budget
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the final 2019 budget at a special Council meeting held Thursday, March 28.
Results of Policing Priorities Survey Now Available
The City of Wetaskiwin partnered with the Wetaskiwin RCMP to produce a regional survey concerning RCMP policing priorities. Over 800 people completed the survey, with 485 responses coming from directly within the City of Wetaskiwin.
Wetaskiwin City Council Concludes 2019 Budget Deliberations
Wetaskiwin City Council has completed two full days of deliberating the 2019 proposed City budget.
City of Wetaskiwin Welcomes New City Manager
Wetaskiwin City council has hired Peter Tarnawsky to fill the role of city manager, effective April 1, 2019.
Wetaskiwin Joins Mid-Sized Cities in Call for Equitable Funding
The City of Wetaskiwin was one of 22 Alberta municipalities calling on the provincial government to develop an equitable funding framework during the Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors' and CAOs' Caucus.
City of Wetaskiwin Adjusts Corporate Organizational Structure
The City of Wetaskiwin has restructured to address service overlaps and ensure the continued responsible use of public tax dollars.
Internal Investigation Concludes Regarding Clerical Financial Error
The City of Wetaskiwin hired a workplace assessment consultant after the error was discovered to determine why the wastewater consumption charge—originally approved by City Council January 2018—had not been implemented on City utility bills.
City of Wetaskiwin Seeks New Photo Radar Provider
The City of Wetaskiwin is issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) to find a new photo radar service provider in 2019.
2019 Budget Discussion Dates Finalized by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council will be discussing the 2019 municipal budget on January 9, 10 and 11, 2019 from 8 am until 5 pm in Council Chambers at Wetaskiwin City Hall.
Wetaskiwin City Council Debating Interim Budget for 2019
An interim 2019 municipal budget will be brought forward for Wetaskiwin City Council’s consideration at their regular December 17, 2018 Council meeting.
Wetaskiwin City Council Terminates Employment of City Manager
Wetaskiwin City Council has terminated the employment of Dave Burgess, City Manager, for just cause effective November 21, 2018.
Clerical Financial Error Discovered by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin City Council became aware of a financial error at their regular November 13, 2018 Council meeting that may have legal implications for the municipality—though the nature and extent of which have yet to be determined.
City Re-Lists Surplus Property Due to Purchaser Not Meeting Sale Conditions
The municipally-owned surplus property located at 4910 – 55A Street in Wetaskiwin has been listed on multiple real estate websites due to the conditions of the previous sale agreement not being met.
Arbitration Concerning JEDI Agreement Nears Completion
With the arbitration process concerning the City of Wetaskiwin’s withdrawal from the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) nearing completion, City Administration is addressing the impending outcome due to some erroneous figures being recently reported.
Wetaskiwin's Crime Severity Index Ranking Has Increased
Wetaskiwin’s annual Crime Severity Index (CSI) ranking has increased due to
several high-profile violent offenses that occurred within the City over the past year.
City Determines Order of Eligibility for Local Cannabis Retail Applications
The City of Wetaskiwin has determined the order of eligibility for hopeful cannabis retailers by process of random selection.
Mayor Tyler Gandam Elected to AUMA Board of Directors
Wetaskiwin Mayor Tyler Gandam was elected to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Board of Directors during the 2018 AUMA Convention.
City of Wetaskiwin Wins National Marketing Award
The City of Wetaskiwin was nationally recognized for its Imagination Tourism
marketing ad at this year’s Economic Developers Association of Canada (EDAC) Conference, held from September 8 to 11, 2018 in Fredericton, NB.
Peace Cairn to be relocated due to sale of VIC
Wetaskiwin City Council Sets 2018 Municipal Tax Framework
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw (1905-18) at their May 7th meeting.
New Special Events Policy Passed by Wetaskiwin City Council
Wetaskiwin Receives Funding, Training for Asset Management Practices
The City of Wetaskiwin has been granted $50,000 in funding from the Government of Canada to refresh the community's asset management strategy to align with current climate change goals.
Wetaskiwin's Overall Crime Rates Have Decreased According to 2016 Data
Overall crime rates in Wetaskiwin have dropped since years past, according to Macleans Magazine's 'Canada's Most Dangerous Places 2018' publication.
Edmonton Attack: Statement from Mayor Bill Elliot
City Partners with Alberta Environment to Clean Up Solvent Spill
A solvent spill occurred near the corner of 50 Avenue and 56 Street in Wetaskiwin on Saturday, August 19. The spill allowed approximately 1700 litres of solvent to be released into the storm system.
The City of Wetaskiwin Accepts Councillor's Resignation
The City of Wetaskiwin has accepted the resignation of Joe Branco from
city council, effective Thursday, July 20, 2017.
Wetaskiwin City Council Withdraws from JEDI
Wetaskiwin City Council voted to withdraw from the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) at their regular June 26, 2017 council meting.
City to Lower Flags March 12 to Commemorate End of Afghanistan Mission
At their regular February 24 Council meeting, Wetaskiwin City Council unanimously voted to fly all City flags at half-mast on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to commemorate
the end of Canada’s 12-year military mission in Afghanistan.
Wetaskiwin Council Amends Utility Bylaws
Utility Bylaw changes for 2014
Two Railway Crossings Closed Due to Accident
A serious pedestrian accident has occurred at the 50 Avenue railway crossing in Wetaskiwin.
Tour of Alberta Community Rally August 19
Introducing John Vandenbeld as Communications Coordinator
Press release introducing John Vandenbeld as the new Communications Coordinator for the City of Wetaskiwin
Wetaskiwin Co-op Sponsors Competition Pool
The Wetaskiwin Cooperative Association has purchased the naming rights to the competition pool, located within the new Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics & Fitness
Manluk Industries awarded naming rights to pool
Wetaskiwin City Council awarded the naming rights for the Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatic & Fitness Centre to Manluk Industries Inc. at their May 13 meeting.
Wetaskiwin City Council sets 2013 tax rates
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the 2013 Tax Rate Bylaw (1813-13) at their May 13 meeting, which sets the property tax rates for 2013.
City Council Approves Updated Transportation Master Plan
Wetaskiwin City Council approved the updated City of Wetaskiwin Transportation Master Plan at their regular April 22 council meeting.
Council approves budget
Wetaskiwin CIty Council approves 2013 and 2014 budgets March 11
Council Trims Budget - Feb 25 2013
City Council has trimmed more off the proposed budget in response to public feedback received.
Budget Tabled until February 19
City Administration has arranged for an additional day of public budget deliberation meetings to take place Tuesday, February 19 at 9 AM.
Unplug this Family Day
Disconnect yourself from technology this Family Day (Feb 18) and personally connect with your loved ones instead!
Residents Heard at Public Budget Open House
Wetaskiwin City Council took all of the feedback shared at the February 4 Public Budget Open House very seriously and will be voting on the proposed budget at their February 11 council meeting.
City Launches New Website
The City of Wetaskiwin is proud to announce the re-launch of its website.
Proposed Two-Year (2013/2014) Budget
The City of Wetaskiwin has released its initial figures concerning the 2013/2014 public budget.