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Registration for heavy item pickup open until May 28
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 22, 2019) – Need a little help with spring cleaning? Residents are invited to register for the annual heavy item pickup program from May 21 – 28. Registration
RMWB council adopts Wood Buffalo Culture Plan
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 21, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has committed to investing in art and heritage initiatives for the next ten years through the adoption of
Fire Ban enacted across the Region, including urban service area
  (Fort McMurray, AB – May 17, 2019)  -  Effective May 17, 2019, the Regional Emergency Services department of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has issued a Fire Ban in
Home Fire Safety Program offers free smoke alarm installation to Dickinsfield residents
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 16, 2019) - Regional Emergency Services (RES), with support from Enbridge Pipelines Inc., is launching the sixth season of the Home Fire Safety Program. This year’s program
Residents invited to celebrate Public Works Week at Show n’ Shine event
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 16, 2019) – Residents are invited to the Municipality’s sixth annual Show n’ Shine event on Wednesday, May 22, held in conjunction with National Public Works Week
RMWB Family and Community Support Services survey seeks counselling services input
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 14, 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is seeking resident input on counselling services in Fort McMurray and surrounding rural
RMWB Council announces co-chairs for the 2022 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 14, 2019) The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council is pleased to announce the appointment of former RMWB Mayor Melissa Blake and Nicole Bourque-Bouchier, CEO,
Regional Emergency Services launches FireSmart Begins at Home Campaign
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 10, 2019) – This week, Regional Emergency Services launched the FireSmart Begins at Home campaign to help educate residents on the actions they can take at home
Residential landfill fees waived: May 17 – 20
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 10, 2019) – It’s the perfect time to dig into spring cleaning. The municipality is waiving landfill fees for residential household waste from May 17 until May
Have your say on Memorial Park project
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 9, 2019) – The Municipality is welcoming residents to help shape the Memorial Park project being planned for the Beacon Hill neighbourhood in Fort McMurray. The park
RMWB News Release: Municipal Engineering Department kicking off Construction Season
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 9, 2019) – It is going to be a busy construction season in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB). The RMWB’s Engineering Department, which oversees repairs
Municipality recognizes Emergency Preparedness Week with launch of new Community Emergency Guides
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 7, 2019) - May 5-11 is recognized nationally as Emergency Preparedness Week 2019; in correlation, the Municipality is excited to announce the launch of its new Community
RMWB Council approves 2019 Tax Rate Bylaw
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 7, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council approved the 2019 Property Tax Rate Bylaw resulting in a 28 million reduction in overall property
Soil stockpile site update – New operation hours effective May 6
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 2, 2019) – Effective Monday, May 6, operation dates and times for the soil stockpiling site in Abram’s Land will be changing.  Starting May 6, the new
Municipality to begin implementation of Asset Management System Policy
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 30, 2019) – On April 23, 2019, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) Council unanimously voted to approve the Asset Management System Policy. Developing a comprehensive asset
RMWB E-Procurement program rolls out
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 1, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) launched an E-Procurement program designed to make it easier to do business with the Municipality. Businesses are
Wood Buffalo’s Mayor tells Senate Committee Bill C-48 is a “systematic attack on the oil sands”
(Edmonton, AB – April 30, 2019) – Describing it as “disastrous,” the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Mayor appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications in Edmonton, Alberta today
RMWB Bylaw Services launches Good Neighbour initiative
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 2 9 , 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Bylaw Services is pleased to introduce the Good Neighbour resource guide to residents of the region. The Good
Street sweeping season begins – watch for No-Parking signs
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 24, 2019) – Residents are advised to watch for No-Parking signs as road crews begin sweeping streets around Fort McMurray.  Starting April 29, road crews will be
Burn abatement work now taking place throughout the Urban Service Area
  (Fort McMurray, AB – April 23, 2019) – Starting today, crews from Regional Emergency Services (RES) will be conducting burn abatement work throughout the Urban Service Area. As part of this
River Breakup declared: April 22, 2019
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 22, 2019) - River breakup has been declared. Which mean there is no longer significant flood risk around the Lower Townsite and Waterways. The remaining ice in
Deadline extended for volunteer applications for two municipal committees
The deadline to apply as a volunteer to serve on two Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council-appointed Committees has been extended until April 26. Committees help advise Council on matters
Local Indigenous artists are encouraged to submit works of art for Art in Motion
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 18, 2019) – For June, McMurray Experience wants to feature local Indigenous art in the Art in Motion exhibit. The theme is celebrating Indigenous cultures, and what
Easter Service Reminder: Roads, Office Hours, Transit, and Solid Waste Services
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 15, 2019) – As Easter weekend approaches and friends and family gather to celebrate, residents are reminded of holiday weekend service including transit, curbside collection, soil stockpile,
Help us surpass last year’s numbers, and register now for the annual Spring Community Cleanup
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 15, 2019) –It is time for the annual Spring Community Cleanup! Help create a litter-free Wood Buffalo. Registration is now open for this year’s spring campaign,
Municipality announces opportunity for local resident designs to be featured on street banners
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 12, 2019) – Fort McMurray history is the theme for this year’s Street Banner Program. If you think you can capture the past in art, the Regional
Tree Canada now accepting applications for community grant program that promotes planting of FireSmart-approved trees
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 10, 2018) – For the third consecutive year, Tree Canada is providing community grants to residents, Indigenous groups and local community groups in the region, who are
Animal waste disposal and drop-off event – April 13
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 9, 2019) – As the warm weather approaches and spring cleaning begins, residents are invited to two animal waste drop-off locations to facilitate proper disposal. Has your
Illuminated art exhibition seeks designs
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 1, 2019) – Artists are invited to submit light-based public art proposals for igNIGHT, the bi-annual exhibition that shines creative light in downtown Fort McMurray after dark.
Spring brings the return of River Breakup season
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 1, 2019) -  Spring is here and each year the ice in the Athabasca and Clearwater Rivers breaks up, jams and rises, creating a flood hazard
Perimeter of Birchwood Trail System now fully treated with FireSmart prescription, following vegetation management project
  (Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2019) Work has now wrapped up on Phase 2B of the Birchwood Trails FireSmart project. The completion of this project marks the end of
urban market Vendors welcomed to apply for Fort McMurray Urban Market 2019 season
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2019) – As the Fort McMurray Urban Market prepares to celebrate its 7th annual market season, vendors are welcomed to submit applications to sell their homegrown
Municipality announces spring load limits for roads
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 22, 2019) – Load limits on gravel and cold mix roads will be lowered to 75% of the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) effective March 23, until further
Municipality accepting volunteer applications for two committees
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 22, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on two of its Council-appointed Committees. Committees help advise Council on
Winter Maintenance Zones Relaxed until further notice beginning March 19
Beginning on Tuesday, March 19, all Winter Maintenance Zones will be relaxed until further notice.  This means that on-street parking restrictions have also been relaxed. Motorists are advised to watch
Fort Chipewyan winter road to close for season on Sunday, March 17
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 16, 2019) – Motorists are notified that the Fort Chipewyan winter road will be closing for the season on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. This means
La Loche winter trail to close for season on March 13
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 12, 2019) – Motorists are notified that the La Loche winter trail will be closing for the season on March 13 at noon. This means that vehicles
Winter roads update – load limits reduced during daytime hours
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 11, 2019) – Starting at noon today, load limits will be reduced to 5,000 kg and lower during daytime hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. With
WMZ Subzones 2, 3 and 4 active for March 4 - 8
WMZ Subzones 2, 3, and 4 are active for the week of March 4 - 8 as road crews focus on removing snow from residential streets.  While WMZs are active, road
2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey: We’ve got questions. You’ve got answers.
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 1, 2019) – Once again, residents across the region may get a phone call from Yardstick Research as part of the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  Much like
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo releases 2018 Census report
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 26, 2019) – At the regularly scheduled Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council meeting on February 26, RMWB Council accepted the Census 2018 report. The comprehensive report
Municipality seeks resident input on Vehicle for Hire Bylaw
  (Fort McMurray, AB – February 21, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is seeking input from residents on suggested improvements to the Vehicle for Hire Bylaw.   The
Storytelling Art Exhibit coming to MacDonald Island
(Fort McMurray, AB – Feb. 15, 2019) – The I See You: Sawubona project invites you to immerse yourself in these stories. The project challenges you to see through someone else’s eyes. 
Update on Snye access during WinterPLAY preparation
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 12, 2019) – While construction continues to take place on the Snye ice in preparation for the 2019 WinterPLAY Festival, access to Snye Point and the adjacent
Bylaw seeks resident input on the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 13, 2019) –  Bylaw Services is updating the current Animal Control Bylaw, to be renamed Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, and is seeking input from residents on
RMWB seeks public input on policing priorities for 2019/2020
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 11, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is seeking input from the public on the region’s policing priorities for the next fiscal year of
Wood Buffalo will host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 8, 2019) – The Arctic Winter Games are coming to Wood Buffalo. John Rodda, the vice president of the international organizing committee, made the official announcement that
Municipality releases costs in Councillor conduct court case
(Fort McMurray, AB – Feb. 5, 2019) – Subsequent to the conclusion of a recent court case involving an elected member of Council, the Municipality is releasing the costs of litigation related
La Loche Winter Trail load limit increases to 27,500 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 4, 2019) – The load limit on the La Loche winter trail has increased to 27,500 kg. Crews continue to perform maintenance on the La Loche winter
All Winter Maintenance Zones relaxed Feb. 4 – 8
All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed for the week of February 4 – 8 as road crews focus on maintaining Primary, Secondary and Tertiary routes.  This means that on-street parking restrictions
WinterPLAY site preparation at Snye Park underway
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 31, 2019) – Site preparation for the annual WinterPLAY Festival at Snye Park is underway. Snye Park will remain accessible and open to the public during this
Fort Chipewyan winter road load limit increases to 45,000 kg – Sign up for email notifications online
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 29, 2019) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has been increased to 45,000 kg and under.  Residents are also reminded of
RMWB Administration to take next-steps on Council’s decision regarding fly-in fly-out employment and camp operations in the region
  (Fort McMurray, AB – January 29, 2019) – On January 28, 2019, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council passed two motions to address fly-in fly-out employment and camp operations in the
Community champions celebrated by Mayor and Councillors at annual Citizen Recognition Program ceremony
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 25, 2019) – Mayor and Councillors celebrated sixteen residents and organizations for making significant contributions to the region at the Citizen Recognition Program: Mayor and Council’s Toast
Winter Maintenance Subzones 1 & 2 active: Jan. 28 – Feb. 1
Winter Maintenance Subzones 1 and 2 are active for the week of Jan. 28 until Feb. 1.   This means that on-street parking restrictions will be in effect for subzones 1
Fort Chipewyan winter road load limit increases to 35,000kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 17, 2019) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has been increased to 35,000 kg and under.  Motorists with vehicles heavier than
Wood Buffalo 2018 Census reveals an overall population of 111,687
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 15, 2019) – Census 2018 conducted in the RMWB between April 9 and July 31, 2018 recorded an overall population of 111,687.   Key findings include: Census 2018
Municipality introduces email subscription for winter road updates – Fort Chipewyan winter road load limit increases to 27,500 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 14, 2019) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has been increased to 27,500 kg and under. The Municipality is also announcing
Curbside collection dates to change for approximately 2,000 residences beginning week of January 21
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 11, 2019) – Starting the week of Jan. 21, curbside collection weekdays for approximately 2,000 residences in Fort McMurray will change from either Wednesday to Tuesday, or
Get ready to lace up the skates! Registration now open for annual Shootout on the Snye
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 8, 2019) – Registration is now open for the 12 annual Shootout on the Snye. The puck drops for this four-on-four pond hockey tournament on Friday, Feb.
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road load limit increases to 15,000 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 4, 2019) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has been increased to 15,000 kg and under. Motorists with vehicles heavier than
La Loche winter trail opens with a 5,000 kg load limit
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 31, 2018) – The La Loche winter trail has opened for the season with a load limit of 5,000 kg or less. Motorists with vehicles heavier than
Toys for Tickets wraps up after raising $1680 for the Salvation Army
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 21, 2018) – The Municipality’s Toys for Tickets program concluded on Dec. 20, receiving approximately 1680 in toys for families in need in our region this holiday
Holiday service schedule: WMZs, Transit, waste collection
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 19, 2018) – Due to the statutory holidays, Municipal offices are closed on Dec. 25, 26 and Jan 1. Even though municipal offices will be closed, all
New Economic Development Corporation Appoints First CEO
Fort McMurray, AB – December 19, 2018 - Today, following a nation-wide executive search, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Mayor Don Scott and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
Thank you to participants in 2018 Stuff-A-Bus for Santas Anonymous
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 17, 2018) – Beginning on November 20, local businesses, organizations and schools participated in the second annual Stuff-A-Bus event by collecting donations of toys and gift cards
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road opens to light traffic
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 14, 2018) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road is opening today at 12 p.m. Initially the road will be open to light traffic 5,000 kg and lower
RMWB Christmas Tree shines as thousands celebrate the holiday season at annual Santa Claus Parade
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 4, 2018) – Thousands of smiling residents and visitors lined Franklin Avenue on Dec. 1 to enjoy the annual Santa Claus Parade and celebrate the holiday season
Council completes 2019 Budget meetings approving final budget
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 3, 2018) – 2019 Budget meetings were completed Friday, November 30, Council finalized and approved the 2019 Budget.  The final budget was scheduled to be presented to
Toys for Tickets brings holiday cheer to families in need
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 29, 2018) – Motorists who receive parking tickets between Dec. 1 and 15 will have the opportunity to pay with toys this holiday season. The third annual
Road closures and transit detours in place for Santa Claus Parade Dec. 1
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 28, 2018) – Did you know that Santa Claus is coming to Wood Buffalo on Dec. 1 for the annual Santa Claus Parade? Residents are reminded to
Flags at Half-mast in honour of Frances Jean
(Fort McMurray, AB – Nov. 26, 2018) – In memory of long-time resident Frances Jean, who has passed away, flags at all municipal buildings are being flown at half-mast until sunset on
Municipality announces 2018 Stuff-A-Bus event for Santas Anonymous
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 23, 2018) – Local businesses, schools and industry are invited to register for the third annual Stuff-A-Bus event to raise donations of new toys for Santas Anonymous.
Advocacy and promoting region, Council’s focus this week in Edmonton
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 23, 2018) – Members of Council have been in Edmonton this week meeting with Provincial Ministers and advocating for the needs of the region. The meetings have
2019 Budget Workshops begin next week
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 20, 2018) - Council will begin 2019 Budget Workshops on November 28, 2018. During this time, Council will review the budget during a four-day period. The consolidated
Time to put up the holiday lights! Nominate Your Neighbour and Business Beautification winter programs underway
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 15, 2018) – Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom is encouraging residents and businesses to decorate their home or storefront this holiday season through Nominate Your Neighbour and
Applications now being accepted for the Community Plan on Homelessness Grant
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 13, 2018) – The Community Investment Program (CIP) is now accepting applications for the Community Plan on Homelessness (CPH) Grant. The CPH Grant opportunity is available to
RMWB, Government of Alberta and Canadian Red Cross collaborate to support residents rebuilding after 2016 wildfire
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 13, 2018) – At the regularly scheduled Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, RMWB Council voted to approve 2 million in
Winter Maintenance Zones activate Tuesday November 13
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 9, 20 18) - Winter Maintenance Zones will be active starting  Tuesday, November 13, including  all four subzones and on -street parking restrictions.   When Winter Maintenance
Supervised burns to start in the Birchwood Trail System as part of FireSmart vegetation management project
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 6, 2018) Supervised burns will begin this week in the Birchwood Trail System as part of the Birchwood Trails – Phase 2B FireSmart vegetation management project. Crews
RMWB takes steps to support owners of Hillview Park condominiums
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 5, 2018) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is taking steps to support the residents affected by the Hillview Park condominium rebuild, including reaching out
Volunteer and float registration open for annual Santa Claus Parade
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 1, 2018) – Help bring the magic of Christmas to Wood Buffalo. Volunteer and float registration is now open for the annual Santa Claus Parade on Dec.
Council to work with community on next steps for Anzac Community Hall
  (Fort McMurray, AB – October 22, 2018) - At Saturday’s Special Council Meeting in Anzac, Council voted to allow a 90-day window for a third-party assessment of the Anzac Community Hall
FireSmart vegetation management projects set to begin throughout the region
  (Fort McMurray, AB – October 22, 2018) – Four FireSmart vegetation management projects are set to begin throughout the region this fall. Projects will take place in the communities of Anzac,
Reminder: Winter Maintenance Zones season begins October 15
  (Fort McMurray, AB – October 12, 2018) – Residents are reminded that the Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) season will begin on Monday, Oct. 15. While winter conditions aren’t anticipated for Monday,
Municipality encourages residents to become Snow Angels this winter
  (Fort McMurray, AB – October 9, 2018) – Winter is coming, and the Municipality is looking for dedicated, outgoing and caring community members to become Snow Angels. Snow Angels volunteer to
Municipality honoured with FireSmart Canada Community Protection Achievement Award
(Fort McMurray, AB – Oct. 4, 2018) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has been recognized with the FireSmart Canada Community Protection Achievement Award. Laura Stewart, President of FireSmart Canada, presented