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RMWB to host a second Virtual Townhall regarding COVID-19 on Thursday
(Fort McMurray, AB – April 1, 2020) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) will host a second virtual community townhall on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 6:20 p.m. to provide
To assist winter maintenance, please do not park on the street
  (Fort McMurray, AB – April 1, 2020) – Residents who have access to alternative parking options are asked to not park their vehicle on the street to allow for winter maintenance
Council names Jamie Doyle permanent Chief Administrative Officer
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 31, 2020) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council has appointed Jamie Doyle as their permanent Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Mr. Doyle has served as interim
RMWB to re-open the Public Drop Off area at the Fort McMurray Regional Landfill with restrictions
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 30, 2020) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) will re-open the Fort McMurray Regional Landfill to the public for waste disposal only beginning on March
Council approves new measures in COVID-19 response
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 28, 2020) – On Saturday, Council voted in favour of additional measures in support of the region’s COVID-19 pandemic response. “We’ve been watching this unfold across the
Public Participation for March 27 2020 Special Council Meeting
Council defers Municipal utility payments and suspends enforcement of Single Use Shopping Bag Bylaw in response to COVID-19
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2020) – On Tuesday, Council voted to enact additional measures for its Municipal response to COVID-19. The new measures include deferring Municipal utility fee payments until
Fort Chipewyan winter road to close for season on March 26, 2020
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 25, 2020) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will close for the season on March 26 at 12:00 p.m.. This means that motorists will no longer be
RMWB to host a Virtual Townhall regarding COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 25, 2020
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 24, 2020) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) will host a virtual community townhall on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 6:15 p.m. to provide an
Municipal parks close, trails remain open as response to COVID-19 continues
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 23, 2020) – Effective immediately, all Municipal parks in the region are closed to the public until further notice.  While parks are closed, residents may continue to
Public Participation for March 24, 2020 Council Meeting
Due to the current State of Public Health Emergency, extra measures have been put in place for the March 24, 2020 Council meeting.  Council will be conducting their meeting in
State of local emergency declared in Wood Buffalo region in response to COVID-19
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 20, 2020) – Mayor Don Scott declared a state of local emergency in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20,
Director of Emergency Management and Mayor Scott comment on COVID-19 in Wood Buffalo
  (Fort McMurray, AB – March 19, 2020) – Scott Davis, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Director of Emergency Management, and Mayor Don Scott have provided the following statements regarding a
Council appoints Interim Chief Administrative Officer
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 18, 2020) -  Mayor and Councillors of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo have appointed Mr. Jamie Doyle as the Interim Chief Administrative Officer. On Thursday,
Municipality to close offices and transition to an essential service approach amid COVID-19 response
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 16, 2020) – In an effort to prepare for, and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) will be closing all offices
Municipal service update: facility closures and postponed events
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 13, 2020) – As a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and aligned with Alberta Health Services public health recommendations, the Municipality is closing
RMWB continues preparedness and prevention initiatives for COVID-19
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo continues to work daily with local, provincial, and national authorities to monitor COVID-19. According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), the risk for Albertans is
Municipality collecting public feedback on winter maintenance
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 11, 2020) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is encouraging residents to share their thoughts about winter maintenance on roads in Fort McMurray through a
Federation of Canadian Municipalities announces recommendations for upcoming federal budget
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 11, 2020) – Councillor Krista Balsom recently took part in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board meeting in St-Hyacinthe, Québec, where FCM released its recommendations for
WinterPlay 2020 welcomes thousands to Snye Park to celebrate Winter
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 4, 2020) – Thousands of residents embraced the region’s northern spirit and beautiful weather at this weekend’s WinterPLAY Festival at Snye Point Park. WinterPLAY 2020 was made
La Loche Winter Trail to close for season March 3
(Fort McMurray, AB – March 2, 2020) –The La Loche Winter Trail will be closing for the season on March 3 at 12:00 p.m. This means that vehicles will no longer
WinterPLAY 2020 kicks off this weekend – just in time to embrace the last few weeks of winter!
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 27, 2020) – WinterPLAY 2020 kicks off this Friday at Snye Park in Fort McMurray.  This year’s festival has something for everyone – including pond hockey, dog sled
Municipality seeks public input on policing priorities for 2020/2021
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 26, 2020) – The Municipality is seeking input from the public on the region’s policing priorities for the next fiscal year of 2020-2021.  The Wood Buffalo RCMP
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road load limit increases to 45,000 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 21, 2020) – Effective immediately, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road is 45,000 kg and under.  The maximum design load limit of 45,000 kg
Restrictions in place for Snye access during WinterPLAY preparation
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 19, 2020) – While construction takes place on the Snye ice in preparation for the 2020 WinterPLAY Festival, access to Snye Point and the adjacent parking lot
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road load limit increases to 40,000 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 14, 2020) – Effective February 15, 2020, at 7:00 a.m., the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will increase to 40,000 kg and under. Motorists
Janvier Water Advisory no longer in effect
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 12, 2020) – Alberta Health Services has lifted the Do Not Consume Water Advisory that was issued for the Janvier community on Jan. 24, confirming safe water
Municipality announces opportunity for local artists to be featured on street banners
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 12, 2020) – The Skies of Wood Buffalo are the theme for the 2020 Street Banner Program. If you think you can capture our beautiful skies in
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road load limit increases to 20,000 kg
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 7, 2020) – Beginning today, the load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road has increased to 20,000 kg and under.  Further increases to the load limit
WinterPLAY site preparation at Snye Park underway
(Fort McMurray, AB – February 4, 2020) – Site preparation for the annual WinterPLAY Festival at Snye Park is underway. Snye Park will remain accessible and open to the public during this
Deadline extended for Council-appointed Committee volunteer opportunities
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 30, 2020) – The Municipality is currently accepting applications for volunteers to serve on Council-appointed Committees. Committees help advise Council on matters that affect the public, giving
Nominations for the Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards are now open!
FuseSocial and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo are excited to announce - nominations are now open for the 2020 Heart of Wood Buffalo Excellence Awards. The Awards celebrate the excellence
UPDATES for the Janvier Water Treatment Plant incident
Please follow the link below for updates on the Janvier Water Treatment Plant incident. https://www.rmwb.ca/News-Room/Janvier-Water-Treatment-Plant-Incident.htm
Janvier Water Treatment Plant Incident – January 24, 11:45 a.m.
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 24, 2020)  At approximately 10 a.m. this morning, a mix of chemicals were transferred to the Water Treatment Plant in Janvier. Water quality may be impacted
DO NOT CONSUME WATER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR JANVIER
Due to an issue with the water system in the Hamlet of Janvier, Alberta Health Services has issued a do not consume water advisory for the hamlet, as a precautionary
WinterPLAY 2020 -- Calling all food vendors, volunteers and talent show participants!
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 22, 2020) – As the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo gets closer to kicking off its annual WinterPLAY festival, food vendors, volunteers, and talent stars are encouraged
RMWB Council-appointed Committee volunteer opportunities available
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 22, 2020) – The Municipality is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on Council-appointed Committees. Committees help advise Council on matters that affect the public, giving residents
Report highlights ideas for downtown revitalization community vision
Fort McMurray, AB – Jan. 16, 2019) – The Municipality welcomes residents to learn more about downtown revitalization by accessing the downtown revitalization public engagement summary report, now available at rmwb.ca/downtown . The
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road load limit increases January 17
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 16, 2020) – The load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will increase to 15,000 kg and under, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 17. Motorists
Regional Emergency Services’ 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centre achieves accreditation as centre of excellence
  (Fort McMurray, AB – January 14, 2020) -  Regi onal Emergency Services (RES) has achieved the most prominent distinction in 911 emergency communication services. The RMWB’s 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Centre
Celebrate hockey at Shootout on the Snye 2020 – registration now open!
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 8, 2020) – As the Wood Buffalo region gets ready to welcome WinterPLAY, the annual celebration of the winter season, registration for the pond hockey tournament “Shootout
Winter Maintenance Zones active: January 6 – 10
(Fort McMurray, AB – January 2, 2020)  – All Winter Maintenance Zones and Subzones will be active for the week of Jan. 6 – 10. This means that winter maintenance on-street parking restrictions
La Loche winter trail opens with a 27,500 kg load limit
  (Fort McMurray, AB – January 2, 2020) -  The La Loche winter trail has opened for the season with a load limit of 27,500 kg or less. Motorists with vehicles
Bylaw Services thanks residents for successful Toys for Tickets campaign
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 23, 2019) – The Municipality’s Toys for Tickets program concluded on Dec. 20, receiving approximately 900.00 in toys for families in need in our region this holiday
New Thickwood bus terminal opens Dec. 27
  The new Thickwood bus terminal on Thickwood Blvd in front of the Casman Centre will open for public use on Dec. 27. All transit routes with active detours in
Community comes together and stuffs four buses full of toys for Santas Anonymous
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 19, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo would like to thank all the residents, local businesses, organizations and schools who participated in the fourth annual
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road opens December 19
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 18, 2019) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will open to light traffic 5,000 kg and lower as of 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. Motorists with vehicles
RMWB Council Chamber moving to interim location for 2020 calendar year
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 17, 2019) - Council is on the move this New Year. Commencing January 14, the Council Chamber will move to an interim location the Syncrude Athletic Park
Holiday Service Update: Office hours, roads, curbside collection, transit and more
  (Fort McMurray, AB – December 16, 2019) – With the holidays quickly approaching, residents are reminded of important updates to municipal services. Please note the following holiday service schedules and information:
New Timberlea bus terminal opens Dec. 20
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 16, 2019) – The new Timberlea bus terminal on Confederation Way at the corner of Paquette Drive will open for public use on Dec. 20. All transit
New skating trail at Lion’s Park now open
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 13, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Parks team have been hard at work bringing more awesome outdoor activities to our community. A new skating
Ice conditions causing delays opening Fort Chipewyan Winter Road
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 12, 2019) – Due to current ice conditions at the Des Rochers River, the opening of the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road on Dec. 15 is anticipated to
Reminder: Updated user rates for municipal services take effect Jan. 1, 2020
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 11, 2019) – User fees, rates and charges for some municipal services are changing. The rate changes, which begin Jan. 1, 2020, are on average 17% higher
Thousands celebrate the holiday spirit at the annual Santa Claus Parade
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 10, 2019) -  Thousands of guests gathered Franklin Avenue on Dec. 7 to enjoy the annual Santa Claus Parade and celebrate the winter season with neighbours,
Urban Market transitions operators – offering indoor, year-round markets, while supporting small businesses
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce the transition of the Urban Market to Liam. Liam is a long-time local business in the community and will continue
Road closures and transit detours in place for Santa Claus Parade Dec. 7
(Fort McMurray, AB – December 4, 2019) – Santa is coming to Wood Buffalo on Dec. 7 for the annual Santa Claus Parade! To make room for Santa and his helpers, there
RMWB Council approves 2020 Budget
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 29, 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council has approved a 718 million 2020 Municipal Budget, which is a 36 million reduction from the 2019
RMWB announces changes to enhance Family and Community Support Services in the region
To better support the community, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is transitioning its Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) funding for counselling services to two existing counselling agencies
Bylaw Services’ Toys for Tickets program to begin December 1
  (Fort McMurray, AB – November 27, 2019) – Motorists who receive parking tickets between Dec. 1 and 15 will have the opportunity to pay with toys this holiday season. The fourth
Municipality encouraging donations to Santa Anonymous through annual Stuff-A-Bus toy drive
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 22, 2019) – Local businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and industry are encouraged to register for the fourth annual Stuff-A-Bus toy drive to help raise donations for Santa
Participate in the Winter Nominate Your Neighbour and Business Beautification programs this holiday season!
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 15, 2019) – As the region welcomes the holiday season, Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom is launching their annual Nominate your Neighbour and Business Beautification programs. The
2020 Budget meetings begin November 27
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 13, 2019) – Members of the public are invited to join Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council as they review and deliberate the proposed 2020 Budget during
Participate in the Downtown Indoor Multi-Purpose Facility Feasibility Study
(Fort McMurray, AB – Nov. 8, 2019) – The Municipality is doing a feasibility study on the idea of a downtown indoor multi-purpose facility and is inviting residents to participate. Residents are
Volunteer and parade registration now open for annual Santa Claus Parade
(Fort McMurray, AB – November 1, 2019) -Volunteer and parade registration are now open for the annual Santa Claus Parade on December 7. Become one of Santa’s Elves and volunteer for
Truth and reconciliation sharing circles bring action steps forward
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 28, 2019) – On Oct. 23, a diverse group of over 100 community members joined Indigenous elders, Mayor Don Scott, Councillors and other leaders in the region
User rates for some municipal services changing, while still remaining below provincial averages
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 22, 2019) – At the Oct. 22 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council meeting, Council approved Administration’s recommendation to create a new Fees, Rates and Charges
Municipality to host truth and reconciliation sharing circle – exploring the past, talking about the present and looking to the future of reconciliation in the region
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 15, 2019) – The Municipality has launched registration for the Truth and Reconciliation Sharing Circle, taking place October 23. Free and open to the public, the event
Municipality encourages residents to become Snow Angels for 2019/2020
  (Fort McMurray, AB – October 15, 2019) – Winter is coming, and the Municipality is looking for dedicated, outgoing and caring community members to become Snow Angels. Snow Angels volunteer to
Thanksgiving service reminder: Transit, yard waste and back alley collection, winter maintenance zones and more
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 11, 2019) – As Thanksgiving approaches and friends and family gather to celebrate, residents are reminded of important updates to municipal services, including yard waste and back
Registration extended for Municipal boards and committees
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 10, 2019) – The Municipality is extending the deadline for applications for volunteers to serve on Council-appointed Boards and Committees. Boards and committees help advise Council on
Watch out for on-street parking restrictions! Winter Maintenance Zones season begins October 15
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 10, 2019) – Residents are reminded to watch out for on-street parking restrictions during the Winter Maintenance Zones (WMZ) season, which runs from Oct. 15 to Apr.
Municipality announces free transit on election day
Fort McMurray, AB – October 9, 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council voted at last night’s council meeting to provide free access to public transit on Monday, October 21, the
Municipality seeking applications for volunteer director positions for 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 7, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is now seeking applications for volunteers to serve as Director of Sports Facilities and Director of Sponsorship and
Wood Buffalo wins 5 Bloom Bronze in National Communities in Bloom competition
(Fort McMurray, AB – October 1, 2019) – Wood Buffalo has been awarded 5 Bloom Bronze, with a special mention for public art programs in parks, at the 2019 Communities in Bloom
igNIGHT illuminates downtown Fort McMurray
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 30, 2019) – Wood Buffalo’s light-based public art exhibition opened on September 27 and is illuminating downtown Fort McMurray until October 6 from 6 p.m. to 10
Deadline extended for volunteer applications for two municipal committees
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 30, 2019) – The deadline to apply as a volunteer to serve on two Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council-appointed Committees has been extended until 4:00 p.m.
Advocating for the RMWB at the 2019 AUMA Convention
(Fort McMurray, AB – Sept. 30, 2019) – Members of Council met with provincial cabinet ministers and other elected officials as part of recent advocacy efforts in Edmonton. The meetings coincided with
RMWB Councillor Jane Stroud and CAO Annette Antoniak receive prestigious awards at the 2019 AUMA Convention
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 26, 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Ward Four Councillor Jane Stroud and Chief Administrative Officer Annette Antoniak have been honoured with several awards at
Downtown revitalization: Online survey closes September 30
(Fort McMurray, AB – Sept. 25, 2019) – The Municipality welcomes residents to participate in an online survey on downtown revitalization as the current public engagement phase draws to a close in
Regional Emergency Services launches Vulnerable Persons Registry
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 23, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) and Regional Emergency Services (RES) announce the launch of a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR) to support inclusive
Municipality accepting volunteer applications for Boards and Committees
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 20, 2019) – The Municipality is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on one of its Council-appointed Boards and Committees. Boards and Committees help advise Council on
Residents invited to Fire Prevention Week community kickoff
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 19, 2019) - Regional Emergency Services (RES) is hosting the Fire Prevention Week Community Kickoff event on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
Members of RMWB Council joined by Alberta Transportation Minister and MLA for Fort Chipewyan Water Treatment Plant opening
(Fort Chipewyan, AB – September 18, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has completed construction of a new water treatment plant and improvements to water infrastructure in Fort Chipewyan. 
Municipality accepting volunteer applications for two committees
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 13, 2019) – The Municipality is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on two of its Council-appointed Committees. Committees help advise Council on matters that affect the
RMWB announced as an official stop for Rogers Hometown Hockey’s Sixth Canada-Wide Tour
  (Fort McMurray, AB – September 10, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is set to welcome Canada’s ultimate NHL fan experience. In a media release distributed by Sportsnet on
Registration opens on September 1 for the annual Fall Community Cleanup
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 29, 2019) – Help create a litter-free Wood Buffalo. It’s time for the annual Fall Community Cleanup! Last fall the program saw more than 2,800 volunteers. This
Annual Emergency Services Pancake Breakfast taking place September 7
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 29, 2019) –  Join Regional Emergency Services (RES) and other local emergency services providers for a free pancake breakfast and fire hall open house on Saturday,
Have your say on new FireSmart Interpretive Trail project at Wednesday’s Urban Market
  (Fort McMurray, AB – August 26, 2019) – The Municipality is currently planning a FireSmart Interpretive Trail project within the Urban Service Area and is welcoming residents to a public engagement
Municipality announces Outdoor Recreation Resource online map
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 22, 2019) – The Municipality is announcing a new online map tool to search for municipally owned and operated outdoor recreation resources available to the public across
Transit updates announced, including school service: effective August 30
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 19, 2019) – Transit Services is announcing updates to routes and schedules effective Friday, August 30. Updates include enhancements to school service and school specials, and updates
Municipality working with Canadian Forest Service and FireSmart Canada on 2019 FireSmart Research Study
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 19, 2019) – Residents living in the Urban Service Area may receive a phone call from Advanis Research Group as part of the 2019 FireSmart Research Study
Applications being accepted for Municipal grants
(Fort McMurray, AB – August 12, 2019) – Applications are now being accepted for the annual grant opportunities offered by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Community Investment Program. Local non-profit organizations
Downtown revitalization: Updated engagement sessions & upcoming RFPs
(Fort McMurray, AB – Aug. 9, 2019) – Building on participation at recent public engagement sessions, the Municipality welcomes residents to share their vision on downtown revitalization in the weeks ahead by
Time to water the flowers! Communities in Bloom judging begins today.
(Fort McMurray, AB – July 29, 2019) – Wood Buffalo is hoping to keep its five-bloom rating in the international edition of Communities in Bloom (CIB) this summer. Between July 29 and
Downtown revitalization: Have your say at new engagement sessions
News Release For immediate release (Fort McMurray, AB – July 22, 2019) – The Municipality is inviting the community to additional public engagement opportunities focused on downtown revitalization. At these drop-in sessions,
2022 Arctic Winter Games Official Dates and Host Society Directors Announced
(Fort McMurray, AB – July 9, 2019) – The Arctic Winter Games International Committee has confirmed the dates for the 2022 Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games.  The Games will be held March
Canada Day service reminder: Street sweeping, transit service, soil stockpile, and Fat, Oil and Grease
As Canada Day weekend approaches please note the following holiday service updates from the Municipality, including street sweeping, transit service, soil stockpile, and Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG).  Road crews
Municipality announces Canada Day Parade Road Closures
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 28, 2019) – To prepare for the Canada Day parade, select roadways will be closed on July 1 in downtown Fort McMurray.  The parade route starts at
Have your photograph or designs featured on traffic cabinets and bear-proof collection bins in the region.
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 21, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is looking for submissions from local residents that showcase the region’s natural beauty, embodies a sense of community,
2019 spring road load limits to be lifted in most areas
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 18, 2019) – Spring load limits will be lifted on most gravel and cold mix roads effective June 17, 2019. Load limits will be lifted on the
Nominate Your Neighbour and Business Beautification summer programs are underway
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 14, 2019) –  Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom is encouraging residents and businesses to beautify their home or storefront through the Nominate Your Neighbour and Business
Regional Emergency Services offer free FireSmart assessments to homeowners
  (Fort McMurray, AB – June 6, 2019) – Starting this week, Regional Emergency Services (RES) will be offering free FireSmart assessments to homeowners in the region, through the FireSmart Home Partners
Fire ban lifted for the Fort McMurray Urban Service Area
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 4, 2019) - The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has lifted the fire ban in the Urban Service Area. Wildfire danger is now moderate due to cooler
RMWB Council congratulates Councillor Krista Balsom on her election to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 3, 2019) – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) Council extends congratulations to Councillor Krista Balsom, who was elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council attends Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2019 Conference in Quebec City
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 3, 2019) – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 2019 Conference took place in Quebec City from May 30-June 2, 2019. Members of the Regional Municipality of
Municipality welcoming volunteer applications for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society Director positions
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 31, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is now welcoming applications for volunteers to serve as Directors on the 2022 Arctic Winter Games Host Society. 
Tree Canada planting 5,000 FireSmart-approved trees near Confederation Way
  (Fort McMurray, AB – May 30, 2019) – A tree planting project is now taking place on the hill next to Confederation Way. Crews are working to plant 5,000 trembling aspen
Big Bin Events start on June 2 – Dispose of large household items
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 28, 2019) – Think big about spring cleaning. Residents are invited to dig out those large household items for disposal and take them to one of the
Canada Day parade float registration now open
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 28, 2019) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has opened registrations for Canada Day Parade floats. The Canada Day Parade begins rolling along Riedel Street at
Annual Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Roundup on June 1
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 28, 2019) – Residents are encouraged to take part in the annual Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Roundup on Saturday, June 1.  This free service provides an
Communities in Bloom host 3rd annual community planting day and seed buffet
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 27, 2019) – Wood Buffalo Communities in Bloom is inviting everyone to help plant the Communities in Bloom Garden at Snye Park on June 1. The event
Yard waste curbside collection season begins May 28
(Fort McMurray, AB – May 23, 2019) – Yard waste curbside collection services will begin in Fort McMurray on Tuesday, May 28.  Yard waste includes grass clippings, leaves, flowers, weeds, plants, or
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 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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Use caution and anticipate traffic delays during Fort McMurray Marathon
(Fort McMurray, AB – September 13, 2019) – Residents are reminded to use caution and anticipate traffic delays while driving in Thickwood or headed to MacDonald Island Park during the Fort McMurray
Have your say on downtown revitalization in our community
(Fort McMurray, AB – June 20, 2019) – The Municipality continues to engage with the community on downtown revitalization and is welcoming residents to a series of public engagement opportunities and to

All Winter Maintenance Zones are relaxed until further notice.