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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 region, aligning with the Municipal strategic priority of regional economic development identified in the 2018-2021 RMWB Strategic Plan.

“These motions are victories for the economy of Wood Buffalo and the people who call this region home,” said Mayor Don Scott. “I look forward to continued collaboration with our community and industry partners and stakeholders to secure a better future for our region and to ensure that Wood Buffalo is a sustainable, vibrant and diverse community.”

The decisions came forward as supplementary motions following Mayor Don Scott’s initial motion on the RMWB Council agenda for January 22, 2019. Council saw presentations from both industry and the community on the topic as the meeting completed delegations on January 23 and deliberations on January 28.

As a result of the motions passed, RMWB Administration will move forward and:

  • Take the necessary steps to impose a moratorium for camp operations within 75 kms of the urban service area, with the appropriate exceptions stated in the motion.
  • Revisit memorandums of understanding that have been signed in the last 10 years.
  • Undertake a community engagement initiative related to rotational workforce.
  • Work directly with industry partners to reduce the number of people utilizing camp accommodations through the approach stated in the motion.
  • Work with industry to bring flights through the Fort McMurray International Airport.

To impose the stated moratorium for camp operations, administration will draft and bring forward a bylaw for Council consideration. The bylaw will follow the Municipal Government Act and include public participation through Public Hearings during regular or special Council meetings. Residents are encouraged to engage in the process and will be updated as more information is made available.

RMWB Administration will report back to Council by June 30, 2019.

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Motions passed on January 28, 2019:

Part A: THAT Administration be directed to take the necessary steps to bring forward a bylaw to impose a moratorium within 75km of the urban service area allowing for extraordinary circumstances that include turnaround, exploration, maintenance periods and capital projects.  This shall not apply to any project accommodations not accessible by road.

Part B: THAT Administration be directed to:

(a) Revisit the memorandums of understanding that have been signed in the last 10 years to see if they are still relevant;
(b) Undertake a community engagement initiative related to rotational workforce;
(c) Look at the individual project accommodation camps when they come up for approval and or renewal applications and work directly with industry partners to reduce the number of people utilizing camp accommodations as much as possible with the aim of reaching the MDP target of 10% by the year of 2030;
(d) Work with industry to bring flights through the Fort McMurray International Airport

AND THAT Administration report back to Council by June 30, 2019.