Community

Overview

Community

Westlock County consists of 1200 square miles and is situated less than one hour from our Provincial Capital City of Edmonton.  The center of our County holds the Town of Westlock and Village of Clyde and these are surrounded by 9 hamlets — Busby, Pickardville, Pibroch, Dapp, Jarvie, Fawcett, Vimy, Nestow and Tawatinaw.  The population of Westlock County is just under 8,000 and there are close to 14,000 residents including all within the County borders.

Please come for a visit and see our vibrant mix of town and country, our friendly atmosphere, and our buoyant local trading economy.

Our County

Westlock County owns Halach Cemetery, Shoal Creek Cemetery, Tawatinaw Cemetery and Pickardville Cemetery within the County.  Community groups along with the county oversee the operations, which includes caretaking and administration of the cemeteries.

Please call the County office for contact information and burial regulations of the cemeteries.

The Westlock Airport CES4 was built in 1975 and is located about 5 miles east of the Town of Westlock and south 1 mile of highway 18 on RR 260 with a lighted 75 x 3,400 ft runway, terminal and self-serve fueling.

We are in proximity to Edmonton for providing short excursions, gateway access bringing ground travelers in via Highways 18 & 44 and air travelers via Runways 10 & 28.  We have 34 commercially developed lots and additional property for future land development.  For development opportunities please contact our Planning and Community Services department.

 

  • Local retail/construction/agricultural operations
  • Aerodrome Business Operators (mechanics; aircraft builders; custom spraying; skydive; pilot licensing)
  • Oil companies
  • RCMP
  • Fueling Traffic Station (enroute traffic)
  • Air Ambulance/STARS/Emergency Aircraft Landing/Emergency Services
  • Military
  • Students
  • Recreational Pilots
  • Government Officials

Westlock County acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our community members and organizations that help to make our community such an amazing place. Council would like to offer assistance through two Grant Opportunities with an application deadline of March 15th, 4:30 PM followed by a review by the Community Development Committee with recommendations forwarded to Council for their approval, with the actual notification and funding of proposed proposals by March 30th.

Westlock County Community Capital Grant

The Westlock County Community Capital Grant is intended to provide assistance to community organizations for capital projects that are open to the public without restrictions.  These projects must enhance the community’s economic vitality, improve quality of life and/or maintain community assets in the area of sports, recreation, community wellness, parks, arts and culture.

Capital Grant Policy

Application

Reporting

Westlock County Community Project Grant

The Westlock County Community Project Grant is intended to provide financial assistance to community organizations for projects that will enhance and enrich the community by providing a direct service to the community and are responsive to community needs and issues.

Community Project Grant Policy

Application

Reporting

Westlock County Community Gravel & Maintenance Grant

Westlock County Council recognizes the contribution residents make to their community through local Community Centers, Agricultural Societies, and non-profit societies that operate a facility within Westlock County that are accessible to the public, and that funding for operating and maintenance costs for these groups is limited. Westlock County Council also recognizes the need to support local business growth. As such, it is the intention of Westlock County to support these volunteer agencies and local businesses through the donation of cash in lieu of gravel.

Community Gravel and Maintenance Grant Program

Westlock County Gravel Grant Application

Westlock County Youth Assistant Grant

Westlock County contributes to local individuals and organizations that have progressed in their activity to the Zone, Provincial, National or International Level for youths 18 years of age or under.  

Youth Assistant Grant Policy

Application

Westlock County Scholarship Grant

In recognition of the importance of education to the future well-being of rural communities, Westlock county wishes to financially support students attending a recognized post secondary institution in Alberta and who have not previously recieved a scholarship award from Westlock County.  

Scholarship Grant Policy

Guidlines

Westlock County Hamlet Mowing and Community Cleanup Grant

Westlock County Council supports community activities to beautify and maintain aesthetic communities within the County.  Council also recognizes that non-profit organizations are often involved in these beautification activities, and face challenges in obtaining funds for community activities. 

In recognition of the economic challenges faced by the non-profit community organizations, and toward the objective of improving community aesthetics, Council will provide grant funding to non-profit community organizations in County Hamlets for community clean-ups, and for mowing of grass on Community Hall properties, parks, and playgrounds.   

Hamlet Mowing and Community Cleanup Grant Policy

Forms

AAMDC Scholarship

The Alberta Association of Municipal Districts & Counties (AAMDC) Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education and enhance the ability of young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities. Through its scholarship program, the AAMDC provides funding assistance to five rural students each year (one student from each of the five AAMDC geographic districts). This scholarship is available for Westlock County residents, registered to commence their first year of studies at a recognized post-secondary institution.

View the AAMDC Scholarship Program website for eligibility and application information.


Current recipients:

Grant Recipients

Westlock County acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our community members and organizations that help make our community such an amazing place.

These are the recipients of the 2017 Capital Grant awards:

Jarvie Community Council - Community Centre Accessibility and Drainage

The Jarvie Community Centre required sloping to correct drainage from the building as well as construction of a proper ramp, sidewalks and accessibility for all to enter the centre.  Cost savings with local contractors allowed for a set of accessible doors and additional ramps to be installed at the second entrance.

Busby Community League - Community Hall Renovation

The Busby Community League has undertaken a project to ensure the continuation of their hall as it is the hub of the community by bringing the kitchen up to current commercial standards.  Over 5000 people use the facility each year including Busby Elemenary for the hot lunch program, the preschool, Gymkhana, Minor Ball and 4H.  Other upgrades including lighting, electrical and painting were also included in the hall project.

P.A.C.O AG Society - Community Hall Barrier Free Access Ramp, Doorway and Entranceway

The members and directors of the P.A.C.O AG Society work towards improving the hall and being compliant with building codes and safety.  Combining the Rick Hansen Access 4 All Grant with the Capital Grant allowed for these structural and safety improvements allowing all users to attend social functions, the Library, community meetings and any fitness activities held at the hall.

These are the recipients of the 2017 Project Grant awards:

Busby Community League/Minor ball Association - Ball Diamond upgrades

The Busby Ball Diamonds located in the sports grounds are owned by the busby Community League and 20+ years old, with an active vibrate community recreational activities are predominate and well used.  With upgraded fencing and dugouts Busby Ball Diamonds can host league play, tournaments and fun ball for all active members and surrounding community groups.

Cache Park Bat and Bird Conservancy - Bat & Bird Viewing Shelter and Kiosk

In 2016 the conservancy opened and is the first of its kind in Alberta this 20 acre reserve protects and enhances valuable bat foraging and roosting along the Pembina river.  Bat Condos were erected to establish large maternal colonies adding a weatherproof shelter allows for viewing in all seasons and serves as a kiosk to display information and register our visitors.

Westlock & District Tractor Museum Foundation - Tractor Talk Time

Tractor Talk Time is an innovative way to provide programming to the community while addressing sustainability for our local museum.  The program creates public awareness and draws new interest from the public to listen and view our past by knowledgeable residents and farmers.  This monthly program joins our community and gives an opportunity to share, discuss and learn about tractors and our agricultural impact as a region.

Non-profit and community groups may request announcements be placed on the electronic sign by submitting the required information to the County office at least two weeks prior to the event, but no more than four weeks.

Requests must include the groups' name and a contact person with a contact telephone number and include who, what, when, where and why of the event.  Requests will be placed on the sign one week prior to the event date, if the County is given appropriate notification of the event.  The County has the sole discretion to accept or reject the organization making the request and/or the content of the message, as well as the ability to alter the text accoringly to fit the sign design.  In the event there are several requests for any given time period, the requests will be posted on a first come - first served basis.

Schools, churches and service organizations will be allowed to post fundraising events only.  County notices and any other announcement the County deems appropriate may be posted.

In the event of an emergency, the County has the right to suspend all messages and use the sign for emergency purposes only.

No personal requests will be posted on the electronic sign, i.e. birthdays, engagements, weddings, etc.

If there are any questions regarding whether or not a group requesting use of the sign is authorized or regarding the context of a message, the Director of Environmental and Community Services will make a decision regarding the request.

Electronic sign request form