The Village of Empress

is situated on the West side of the Alberta/Saskatchewan border and serves as a center to the surrounding farming and ranching community of 1,500 people. It has been a focal point for many activities in the area. It is also at the geographical center of many large cities in Western Canada: Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina.

Meet Your Council


Mayor: Arlen Johnston

Deputy Mayor: Dawna Martin

Councilor: Kelly Burgess


Council Meetings

Regular scheduled Council meetings for the Village of Empress are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Office located at 6 3rd Avenue West, and/or via Zoom video conferencing.  Check our Events page.

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Submissions for inclusion in a Regular Meeting Agenda must be submitted to the CAO as follows:

You must provide, in legible writing, or typed, or e-mail, what it is you wish to speak to Council about, and present it to the office the Friday the week before the meeting.  A time will be allocated for you to make your presentation to Council.  You may attend the meeting during your time slot either in person or by Zoom.

Agendas are posted on the office bulletin board and on our webpage a fews days prior to the Council meeting.

During the meeting, if someone would like to speak to a topic, they may pose the question to Council, and it will be up to Council to determine if they will allow it.  This also is no different than an in person meeting.  Spectators are there to listen to the process and discussion to understand how and why Council makes their decisions.



The Council for the Village of Empress is composed of three Empress residents, chosen by election every four years.  The roles of Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen by the Council amongst themselves once per year.

A by-election for all three Councillors took place on Monday, August 8, 2022.  See the 2022 Municipal By-election page for information.

The last regular election was on October 18, 2021.  To learn more about that election, see our 2021 Election webpage.

The next scheduled regular election will be in October, 2025.

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