The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!

Empress 110 Year Celebration

Posted on November 2, 2023 under: Announcements


Empress Pumpkin Carving Contest

Posted on October 31, 2023 under: Announcements

Carve your pumpkin, take a photo of it, and send the photo to

Special Areas Fire Restriction Lifted

Posted on October 24, 2023 under: Announcements

Please note that Empress itself may have a different fire ban level than Alberta Special Areas.  See our Fire webpage for details.

Empress 110 year celebration Meeting

Posted on October 24, 2023 under: Announcements


Highway 899 paving finished, but …

Posted on October 19, 2023 under: Announcements

It appears that the paving work on Highway 899 is finished, but:

  • The guardrails need to be installed again.
  • There are no lines painted yet.
  • The speed limit is 50 km/hr.


It’s back!

Posted on October 15, 2023 under: Announcements

It’s been missing for a few years, but it is finally back after the Council requested it a few times: The Empress highway sign on Highway 41 when approaching from the north.

October Regular Council Meeting, change of date, change of time

Posted on October 11, 2023 under: Announcements
Monday, October 16, 2023
2023-10-16 Council Meeting Agendas, See Minutes page
3 Council Meetings:
6:00 pm: Special Council Meeting: CLOSED SESSION
6:30 pm: Special Council Meeting: Annual Organizational Meeting
7:00 pm: Regular Council Meeting

Empress Village Office Building
6 3 Avenue West


Shop Fires

Posted on October 10, 2023 under: Announcements

Special Areas Fire Services have been seeing an increase in shop fires recently. You might think it won’t happen to you, but it can.

Some of the hazards that have caused fires:
🔥 Tiger Torches
🔥 Heaters
🔥 Oily rags self-combusting
🔥 Damaged extension cords
🔥 Charging batteries

Keep your shop safe by:
✅ Don’t leave charging batteries unattended
✅ Don’t leave combustibles near charging areas
✅ Check extension cords for damage (don’t use, just throw them away)
✅ Store aerosols in a fire-proof cabinet
✅ Keep work areas clean of combustibles, especially when welding

If a shop fire does happen, exit the building immediately, close any doors and windows if possible and call 9-1-1.

Road work starting Wed. Oct. 11

Posted on October 8, 2023 under: Announcements

🚧 Highway 899 Road Construction 🚧
From: Empress 3 Ave
Going South
To: Highway 41

Starting Wednesday, October 11, 2023, lasting approximately 10 days.

This stretch of highway is also considered Range Road 11 in the north, turning into Township Road 225 in the south, but it is easier just to call it Highway 899❗

⌛ Given potential delays of up to half an hour, common sense advice is that all drivers avoid the construction area, except those who live along that section of road.

🚧 Use the detour instead, which is Highway 562 (aka Empress north access).

In the construction zone:
🕖 Work will happen from 7 am-7 pm
🚙 The road will be one-way traffic controlled by flag-persons 👷
⌛ Delays can be up to half an hour
🛣️ Construction project is projected to take up to 2 weeks
🚧 Please obey all construction zone signage

For more information on this project, please call 5-1-1 toll-free or visit



Posted on October 4, 2023 under: Announcements

The Village of Empress Council made a unanimous resolution to terminate CAO Christiaan Liebenberg’s employment with the village effective October 4, 2023.  Council also unanimously resolved to name Carrie Loose as Interim CAO October 4, 2023.
Council will update next steps at the Regular Council meeting on October 16th.
Please email Mayor Johnston with any questions you may have.


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