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.

News & Events

Keep up to date!  See our EVENTS page.

Fire Status: Fire Ban

New Mayor and upcoming meetings

Posted on August 23, 2022 under: Announcements

At the organizational meeting on 2022-Aug-18, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor were chosen:

Mayor: Arlen Johnston
Deputy Mayor: Dawna Martin

Upcoming Council meetings:

Friday, August 26, 2022 @ 6:00 pm: Special Council Meeting – In-Camera Session ONLY (Not public) Re: Personnel

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm: Regular Council Meeting. In-person only, not on Zoom.


Council Meeting Agendas for 2022-Aug-18

Posted on August 18, 2022 under: Announcements

There is a lot going on tonight.  Three Council meetings, starting at 6:30 pm, in the meeting room at the Village office.  In person only, not on Zoom.

6:30 pm – Special Council Meeting – To adopt the minutes from previous meetings.
6:40 pm – Organizational Council Meeting – Swearing in the new Councilors and getting them appointed to the various Commissions, Boards, and Committees.
7:30 pm – Regular Council Meeting.



To all Empress residents

Posted on August 11, 2022 under: Announcements

Kindly be advised that Gary Peers of Acadia Valley has been appointed as the Interim CAO for the Village of Empress.  He brings municipal experience to the role, having been the CAO for the MD of Acadia Valley for many years.

Empress has also recently hired a water technician who is fully qualified in all areas of managing the water for the village.  Our water is monitored daily and remains perfectly safe to drink from the tap.

The swearing in of our new council will be at the Regular Council Meeting on Thursday 18 August 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Village Office Meeting Room.  This is a public meeting and all residents of Empress are welcome to attend. The agenda for this meeting will be posted shortly.

Empress was not chosen to participate in the 100% funding for municipalities for EV infrastructure.  Hopefully, this program may be offered again in the future for further consideration.

Our time with the Official Administrator is drawing to a close with the new council coming on board.  On behalf of the villagers, we wish to extend our profound gratitude to Harold Johnsrude for his guidance and leadership these past weeks.  As well, we want to acknowledge the assistance from Municipal Affairs, Special Areas and the various other organizations that supported the Village of Empress through this transition.

Thanks to all residents who exercised their civic duty to participate in our by-election last Monday.  We look forward to a productive 3 years with the new council, and a positive way forward for Empress after a challenging time.

Onward and upward!


Fire Advisory

Posted on August 11, 2022 under: Announcements

Please note that there are currently:
Fire Advisory for Specials Areas 2, 3, 4 and MD of Acadia.
Fire Ban for Cypress County, RM Chesterfield, RM Deer Forks, and RM Happyland

Let’s be careful out there.

See our Fire webpage for details.


Special Council Meeting – Wednesday, Aug. 10 @ 2 pm

Posted on August 9, 2022 under: Announcements

In-person, public meeting at the Village Office starting at 2:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome but it will probably only take 15 minutes.

Election Results

Posted on August 8, 2022 under: Announcements
New council for the Village of Empress:

Arlen Johnston
Kelly Burgess
Dawna Martin

Details on our webpage for the 2022 Municipal By-election

The first meeting of the new council will be on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 7:30 pm.  More details about this meeting will be forthcoming.


Election Day Today!

Posted on August 8, 2022 under: Announcements

Voting is taking place between the hours of 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, in the Curling Rink Lounge, which is in the northwest corner of the Empress Bindloss Agridome, 311 2 Street West.

Candidates nn alphabetical order:

Kelly Burgess
Leo Hensel
Arlen Johnston
Dawna Martin
Laureann Patterson
Yvonne Robertson
Neal Sunderland


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