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.

Christmas Light up Competition in the Village of Empress

Posted on December 22, 2022 under: Announcements
$150 cash prize winner takes all.  Decorate your special place.  Council adjudication judging Dec 24 to 27.  Council decision is final.  Winner will be announced Jan 18 meeting.  Employees and Council not eligible for prize but strongly encouraged to take part.  In order to receive your prize your property taxes and utility bills must be paid in full.


Fraudulent e-mails

Posted on December 22, 2022 under: Announcements

We remind everyone that our old e-mail address for the village was hacked in April 2022, and all the e-mails on the server were copied by the hacker.

That hacker (or someone they sold the e-mails to), is continuing to send e-mails to the people in the compromised e-mails, pretending to be the Village of Empress, quoting e-mails that you sent to the Village in April 2022 or earlier.  They are trying to get you to give them information or click on BAD links!

If/when you receive an e-mail from the Village of Empress, please be wary, especially if it contains a quoted e-mail from April 2022 or earlier.  Fraudulent and spam e-mails can have anything in the “From”.  If you are not sure about an e-mail you received from the Village of Empress, please call us to verify.

We also remind everyone that e-mails to the Village of Empress should only go to

Office Christmas Hours

Posted on December 22, 2022 under: Announcements

Village Office Hours update – on Friday Dec 30th the Village Office will be CLOSED from 12 noon to complete accounting software update – the Village politely request resident’s complete municipal/banking/library business by 11.45am on the day and thank you for your patience – The doors will be locked and no phone calls will be taken.  Chief Administrative Officer


Introducing our new CAO

Posted on December 21, 2022 under: Announcements

Effective December 14th the Village has hired Christiaan Liebenberg as our Chief Administrative Officer, relieving Gary Peers from his Acting position (a transition period is in effect).  Christiaan has several years experience in Municipal Administration and is familiar with the unique requirements of smaller municipalities.  Christiaan is a qualified and registered city planner and hails from South Africa and has been in Canada since 2009, having worked in England after his graduation, and will reside in the Village during most of the week.  Villagers are invited to drop into the office Tuesdays to Thursdays for introductions and coffee.  Christiaan looks forward to work with Council, staff, residents, and ratepayers to restore municipal confidence, maintain good service levels, and make Empress the jewel in the Crown of Alberta.  Villagers are politely reminded about impending municipal business deadlines (if you have any – check out the website for regular updates) and the new CAO wishes everyone, including all residents and visitors alike a Happy Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and healthy 2023.


Public Works Supervisor Position

Posted on December 20, 2022 under: Announcements
We are recruiting a Public Works Foreman
Deadline to apply for this position is 1:30 pm, Wednesday, February 22, 2023.


New CAO!

Posted on December 15, 2022 under: Announcements

The Village of Empress Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Christiaan Liebenberg to the position of CAO of the Village of Empress starting December 20th.

A BIG thank you to our out-going Interim CAO Gary Peers for your diligence and hard work over the last four months. It was a pleasure to work with you! Gary will be placed on an “on call” basis during this transition period and we sincerely thank him for making himself available for that.

Also, thank you Village of Empress staff who have had quite the year of changes and to Council for your extra hours and diligence to this matter.

Mayor Johnston


Development Permit Application # 2022-03

Posted on December 9, 2022 under: Announcements
Development Permit Application # 2022-03
The Change of use on Commercial Lots 8-10, Block 13, Plan 5043AV
Civic Address: #3 3rd Avenue, in the Village of Empress


Council Meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 14

Posted on December 7, 2022 under: Announcements

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
5:30 pm: Special Council Meeting, Closed session
7:00 pm: Regular Council Meeting, Open to the public
Empress Village Office Building
6 3 Avenue West


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