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CITIES
  Definition

  According to Section 82 of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), a city is an area that has a population of 10,000 or more persons and has the majority of its buildings on parcels of lands smaller than 1,850 m˛. See Alberta’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs website for a further description of a city.

  Quick facts
 
  • Alberta currently has 18 cities.
  • Fort McMurray and Drumheller were formerly incorporated as cities, but changed status due to amalgamations in 1995 and 1998 respectively.
  • According to current population figures, two urban service areas (Fort McMurray and Sherwood Park) and nine towns (Beaumont, Canmore, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, Stony Plain, Strathmore, Sylvan Lake and Whitecourt) are eligible for city status.

TOWNS
  Definition

  According to Section 81 of the MGA, a town is an area that has a population of 1,000 or more persons and has the majority of its buildings on parcels of lands smaller than 1,850 m˛. See Alberta’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs website for a further description of a town.

  Quick facts
 
  • Alberta currently has 107 towns.
  • Nine of these towns are eligible for city status (Beaumont, Canmore, Cochrane, High River, Okotoks, Stony Plain, Strathmore, Sylvan Lake and Whitecourt).
  • Eleven of these towns have a population of less than 1,000 persons.
  • Castor, Falher, and McLennan all had populations greater than 1,000 persons at one time.
  • Bashaw, Daysland, Granum, Hardisty, Milk River, Mundare, Sedgewick, and Stavely were incorporated before the current municipal status requirements in the MGA were adopted.
  • Alberta has had many other towns during the past century that are no longer recognized due to dissolution, amalgamation, or incorporation to a different status.
  • According to current population figures, three villages (Nobleford, Stirling and Thorsby) and hamlets (Cardiff, Clairmont, Dunmore, Fort Chipewyan, La Crete, Lac La Biche, Langdon, Springbrook and Wabasca) may be eligible for town status.

VILLAGES
  Definition

  According to Section 80 of the MGA, a village is an area that has a population of 300 or more persons and has the majority of its buildings on parcels of lands smaller than 1,850 m˛. See Alberta’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs website for a further description of a village.

  Quick facts
 
  • Alberta currently has 90 villages.
  • Forty of them have a population of less than 300 persons.
  • Many of these villages had populations greater than 300 persons at one time, while the remainder acquired their status before current municipal status requirements in the MGA were adopted.
  • Like towns, Alberta was home to many other villages during the past century that are no longer recognized due to dissolution, amalgamation, or incorporation to different status.
  • In recent history, Alberta has seen the dissolution of many of its villages into hamlets, which are under the jurisdiction of specialized or rural municpalities.
  • According to current population figures, numerous hamlets are eligible for village status.

SUMMER VILLAGES
  Definition

  According to former Section 79 of the MGA (repealed in 1995), a summer village is an area that has at least 60 parcels of land developed with dwelling buildings and has a population of less than 300 persons where the majority of the persons who would be electors do not permanently reside in that area. See Alberta’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs website for a further description of a summer village.

  Quick facts
 
  • Alberta currently has 51 summer villages.
  • No other communities are eligible for summer village status as Section 79 of the MGA was repealed in 1995.
  • Alberta has also had other summer villages over the past years that are no longer recognized due to dissolution, amalgamation, or incorporation to different status.
  • These include Alberta Beach, Chestermere (formerly named Chestermere Lake), Spring Lake (formerly named Edmonton Beach), and White Gull.

TOWNSITES
  Definition

  A formal definition of a townsite has not been published on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

  Quick facts
 
  • Alberta's only townsite to date is Redwood Meadows, which is located on the Tsuu T’ina Nation west of Calgary.
  • It is a community that was planned and developed by the Tsuu T’ina Nation.
  • It has a council consisting of a mayor and six councillors.
  • For more information about the Townsite of Redwood Meadows, visit its official website.


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