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Vision Living in Strathcona County Strathcona County, located in the heart of Alberta, is an energetic and thriving community. A leader in North America’s petroleum industry and a champion for advancing diverse agricultural business, we use our energy to power our new tomorrow. We are a specialized municipality, and work cooperatively with our urban and rural residents to govern as a single municipality. Proud of our distinct governance model, we promote and demonstrate our achievements. We are a welcoming place to live and attract people of all ages, cultures and walks of life to join us. Families thrive in our dynamic, caring and safe community. We strive to be a model of ecological integrity, protecting our environment and preserving our agricultural heritage. Investment in infrastructure, quality services, cultural and recreational programs and facilities is a priority and sets us apart. We are Canada’s most livable community.

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Mayor and Councillors Linda Osinchuk, Mayor . . . . . . . . 780-464-8000 Victor Bidzinski, Ward 1 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8005 Roxanne Carr, Ward 2 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8002

Strathcona County is home to…

Brian Botterill, Ward 3 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8149

• Young families — the average age of residents is 39.1 years

Peter Wlodarczak, Ward 4 . . . . . . . 780-464-8146

• Highly educated labour force — 55.3 per cent of residents ages 15 and older have some post-secondary education

Clinton Alexander, Ward 5 . . . . . . 780-464-8147 Linton Delainey, Ward 6 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8206 Bonnie Riddell, Ward 7 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8003 Jason Gariepy, Ward 8 . . . . . . . . 780-464-8158 Rob Coon, Chief Commissioner . . . . 780-464-8100 Main switchboard . . . . . . . . . . 780-464-8111 Visit Strathcona County’s website – www.strathcona.ca

• Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing centre with 15 world-scale facilities, responsible for 43 per cent of national basic chemical manufacturing • Thriving business community – 8,151 business establishments in Strathcona County • Agricultural opportunity, with 1,964 farms and almost 85,000 hectares of agricultural land — cattle, dairy and poultry operations; fruit growers; grain and hay crops (primarily canola, alfalfa and barley) and specialty farms • Twelve major recreational facilities, including Millennium Place, plus golf courses, team sports, cross-country skiing, hiking, parks, trails, and more

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County-wide area 1,265 square kilometres

Did you know? • Strathcona County is the third largest municipality in Alberta (2011 Federal census). • MoneySense Magazine, in March 2013, rated Strathcona County as number four overall best place to live in Canada (up from number 11 in 2012), the second best small city in the nation, and the fourth best place to raise kids due to the high number of families with children and the third highest average income in Canada. • At just under $147,000 per year, Strathcona County residents have the third highest average household income in Canada (MoneySense Magazine, March 2013). • Seventy-five (75) per cent of all refining in Western Canada happens in our backyard.

(*Figures are approximate)

Industrial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,490 hectares Commercial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,910 hectares Residential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15,850 hectares Agricultural . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84,930 hectares Park/recreation/natural . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,430 hectares Other: water bodies, roads, road rights-of-way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12,980 hectares

Population (2012 municipal census) Total 92,403

Sherwood Park 65,465

Rural* 26,938 *acreages, farms, rural hamlets

Increase in population, 2009-2012 . . . . . . . . . . . 5.0% Increase in population, 2002-2012 . . . . . . . . . . 25.4% Average annual growth rate, 2012-2013 projected . . . 1.4% Number of dwelling units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34,729 (Source: Assessment and Tax roll. Includes farms 1,964 and acreages 7,755)

Based on the successful model provided by Heartland Hall Contact Office, a South Contact Office pilot opened in September 2012 to good response by members of the community.

Opening of South Contact Office

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Economic development (2012) No business license; no business tax

Businesses and organizations in Strathcona County . . 8,151 (Stats Can 2012 – Business Patterns Data)

Businesses registered in voluntary directory . . . . . . .1,732 Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123 Home-based . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 619 Retail and commercial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 290 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .700 New businesses registered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Served by both CN and CP railroads Four airports within 30 minutes Market area (StatsCan, 2012 Census) . . . . . .1,230,100 people Market share of new single- and multi-family residential development in the metro region . . . . . . 5.2% (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, January 2013)

Value of major projects announced, under construction and recently completed . . . . . . . $16.3 billion A Public Engagement Team, comprising representatives of departments that regularly engage Strathcona County citizens was established to implement the public engagement policy and framework. The County looks to improve the quality, standards, efficiency and coordination of its public engagement through this team. This includes creating more – and more varied – opportunities for citizens to have input into matters that affect them.

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Transportation (2012) Rural roads, County maintained . . . . . . . . . . . 1,310 km Urban roads, County maintained . . . . . . . . . . . 394 km Highways, province maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 km Trails maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 km Transit buses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Transit rides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.3 million Accessible transportation rides . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,980 Warren Thomas (Josephburg) Aerodrome flights, annually . . 4,500 Council approved the Integrated Transit Master Plan in December 2012 which, among other things, will: • Improve use of multi-modal and active transportation modes, including public transit, car-pooling, ride-sharing, cycling and walking. • Use advanced transportation systems and applications to improve traffic operation, manage congestion and provide better transit services. In 2012, Strathcona County also: • Upgraded eight kilometres of rural road (Range Road 220) in the Industrial Heartland in support of the recently complete Shell Upgrader. • Completed upgrades to four legs of the Clover Bar Road and Baseline Road intersection to decrease traffic congestion and enhance safety.

Transit priorities for 2013 include: • Expand its mobility bus service to provide a wider range of service. • Take possession of new double-decker buses. • Construct new Bethel Transit Terminal. • Begin to plan for new routes, following opening of the Bethel Transit Terminal.

Opening of new Clover Bar Road and Baseline Road intersection

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Agricultural services (2012) Roadside mowing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,140 km Weed notices issued (92% compliance) . . . . . . . . . .770

Protective services (2012) Police officers (RCMP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Peace officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 RCMP Victim Services Unit volunteer advocates . . . . . . 39 Fire fighters . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 full-time, 44 part-time Fire stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Sherwood Park (2), Heartland Hall (Josephburg), South Cooking Lake, Ardrossan

Emergency calls responded to . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5,816 Residents engaged in community safety education . . 12,337 (workshops, presentations, events)

In support of its annual plan, Strathcona County RCMP in 2012: • Added five Peace Officers to its integrated Traffic Unit and reduced the number of serious injury collisions on our roadways by seven per cent. The traffic safety program will continue to focus on impaired drivers, intersection safety, distracted drivers and speeding infractions that invariably contribute to the severity of injuries when collisions occur. • Increased the number of drug trafficking charges by 56 per cent. • Provided specific training in domestic violence investigations to two officers, who will be solely dedicated to reducing the incidence of this crime and work more closely with other community agencies and stakeholders in a collaborative effort to reduce this type of crime. Strathcona County Emergency Services personnel: • Interacted with 12,337 members of the community in non-emergency environments through courses, presentations, or department-related demonstrations, such as fire station tours.

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Library (2012) Library, Bookmobile, online visits . . . . . . . . . . 1,445,858 Library resources used . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,615,995 Questions asked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159,473 Visit www.sclibrary.ab.ca

Community services (2012) Counseling services participants . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,400 Home support services – hours/year . . . . . . . . . . 55,759 Family day home services – children/month . . . . . . . .183 Senior families directly served through volunteers . . . . . 76 Community volunteer hours of service . . . . . . . . . 3,842 Parent link programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,050 Community educations participants (workshops, conferences) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,450 Family and Community Services partners with five agencies — Youth Justice, Community Mediation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of Strathcona County, and Community Adult Learning and Adult Literacy councils. The 5th annual High Five Awards received 524 nominations from children and youth, attracted participation from over 20 schools and community groups, and drew over 400 community members to the event. Local youth talent was also showcased at the High Five Awards through performances and artwork displays.

Youth Mentoring assists struggling youth between the ages of 15 - 19 to gain skills and work experience through adult mentorship. Three teens successfully completed the program in 2012, which was the first pilot of the program. The Elder Abuse Initiative provides support to seniors who may be experiencing abuse. In 2012, Strathcona County: • Established an Elder Abuse 24-hour line for seniors experiencing abuse and those concerned for their well-being. • Created an Elder Abuse Response Network to provide a one-stop service to seniors experiencing elder abuse. • Offered 25 presentations to over 360 community members to educate and raise awareness about elder abuse. As part of Parent Link, Strathcona County involved over 2,000 young children (0 - 5 years) and their families in more than 1,050 program sessions. Efforts to extend rural outreach and increase parent education opportunities were particularly successful.

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Indoor recreation services (2012) Major facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Community halls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Seniors’ centres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Number of admissions annually: Broadmoor Public Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . 33,000 Glen Allan Recreation Complex . . . . . . . . . . 83,923 Kinsmen Leisure Centre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72,008 Strathcona Wilderness Centre . . . . . . . . . . . 35,000 Millennium Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 930,162 Festival Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102,757 Gallery@501 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3,616 Hours of ice time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28,544 In September 2012, history was made twice in Strathcona County! First by becoming the only Canadian municipality to ever host the World Championships in Women’s Wrestling, and second, when Japan’s gold winning Olympian, Saori Yoshida, won her 10th Senior World Title. As part of its Open Space and Recreation Facility Strategy (OSRFS) in 2012, Strathcona County: • Approved the Aquatic Strategy, meant to expand the capacity of safe, affordable and accessible indoor and outdoor aquatic opportunities that promote healthy lifestyle choices for all residents. The Aquatic Strategy guides development and redevelopment of aquatic spaces over the next 15 years and is an integral part of the OSRFS.

Outdoor recreation services (2012) Sports fields and ball diamonds . . . . . . . . . . . . . .220 Heritage Parkway Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 km Natural areas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,432 hectares Parkland (developed parks, school and other institutional sites, playing fields, and utility corridors that may include trails) . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,850 hectares Playgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Golf courses (municipal) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Tennis courts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

• Approved the Josephburg Community Recreation Master Plan, which will help guide recreation, parks and open spaces attention and investment within the hamlet for the next 10-plus years.

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Utility operations (2012) Water distributed . . . . . . . . . . . 21.75 million litres/day Water mains maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 539 km Fire hydrants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,253 Water storage capacity . . . . . . . . . . 116.9 million litres Wastewater treated . . . . . . . . . . 17.04 million litres/day Wastewater mains maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . 382 km Stormwater mains maintained . . . . . . . . . . . . 322 km Recycling stations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Residential waste to landfill . . . . . . . . . . 11,866 tonnes Waste diversion from landfill through Green Routine efforts 61% Organics sent for composting . . . . . . . . . 11,035 tonnes Materials collected for recycling . . . . . . . . . 6,826 tonnes Enviroservice hazardous waste, including electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 tonnes Scrap metal collected for recycling . . . . . . . . 279 tonnes To celebrate a ‘waste diversion’ initiative that makes recycling available in all Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS), the County hosted a contest in October for kindergarten to grade six students. Students were encouraged to bring their lunch in reusable containers (no baggies) for a chance to win prizes. Fourteen schools and approximately 5,500 students participated in the contest, supporting the Green Routine’s philosophy that ‘by each of us making a small change, together we make a big difference’. In January, Strathcona County kicked off its biomass demonstration project for the Centre in the Park Community Energy System. The community energy system delivers heat to a number of buildings from a central source, eliminating the need for boilers in each building. Adding a biomass module to the system allows the County to use local renewable fuel sources, while reducing its dependency on fossil fuels. This has the potential to reduce greenhouse gases an additional 1,200 tonnes per year.

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Planning and development services (2012) Subdivision and rezoning applications . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Development permits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,646 Permits for new residential units . . . . . . . . . . . . . 662 Value of commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential construction . . . . . . . . . . . $346 million Customers served by Planning and Development Services (in-person, by telephone, email) . . . . . . . . . . . . 65,299

Awards received (2012) • 2012 Economic Developers Alberta Awards of Excellence for the Strathcona County Tr@veller brochure, created in partnership with Travel Alberta, in the Creative Innovations category (large community) • 2012 Award of Planning Merit in the Education or Special Study category from the Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) for the Sustainable Plan-it program • 2012 Winner of Communities in Bloom Class of Champions category • International Audio Visual Arts Digital Award 2013 • 2012 Communities Choosewell Award for Overall High Achiever • Everybody gets to play – Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA) Community Innovation Award for continuing leadership in providing recreation access for children, youth, and families who are living on low income to participate in recreation and sport activities of their choice

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2013 County events This list is not intended to be exhaustive; for a complete listing of community events, check against the Community Calendar, available on Strathcona County’s website at www.strathcona.ca April 27

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts – Community Centre Agora

May 4-31

Pitch-In – Clean and Green Community Clean-Up – Community Wide

May 10

Arbor Day – Broadmoor Lake Park

May 24

Mayor’s School Walk / Run – Millennium Place

May 25

Rural Living Days at Ardrossan

June 10

Recreation for Life Golf Tournament – Broadmoor Public Golf Course

June 24

Pride of Strathcona Awards – Festival Place

July 1

Canada Day Festival – Broadmoor Lake Park and area

August 16

Mayor’s Golf Tournament – Broadmoor Public Golf Course

August 24

Strathcona Celebrates – Community Centre and other venues (TBD)

September 4

Tour of Alberta Bike Race – Strathcona County

September 29

Fall Open House – Strathcona Wilderness Centre

September Coyote Classic Disc Golf Tournament – Strathcona Wilderness Centre November 11

Remembrance Day Service – Millennium Place

November 30

Celebration of Lights – Community Centre

December

Santa’s Breakfast – Millennium Place

December 31

New Year’s Eve Festival – Broadmoor Lake Park, Festival Place and Community Centre

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