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For information on PED, please visit the Government of Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry website.
September 17, 2020
Alberta Biz Connect offers workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
Relaunch Policies and ProceduresAll workplaces are expected to develop and implement policies and procedures to address COVID-19 prior to reopening or to continue operations after May 1. Click here for more informationGuidance DocumentsClick here for provincial relaunch guidance for various sectorsContactFor questions about the relaunch plan for businesses, email: BizConnect@gov.ab.ca
Starting June 12, more businesses and services can reopen in all areas of Alberta.
To be successful during the economic relaunch, businesses should continue acting responsibly by following public health and physical distancing measures and using good hygiene and disinfecting practices.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx for more information.
Businesses on the non-restricted services and permitted to reopen lists can provide services at locations accessible to the public, but they must follow general and sector-specific guidance and have enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/restricted-and-non-restricted-services.aspx for a list of restricted and non-restricted services.
Grant applications and criteria are available electronically on the Kneehill County website or can be picked up at the Kneehill County Administration building.
No other form of application will be accepted.
The entire amount of financial support received through the Community Grant program must be used exclusively for the project described on your Community Grant Application.
Questions about the Community Grant Program? Call or email Carolyn Van der Kuil at Kneehill County, 403-443-5541.
September 18, 2020
Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services are here to help and support residents during COVID-19. Call 403-443-3800 to connect over the phone, or to make an appointment. Calls will be answered between 9 am - 12 pm, and from 1 pm to 4 pm.
If you schedule an in-person appointment with KRFCSS, please follow all protocols set in place for COVID-19 to protect volunteers, staff, clients and our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
Kneehill Regional FCSS
Online resources are available if you need advice on handling stressful situations or ways to talk to children.
If you need to talk, call the 24-hour help lines:
Additional resources are available at alberta.ca/mentalhealth.
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
The Wellness Together Canada mental health and substance use support portal gives access to psychological and social supports for you or someone you know. The portal provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals.
The Alberta Government has resources to help explain COVID-19 to children. Download Frequently Asked Questions on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Young Children and Students.
Neighbours helping Neighbours Program
Kneehill Regional FCSS is offering additional supports to assist area residents confined to their homes. They are looking for volunteers to assist with supplementing what regional businesses are already offering, whether it’s helping someone with their grocery shopping and dog walking or other errands – any little assistance you can offer will go a long way for someone in need.
Find out more: Community Helpers, Neighbours Helping Neighbours during COVID-19.
Visit the Council Contacts page to find Contact information for each Division Councillor. View our Election District Map to find out which division you live in.
There is a Contact Us link at the bottom of each page.The main office phone number is 1-403-443-5541 or Toll free at 1-866-443-5541.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See the Council page for the Procedural Bylaw.All meetings of Council are open to the public, however, you have to be on the agenda in order to speak to a subject.
Federal Census 2016 result is 5,001 residents in Kneehill County.The overall population including all municipalities within Kneehill County boundary is 11, 205 (Including Town of Three Hills, Town of Trochu, Villages of Linden, Carbon and Acme).
Zoning information can be found in our Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan. Refer to the Planning pages for those documents.
Visit our Changing Your Address page for a fillable form. You can also email the main office at email@example.com or phone 403-443-5541 for more information.
Visit the Assessment page for general information on assessments. You can contact Caroline Siverson at 403-443-5541 should you have questions about your assessment.
Council passes the taxation bylaw annually in April/May. Combined Tax and Assessment Notices are mailed out in May and due on October 31.
You can pay your Kneehill County bills online through your Canadian Financial Institution's website. You must add Kneehill County as a payee, and choose either Taxes, Utilities, or General. These account numbers can be found on your invoices. Please visit our Making a Payment page for more information.
Kneehill County accepts cash (during open business hours only), cheque, Interac debit, and online banking. We now accept credit card payments on everything except tax accounts. Visit our Making a Payment page for more information.
Government of Canada Financial SupportClick here for more information on Federal financial relief, including Employment Insurance, and Canadian Emergency Response Benefit.Province of Alberta Financial SupportClick here for more information on provincial financial relief, including utility deferrals.
Please be aware that Alberta Health Services will never ask for your SIN or banking information via email, call or text.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) gives financial support to employed and self-employed Canadians who are directly affected by COVID-19.
If you are eligible, you can receive $2,000 for a 4-week period (the same as $500 a week).
Extra 4 weeks available – CERB extended from 24 weeks to 28 weeks for workers who:
Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – not both.
You may be eligible for support via other programs as well. Answer some questions to find financial help during COVID-19.
Do not apply for the CERB if you have already applied for EI.
Apply for the CERB
You can also apply over the phone: 1‑800‑959‑2019 or 1‑800‑959‑2041
September 17, 2020
Supports and guidance are available for businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19. Please visit our COVID-19 for Business page for more information.
Because of our rural area, 911 dispatch will, in many cases depending on the situation, dispatch the area fire department to provide extra assistance. Our volunteer fire fighters are trained as First Responders.
Fire permits are mandatory all year round, including in the winter months. Fire Permits can now be accessed online. See the Burn Permits page for more information.
Fire Guardians issue the permits. A Fire Guardian is any Fire Chief from within the County of the Emergency Management Coordinator.
1st Offense: $500
2nd Offense: $750
3rd Offense: $1000
No, a permit is not required for:
a) an incinerator fire, either domestic or any commercial or industrial type incinerator that is required to be licensed under the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act
b) a fire that is set for the purpose of cooking or obtaining warmth
c) a smudge fire that is set for the purpose of protecting livestock from insects
d) fires set for the purpose of training firefighters
e) controlled burns conducted by the County
However, please be aware that burning barrels are not permitted in Hamlets.
In the interest of public safety and the preservation of valuable property and resources, the Council of Kneehill County adopted a Fire Protection and Emergency Services Bylaw on August 19th, 2003. Requirements for burn permits came into place at that time.
Kneehill County will publish any fire bans that come into effect on both the County website and Facebook page.
In addition, you may also visit the Alberta Fire Ban Website.
Under the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act, there is a list of debris that is prohibited to burn.
It is prohibited to burn any flammable waste that when burned may release dense smoke, offensive odors, or toxic substances, which includes:
Waste collected in Wimborne, Huxley, Swalwell, and Torrington takes place Thursday mornings. Please visit our Hamlet Garbage page for more information.
Depending on where you live, there are transfer sites in many areas that Kneehill County residents have access to including Torrington, Three Hills, Trochu, Carbon, Linden, Acme. Visit our Transfer Sites page for more information.
Kneehill County is a partner in the Drumheller & District Solid Waste Association. Recycling is part of its mandate and we have various recycling options set up at the various transfer sites in Torrington, Three Hills, Trochu, Acme, Carbon, and Linden. Visit our Transfer Sites page for more information.
Kneehill County has many transfer sites (Torrington, Three Hills, Trochu, Linden, Carbon, and Acme). Not all sites take all products. The Transfer Sites page details what is accepted at each location, hours of operation as well as location.
Maps may be purchased from the Kneehill County office during regular business hours. Ownership map may also be viewed on the website under Maps.
24 inch- $10.00, 32 inch- $15.00, 42 inch- $20.00, 60 inch $30.00, Map Book- $25.00 (+ GST)
A Council Division map can be found on the Map page. The map has the division breakdown according to Election Districts.
Update September 17, 2020
Government of AlbertaCOVID-19 Information for Albertan’sAlberta Health Services’ latest health information and advice for Alberta.The Public Health Agency of CanadaCOVID-19 Outbreak Updates and more information.
An outbreak of respiratory illness, now known to be caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, was first identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a public health emergency. The novel coronavirus disease has been given the name COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk varies between and within communities, but given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom.
If you have any these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:
Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.
In preparation for winter cold and influenza season, Alberta is updating its testing approach. Testing will prioritize Albertans with symptoms and vulnerable groups at higher risk of getting or spreading COVID-19. This will reduce testing wait times and speed up access to results.
Priority testing is available to:
Voluntary asymptomatic testing is also offered to:
Asymptomatic testing will be available to additional groups if required.
Albertans without any symptoms or exposure to COVID-19 who have concerns about their health should speak with their health care provider.
Book a Test
If you have symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19, you must stay home and book your test online with AHS assessment tool or call Health Link 811.
Take the COVID-19 assessment / Book a test
Visit a Participating Pharmacy
Pharmacies can test people who have no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19.
Three Hills IDA (Sandstone Pharmacy) offers asymptomatic testing. Call 403-443-5551.
Visit https://www.ab.bluecross.ca/news/asymptomatic-testing.php for more participating pharmacies.
Albertans 14 years old or older can access test results online through MyHealth Records, a secure Alberta government service that helps keep track of your health information.
Albertans are legally required under public health order to isolate for:
If you have symptoms, take the online assessment to arrange testing.
If you are in mandatory isolation:
Have symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19:
Find out more about isolating requirements and exemptions.
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations.
View more Public Health orders and Exemptions: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-orders-and-legislation.aspx
If you violate the public health order to isolate, you may be subject to a $1,000 fine. Courts could also administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.
If you are concerned someone is not following public health orders, you can:
Submit a complaint
If you cannot submit online, you can also call 1-833-415-9179 to submit a complaint by leaving a message when prompted. Please only submit a complaint once. Do not submit online and by phone.
Complaints that require an immediate response related to gathering restrictions or physical distancing can also be reported to your local police force through their administrative phone line.
Take proper precautions and, if possible, distance yourself from the individual to limit your risk of exposure if they have symptoms. If possible, remind the person that not following public health orders is against the law and puts people at risk.Public health order complaints can be lodged with Alberta Health Services by submitting a complaint online.
If you cannot submit online, you can also call 1-833-415-9179 to submit a complaint by leaving a message when prompted. Please only submit a complaint once. Do not submit online and by phone.
To protect yourself and others:
Other steps you can take
All Albertans must continue taking personal steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx for more information.
Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick. This is not the same as self-isolation. You do not need to remain indoors, but you do need to avoid being in close contact with people.
For more information: https://www.alberta.ca/prevent-the-spread.aspx#p25621s3
Albertan’s are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs.
Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
When to use a mask
When not to use a mask
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx for more information.
Create a Household Action Plan
Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan.
Prepare for Isolation
Residents and ratepayers with a valid rural Kneehill County address can vote for the new logo. (Must have a land location, blue sign number or street address in a Kneehill County hamlet.)
Voting closes August 31, 2019. One vote per person.
While there will be some costs associated with the new logo, most changes will be made during the natural replacement of items, such as the new highway entrance signs, which have to be replaced regardless of the logo change. In anticipation of the new logo, Kneehill County staff have been very deliberate with purchases and as a result, most items can be replaced with the new logo at no additional cost.
The transition from the current logo to the new logo will be a gradual one, taking place over the next few years, as most items will be changed out only when they come up for replacement. Rolling out the new logo in this fashion will minimize the costs associated with the re-branding.
With the province announcing Phase 2 of their relaunch strategy, Kneehill County’s officewe will see further restrictions relaxing, and more operations and services resume. (Businesses and non-profits in the County can visit Alberta Biz Connect for guidelines and supports to prepare for re-opening safely, once they are able.)
Following the province’s lead and relaunch strategy, the Kneehill County office is open to the public for walk-ins and in-person services. In-person attendance to Council and Committee meetings have resumed as well. Safety protocols, increased sanitization and proper barriers are in place at the office to ensure the continued safety of residents and staff. Please continue to physically distance, practice good hygiene, and do not visit the Kneehill County office if you are ill.
Kneehill County will continue to monitor updates from the province and Alberta Health Services, and will determine future services, events and increased public interaction based on their recommendations.
Yes! Horseshoe Canyon and Orkney Viewpoint are open to the public.
Please note the following restrictions in place:
Kneehill County Campgrounds opened for the season June 1, 2020 with restrictions in place due to COVID-19, closing for the season September 15, 2020.
Please check back in the spring for more information on the 2021 camping season.
September 18, 2020.
Residents can attend Council and Committee meetings in-person, or can continue watching the Council meetings via Kneehill County’s YouTube channel. A link to the live stream is made available on the homepage of the Kneehill County website the morning of the Council meeting.
Yes! The Kneehill County office is open to the public.
In person services and bill payments are available. You can also attend upcoming Council and Committee meetings in-person.
Please continue to practice physical distancing, cough etiquette, good hygiene, and do not visit the County office if you are ill.
You can find more payment options and more information here:
We take reservations for all of our campgrounds (Keiver’s Lake, Bracconier Dam, Swalwell Dam, and Torrington) through the Let’s Camp reservation system.
For more information on camping, visit our Parks & Campgrounds page.
Kneehill County has its own campgrounds at Keiver's Lake, Bracconier Dam, Swalwell Dam, and Torrington Campground. Other campgrounds in our area include Three Hills, Trochu, Acme, Carbon, Linden. Visit the Parks & Campgrounds page for more information regarding our region.
Development permits are generally required for any construction (including new construction, additions, and structural renovations), change of use of land or a building, or a change in the intensity of land or building use. Examples of developments requiring permit approval include expansion of an existing approved business, a mobile home, a structural alteration to an existing building, the relocation of an existing building, a fence over 3 feet in height (when located in a front yard, and 6 feet when located in side yards).
Visit our Development Permit page for more information.
An approved development permit is good for 1 year, unless otherwise specified on the development approval. If construction has not been commenced within that time, the permit is considered null and void and a new application for development will be required.
Processing fees are set by the Master Rates Bylaw and vary by type of development. Visit our Development page for more information.
Mobile homes 20-35 years of age are considered discretionary use in the Land Use Bylaw and will be taken to the Municipal Planning Commission for approval.
Mobile homes over 35 years of age are prohibited.
Mobile homes must be compatible with other buildings in the vicinity and must be CSA approved. They must be placed on a permanent foundation and completely screened from view by skirting within 60 days of placement of the unit.
A Development Permit and Building Permit are required for a mobile home as well as electrical, plumbing, gas, and private sewage permits.
Visit our Development page for more information.
Yes, if the deck is 2 feet or more off the ground. Ensure you install 36” handrails and 42” handrails if the deck is 6 feet or more off the ground. The verticals must have a maximum spacing of 4”.
A Development Permit and Building Permit are required. Visit our Development page for more information.
View our Road Closures page for up to date closures in our area. Weight restrictions and bans can be found on our Road Bans page, as well as Roadata information.
Applications for Dust Control are available every spring.
There is a deadline for dust control to ensure we can prepare and complete the dust control project in time. Visit the Dust Control page for more information.
The graders are on a rotation. Kneehill County has over 1900 kilometers of gravel roads and 10 grader divisions. We attempt to have all grading completed in each division within 1.5-2 months. We attempt to have all snowplowing of gravel roads completed as soon as possible, depending on weather.
Dead animals on County roads will be dealt with by the Transportation department (call County office at 403-443-5541). Provincial and Secondary highways are the responsibility of Emcon Canada Inc. (1-800-390-2242).
There are many private companies in our area. Visit the Residents page for more information.