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For information on PED, please visit the Government of Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry website.
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.
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the province of Alberta moved into Stage 2 of their COVID-19 relaunch strategy.
Stage 2 allows additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place.
Business operators, sport and recreation services can determine if they are ready to open and ensure all guidance for workplaces is met.
What can open with restrictions
Please note-- though the above businesses and services are able to open does not mean they will be available immediately. Please check with that specific business/organization for their opening announcements and more information.
Events and gatherings can be larger in stage 2
Still not approved in stage 2
The success of Stage 2 will determine when Alberta progresses to Stage 3. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization, and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates.
Visit https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-relaunch-strategy.aspx for more information.
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.
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.
Kneehill Regional FCSS
Non-Local Help Lines
Albertans can call a dedicated help line to connect with mental health resources from 7am - 11pm, seven days a week.
📞 Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642📞 Addiction Help Line: 1-866-332-2323You will directed to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff.
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.
Resources are available to help with this. Download Frequently Asked Questions on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Young Children and Students from the Alberta Government.
Neighbours helping Neghbours 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.
The Alberta Government is providing $30 million to charitable and non-profit organizations, faith communities and municipalities to provide help to individuals, seniors, families and other vulnerable Albertans who are isolated or impacted by measures to contain COVID- 19.
If your organization/group sees a COVID-19 need in our area that can be addressed through this funding opportunity, please contact Shelley at the Kneehill Regional Family and Community Support Services office, at 403.443.3800 or 403.443.0793.
More details about this funding opportunity can be found at www.krfcss.com
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.
Extra 8 weeks available – CERB extended from 16 weeks to 24 weeks for workers who:
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
In order to provide greater flexibility to Canadians who may be experiencing hardships during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Canada Revenue Agency will defer the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals, including certain trusts. Click here for more information.
Visit the Government of Alberta’s website for financial support for businesses, including information on tax changes, available payment deferrals, and banks and credit unions. (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Alberta Biz Connect gives workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
The federal government offers a range of programs to support businesses, including:
The Government of Canada and Community Futures organizations (CFs) understand the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the small business community throughout the West. As a result, the Government of Canada has made funds available to the CFs to provide support and assistance to SMEs through the rural stream of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).
Small business owners impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans up to $40,000 through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF).
The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund provides funding to support businesses that have not been approved for supports through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) or the Emergency Loan Program delivered through Aboriginal Financial Institutions. Visit Community Futures for more information.
See all federal business support programs
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.
Government of AlbertaAlberta’s situation and action plan.Alberta Health Services’ latest health information and advice for Alberta.The Public Health Agency of CanadaInformation on outbreak updates in Canada, prevention, Canada’s response plan, and facts on the COVID-19.The Government of Canada’s travel advice and advisoriesReal-time map tracking novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global cases.
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.
On March 13, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic.
On March 17, 2020, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency, implementing aggressive public health measures province-wide to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans.
Common symptoms include dry cough, fever, fatigue/extreme tiredness.Symptoms of serious illness include difficulty breathing and pneumonia. If you have symptoms: stay home - do not go to an ER or clinic. Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to determine next steps and find out if you require testing. If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and inform them you may have COVID-19.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms – cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat:
If you experience, or see someone experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately.
Alberta has expanded access to laboratory tests to better trace the spread of COVID-19.
Testing is now available to:
You should get tested if you have any COVID-19 symptom:
How to get tested
If you have any COVID-19 symptom or meet any of the asymptomatic testing criteria, complete the self-assessment form or call Health Link 811 (you don’t need to do both).
COVID-19 self-assessment for Albertans
As of March 25, 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:
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.
This directive is consistent with the new federal requirements under the Quarantine Act.
Stage 1 of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy allows some businesses to resume operations starting May 14 with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.
With increased infection prevention and controls, some businesses and facilities will be allowed to resume operations as early as May 14, as part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.
Progression to Stage 2 will be determined by the success of Stage 1, considering health care system capacity, hospitalization and ICU cases, and infection rates.
View all public health orders.
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.
To protect yourself and others:
Follow mandatory self-isolation requirements:
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
Mask use is strongly recommended in crowded public spaces, like mass transit, that do not allow for physical distancing of 2 metres apart. You may be required to wear a mask when getting your hair cut, or during other in-person services.
Wearing a non-medical mask, such as a homemade cloth mask, is another measure you can take to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms of COVID-19. It can also stop you from touching your nose and mouth.
Learn how to wear your mask properly.
*Please note: Medical Masks include N95 masks, and surgical or procedure masks. These kinds of masks must be kept for health care workers, and those providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.
With the weather warming up, there are many outdoor activities Albertans can do safely while still following all public health orders.
When outdoors in public, take precautions to protect yourself and those around you:
See more ways to help prevent the spread
Determine Appropriate Activities
Under recent health orders, an activity is not allowed to proceed if it involves:
COVID-19 can be transmitted by touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Activities that carry this risk are not recommended, even with physical distancing in place, including:
Outdoor activities where people are physically distanced and there is no contact with frequently touched objects or surfaces are able to proceed, as long as there are fewer than 15 people. Some examples of activities could include:
Physical distancing is not required if the activity involves only members of a single household, provided they are not required to be isolating.
Visit Alberta.ca for more guidance on outdoor activities.
Alberta public health officials are recommending Albertans prepare and respond to COVID-19 by creating a household plan of action:
Practice good personal health habits and plan for home-based actions:
Plan for potential changes at your workplace.
Stockpiling of goods is not recommended at this time. While it’s always best practice to have three days worth of supplies on-hand, public health officials are not recommending Albertans purchase food or other materials in bulk.
For more information please visit the Alberta Health Services Website.
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.
Kneehill County has been working to gradually re-open our facilities and in-person services, while taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents. We’ve opened our day-use parks, campgrounds, and playgrounds to the public (with restrictions in place) and began to allow in-person appointments at the Kneehill County office.
With the province announcing Phase 2 of their relaunch strategy, we 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 with continued low case numbers of COVID-19 present in the community, the Kneehill County office will re-open to the public on Monday, June 15, 2020.
Walk-ins and in-person services will be available, and in-person attendance to Council and Committee meetings will resume. Safety protocols, increased sanitization and proper barriers will be 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 as of Friday, May 15, 2020.
Please note the following restrictions in place:
Kneehill County Campgrounds will open June 1, 2020 with the following restrictions in place due to COVID-19:
Playgrounds are closed until further notice due due to public safety concerns resulting from COVID-19.
As of Monday, June 15, 2020, the Kneehill County office is open to the public.
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.
As of April 14, 2020, Kneehill County residents can take part in Kneehill County’s Utility Payment Deferment Program.
Yes! As of Monday, June 15, 2020, 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 again.
Please continue to practice physical distancing, cough etiquette, good hygiene, and do not visit the County office if you are ill.
You can also find payment options and more information here:
The following programs and events have been cancelled due to COVID-19, and will resume in 2021.
The following events have been postponed due to COVID-19, and may possibly proceed once it is safe to do so.
Please check Kneehill County’s website and social media for updates.
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.