Lesser Slave River’s boards, committees, foundations, and commissions provide an invaluable service to the municipality by providing high-level guidance and expertise on specific policy areas or topics. In addition, one of the duties of a Councillor is to participate in various committees established by Council and meetings of other external boards and commissions to which the municipality is a member.
Appointments of elected members are made annually at the organizational meeting of Council held in October or the meeting following the organizational meeting.
Council remains committed to representation on all MD boards and committees reflective of – and responsive to – our region’s residents and business owners. Public participation also contributes to the work of municipal government and provides an important service to the community when a variety of issues, concerns and viewpoints, are presented.
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General Boards and Committees
The Inter-Municipal Committee consists of members from both the MD and the Town of Slave Lake, where issues of mutual concern are discussed. The Committee strives to maintain a good working relationship between the two municipalities.
Community Assistance Board
Local & Composite Assessment Review Board
The Local Assessment Review Board is composed of trained local members that are appointed by Council. This board will hear complaints about non-assessment matters (e.g. local improvement tax); and assessments of residential properties with three or less dwelling units and farm land.
The Composite Assessment Review Board is composed of two trained local members and one provincially approved member who will be the presiding officer. This board will hear complaints about assessments for all property in the municipality, excluding residential properties with three or less dwelling units and farm land (unless subject to the jurisdiction of the Municipal Government Board).
Slave Lake Airport Services Commission
The purpose of the committee is to ensure that the Slave Lake airport remains open and remains at the standard and level of service the area requires. The committee consists of three members from the Town of Slave Lake and three members from the MD. The Town of Slave Lake is responsible for day-to-day operations.
Agricultural Services Boards and Committees
Agricultural Service Board
Veterinary Services Incorporated (VSI)
Weed Control Act Appeal Panel & Agriculture Pest Act Appeal Committee
Economic Development Boards and Committees
Community Futures – Slave Lake Region
Community Futures are non-profit organizations guided by a volunteer board of directors and staffed with business professionals who together are actively engaged in helping to develop and implement community-based economic development strategies.
Community Futures – Tawatinaw
Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce
Slave Lake Chamber of Commerce is a self-sufficient, community focused organization providing leadership through innovative ideas, growing opportunities and supporting local commerce.
Northern Alberta Development Council/Northern Alberta Elected Leaders
The Northern Alberta Development Council advances the promise of Alberta's North. NADC’s mandate is to help the region’s 150 communities and 350,000 people realize their rich potential and strengthen their diverse economies. The Council is made up of a dedicated group of provincial and local leaders and staff tasked with producing quality regional development information, supporting education and skills enhancement programs and building strategic partnerships.
Community Economic Development Initiative
The purpose of CEDI is to build strong relationships between First Nations and their neighbouring municipalities, as well as encompass a joint economic development program to ensure economic sustainability into the future. By participating in the CEDI program, the MD will be able to have economic development long-term strategic planning with the Sawridge First Nation and the Town of Slave Lake, as well as engage in peer mentoring, become a community of practice, and be eligible for community capacity-building grants.
Outcomes of the program include a toolkit for other municipalities and First Nations in Canada to use to practice joint-economic development planning, and solution sheets to common challenges faced by such joint planning activities.
Peace Library System
Peace Library System works cooperatively with municipalities and public libraries to stay on top of the trends and changes in the library world to assist libraries in offering the best possible services to their patrons.
As a member of the Board, that member acts in a position of trust for the community, and is responsible for the effective governance of the Peace Library System. The Board consists of one appointee from each of the member participating municipalities and one representative of the Resource Library (Grande Prairie Public Library).
Slave Lake Regional Library Board
Planning & Development Boards and Committees
Subdivision & Development Appeal Board
This board meets only when a Development Permit has been refused or the permit holder is unsatisfied with the conditions placed upon the development. When these hearings are held, any person affected by the development has the right to present.
Municipal Planning Commission
The Commission acts as the Subdivision Authority for the Municipal District pursuant to the provisions of the Land Use Bylaw. Bylaw 2011-02 was created to establish a Municipal Planning Commission.
Upper Athabasca Steering Committee
Lakeshore Management Committee
Senior & Housing Boards
Lesser Slave Lake Regional Housing Authority
The authority strives to provide decent, low cost, subsidized housing programs to qualified applicants in the Lesser Slave Lake area.
The authority is governed by a seven member board with representation from Councils of the MD of Opportunity, Town of Slave Lake, MD 124 as well citizens at large from the MD and TOSL, appointees of the B.E.S. Legion of Slave Lake and local representative of the Metis Nation of Alberta.
Economic Development Committee
Lesser Slave Lake Region FireSmart Committee
The FireSmart Committee is to take a holistic approach to the implementation of the philosophy, culture and practice of FireSmart to the Lesser Slave Lake Region. It will work towards reducing the risk to human life, communities, resources and infrastructure from the threat of wildfire; promote FireSmart principles and concepts within stakeholder organizations; educate the public and stakeholders on FireSmart; and, work cooperatively to plan and prepare for effective response to future wildfire situations.
The Committee will include the following nine voting members; two public, one oilfield, one forestry, one ESRD, one electric utilities, one SFN, one elected official from the TOSL and MD.
Regional Wellness Advisory Committee
Wildfire Legacy Corporation
Waste Management Commissions
Lesser Slave Regional Waste Management Services Commission
Athabasca Regional Waste Management Services Commission
Lesser Slave Lake Watershed Council
Athabasca Watershed Council
The AWC-WPAC is a designated Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) working in partnership with the Government of Alberta towards achieving the goals of the Water for Life strategy:
- Safe, secure drinking water
- Healthy aquatic ecosystems
- Reliable, quality water supplies for a sustainable economy