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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 / Categories: Press Releases

Press Release - Whitecourt Town Council Update March 27, 2019

AltaLink is proceeding with development of its Whitecourt Transmission Deferral Battery project.  The project involves installing a 20MW/20MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at the existing Whitecourt substation, minimizing or eliminating the need to build a new transmission line in the area.  AltaLink has been selected by Emissions Reduction  Alberta (ERA), as one of seven electricity companies, to receive funding to assist with the development of this project.

The Community Services Department has published its 2018 Year End Report.  The report is prepared annually to provide Council and the Community Services Advisory Board with an overview of programs and services offered, and records major projects and accomplishments achieved throughout the year.  Highlights from the report include:

  • 93,984 scanned visits at the Allan & Jean Millar Centre;
  • 2,023 people participated in registered programs;
  • 51,033 visits to the ASAP Heating & Well Servicing Fitness Centre and Rotary Running Track;
  • 2,405 people participated in aquatics classes at the SemCAMS Aquatic Centre;
  • 1,601 people were assisted through the Whitecourt Food Bank;
  • 1,643 children and 1,311 adults attended Parent Link & Early Childhood Development programs;
  • 26,208 passengers were provided service on Public Transit.

A complete copy of the report can be viewed on

Whitecourt will be partnering with municipalities across western Canada to advocate for changes to proposed Bill C-69.  Bill C-69, if passed in its current form, will change how major infrastructure projects, including energy projects, will be reviewed and approved in Canada.  Whitecourt will be joining the Coalition of Canadian Municipalities for Energy Action, and the AUMA Resource Communities of Canada Coalition to ensure the federal government is aware of resource-based communities’ concerns about the impacts this legislation could have on communities, businesses and families.

Whitecourt will be recognizing and thanking local volunteers at the April 11 You’ve “Bean” Great event.  Local volunteers are encouraged to stop by any Tim Hortons location from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. on April 11 to receive a free, large hot beverage as part of National Volunteer Week.  Details can be found on

Eagle Tower Victim Services is hosting the RCMP Musical Ride on August 29. Our community will be the first one to host the Musical Ride in conjunction with an RCMP Regimental Ball, which is scheduled for August 30.  Funds raised from the events will benefit Eagle Tower Victim Services.  For more information on both events visit the Eagle Tower Victim Services Facebook page.