Online Crime Reporting

Online Crime Reporting (OCR) offers an alternative and convenient way for people to report non-emergent crime without having to call the police or visit the detachment.

All reports received through OCR are forwarded to the Call Back Unit for investigation and completion.  Use of online crime reporting by the public provides frontline members the chance to spend more time on the road being proactive. 

The OCR tool can be accessed by using the link The OCR tool is also available on the RCMP app.

Fire Ban Downgraded

Effective Friday, June 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., the total Fire Ban has been downgraded to a Fire Restriction.

This Fire Restriction includes:

  • All existing FIRE PERMITS are SUSPENDED and prohibits the issuance of any new permits. All existing open burns must be extinguished.
  • Prohibits the discharge of FIRE WORKS.

The following are PERMITTED during this Fire Restriction:

  • burning barrels equipped with a metal mesh screen;
  • safe wood campfires in approved fire pits on private lands and in campgrounds;
  • portable propane fire pits;
  • gas or propane stoves and barbeques, including briquettes;
  • catalytic or infrared style heaters;
  • pellet-style electric smokers.

Off-highway vehicles can start wildfires – check frequently to ensure hotspots are free of debris, and make sure mufflers and spark arrestors are working properly.

Never leave a campfire unattended. Soak it, stir it and soak it again until cool to the touch to ensure it is extinguished.

This Fire Restriction will remain in effect until further notice.

For up-to-date information on fire bans or restrictions, please visit or

Tax Notices Mailed

Watch for your Tax & Assessment Notice in the mail. All notices were mailed Wednesday, May 31, 2023. If you have not received your notice by Monday, June 19, 2023, please contact our office at 780-384-4100. If you require a receipt to be sent to you, please indicate that on the bottom of the notice when you return your payment.

The tax due date is Monday, October 16, 2023.

For more on taxation, please click HERE.

Assessment inspections slated

Please be advised that Accurate Assessment will be doing 2023 assessment inspections in the following areas of the county during July and August.

The purpose of these inspections is to look for any physical changes to residential (both farm and non-farm) and commercial properties. Physical changes could be exterior renovations, additions, removal of a mobile home, construction of new non-farm buildings without a permit, etc.

Our inspector may also need to assess out buildings on a former farm site that has sold to a non-farm owner (status change).

If the inspector can’t identify changes from the road, he will have to go into the property, where he will talk with the owner if they are home.

Public Works Colouring Contest!

Kids, get those crayons out!

In celebration of National Public Works Week (May 21-27, 2023), Flagstaff County is holding a colouring contest for school children!

Prizes will be awarded in four age categories:

  • up to 4 years old;
  • 5-8 years;
  • 9-12 years; and
  • 13-17 years.

Simply colour the picture below.

Photos of completed pictures may be emailed by Friday, May 26 to:

We also encourage you to share the activity on social media. Snap a photo of your child colouring the picture, or a photo of the completed picture, and post it on Flagstaff County’s Facebook or Twitter pages. Use the hashtags #NPWW and #ConnectingTheWorldThroughPW.

The contest is open to all children in the Flagstaff Region.

Prizes can be picked up at the County Administration Building the week of May 29.

About National Public Works Week

Every spring, usually in the third week of May, we join municipalities across North America and around the world to recognize the work done by public works professionals. This year, National Public Works Week (NPWW) is May 21 to May 27.

Coyote Control Practices

By Nick Dunn

In last month’s column, I discussed the history, behaviours, and life cycle of the coyote, as it is crucial information for understanding how to control them. With a growing coyote population, it has raised concerns about their impact on livestock, pets, and human safety for rural, and urban residents. These canines are very adaptable to their environment and intelligent, which makes them difficult to control. There are many strategies that can be implemented to help reduce the risks of predatory attack and manage their populations.

For livestock producers, some traditional methods we have implemented are trapping, shooting, and poisoning. These methods are lethal and are not necessarily the best management practices available. Although the coyote can be controlled with lethal methods year-round on private land, they are still a valuable part of our environment, which is why we need to adopt sound husbandry practices to reduce interactions between livestock and coyotes. These practices include herd surveillance, closely monitoring your livestock until they become large enough to defend themselves. First time calvers should not be left unattended in open range situations. Corralling at night with smaller livestock is another practice, but this doesn’t pertain to cattle as they are relatively safe from coyote attacks outside of calving season. Livestock behaviour can be a telltale if they have been attacked previously. Some signs of frequent attacks would be an increase in nervousness, and being more alert and fearful than usual. For sheep, if they have been attacked or disturbed, they will tend to break into smaller groups or be more scattered. Coyote predation on livestock is a learned behaviour; introducing them to young, sick, injured livestock, and livestock carrion will promote this behaviour. Age classing should also be considered; not placing young livestock on open pasture until they can defend themselves will greatly reduce the potential for attacks. The best method for preventing livestock predation is guard animals, when they live full-time with the flock or herd. Dogs, donkeys, and llamas have all been used successfully within our County to protect our livestock and the choice depends on the livestock needing protection, predators, budget, or personal preference.

Rural and urban residents can also face coyote predation. Urban areas don’t pose as much of a risk compared to rural areas but it ultimately depends on the availability of food sources. It’s important to keep yard sites clear of garbage, pet food, and small prey like rodents. By eliminating their food sources, the likelihood of coyote interactions is significantly lowered. Coyotes will generally avoid human interaction but will occasionally target small pets if given the opportunity. If you live on the outskirts of your municipality, you would be at greater risk than those that live within. It’s important for pet owners to supervise their pets and children outdoors, especially during dusk and dawn when coyotes are most active. Most encounters happen during walks on remote pathways; be sure to stay in well-lit areas and if an encounter does occur, try to get something between you and the predator itself like a fence or walking stick. Staying calm is very important, avoid turning your back, maintain eye contact, talk with a firm voice, and back away slowly if possible. After the encounter has taken place, it is important to report this issue to local authorities so they can help ensure that this encounter doesn’t take place again.

Of these management practices mentioned, there isn’t one practice that will ultimately stop the threat of predators for livestock producers, and urban and rural residents. The best management practice is to adopt as many of these controls as possible. By employing these methods, we can coexist with coyotes while preserving the ecological balance.  

Nick Dunn is Flagstaff County’s Agricultural Fieldman. He can be reached via email at: or by phone at: 780-384-4138.

Rank our priorities

At our 2023 Flagstaff County Public Input Open House, we asked County residents to rank priorities for seven departments. Please go ahead and complete the brief priority-ranking surveys for each department. (You’ll see two priorities displayed at a time; simply click on which one is a priority for you. Keep making selections for a few moments until there are no more pairings displayed on the screen.)

Avoid 6% tax penalty

Just a friendly reminder that a penalty of 6% (six per cent) will be levied on all unpaid 2022 taxes after May 1, 2023. To avoid penalties, payments made by mail must be postmarked no later than May 1, and payments made by Internet Banking or TelPay must be received no later than May 1.

Payment options available:

  • County Office: 12435 TWP RD 442, Sedgewick, AB
  • Mail: Flagstaff County, P.O. Box 358, Sedgewick, AB  T0B 4C0
  • Internet banking: Through the Credit Union, ATB Financial, BMO Bank of Montreal, e-Transfer, or TelPay (TelPay payments can be made at

For more information on taxation, please click HERE.

Nominate a Farm Family

Flagstaff County Council is asking residents to nominate a deserving farm family from within Flagstaff County for the prestigious 2023 Farm Family Awards.

These awards recognize families who best represent the values of the family farm within their rural community.

A Farm Family award winner:

  • Is highly involved in the community.
  • Depends on agriculture as the primary source of income.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the farming industry.
  • Engages in innovative and environmentally sustainable business/ farming practices.

Criteria required for a Farm Family nomination includes:

  • Active farm family unit where agriculture is the major source of income.
  • Increase awareness of agriculture and maintain a high standard in their agriculture business.
  • Promote the agriculture community through involvement and rural citizenship.
  • Be proactive in new agricultural technologies.
  • Act as a role model to the rural community.
  • Be deserving based on equal recognition of agricultural and community involvement

Click HERE for a list of previous recipients of this award and submission guidelines.

Click HERE for a nomination form.

Please email nomination forms to by Sunday, April 30, 2023.