Special Areas Board

Special Areas Board
Rural municipality

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Locations of Alberta's special areas
Distribution of Alberta's three special areas
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Regions Central and Southern Alberta
Census division No. 4
Special Areas Act 1938
  Governing body Special Areas Board
  Chairperson Jordon Christianson (acting)
  Minister of Municipal Affairs Deron Bilous
  District office Hanna
Area (2011)[3]
  Total 20,369.41 km2 (7,864.67 sq mi)
Population (2011)[3]
  Total 4,499
  Density 0.22/km2 (0.6/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
  Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Website Special Areas Board

The Special Areas Board is the governing body of Alberta's special areas. Special areas are designated rural municipalities similar to a municipal district, however, the elected advisory councils are overseen by three representatives appointed by the province, under the direct authority of Alberta Municipal Affairs.[4][5]

The three special areas were created in 1938 under the authority of the Special Areas Act[6] as a result of hardship brought upon a particular area in southeastern Alberta during the drought of the 1930s.[4] A special area is not to be confused with a specialized municipality, which is a completely different municipal status.

The special areas are administered under the provisions of the Special Areas Act.[7] The three special areas are located in southeast Alberta within Census Division 4.


The Special Areas Act of 1938[8] created the six special areas of Tilley East, Berry Creek, Sullivan Lake, Sounding Creek, Neutral Hills, and Bow West, which had previously been special municipal areas. In 1939, these six special areas were consolidated into the four special areas listed below.[9] The original six special areas included 3.2 million hectares, while the current three only include 2.1 million hectares.

List of special areas

Alberta's three special areas had a combined population totalling 4,499 in 2011.[3]

See also


  1. "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. December 16, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. "Alberta Municipal Affairs". Alberta Municipal Affairs. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3
  4. 1 2 "Types of Municipalities in Alberta". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 16, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2008.
  5. "About The Special Areas". Special Areas Board. Retrieved December 27, 2009.
  6. "Special Areas Act". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
  7. Alberta Queens Printer - Special Areas Act
  8. The Special Areas Act, 1938. Statutes of the Province of Alberta passed in the fourth session of the eighth legislative assembly. p. 439.
  9. The Special Areas Act, 1939. Statutes of the Province of Alberta passed in the seventh session of the eighth legislative assembly. p. 179.
  10. Andison, R. A. (July 15, 1941). "Certain provincial lands withdrawn from the Tilley East Special Area and added to the Berry Creek-Sullivan Lake Special Area" (PDF). The Alberta Gazette. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  11. 1 2 The revised statutes of Alberta, 1955. Volume IV. Chapter 317. An Act respecting Special Areas. p. 467.
  12. 1 2 3 4 Andison, R. A. (April 7, 1959). "An act to amend the Special Areas Act" (PDF). The Alberta Gazette. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  13. Andison, R. A. (April 29, 1939). "The areas of the Berry Creek-Sullivan Lake Special Area and the Sounding Creek-Neutral Hills Special Area, amended" (PDF). The Alberta Gazette. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
  14. Strom, H. E. (December 31, 1968). "Lands constituted as Special Area No. 4" (PDF). The Alberta Gazette. Retrieved April 21, 2011.
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