Special Areas 2

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About

Alberta’s Special Areas is a unique rural municipal area covering approximately 2.1 million hectares in southeastern part of the province.  Nestled in the Canadian Badlands, Special Areas No. 2 is based out of Hanna and has a distinctive history that has created a strong foundation for growth and sustainability of the region.   Deep badlands, soft coulees and rolling river hills and expansive plains provide the setting for family farms, enchanting hamlets, captivating events and a growing entrepreneurial spirit.  Special Areas No. 2 encourages innovative ideas to enhance and maintain a quality of life for all residents of the area.  Special Areas No. 2 is:

  • Supporting and facilitating the creation of wireless high-speed internet network available throughout the region.
  • A member of SAMDA Economic Partnership which works in conjunction with the MD of Acadia No. 34, Village of Empress, Village of Cereal, and Town of Oyen to promote economic development for all of its members.
  • A member of the Canadian Badlands Ltd. and Alberta’s Special Areas.
  • A member of the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission.

Located within Special Areas No. 2 are: Bindloss, Buffalo, Cavendish, Cessford, Dorothy, Empress, Hanna, Iddesleigh, Jenner,  Pollockville, RoseLynn, Scapa, Scotfield, Sheerness, Spondin, Stanmore, Sunnynook, Richdale, Wardlow, Watts.

Housing

Although the region’s hot economy continues to remain strong, the housing market offers many attractive options whether you are looking at building a home, buying a home, or checking out rental accommodations.

There are housing options throughout Special Areas No. 2.  For assistance with buying, selling or renting real estate, contact realtors in the Town of Hanna:

Big Sky Real Estate Ltd.
602-2nd Avenue West
Hanna, Alberta
Tel: 403-854-4444
Fax: 403-854-4007

Hanna Realty
Box 158
Hanna, Alberta
Tel: 403-854-2277
Fax: 403-206-7545

Rangeland Real Estate
609-2nd Avenue West
Hanna, Alberta
Tel: 403-854-4456
Fax: 403-854-4462

Hanna Herald is a local newspaper that also has information properties for sale, lease and rent.

The Town of Hanna also offers single family dwellings and duplex sales as well as rentals of apartments, duplexes and single family dwellings.  The best source for determining what is available to buy or rent is to check the Real Estate section of the Town website followed by contacting the local realtors. 

For more information
  • CMHC - A national site that has lots of general information about buying, renting, and renovating homes.  You will also find detailed information and links about housing costs, financial assistance programs, legal information and specialized housing issues. Links to various related Government sites also assist with housing related information.
  • MLS Canada  -  A searchable data base that lists homes for sale.  Property searches by community are available.

Community Services

Palliser region communities have many services available for residents to keep them safe and secure.  A diverse range of recreational facilities and places of worship provide families the opportunity to stay active and maintain spiritual well-being.  All Palliser communities have a library or are part of a library system. 

Emergency Services and Fire Protection

Policing – Hanna & Brooks RCMP Detachments

Ambulance, Fire, Rescue – Volunteer Fire Departments in Hanna, Jenner, Cessford, Bindloss, Buffalo and Homestead Coulee.  Ambulance Service out of Hanna and Brooks.  911 Services.

Justice Infrastructure– Provincial Court in Hanna

Recreation Facilities

There are recreation facilities throughout Special Areas No. 2.

Campsites:

  • Jenner
  • Buffalo
  • Bindloss
  • Partnership Rest Area at Cactus Corner

Community Halls:

  • Jenner
  • Buffalo
  • Bindloss
  • Empress
  • Meadowlands
  • Spondin
  • Garden Plains
  • Homestead Coulee
  • Hand Hills
  • Iddesleigh
  • Pollockville
  • Cessford
  • Hanna
  • Dorothy
  • Red Rose
  • Scapa
  • Social Plains
  • Richdale

Ball Diamonds:

  • Big Country
  • Bindloss
  • Buffalo
  • Empress
  • Garden Plain
  • Hand Hills
  • Homestead
  • Jenner
  • Meadowlands
  • Cessford
  • Red Rose
  • Scapa
  • Social Plains
  • Spondin
  • Table Rock

Tennis Courts:

  • Empress
  • Hanna

Swimming Pool:

  • Hanna

Soccer:

  • Hanna

Rifle Range:

  • Hanna

Motocross:

  • Hanna

Golfing:

  • Hanna
  • Sunnynook

Curling Rinks:

  • Jenner
  • Pollockville
  • Hanna
  • Empress

Rodeo Grounds:

  • Buffalo
  • Jenner
  • Big Country
  • Table Rock
  • Hand Hills

Outdoor Skating:

  • Hanna
  • Homestead Coulee
  • Cessford

Indoor Skating:

  • Jenner
  • Diamond Jubilee
  • Hanna

Playgrounds throughout.

Religious Services

Empress:

  • The Empress McNeill Memorial United Church
  • Family Worship Center  (Pentecostal Assembly Of Canada Church)
  • Tel: 403-565-3877

Hanna:

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    • All Saints Anglican Church – 107-6th Avenue West; Tel: 403-854-4369; 403-854-2580
    • Alliance Church – 514-2nd Avenue West ; Tel: 403-854-4122
    • Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church – Center Street and 6th Avenue; Tel: 403-854-4245
    • Church of Christ – 601 Centre Street; Tel: 780-406-1045
    • First United Church – 808 Centre Street; Tel: 403-854-3772
    • Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall – 506-1st Avenue West; Tel: 403-854-5910
    • New Life Community Fellowship Church – Centre Street & 5th Avenue East; Tel: 403-854-3152
    • Redeemer Lutheran Church – 3rd Street West and Fox Lake Trail ; Tel: 403-854-4605
    • Seventh-day Adventist – 801 Center Street; Tel: 403-854-2050
    • St. George’s Roman Catholic Church – 606-1st Street West; Tel: 403-854-3281

Buffalo:

  • United Church

Library: 

Hanna Public Library, Empress Municipal Library, Homestead Coulee Library and Cessford Library.

Climate

Sunshine coupled with warm dry summers means more time to spend outdoors and exploring our region.  The low altitude of the region produces a very warm climate, with particular areas often matching or surpassing the “hot spot” of Canada.  Winters have become very mild over the last few years with average temperatures on the rise.

Special Areas No. 2 climate is considered semi-arid, which means lots of sunshine.  The average rainfall for the year ranges from 21.2 mm to 32.5 mm while the number of frost free days is 109.  The average temperature in July is between 17.1 and 19.7 degrees Celsius and the average temperature in January is -12.3 to -16.6 degrees Celsius.

Taxes

Residential property taxes are definitely a factor to consider when relocating. Although taxes vary depending on the community, Albertans pay low provincial and municipal taxes, overall, in Canada.

Residential/Farmland* 2009 Taxation Year

Municipal

4.2700

Education- Alberta School Foundation Fund Tax Rate

3.2100

Education Opted Out Tax Rate

3.2100

Allowance For Non-Collection of Requisitioned Taxes

.0000

Seniors Lodge Accommodation Tax Rate

.7200

Non-Residential  

Municipal

5.0900

Education- Alberta School Foundation Fund Tax Rate

3.7400

Education Opted Out Tax Rate

3.7400

Allowance For Non-Collection of Requisitioned Taxes

.0000

Seniors Lodge Accommodation Tax Rate

.7200

Additional Information: Property tax is either provided as a percentage or as a millage rate. A mill is one-thousandth of a dollar. To calculate the property tax, the assessed value of property is multiplied by the mill rate and then divided by 1,000. For example, property assessed at $100,000 located in a municipality with a mill rate of 20 mills would have a property tax bill of $2,000 per year.

Utilities

Utilities including natural gas, power, and water are necessary expenses to consider for both homeowners and renters. Communities in south east Alberta boast some of the lowest rates in the country.

Electrical Power

ATCO Electric
202-1st Street West
Hanna Alberta   T0J 1P0
Tel: 1-800-668-2248

Direct Energy
1-866-374-6299

Natural Gas

East Central Gas CO-OP
406-5th Street E
Hanna Alberta  T0J 1P0
Tel: 403-854-4411
Fax: 403-854-2051

Dry Country Gas CO-OP
205 2nd Street West
Oyen, Alberta   T0J 2J0
Tel: 403-664-3646
Fax: 403-854-2051 

AltaGas
Tel: 1-866-222-2069

Water

Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission
Tel: 403- 779-390

Special Areas Truck Fill Stations
Tel: 403- 854-5600

Telephone

TELUS Ltd.
Tel: 310-2255

TELUS Mobility
Tel: 1-866-558-2273

High-speed Internet

Netago Wireless
105 2nd Ave. W.
Hanna,  Alberta  T0J 1P0
Tel: 1-866-346-7822

For more information

Health

Under the Canada Health Act, Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services.

All eligible Alberta residents are covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) to access healthcare services.  An eligible resident of Alberta is a person who is:

  • Legally entitled to be or to remain in Canada and makes his/her permanent home in Alberta;
  • Committed to being physically present in Alberta for at least 183 days in a 12 month period;
  • Not claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency in another province, territory or country;
  • Any other person deemed by the regulations to be a resident not including a tourist, transient or visitor to Alberta.

Effective January 1, 2009, Albertans are no longer required to pay AHCIP premiums.

An Alberta Health Care card gives you access to the public health care system including medical checkups and hospital visits. Private clinics exist, but are permitted to perform only elective services not included as part of the primary care available through our health care system.

Alberta Health Services provides a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

Health care services for Special Areas No. 2 is available in Hanna..

The Hanna Health Centre encompasses Acute Care, Continuing Care, 24-hour Emergency, Community Care, Public Health and other related services.  The facility accommodates minor surgical procedures, medical, obstetrics for low risk mothers and babies, and palliative care.

Hanna Health Centre
904 Centre Street N
Hanna, Alberta
Tel:  403-854-3331

The Hanna Community also boasts a medical clinic, optometrist, denturist, chiropractor, 2 dentists and registered massage therapists.

Hanna Medical Clinic
104 Fox Lake Trail E
Hanna, Alberta
Tel: 403-854-3351

Health care services within Special Areas No. 2 consists of:

  • Physicians
  • Dentist
  • Optometrist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Early prevention dental services
  • Outpatient/inpatient respiratory services
  • Speech therapist/audiologist
  • Recreation therapist
  • Health inspector
  • Occupational therapy
  • Mental health worker
  • Massage therapist
  • Home Care 

A senior’s lodge is located in Hanna.

Hanna Lodge
17 501 – 5 Street West
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Phone: 403-854-3288
Fax: 403-854-2871

For more information
  • Alberta Health Care Insurance - The Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) is a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and medical services. AHCIP forms, information on premium and drug assistance, answers to common questions and more are available at this site.
  • Alberta Health and Wellness –  Alberta’s Health and Wellness provides information about Alberta’s health care system including the forms needed for registration.
  • Service Alberta – The Health Care Professional section of this Service Alberta site provides information for the wide variety of health professionals in Alberta – doctors, nurses, ambulance operators, and many others who provide services for the maintenance and improvement of health.  Use this page to learn about Alberta Netcare, to look up Health Professionals, to find contact information for nursing homes and hospitals in Alberta, and much, much more.
  • Alberta Health Services  – Alberta Health Services provides a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.  Use this site to access information about specific health care facilities and to get the latest news relating to health care.
  • Health Canada – The Health Canada site focuses on providing immigrants with information about health care coverage. It also contains good links to other helpful information on employment, health promotion, and more.

Education

Providing access to education and training opportunities is essential in creating a well-prepared workforce and strong communities. Southeast Alberta schools, college, and other education institutions and have a lot to offer newcomers in lifelong learning.

Special Areas No. 2 is served by Prairie Land Regional Division #25 and Prairie Rose School Division#8

Public Schools

Berry Creek Community School 
General Delivery
Cessford, Alberta  T1R 1E2
Tel: 403-566-3744
       
Jenner School
Box 64
Jenner, Alberta  T0J 1W0
Tel: 403-898-3926

Bindloss School                                  
Box 64
Bindloss, Alberta  T0J 0H0
Tel: 403-379-3752                        
                                                  
Hanna Primary School
Box 1237
618-1st Street E
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Tel: 403-854-3694

JC Charyk Hanna
Box 1270
801-4th Street W
Hanna, Alberta T0J 1P0 
Tel: 403-854-3642

Hanna Outreach School
Box 2049
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0 
Tel: 403-854-2222

Continuing Education

The Hanna Learning Center offers the community adult learning program located in Hanna.  The Learning Centre offers a wide variety of courses and programs to the community including: workplace safety, health, fitness, computer, personal, and career related courses. The Learning Centre also delivers the Registered Apprentice Program (RAP) for citizens interested in a career in the trades.

Hanna Learning Centre
Box 1255
401 Centre Street
Hanna, Alberta  T0J 1P0
Tel: 403-854-2099
Fax: 403-854-4166
Email: info[at]hannalearning[dot]com

The Big Country Community Adult Learning Council (BCALC)  provides community based adult learning. Located in Oyen, the BCALC provides learning opportunities for the entire region. Learning opportunities range from learning Thai cooking to oil/gas industry requirement training.

Big Country Community Adult Learning Council
Box 667
113 - 2 Avenue W
Oyen, Alberta T0J 2J0
Phone: 403-664-2060
Fax: 403-664-2905
Email: bccalc[at]telusplanet[dot]net 

Post-Secondary Education

Medicine Hat College (MHC) has been serving students in southeastern Alberta and beyond since 1965. Situated in Canada’s sunniest city, MHC’s main campus services almost 3,000 students each year with another 200 attending Brooks Campus, located 100 km west of Medicine Hat. With some of the lowest student-to-instructor ratios in the province, MHC offers a very personal, one-on-one student experience. MHC offers a wide variety of programs to meet the ever-changing needs of students from southeastern Alberta and around the world.
Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

For more information
  • ALIS (Alberta Learning Information Service)  – This site provides information on education, training, financial assistance, grants, bursaries, transfers, on-line student services, and more.
  • Alberta Education Curriculum - Excellent information and resources for parents of students is provided on this site; it includes information on school choices, summaries of required curriculum, and “homework” help.
  • Alberta Education - Schools  -  A complete list of schools and school boards is available here.
  • Alberta Children's Services – This site provides information and check-lists to help parents find quality child care; information and links about child care subsidies, adoption, parent support services; and phone numbers for the Kids Help Line, and the Child Care Help Line for Parents.
  • Child Care Subsidy – If you have child care costs for preschool children, you may not be aware that all eligible Albertans may qualify for the Child Care Subsidy Program.  Go to this site to get complete information about the Child Care Subsidy or to try the Estimator.
  • Monthly Living Allowance - Information from the Alberta Student Finance Board is available at this site.
  • National Child Benefit (Low Income Families)  - This program provides financial and social support to low-income families.

Community Lifestyle

Community lifestyle is one of the most important factors when considering a move.  Sports, recreation, community involvement, cultural events, hospitality, and safety are just a few of the many reasons why people choose southeast Alberta as an excellent place to live.

Community Organizations

Local community and recreation organizations reflect the interests and passion of our communities.  From theatre groups, agricultural and historical societies, to Chamber of Commerce, youth groups, and service clubs, our communities deliver great events and services.

For complete listing of community organizations please visit www.samda.ca.

Recreation

Prairie Oasis Park
Tel: 403-779-2155
Location: 30 km south east of Hanna on Highway 36

Campsites
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    • Jenner
    • Buffalo
    • Bindloss
    • Partnership Rest Area at Cactus Corner
Community Halls
  •  
    • Jenner
    • Buffalo
    • Bindloss
    • Empress
    • Meadowlands
    • Spondin
    • Garden Plains
    • Homestead Coulee
    • Hand Hills
    • Iddesleigh
    • Pollockville
    • Cessford
    • Hanna
    • Dorothy
    • Red Rose
    • Scapa
    • Social Plains
    • Richdale
    Ball Diamonds
  •  
    • Big Country
    • Bindloss
    • Buffalo
    • Empress
    • Garden Plain
    • Hand Hills
    • Homestead
    • Jenner
    • Meadowlands
    • Cessford
    • Red Rose
    • Scapa
    • Social Plains
    • Spondin
    • Table Rock
Tennis Courts
  •  
    • Empress
    • Hanna
Swimming Pool
  •  
    • Hanna
Soccer
  •  
    • Hanna
Rifle Range
  •  
    • Hanna
Motocross
  •  
    • Hanna
Golfing
  •  
    • Hanna
    • Sunnynook
Curling Rinks
  •  
    • Jenner
    • Pollockville
    • Hanna
    • Empress
Rodeo Grounds
  •  
    • Buffalo
    • Jenner
    • Big Country
    • Table Rock
    • Hand Hills
Outdoor Skating
  •  
    • Hanna
    • Homestead Coulee
    • Cessford
Indoor Skating
  •  
    • Jenner
    • Diamond Jubilee
    • Hanna

Playgrounds throughout

For more information
  • Service Alberta helps caregivers by providing information on resources available for persons or organizations that care for individuals who need support due to age, or physical or mental illness or disability.
  • Service Alberta has information on parents on topics such as Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan, Bully Free Alberta, and Passports for Children.  There is even a day care look-up at this site.
  • Rural residents can obtain information specific to their needs through Service Alberta.  Here, rural residents can look for links to information and publications about the Rural Development Initiative, water wells, the weekly Agri-News, hunting licenses and more.
  • Seniors  can find links to the government information and services that apply to seniors, covering topics such as pensions, health care, retirement and more at this site.

Employment

The job market in Southeast Alberta is strong! There are lots of great career opportunities in many different industries from trades to healthcare to manufacturing and many, many more. There is demand for all levels of positions, from entry-level to senior positions.

Check them out at www.findingwork.ca

Employment opportunities within the Special Areas can be found here.

For more information
  • Alberta Government Learning Information Services - Alberta's leading on-line source for career, learning and employment information and services. Here you'll find the resources you need to make the most of your future.
  • Alberta Occupational Profiles - Information about a variety of career occupations, and advice about how to develop careers in Alberta, including information about current job markets is available at this site. There is a searchable database that makes it easy to research career options by interest, professional title, or industry.
  • Alberta Wage & Salary data  - The Alberta Wage and Salary Survey covers over 400 occupations and provides information on wages and salaries for full-time and part-time employees in Alberta by occupation, geographic area, and industry group.
  • Alberta Works - Alberta Works focuses on training people for employment.
  • Service Alberta’s Job Seekers provides information for those looking for employment.  Here, you will find the Alberta Work Search Online, the Federal Job Bank, and even a free e-Résumé Review Service.
  • The Government of Canada has bilingual information about Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Service Canada, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and Foreign Credentials Referral Office.
  • The Government of Alberta provides information on immigration process for Canada and Alberta, as well as about programs and services designed to help immigrants before and after they arrive.
  • Canadian Information Centre for Immigrants - A bilingual site that provides a thorough overview of information about credentials, education, qualification, and employment in Canada. It is well organized and easy to navigate.
  • Job Bank Canada - Job Bank is the largest web-based network of job postings available to Canadians.

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  • Service Alberta provides information on vehicle licensing, employment, property and more.
  • Moving to or Around Alberta includes information on health care services, electrical rates, population, housing support services, immigration and more.
Media
  • Hanna Herald
  • The Drumheller Mail
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