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The results will provide measures for several key performance indicators in our Strategic Plan and will be published in the Report to the Community.
ELA stands for ‘Electric Autonomous,’ and much like the name suggests, ELA is an independent operating transportation system that has the potential to enhance accessibility and co-exist alongside the existing transportation modes we rely on.
Yes, ELA is very safe. She has an impressive safety track record. Since 2015, these shuttles have had more than 170 deployments in 20 countries across four continents; over 300,000 people have been transported on more than 190,000 kilometres, in various settings and traffic conditions. Overall, the EasyMile EZ10 has carried over 300,000 passengers worldwide, without incident.
ELA operates mainly with two systems, navigation and safety. The primary operating method is navigation, which makes use of Light Detection and Ranging Sensors (LiDAR) sensors and advanced GPS corrections. The safety systems are composed of different types of sensors that create a buffer area, 360 degrees around the vehicle to regulate the safety based on things such as speed, the direction of travel, and object size. Additionally, a 4G network is used to transfer general vehicle data. The unit is 100% electric with a battery life of up to 14 hours; it can be recharged overnight.
ELA can reach a maximum speed of 45 kilometers per hour; however, for most pilots and test deployments, ELA operates between 10 to 15 kilometers per hour.
Safety is of the utmost concern during the operation of this pilot. The EasyMile EZ10 has carried over 300,000 passengers worldwide, without incident. In the unlikely event that ELA is involved in an accident, The City of Beaumont and PWT have emergency response protocols in place to deal with such events.
ELA is designed to accommodate riders so they can sit as well as stand. Overall, ELA can carry a 1000 kg load, which means it can move approximately 8-10 passengers. Additionally, ELA can accommodate mobility devices like strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs.
ELA will yield the right-of-way for an emergency vehicle (ambulance, fire or police) as per the rules of the road identified in the Alberta Traffic Safety Act.
Absolutely. As part of the preparation work, the City of Beaumont and PWT conducted a comprehensive orientation and training session with over 40 municipal emergency services team members to educate and provide hands-on-training with how ELA operates and behaves.
By nature of what a pilot project means, we anticipate learnings and discoveries along the way, and that is why a certified Operator is onboard at all times during operations in the event that ELA needs to be switched to manual mode.
Emergency response evaluates each call and responds utilizing a route that is most effective for that location and will always operate in a manner that ensures motorist and pedestrian safety as well as the safety of first responders. In the event of an approaching emergency vehicle, motorists are still to pull to the right and stop.
With ELA’s route, emergency vehicles are authorized to enter ELA’s lane if needed and/or to move stalled or inoperable vehicles to. Response and reaction with the emergency response are one of many examples of the live nature and fluidity of this pilot project that is part of the learning and discovery.
ELA does not operate if;
These standards are set in place to ensure ELA can operate safely and effectively.
Further questions about ELA can be answered by emailing email@example.com or visiting www.ridewithela.ca.
Please call 780.929.8782 or email ELA@beaumont.ab.ca.
The shuttle will be a free service for the public, and you may ride ELA at any time and or book online to secure your spot on ELA. There is a maximum of 8-10 riders on the shuttle; depending on if there are any mobility devices on board.
It is free to ride ELA and if you would like to book ahead of time go to www.ridewithela.ca
Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) and the City of Beaumont’s mandate is safety first! An attendant will always be on the autonomous shuttle for your safety.
Yes, she absolutely is. ELA has a built-in access ramp and can accommodate wheelchairs and baby strollers.
While there will always be a certified Operator onboard ELA, the City of Beaumont recommends that parents apply the same parental guidelines they would generally follow with respect to whether they would allow their children to ride public transportation alone or not.
ELA’s shuttle service schedule in Beaumont can be found by CLICKING HERE (www.ridewithela.ca). It is encouraged to book your shuttle ahead of time.
The due date for tax payments is 30 days from the date of mailing.
Payments may be made by (cheque, cash or debit) at Beaumont's Administration Office during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm), which is located at:
5600 49 Street
Beaumont, AB T4X1A1
It can also be deposited in the night mail slot (no cash please) located at the main entrance, at most Canadian financial institutions, by tele-pay and via the internet (please ensure that you choose the correct payee and reference your roll number). If you choose to mail your payment, the envelope must be postmarked no later than the due date and the remittance portion of your notice must accompany the payment. If you wish to join the tax installment plan, please contact our tax department.
IF YOU ARE PRESENTLY ON THE TAX INSTALLMENT PLAN, PLEASE DO NOT PAY THE OUTSTANDING BALANCE SHOWN ON YOUR NOTICE. YOUR MONTHLY INSTALLMENT AMOUNT WILL CHANGE BEGINNING IN JUNE, AND THE NEW AMOUNT WILL BE SHOWN ON YOUR NOTICE.
Contact the tax department (780-929-3306) to review your assessment. If necessary, your concerns will be forwarded to our assessor who will contact you directly. If the assessor agrees that the original is not accurate, a corrected notice may be issued. If the assessor and property owner cannot come to an agreement, the property owner may begin the formal complaint process
Please visit: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/as/LGS1402.pdf to obtain the Assessment Board Complaint Form.
While all Beaumont ratepayers receive an annual Assessment and Property Tax Notice in May of each year, Beaumont approves a Supplementary Assessment Bylaw that provides for a second assessment on properties where improvements have received a final occupancy inspection report in the current year. The Supplementary Assessment & Tax Notice will be prorated to reflect only the number of days from which the final occupancy inspection report is issued.
Supplementary Assessment Notices will be issued in October, with payment due 30 days from mailing.
The Beaumont Sport & Recreation Centre (Aqua-Fit Phase 2) project is an expansion and modernization of the existing Aqua-Fit Centre to include a National Hockey League-sized ice surface, an indoor Fieldhouse (multi-sport amenity), a high school gymnasium, a climbing wall and a suspended running track. Other updates will include the integration of mechanical and HVAC systems.
Yes! The Aqua-Fit Centre is now called the Beaumont Sport and Recreation Centre/ centre sportif et de loisirs Beaumont.
Construction will begin October 2018 with the following phases:
* We are working towards improvements and the above schedule may be subject to change.
Cost estimates for the projects are $29.5 million. This results in an average yearly increase of approximately $72 (2018 dollars) for the residential homeowner in Beaumont.
An accessibility plan is being developed to ensure that the public can access the building while construction is happening. Additional temporary parking is being reviewed in order to provide accessible parking close to the building. Staff will continue to work on this plan and communicate accessibility improvements to the public.
Yes, we will continue to run the scheduled fall fitness classes until December 22, 2018. If classes are cancelled or affected by the construction we will issue a refund for registered programs.
Winter classes will be advertised in the Winter Activity Guide prior to registration. We are planning to have registered fitness classes as well as options for drop-in programs.
Project updates and closure information will be made available via Aqua-Fit Facebook page, Twitter, LetsTalkBeamont.ca and Beaumont.ab.ca/Aquafit. Newspaper ads and Recreation Program Guide information will also be provided.
Beaumont’s commuter transit service operates at peak morning and afternoon times from the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre (KNRRC) in Beaumont to Century Park LRT station, and back. The schedule is online at www.beaumont.ab.ca/transit.
Beaumont and ETS use Transit App. For real time updates, schedules, and to plan trips across the region, download Transit App today (available for Apple and Android operating systems).
Depart KNRRC Beaumont
Arrive Century Park LRT
7: 53 AM
Depart Century Park LRT
Arrive KNRRC Beaumont
Tickets are available during the regular business hours at:
Type of Fare
No. For the foreseeable future, tickets are available during regular business hours at the locations listed above. Single fares can be paid in cash on the bus.
You can pay your fare on the bus with cash. You cannot use a debit or credit card on the bus. You can purchase monthly passes and 10-packs at the locations listed above using cash, debit or credit card.
The bus leaves from the KNRRC Park & Ride and travels to Century Park LRT station. See the schedule above or download Transit App. The bus then leaves from Century Park LRT station back to the KNRRC Park & Ride.
Unfortunately, bikes are not permitted on the bus because it travels on a highway.
Yes, strollers are permitted on the bus.
Yes, they are wheelchair accessible.
Yes. Ad space and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce at (780) 986-5454 for more information.
The three New Flyer Excelsior coaches are owned by Beaumont and are branded Beaumont Transit. Two buses will be in operation at any one time, with the third bus as a backup. The buses will be rotated through the schedule so that all there buses are used equally. The buses will be used by Beaumont Transit exclusively.
Beaumont has contracted ETS to provide the drivers, maintenance and storage of the buses. After consulting with other regional transit providers, ETS was deemed to be the best option for providing bus service to Beaumont. There are several reasons:
The buses will operate in the morning and afternoon at peak times. As ridership increases, additional trips per day may be added. Additional bus stops within Beaumont may be added also.
Beaumont is a growing community and having a commuter transit service is the first step in ensuring full mobility for students, workers and residents of all ages. Transit provides a safe and efficient transportation alternative for all resident of Beaumont and for those who commute to Beaumont for work.
Check back to this FAQ. We will update it as new information is available. If you have specific questions, send us an email at BT@beaumont.ab.ca or call (780) 929-4306. We will respond to you and add your questions and the answers to this FAQ.
We must provide two years of ridership data to the Regional U-Pass Committee in order for them to make a decision and they will return a judgement in January of 2020.
The consumption of Cannabis is prohibited in the City of Beaumont with the exception of at your private residence
Yes, people who have a medical card may consume Cannabis in public, however, you must follow the rules of our smoking bylaw.
Yes, every adult in Canada (18 in Alberta) can carry up to 30grams on them at any time.
The Alberta government has set the minimum age for purchase and consumption of cannabis at 18. You must be 18 years old or older to enter a cannabis store.
At this time, the federal government is only allowing the sale of prepackaged dried cannabis and cannabis oil products.
Adults will be permitted to grow a maximum of four plants per household.
Beaumont has been offering child care and early learning for 38 years. The program was established in 1980, with a desire to provide child care in a community that values the support of families, and in response to the lack of meaningful alternatives for parents.
Beaumont currently provides a 20% subsidy of the gross costs, with the remaining 80% funded through fees and grants.
Beaumont’s child care model consists of two programs: The Early Learning Child Care Center (ELCC) and the After-School care program (SAS), which have separate budgets. Together, the programs have room for 138 children (approx. 70 families), and any citizen of Beaumont can sign up, but capacity constraints limit entrants each year.
The program has access to indoor and outdoor facilities, including 3 parks, which are run by Beaumont. Program fees increase in the summer months as children take part in more extra-curricular activities, such as field trips outside of Beaumont.
The staff hired by Beaumont’s child care program are highly trained and committed professionals. Beaumont requires that the employees working directly with children have a Level III certification (most daycare centers only require Level I).
Beaumont is reviewing its Child Care Services delivery model for a number of reasons.
Beaumont is seeking to answer questions about financial sustainability; options for expansion; and options for partnership in the delivery of child care services in Beaumont. It is also seeking an answer to the question:
“What is the level of support from the citizens of Beaumont for a program which the majority of citizens subsidize through their taxes but from which only a minority can benefit?”
To answer this question, Beaumont is examining all meaningful options including delivering the program in partnership with other providers, expanding the program through partnership(s), options for cost recovery, and for transitioning to other providers entirely.
The primary driver of the program review is to provide certainty to the families and staff of Beaumont in the delivery of child care services.
Beaumont has commissioned Grant Thornton LLP to provide an independent review the Child Care Services (CCS) currently delivered by the municipality. The purpose of Phase One of the review was to illuminate the context and possible next steps for Council in creating certainty for parents and employees of the program. The second phase of the engagement will be for Grant Thornton to assess the possible alternatives to the current model, providing Beaumont Council with a framework detailing the potential options, the costs and benefits, and feasibility of each option for the future.
Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading independent consulting and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton has a long, distinguished history of providing advisory services to municipal clients in Alberta, and around the world. For more information on the Grant Thornton and their advisory practice, please visit www.grantthornton.ca
In addition to their credentials and experience, Grant Thornton has a strong understanding of the unique challenges facing Beaumont at this juncture, including the need to satisfy the concerns of residents and employees in a moment of significant change, with the associated social, economic and political ramifications.
In a first phase, Grant Thornton performed an independent review of both CCS programs to provide Council with information to enable further decision-making. The findings were presented to Council in October 2018 (click here to review report). Phase Two will commence in December of 2018 with the objective of providing Beaumont’s Council with alternatives to move forward. Each alternative will take into consideration the impact on the community and stakeholders, the costs and benefits, and the subsequent implications for families and staff.
Grant Thornton conducted an independent review of the current program through a structured analysis consisting of:
Grant Thornton will be utilizing a similar structured approach for the second phase of the review. They will be conducting Round Tables, focus groups, surveys, individual interviews, and having conversations with other current and possible future providers of child care services in the Beaumont area.
Based on the Phase One report (click here to review report), Beaumont requested a deeper review of four options on how to move forward, including:
No. The relationship between quality child care services and the economic health of a community is well-documented. Beaumont has committed to arriving at a way forward that most effectively balances the experience and well-being of our families, the resources of Beaumont, and the values of the greater community. Further, as a professional services organization under contract to Beaumont, Grant Thornton LLP has a fiduciary duty to deliver a report that is unbiased, independent, and comprehensive, within the scope of their engagement.
No decision will be made until all planned input has been collected, and the final report has been considered by Council.
Grant Thornton is expected to provide Beaumont Council with a comprehensive final report by the Summer of 2019.
Information will continue to be updated on this website as it becomes available to Beaumont. Grant Thornton will facilitate a series of events engaging stakeholders in the information-gathering phase. Also, updates can be requested by contacting Grant Thornton LLP through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The main consideration in any future direction will be the impact on current stakeholders; primarily families and employees. Any recommendation provided by Grant Thornton will include further recommendations to provide the highest feasible level of transparency, stability, and confidence, for the community.
On behalf of Beaumont, Grant Thornton will be sending out surveys, conducting roundtables, and focus groups to ensure the perspectives of all Beaumont residents are considered. Also, updates can be requested by contacting Grant Thornton LLP through email@example.com.
Beaumont strives to place siblings together in the same program to support family needs. The intake process can be very complex and multiple spaces may not become available at the same time. The Early Learning Child Care and School Age Site Supervisors may offer you a single space based on availability unless you indicated otherwise on the waitlist form.
The most common reason for carts not being emptied was they were not at the curb by 7 a.m. Other common reasons include that carts were left in the wrong place for pickup, waste was put in the organics (green) cart, cart lids were not fully closed or a vehicle was parked too close to the cart. The trucks require 1 m around your cart to be free from bags, parked cars, etc.
If you believe you followed correct procedures, call the City of Beaumont at 780-929-4300 within two business days of the missed collection to inquire.
You must register for utilities with the City either in person at Beaumont's Administration Office (5600 49 Street) or online https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/214/Utility-Service-Setup
Once you sign up, our Utility Billing Division will advise us and we will have the carts delivered to your home.
We have yard waste collection bins for residents at the Operations facility (24130 Township Road 510) available for specific days every week during the heaviest spring and fall yard clean up time. These available times will be advertised on our Savvy Waste App and the City’s web site.
53% of household waste can be placed in the green organics cart and 35% can be put in blue bags. Currently, Beaumont is only diverting 20.4% to green organics carts and 13.6% to blue bags. Find out what you can put in your organics cart, blue bags and waste carts.
We have a DESIGNATED collection bin for residents at the Operations facility (24130 Township Road 510) available for specific days every week during the heaviest spring and fall yard clean up time. These available times will be advertised on our Savvy Waste App and the City’s web site.
You can divert more waste from your waste cart by increasing composting and recycling. Make the diapers as small as possible when disposing. There are products on the market, such as a diaper bin, that compress diapers.
From May to October green carts (organics) are emptied weekly, and from November to April they are collected bi-weekly.
The DUDCP will stimulate redevelopment of the Centre-Ville neighbourhood to create an attractive, mixed-use destination with a variety of social, cultural, commercial and retail opportunities. The DUDCP will encourage collaboration among landowners, developers and Beaumont in order to create a diverse core that encourages pedestrians and creates a central gathering place for residents. It will support our French-theme design guidelines. As Beaumont grows, it is important to create a downtown area that our children and grandchildren can enjoy and be proud of. We need to have design guidelines in place so that the residents of Beaumont determine the future look of downtown. The DUDCP project boundaries are 52 Avenue to the north, 50 Street to the east, 50 Avenue to the south and 55 Street to the west. The DUDCP was approved at the July 14, 2015 Council meeting.
No. Landowners and businesses can choose to remain in their current form for as long as they like. No one in the plan area will be forced to move. However, if a land owner or business initiates redevelopment they will then be required to adhere to ’s bylaws, plans and policies.
Beaumont is growing and the trend is likely to continue. We’ve more than doubled in size in 10 years, and we have to prepare for the future by having design guidelines in place. Like most towns and cities, residents have indicated they want a downtown neighbourhood that is an attractive, pedestrian friendly, mixed-use destination with a variety of social, cultural, commercial and retail opportunities.
Beaumont allows drive-thrus in all areas of the community except Centre-Ville (downtown) within the City Centre Mixed-Use District (CCMU).
The Centre-Ville District is the historic and cultural heart of Beaumont and the urban centre of the community. Centre-Ville continues to be developed and revived with the goal of making it a major business, social, cultural and entertainment focus of the community with a distinct look and flair that reflects Beaumont’s early French roots.
Development in Beaumont’s downtown is guided by the Central Area Redevelopment Plan (CARP). The CARP has been in place since 1986 and it provides a framework for encouraging and guiding development and redevelopment in the central area of Beaumont. In 2009, the CARP was updated and just this past year, further community engagement has been taking place to update and ensure there is a shared vision for the Centre-Ville District.Our residents see the Centre-Ville District as a place where people want to gather, live, work and enjoy. As a result of the 2009 update, the CCMU was created, which explicitly discourages auto-oriented uses like drive-thrus, gas stations, car repair shops, and large surface parking lots.
Throughout the rest of the community, Beaumont does allow for drive-thru businesses in its commercially zoned areas.
Recent examples of such new developments include the new banks and restaurants located in the Gallerie and Montalet commercial developments along 50th Street heading north through Beaumont.
In the Land-Use Bylaw, it stipulates that a drive-in business and a drive-in food service may have outdoor speakers provided they do not create a nuisance and are not located within 20.0m of a lot line of any parcel designated as a Residential District, or are separated from a Residential District by a building.
This specific guideline ensures that such a business does not adversely or negatively impact residents living near such businesses.
Beaumont prides itself on the quality of life we provide for residents and such a clause highlights the importance of this to our residents and businesses.
No, there are no plans to make any specific amendments around drive-thrus in the Centre-Ville District within the updated Land Use Bylaw. Beaumont continues to work towards building a complete community and implementing the “people-first” principles that are established in our new Municipal Development Plan.The updated Land Use Bylaw is anticipated to be brought to Council for review and first reading later this year.
A Municipal Development Plan is a statutory planning document that sets out a clear vision for our community’s future and serves as an important decision-making tool for Council, Administration and all stakeholders. It’s the primary document that guides the future development and growth for the entire community.
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Coronavirus can be spread in droplets that travel through the air when a person coughs, sneezes, talks or raises their voice. While not as effective as an N95 medical mask, wearing a barrier over the nose and mouth can greatly reduce those droplets from traveling through the air to other people.
To be the most effective, face coverings should be worn properly and used with other measures including physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and not touching your face.
Agencies and authorities including the U.S. Center for Disease Control, Health Canada, the Mayo Clinic and Alberta Health have all recognized emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows face coverings worn over the mouth, nose and chin can reduce the spray of droplets that carry coronavirus.
The Beaumont Sport & Recreation Centre (Aqua-Fit Phase 2) project is an expansion and modernization of the existing Aqua-Fit Centre to include a National Hockey League sized ice surface, an indoor Fieldhouse (multi-sport amenity), a high school gymnasium, a climbing wall and a suspended running track. Other updates will include the integration of mechanical and HVAC systems.
The fitness centre including the fitness studio will be closing on December 31, 2018. There is a lot of construction being done to expand the fitness area and required the fitness area to be closed.
Yes, we will continue to run the scheduled fall fitness classes until December 22, 2018. If classes are cancelled or effected by the construction we will issue a refund for registered programs.
Winter classes will be advertised in the Winter Activity Guide prior to registration. We are planning to have registered fitness classes as well as options for drop in programs.
Fitness classes will be relocated to the Beaumont Community Centre for the duration of the closure (January 1, 2019- Fall 2020).
January 7, 2019
We will have various classes offered, a full list of classes with descriptions and schedule of classes will be available at https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/281/Fitness-Centre-Programs
No, you can purchase a membership, a punch pass or you can pay a daily admission rate to attend a class.
Regular drop-in rate is currently $9.50, admissions are subject to change.
We accept cash, debit, credit cards and cheques.
To get a membership please visit the Guest Services at the Beaumont Sports and Recreation Centre to purchase a monthly membership until January 6, 2019. Starting January 7, 2019, you will be able to purchase a membership at the Beaumont Community Centre and at the Beaumont Sports and Recreation Centre.
Yes, registered fitness classes have been programmed, you can find program information in the activity guide and online at https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/281/Fitness-Centre-Programs
Yes, Members may reserve their spot in a class 48 hours before the start time up until 2 hours before the start time. For non-members, the remaining drop-in fitness class spots can be booked on arrival within 2 hours of the start time of the class.
No, we do not have equipment set up for general use, small equipment will be available for fitness classes. We have a spin cycle room that will have some spin bikes, they will be used for spin cycle classes only. At this time we do not have a process or infrastructure to monitor the bikes for general use.
No, we do not have change rooms at the Beaumont Community Centre, you can enter the building and check in or pay admission at guest services desk and continue to your class. Outdoor shoes can be placed on the bookracks. If you have a gym bag, jacket or other items you can bring your personal items into the fitness room and place items along the side or back wall as requested by your instructor.
Currently, certain green spaces in Beaumont suffer from very high concentrations of broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions. Also, we spray the spruce trees to control the spread and destruction caused by the yellow-headed spruce sawfly.
Spraying will be done on an “as needed” basis in the following areas during the 2017 growing season:•All infested shrub beds•All areas with large populations of noxious and prohibited weeds where it is not practical to hand-pick;•Sports fields and green spaces throughout Beaumont;•Green spaces with very high concentrations of broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions;•Spruce trees infected with the Yellow-Headed Spruce Sawfly;•Trees infected with scale insect larvae.Spraying will not take place in the following areas:•Within 30 m of a playground or daycare;•In the flood zone surrounding any water body or waterway, including Storm Water Management Facilities.
Traditionally in Canada and the United States, internet infrastructure (cable, fibre-optic and other equipment) is built and operated by the same company that provides internet services to customers. With an open-access network, infrastructure and service delivery are separate. An independent party owns and operates the infrastructure, which internet service providers pay to use. This reduces barriers for providers to access new markets and encourages competition.
Ten gigabits, or 10-gig, refers to the amount of data that can be transferred per second – in this case, 10 gigabits per second capacity for uploading or downloading content through the internet. By comparison, the average download speed in Canada is less than 100 megabits per second (1,000 megabits equals 1 gigabit).
Residents can expect faster, more reliable internet service once the network is completed, though the actual speed you’ll experience will depend on factors such as your computer or device, your modem or router, and your internet service provider.
Internet is vital to attract and retain growing businesses – the quality of it matters. 10-gig internet speed will eventually be the standard all over the world, just as we will see with 5G for cell coverage. In a resetting economy where location matters less than it did even a year ago, it will be the quality of services that attract high-impact companies and inform people’s choices about where they’re going to live.
The total amount depends on details still in negotiation, but the investment would be significant.
Digital Infrastructure Group has committed $2 billion to support projects in Canada and is looking for willing partners. Beaumont’s size, its location and the city’s willingness to embrace innovative ideas make it an ideal location for one of the first projects in Canada.
Like any business, Digital Infrastructure Group does expect to make a return on its investment. Once the network is built, it will receive revenue from fees charged to internet service providers.
The network will be owned by Digital Infrastructure Group over the agreed upon concession period and then the infrastructure assets will be transferred to the City of Beaumont. If Beaumont chooses to extend the concession period (at any point) it will have the option to do so accordingly with the consortium.
At this time, Aurora, Illinois has also announced that is it in negotiations with the consortium.
The project would have several potential benefits:
Once the final agreement is reached with the consortium (target Fall 2020), we will have a more detailed schedule of construction throughout Beaumont and when residents will be able to access the network through an internet service provider.
Existing internet service providers, such as Telus and Shaw, will be able to use the network, as will any other service provider. In fact, residents could see more choice in service providers as a result of building an open-access network in Beaumont with the highest-speed infrastructure available.
We need to take advantage of this opportunity to be first.
As with all technology, things move fast and those at the head of the pack reap early benefits. 10-gig can be a boost for our region and province by making Beaumont a sandbox for companies that need 10-gig to develop their products and grow their companies.
No. The partners we are in discussion with will not use Huawei, period.
The project will not include 5th generation wireless, or 5G, technology at first. Though there is an option to add it later.
International health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have determined that the weight of scientific evidence has not shown any link between cell phones and health problems.
Disruption to city streets and property can be kept to a minimum using directional drilling and working within certain utility rights of way. In some cases, there may be some disruption or shallow trenching required in yards. In those cases, remediation is included to restore the property to its original condition and minimize the impact for residents.
The city is not required to pay anything for the network. Our contribution to the project is providing access to city-owned rights-of-way where the fibre-optic cables will go. However, if the city chose at some point to pay some of the cost, it would also receive a share of revenue.
The City of Beaumont isn’t taking on any financial risk. In fact, there’s a much greater risk of Beaumont falling behind and missing economic opportunities if we take a passive approach and wait for traditional internet infrastructure to be installed.
We can’t say for certain. But with more providers offering internet service in Beaumont, consumers will see more competitive prices and service options.
We think an open-access network with the highest-speed infrastructure available commercially in the world makes a pretty convincing argument to stay in Beaumont. The network also has the potential to attract new businesses and investment to Beaumont, meaning more customers for internet service providers.
Yes. Property owners will not have to be connected to the network, however, we strongly recommend at least having the connection to your home completed Whether you choose to sign up with an internet service provider to use the connection is entirely your decision.
Access to high-speed fibre-optic broadband internet is quickly becoming an essential utility around the world and by choosing not to at least have your property connected to the network, you may limit the future potential and access to this key infrastructure.
• Aqua-Fit Site• Operations Facility site• Maina’s Centre-ville site• Temporary Park site (Old Shell station) • Dansereau / St. André / FCSS school site
Owning land in our community gives us options and flexibility for the future.
FortisAlberta owns and operates more than 100,000 streetlights in Alberta.
The streetlight industry has developed LED technology to support dark sky and energy efficiency goals. FortisAlberta strives to meet the needs of its customers and in response to customer requests, the conversion option was introduced. The company is committed to improving the energy efficiency of its infrastructure, while controlling costs for our customers.
In response to customer requests and to improve the energy efficiency of our infrastructure, effective Jan. 1, 2016, FortisAlberta changed its standard for streetlights to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology for all new construction and developed a conversion option for customers who wish to convert their existing streetlights from HPS (High Pressure Sodium) to LED fixtures.
Effective March 1, 2017, any new requests for HPS lighting will only be available under a non-standard lighting agreement. Municipalities accepting new installations of non-standard lamps, luminaries, and/or poles will be responsible for the purchase and stocking of replacement materials for non-standard lamps, luminaries and/or poles.
LED technology provides:
• more even and efficient distribution of light which is controlled and focused downward reducing light trespass and sky glow
• reduced energy consumption resulting in energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and
• reduced outages and longer light life spans resulting in reduced maintenance costs.
More than 90 percent of Municipalities within FortisAlberta’s service territory have signed up for the LED Streetlight Conversion Option. In total, approximately 80,000 fixtures will be converted to LED technology under this Option. The LED Streetlight Conversion Option covers all Rate 31 cobra head style fixtures. Non-cobra head style fixtures or decorative fixtures and yard lights will not be converted at this time.
Municipalities around the world are switching to LED lights to save both money and energy. LED lights have approximately 50 per cent lower energy consumption compared to their HPS luminaire predecessors. HPS lights, most installed in the mid-1980s, are at the end of their useful lives and need replacement. LEDs will provide better service reliability and lower maintenance costs. The new LEDs have a longer lifespan - about four times that of the bulbs we currently use. This translates into ongoing savings in maintenance costs as result of the extended maintenance cycle for bulb replacement. Less maintenance also means fewer service vehicle trips for repairs and as a result, reduced carbon emissions.
LED street lighting is visually different than lighting from conventional fixtures. HPS streetlights produce a light color that is yellowish or orange hue. LED streetlights are more focused than HPS streetlights to ensure that more of the fixture’s light shines onto the street and sidewalks and less light spills into adjacent areas. LED streetlights and comparable HPS streetlights produce the same intensity of light; however, some people may perceive that the LED streetlights that FortisAlberta is installing are brighter because they are whiter than conventional HPS streetlights.
LED fixtures generally produce less light pollution than other lights because their light is more directional and focused; LED lighting also increases contrast and improves color rendition and depth perception. FortisAlberta uses cobra-head LED fixtures that comply with International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) standards for shielding, which minimizes glare and light spillage.
Two factors have an impact to sky glow or light pollution, which are up-light and the lumen output (light level) of the fixture.
To address the up light, the majority of the new LEDs are “cobra-head” fixtures and they have received the best ranking – a “zero” – when it comes to the amount of up-light they produce. FortisAlberta’s fixtures are “Dark Sky” friendly with zero up-light, which means less light pollution and/or sky glow as the light is directed downward.
To address the lumen output, LEDs typically require approximately 47-58 per cent of the lumen output of the HPS light to achieve the same light levels on the pavement. This is due to the efficiency of the light source being able to direct the light where it needs to be versus the HPS light having a lot of wasted light and lack of control.
By eliminating the up light and reducing the lumen output of the light source, the LED significantly reduces light pollution.
In its simplest terms, a Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is an electronic component that emits light when an electric current is passed through it. The colour of the LED is obtained by adding a phosphorous material over the LED chip. LED streetlights are extremely energy efficient, do not produce any UV rays or infrared radiation, can be easily controlled, and have long life spans of more than 20 years. LED lighting provides an exceptional colour rendering index (CRI) of 70 or better.
HPS (High Pressure Sodium) is a high intensity discharge lamp with an arc tube containing Sodium and Mercury, which when vaporized produces light. The Sodium radiation dominates the colour appearance of the light, which is characteristically a golden or yellow colour temperature of 2,100K. HPS streetlights have a poor colour rendering index between 20-21 when compared to LED and other types of lighting.
Color Rendering Index (CRI), is a scale from 0 to 100 per cent indicating how accurate a given light source is able to reveal colours when compared to a reference or natural light sources. Generally speaking, the higher the numeric value or CRI is, the better the light source is at accurately rendering or displaying the color of an object.
The term BUG relates to the following: Backlight, Uplight, and Glare ratings, which are used to evaluate the luminaires optical performance related to light trespass, sky glow, and high angle brightness control.
The rating for the zone is assigned a numeric value between zero and five. The lower the number, for example U0, the better the luminaire performs in these criteria. In this example, a value of zero for uplight means that zero light is emitted into the atmosphere.
In Dec. 2016, new LED colour temperature products were made available by the approved streetlight manufactures and FortisAlberta’s assessment of the new products determined that the efficacy, environmental efficiency and price were comparable to the existing 4,000K standard. As a result, FortisAlberta has updated its standard from 4,000K to 3,000K. FortisAlberta is acting prudently to ensure it stays in-line with industry trends and consumer preferences while operating in the best interests of its customers.
No they will not. A colour temperature of 3,000K is slightly whiter than a typical incandescent bulb used in your home. The 3,000K LED lights also have much higher colour rendering (70) than HPS lights (20-21).
Colour temperature or Correlated Colour Temperature (CCT), expressed in degrees of Kelvin, is commonly used as a measure of lighted appearance. The higher the colour temperature, for example 5,000K, the whiter to whitish blue the light appears. The lower the colour temperature, such as 2,100K, the warmer or yellower the light appears. While the light output can be the same, the higher the colour temperature, the brighter the light appears, while warmer colour temperatures seem less bright.
Yes, the potential impacts were evaluated. The LED technology FortisAlberta is installing will use a warmer light, which means that exposure to blue light will be minimal. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy released a publication in 2013 and concluded that LED products are no more hazardous than other lighting technologies.
There is no evidence that LED streetlights impact human sleep cycles any differently than HPS streetlights that have been used for the past 30 years. When considering the effects of light at night, indoor lighting is more of a concern. The quantity of light emitted by streetlights is many times lower than that emitted by typical indoor lighting, TVs, tablets or PC screens. The U.S. Department of Energy has published a number of documents to address the statements made by the American Medical Association (AMA) with regards to the stated health issues.
By establishing complete and accurate population data, Beaumont City Council can make informed decisions about delivery of services, such as recreational facilities and emergency response needs. Additionally, school boards and businesses use the information as a valuable tool for planning purposes. Many federal and provincial grants are awarded on a per-capita basis, and having an up-to-date population figure maximizes our grant funding.
Beaumont conducts a municipal census annually. Enumeration commences on May 1 of this year.
All responses are strictly confidential, and names are not connected to the information provided. Each census enumerator hired by Beaumont undergoes training and signs an oath of confidentiality before participating in the enumeration.
Copies of the most recent Census Highlights are available at Beaumont's Administration Office. For current and historical census results, please visit the Census Profile page.
Beaumont begins the enumerator hiring process in March of each year, and the enumerator training session takes place in early April. When hiring is underway, advertisements are placed in the local newspaper.
As Beaumont grows it is important to have a document that will guide the development of parks and trails.
Drawing on previous work, including the Open Space and Trails Framework, through interviews with community groups and using surveys conducted in 2013, 2014 and 2015, City staff and consultants have drawn all the work together into this final document. We feel it is an accurate reflection of the wants and desires of Beaumont’s residents regarding parks and trails.
View the Open Space and Trails Framework Document (PDF).
The City of Beaumont is Canada’s first city to pilot an autonomous electric shuttle within mixed traffic use in its community under a six-month pilot project in partnership with Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) and its Electric Autonomous (ELA) shuttle. It will be the first time ELA will be fully integrated with traffic, traffic technology and pedestrians. The six-month pilot from May through October will be an approximate 1 kilometre route travelling north and south on the east lane of 50th Street. CLICK HERE for the pilot project map.
Autonomous vehicles are increasingly showing up around the world, such as in Europe. Here in Canada, we’re seeing them used in the oil sands. Winnipeg has just started testing autonomous snow plows at its airport to clear its runways. In the capital region, the City of Edmonton projects that they could see autonomous public transportation in as soon as 10 to 15 years.
But what has not been done yet in Canada is studying how we – as citizens – react, interact and respond to autonomous vehicles. With Beaumont being Canada’s first city to pilot the integration of ELA into mixed-use traffic scenarios that encompass traffic signalling and human interaction, it is exciting progress to see how this technology can impact our everyday lives and how it can potentially build connectivity with the region.
As one of the 13 municipalities within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board, we are not only dedicated to growing our own community, but we are committed to our region’s collective vision of being globally recognized for its economic diversity, entrepreneurialism, leadership in energy development, environmental stewardship, and excellent quality of life anchored by a thriving core interconnected with diverse urban and rural communities.
This pilot project is a calling card showing others across Canada and abroad that Beaumont is open to partnering with innovators in advancing and commercializing new technologies. With expanding interest in new office development and the addition of our annexed lands slated for business parks and light industrial, we are a community of choice not only for residents but also increasingly for business investment from technology sectors and knowledge-based industries.
What makes this pilot project a first in Canada compared to ELA’s other deployments to date, is the duration of the project and that she will be operating within mixed traffic. Prior deployments have been on private roadways, not interacting with traffic, not interacting with pedestrians, not interacting with traffic infrastructure such as lights, intersections, road signage, etc. It effectively becomes a live testing ground using real-life scenarios and will provide invaluable insights and learnings into autonomous vehicle operations such as technology impacts from northern climates, to citizen response and readiness, and insight into potential civic and infrastructure planning considerations that all levels of government are starting to consider.
No. Taxes will not increase due to this pilot project.
While one of Beaumont’s key principles is to embrace new technology and versatility, it is too soon to determine if, when and how electric autonomous transportation can become a permanent option in our community.
This pilot project benefits our community in many ways that cannot be quantified in numbers and statistics. We’re showing everyone that we’re not afraid to be at the forefront of urban progress by attracting initiatives such as this project because our City has demonstrated that we are an optimal backdrop for learning, discovery and economic growth and diversification. We’re redefining what a city can be.
We are bringing in new innovative projects, so businesses and industry view Beaumont as open for business. This first of its kind project in Canada also raises Beaumont’s profile regionally and nationally as a community open to commercialization testing of new technologies and a city that embraces new technologies. The ELA Project will also bring visitors and interested groups to our community over the term of this pilot.
Part of our future vision is to become a community of choice for livability and economic innovation. By being the first city in Canada to pilot this technology for this length of duration in mixed traffic use gives us first access to learning, testing and applying cutting edge new ideas and technologies that have real potential to impact on how we plan and develop our municipality into the future and understand how this quickly evolving technology could one day support our transportation system.
This pilot project is providing educational opportunities for other municipalities, academic institutions and industry associations that are increasingly focusing on research in this area of emerging technology that is becoming the future of transportation.
The City of Beaumont’s contribution to this partnership with Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) is $200K from reserve funds allocated under the Mill Rate Stabilization Fund as approved by Council for strategic economic development investment initiatives. The pilot project also involves a number of organizations contributing to this exciting project in both in-kind and dollar contributions. It is a great opportunity for forward-thinking companies to participate because of the national interest and visibility of this pilot project.
As this was an opportunity and initiative funded from reserve funds allocated under the Mill Rate Stabilization Fund approved by Council where there were no impacts to the City’s operating budget nor increases to residential taxes from this initiative, a formal public engagement process was not required
The expected data and learnings gained over the course of this pilot project will be compiled into a findings report. With respect to ELA, it is too premature to anticipate where she may be deployed to next and for what purposes or focus.
There are also early plans for a conference later this year in the region that will bring national and international players in the autonomous transportation sector to the Edmonton region. Beaumont’s project is expected to be a key feature and highlight of such a conference. These large companies, leaders in the industry and interested investors will learn about Beaumont, and we are ready to work with them.
In 2016, there were 295 false alarms in Beaumont. All alarms received by Beaumont RCMP Detachment require an officer to respond. Even in cases where police might be called and soon after canceled by the property representative, valuable police resources are diverted to take the initial complaint, initiate a police response, and complete the required documentation to conclude the file. False alarms divert valuable policing resources that can otherwise remain available for valid calls for police help.
Beaumont has passed the Police False Alarm Bylaw with the goal of reducing false alarms.
A brand is much more than just a logo. It is a system of colours, fonts, standards, graphics and more that collectively can set a community and an organization apart from others. Moreover, a brand is not just a logo or a look. A brand impacts how you feel about a product or a community.
As the City of Beaumont continues to experience new and exciting growth, it is essential that our brand identity evolves to help tell our unique story – both locally and regionally.
The current triangle logo is not suitable in today’s digital world. It was developed in the 1990s before the Internet became widely available to the general public. The name Beaumont was not readable when the logo was reduced in size, which impeded the effectiveness of our advertising. The tagline Growing Together was replaced with Life is Better in Beaumont several years ago. The current interim Beaumont wordmark was created in 2015 to make it more digital-friendly (Search Engine Optimized). The City of Beaumont, both as a community and as an organization, has changed dramatically since then.
To strategically align the City of Beaumont’s economic development initiatives, a new and modern brand is needed to reflect who we are and who we want to be.
The Project Refresh is completed within the budget.
Project Refresh was initiated in 2018 as per Council’s direction, and we are working with $25,000 as a part of the budget. It’s important to note that the new brand will be phased in over the next couple of months to align it with the operational cycle - including new projects and opportunities.
The brand logo and its elements were approved by the City of Beaumont Council on Dec. 18, 2018. The new brand will be launched with the 2019 Spring Activity Guide on Mar. 1, 2019 and our community will see the brand rollout in phases throughout 2019.
If you'd like to use the City of Beaumont logo in your proposals or research projects, please fill out the brand request form.
We offer special thanks and recognition to the community members who have served their expertise and input on the Team Refresh Panel, all of whom played an integral role in the development and implementation of the new brand:
Curtis Haley, Director of ATB entrepreneur Centre YEG and President of Beaumont Chamber
Jared James, Youth of the year 2017
Rebecca Munchrath, Youth of the year 2018
Sylvia Cheverie, Beaumont resident and family been here for over 100 years
On March 24, 2020, council passed a motion to provide an option for homeowners and businesses to extend property tax payments which would normally be due on June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many Beaumont homeowners and businesses may need extra time to pay their bills. The City put this measure in place to give homeowners and businesses some flexibility to manage their household or business finances.
No – should a homeowner or business decide to delay, penalties will not be charged on property taxes until October 1.
Property tax notices will be sent at the normal time in May.
As this is a deferral, not forgiveness of property taxes, it is recommended that this deferral option is only used if needed. The intent is to provide flexibility for those hardest hit by COVID-19.
Yes – as delaying payment is only an option, those with automatic withdrawal must cancel these payments in order to delay paying. You can change your billing method here: www.beaumont.ab.ca/210/Payment-Options
No. Should you choose to delay payment, you simply do not need to pay your property tax by the normal deadline of June 30. You have until September 30 to pay this balance.
On November 1, 2019, the Government of Alberta announced plans to construct a new K-12 francophone school in Beaumont. Funding for the school’s construction was confirmed by the province in April 2020. Following the initial announcement, the City of Beaumont was responsible for identifying and acquiring a site that meets the needs of the school board and could be ready for construction by fall 2020.
Administration reviewed a number of potential sites throughout Beaumont and determined that Ruisseau was the only viable location that could be made available within the required time period that did not require significant and adverse financial contributions from the City for servicing and road access. The Ruisseau site was presented to Council and approval was granted to begin discussions with the landowner for acquisition.
The City strives to carry out public engagement so residents can contribute to decision making for City policies, programs, projects and services. As there were no alternative site options that could be considered, the City did not seek feedback from the public for the school site selection process. The City is providing information to assist residents with understanding the decision-making process and ultimate solution.
The City’s development standards and approval process are intended to minimize the potential visual and traffic impacts of the school. The school building height, design, location and landscaping will need to meet the requirements set out in Beaumont’s Land Use Bylaw 944-19, and the building’s appearance must conform to the Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines for institutional buildings. As the school will be developed with direct access to a major collector road (66 Street) and an arterial road (Range Road 243), traffic impacts on residential streets in the area are unlikely. However, the potential traffic flows and roadway requirements will be studied in detail as part of the site development process, and the site will be designed to minimize impacts.
Additionally, like others in Beaumont, this school/park site will be designed to support public access to open space. Our Places and Play, the City’s recreation, parks and facilities master plan, as well as the Open Space and Trails Master Plan, provide guidance on the type of park space to be considered and how public access and trails will be incorporated.
In practice, this means the building will be located close to 66 Street, and the schoolyard will be located next to Four Seasons Park, with shared-use pathway access through the site.
The site is designated in the Ruisseau Outline Plan as Municipal Reserve, which is provided by the developer as public land under Division 8 of the Municipal Government Act. Under Section 671(2) of the Act, Municipal Reserve may be used as a public park or recreation area, or for school board purposes. Therefore, a formal amendment to the Municipal Reserve designation is not required to support a school on the site. This site is to be laid out in a way that reflects the Outline Plan’s direction to provide programmable space for sports fields and enhance neighbourhood access to Four Seasons Park.
The parcel is currently zoned Agricultural Holdings (AH) district. This land use district is intended to support rural agricultural activities before the land transitions to urban development. It permits a limited number of mainly agricultural and rural residential uses. In order to allow for the development of a school and a public park, redistricting is required. As part of the agreement with the landowner, the City is taking this opportunity to redistrict the rest of the neighbourhood through the same process, so that it can be completed in the future according to the Ruisseau Outline Plan.
The Integrated Neighbourhood (IN) district is proposed for the school/park site. This is the land-use district that is used for all other school sites in Beaumont, except for École Beau Meadow School. It includes building design and site layout standards that are appropriate for a school.
The Conventional Neighbourhood (CN) district is proposed for the remainder of the Ruisseau neighbourhood. This district is used for all other established residential areas in the City outside of the inner ring road. It is intended to support lower density forms of residential development similar to what currently exists in Beaumont.
For more information on each of these land-use districts, please see Our Zoning Blueprint: Beaumont Land Use Bylaw 944-19 and the Land Use Districts Map.
The yellow area shown on the Redistricting Map is proposed to be redistricted to Conventional Neighbourhood District according to the land use concept (Figure 4, p. 10) of the Ruisseau Outline Plan, which was approved by Council in 2013.
Redistricting is the next step in the development process after the Outline Plan has been approved. Redistricting implements the land use concept by amending the Land Use Bylaw so the district that applies to the land allows the development that is shown in the land use concept. Agricultural Holdings district allows mainly farming uses, so the land shown in yellow on the redistricting map is proposed to be rezoned to Conventional Neighbourhood to permit a residential area. Because Conventional Neighbourhood allows all the housing, stormwater management facilities, and park uses that were planned for that area in the land use concept, these land uses are all covered by the yellow area on the redistricting map. The land use concept provides more detail on what land uses are planned for what area of Ruisseau.
Appropriate school facilities are urgently needed for our growing population. The City has been working with the school board to identify a potential school site since fall 2019, when design funding for a new École St-Vital was first announced. Through a review of currently planned school sites and other available land, it was determined that this was the only site in the City that could be serviced and prepared in time to meet the provincial government’s timelines for construction.
The Ruisseau redistricting application was circulated to regulatory agencies and nearby landowners for information and comments from May 29 to June 19, 2020. An online public hearing took place on July 14, 2020 (see the Notice of Public Hearing). The final redistricting proposal was approved by Council on July 14, 2020 as Bylaw 982-20 (see the agenda and minutes). An application to subdivide the school/park site from the larger parcel was approved by the Subdivision Authority on July 21, 2020 (see the meeting minutes).
The City must issue a development permit before the construction of the school building can begin.
With the location identified, site design can begin according to the needs of the school board and the dimensions of the site, and in compliance with Beaumont’s Land Use Bylaw 944-19 and the Beaumont Urban Design Guidelines. Once the site design is complete, Alberta Infrastructure will submit a development permit application to the City of Beaumont for review and approval. The development permit application will be circulated to adjacent landowners only if the applicant is applying for a variance to the Land Use Bylaw requirements. Once a decision on the application has been made, the permit and site plan will become public and be posted on the City website at www.beaumont.ab.ca/201/Development-Proposals.
If you have any additional questions about this redistricting application, please contact the Planning and Development department at email@example.com or 780-929-8782.
Street lights are handled by Fortis Alberta. You can report a street light outage by calling Fortis Alberta at 780-310-9473.
Your safety is important to us. To report a pothole, use the online Service Request Tracker feature or call Public Works at 780-929-4300.
To report a burnt out or faulty traffic light, use the online Service Request Tracker feature or call Public Works at 780-929-4300.
Beaumont has set service levels for Roadway Snow Plowing and Roadway Snow Removal. These service levels reflect the priority of each road in Beaumont. Priority roads are arterial roads and collector roads that have the highest volumes of traffic per day, like 50 Street and 50 Avenue.
Cul-de-sacs are not part of the 2-way traffic routes in Beaumont, and therefore are a lower priority for clearing than arterial and collector routes.
Residents have access online 24/7 to our Service Beaumont the City's service request portal to submit their concern or question.
Alternately, you may contact 780-929-4300 during business hours. Hours as posted on the Public Works Webpage.
Snow being dumped onto your private property is a matter between you and your neighbor and the City does not typically get involved. If you have tried to discuss the problem with your neighbor and have been unable to resolve the issue, you can contact Beaumont's Municipal Enforcement at 780-929-7435. Please be prepared to provide any of the following information:
If you have tried to discuss the problem with your neighbor and have been unable to resolve the issue, you can contact Beaumont's Municipal Enforcement at 780-929-7435.
Please be prepared to provide any of the following information:
Snow and Ice Control on the roads in Beaumont begins on is governed by Roadway Snow Plowing and Roadway Snow Removal service levels.
Within a service level, schedules are set based on the following factors:
Additional snow or windy condition may result in high priority roads being plowed more than once before lower priority roads are plowed for the first time.
Residents are responsible for removal of windrows left behind by graders which are 30 cm (12 inches) in height.
Windrows of plowed snow in excess of 30 cm (12 inches) high shall normally be removed from all front street driveway approaches as part of the City's grader snow clearing operation. (NOTE: When truck plows are dispatched to clear snow, they normally do not leave windrows greater than 30 cm high.)
Refer to the below definition for windrow for more information.
Snow removed by Beaumont is brought to our Snow Storage Facility, located at the Operations Facility.
Beaumont uses graders, plow/sanding trucks, and front-end loaders for Snow and Ice Control on the roads.
Refer to Snow and Ice Control main page for updates.
In the event of an emergency, 911 dispatchers will be in touch with municipal snow-clearing crews to ensure emergency vehicles have an efficient and accessible route.
If you have a fire hydrant near your home, please clear snow and ice from the hydrant so there is a 1.5 meters (5 feet) clearing around the hydrant. This ensures that in an emergency, Beaumont Fire Services can access the hydrant as fast as possible. Please refer to our Water and Sewer Bylaw 689-08 paragraphs 5.15 and 5.17 for more information.
If a resident wishes to maintain a pathway on the boulevard to the street, it is their responsibility to do so.
Residents are not allowed to dump or take snow from one location and dump it onto another property.
Area between a roadway curb and sidewalk.
Ice Control is the application of aggregate abrasives and/or chemicals to a driving or walking surface to improve traction.
The application of a combination of sand, salt, and calcium chloride to a roadway surface to improve traction.
Depositing of windblown snow on roadways or lanes which makes the passage of vehicles difficult or impossible.
The grading of accumulated snow from roadway surfaces to sides of a roadway or lane which creates a windrow.
The loading and truck hauling of snow from roadway surfaces to a designated snow disposal site(s).
The formation of troughs and ridges in excess of10cm depth in compacted snow or ice.
A windrow is a ridge or pile of snow that is left behind after a snow plow or grader plows.
ELA is just one initiative of a larger economic development program.
The 2018 Economic Development Framework that was delivered as part of the Our Centre-Ville Project outlined key objectives to help expand and attract investment in Beaumont as well as increase overall presence in the region and abroad. A key strategic objective from this report highlighted an opportunity for Beaumont to explore emerging sectors such as advanced technologies and commercialization testing as opportunities for investment attraction.
Thousands of residents leave Beaumont every day to work elsewhere in the region. We want to attract and build an industry here to create job opportunities right here within our community. This will not only diversify our tax base, making it more sustainable in the long-term, but it will also further enhance our quality of life such as less commuting.
We know that knowledge-based industries are a great fit for Beaumont as we develop our newly annexed land for business parks and industry. Petrochemical and heavy industry already exist in the region, and they are not the best fit for our municipality. With Beaumont’s strategic location near the airport, our young demographic as a community, our high quality of life and sense of community, innovative industries are a fit. The ‘digital economy’ alone in Alberta now is larger than forestry and even agriculture.
The ELA Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Project is not the only project we are doing from an economic development perspective. With our 500+ home-based businesses in our community, a need has been identified for space where these businesses and others can evolve and grow. We will be opening a collaborative business innovation centre in the coming months which will be a co-work/incubator type operation where these entrepreneurs can work out of, access services to help their business grow and prosper. These types of opportunities and locations have not existed in Beaumont before.
Between the ELA pilot project, our growing presence in the region, the broader marketing and investment attraction initiatives of Edmonton Global, more investors from abroad are going to be looking into Beaumont wanting more facts, statistics and information on our community. We have recently launched www.investinbeaumont.ca as a portal to provide much of this information.
This pilot project is not about directly creating jobs. It is about Beaumont taking a lead role in demonstrating to industry and investors that we support the growth of the emerging technology sector and open to being part of advancements such as this. By being a municipal leader in the technology sector, we are showing that we are open for business and these types of technologies and their related industries are areas we are wanting to attract.
As mentioned above, the ELA pilot project is just one part of our economic development strategy. There is considerable research showing that when governments invest in innovation and projects like this, there is on average a 20+ percent return on investment. That return can be realized in many ways (jobs, earned media coverage, learnings/knowledge, etc.).
We also know that during the ‘smaller,’ shorter and less ‘ground-breaking’ deployments of ELA, there were thousands of riders and public interest. With our pilot project in Beaumont being over a six-month duration, we anticipate visitors to Beaumont to experience this new technology, and that means experiencing our community and visiting the Beaumont businesses.
A special permission is a one-time exemption for a set period of time allowing for the temporary waiver or relaxation of a specific bylaw. This permission is granted by TBD.
Several situations require Special Permission including:
A Special Permission allows you to temporarily be exempted from specific aspects of specific bylaws which include but are not limited to:
Open communication with City resources is crucial while planning your event or in regards to using a public roadway. It ensures that all residents of the City are kept safe and that you have assistance from the City of Beaumont as it relates to keeping your participants safe. For example, parades often require road closures as well as a police or fire escort, it is important for the Fire Department, RCMP, and Municipal Enforcement to have prior knowledge of the event to ensure adequate staffing levels and to prepare alternate routes in case of an emergency situation.
The RCMP, Fire Department, Municipal Enforcement, Public Works, Building Services, Planning, Parks & Facilities, and Recreation & Culture are consulted when consideration is being given to grant a Special Permission. TBD will ultimately decide whether permission is granted after consulting the necessary parties. This ensures that all affected City resources are aware of the event/request so that they can plan accordingly, notify their staff, and ensure all necessary considerations are included in the Special Permission letter.
The form to apply for a Special Permission is available on the City of Beaumont website under the www.beaumont.ab.ca/570 page. You can submit the form either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or, in person or by mail to the City Office: 5600 49 ST, Beaumont, AB, T4X 1A1. Please send it attention to Community Events. Please ensure all details are included in the form and legibly printed. Please include additional documentation such as maps, insurance documents etc. for your event to prevent any delays.
Please note: Additional permitting may be required in certain circumstances. For example, if you will be serving food at your event, you MAY need a health permit for food handling. The City of Beaumont is not involved in this process but will provide the contact information required.
We will acknowledge receipt of your request within 2 business days. We strive to have requests completed as quickly as possible, however, some requests may be more time intensive. Our timeline is approximately 10 business days, however, we suggest that for larger or more complex requests, notice is given as far in advance as possible, as several areas of the City administration must be notified prior to the date. For simple requests such as bins, PODS, or landscaping materials, we are usually able to process in 5-10 business days.
Members of the public are required to wear face coverings while attending faith-based gatherings inside places of worship. Places of worship are considered a public premises. A person must wear a face covering in a public premises.
If the religious leader, staff, or volunteer leading the faith-based gathering is speaking in a part of the building not accessible to the public, wearing a face covering is optional and at their own discretion. This would, for example, mean a Pastor within his pulpit is not required to wear a face covering while addressing his congregation.
Drop in child programs offered by places of worship are not considered “child care facilities”. All children except those exempt under Section 5H of the Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw are required to wear a face covering while inside a place of worship.
Bylaw 984-20 – Mandatory Face Coverings Bylaw Interpretation
Public premises are defined as “all or any part of a building, structure or other enclosed area to which members of the public have access as of right or by express or implied invitation but excludes any premises for which there is an enrollment or membership requirement in order to access it”. Places of worship do not require enrollment or membership to enter the building. They are open to the public through express or implied invitation.
The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized the ability of governments to implement public health and other measures necessary during epidemics, natural disasters and other exceptional circumstances.
In the absence of provincial action, the City of Beaumont is making face coverings mandatory in all indoor public places to help protect the safety of residents and prevent business closures.
The City of Beaumont recognizes not everyone will be able to wear face coverings in every situation. The bylaw provides exceptions for people who are unable to wear a face covering because of a physical or mental health condition or disability and for people who can’t put on or remove a face covering without help. It also exempts people who are caregivers for or accompanying a person with a disability when wearing a face covering would make it difficult to provide care for the individual.
Examples can include:- Caregivers for someone who has a hearing impairment and relies on lipreading to communicate.- People with an intellectual or development disability, mental health condition or sensory sensitivity.- People who would have difficulty breathing with a face covering because of respiratory illness.
No. Individuals can state that they are exempt and do not need to provide evidence or details of their exemption.
You may refuse service to someone who refuses to wear a face covering and can ask them to leave, although you are not required to. If you continue to encounter difficulties, please contact Beaumont RCMP or Beaumont Municipal Enforcement at 780-929-7435.
City staff are required to wear face coverings when interacting with the public and when they are not able to physical distance with their co-workers. The city also introduced enhanced health measures in municipal workplaces, including frequent sanitizing of common surfaces, alternative work arrangements, and requiring employees to declare they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not travelled outside the country recently.
Wearing a face covering during intense physical activity could cause difficulty breathing. When possible, it’s recommended that physical activity takes place outdoors or in a location with greater air ventilation and where it is possible to physical distance from others.
Generally, yes. The bylaw requires face coverings in any building or enclosed area that the public can access unless there is an enrolment or membership required to access it. For example, face coverings would be required for drop-off child minding in a church, but not at a licensed daycare where children are enrolled.
The city’s bylaw requires face coverings in all or any part of a building, structure or other enclosed area where the public has the right to access or an express or implied invitation to access. Examples of places where an invitation is implied include retail and grocery stores, restaurants, and banks.
The face covering requirement does not apply to places where membership or enrolment is needed to enter, though it does apply in common areas the public could access, e.g., lobbies or waiting rooms. For example, face coverings would not be required in the workout area of a members-only gym, however, they would be required by customers at the front counter.
“Mixed traffic use” is an infrastructure and transportation term and refers to the operation of ELA on the same roadway with pedestrians and other vehicles.
The ELA pilot project route was selected by ELA's operator, Pacific Western Transportation and the City of Beaumont.
The ELA pilot project route was selected by ELA's operator, PWT and the City of Beaumont. The route selected met the following criteria, which were required to complete the autonomous vehicle pilot project:
Black Gold School Division and the daycare that operates out of the Ken Nichol Recreation Centre were individually contacted by the City of Beaumont's Infrastructure division to brief them of the pilot project and expected transportation impacts to their respective routes. The ELA route does not impact the daycare busses. Communications and coordination with both groups will continue with the project team as well as ongoing review of the transportation impacts along the route throughout the pilot project, as needed.
Once the pilot project is launched to the public, the entire pilot lane route for ELA is treated as a live research and testing environment for the duration of the project. Even when ELA is not on the road and is charging in storage at night, there is data being collected with the surrounding traffic flow and lane maintenance that will be happening (ensuring it is free of debris, etc.).
More importantly, even though ELA’s shuttle service for public riders operates five days a week, during the two days she is not taking public riders, she could be on her route being recalibrated and conducting tests based on the data collected from the previous week.
A big component of this pilot project is observing and collecting data on how vehicles (and drivers) and pedestrians respond to the autonomous shuttle and as with any pilot project, phased approaches are often taken as part of the research and study process. As much as ELA is learning her route and surroundings with each drive she makes back and forth on her route, so too are drivers and residents. At this time, it is undetermined if and when the route markers will be fully removed. This is an aspect of the fluidity of the pilot project that will continue to evolve as data is collect and reviewed, and recalibration is made to ELA every week based on the previous week’s data and learnings.
No. It is important to understand that this pilot project is not meant to offer more public transportation options to residents within the community right now. It is the study of community, citizen and driver responses and reactions to autonomous vehicles and likewise the study of the reactions and responses of ELA to her surroundings within a set route; this is the primary focus of the pilot project. It is not intended for the pilot project route to change locations for the duration of this pilot project.
We know that there will be learnings to be had, but we are confident that she will be embraced by our residents. Bringing this technology to our City gives us first access to learning, testing and applying cutting edge new ideas and technologies that have real potential to impact how we plan and develop our municipality into the future.
We appreciate the ELA pilot project overlaps with the busy event and sports season and thank the community in advance for their patience. Over the course of the pilot project, PWT and the City will be able to make adjustments to mitigate any impacts on traffic that may appear. We encourage the community to consider the ELA pilot project as an integrated member of the community for the duration of its pilot project.
The project team will be monitoring all aspects of traffic impacts throughout the pilot project including environmental impacts. At this time, the project has limited air quality data to review and compare with but will consider these factors as the project progresses.
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No. The account has to remain under the homeowner’s name, as stated in the Utility Bylaw 689-08. The homeowner has the option of having 2 copies of the utility bill mailed, 1 to themselves and 1 to the tenant. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to contact Beaumont's Administration Office to set up the utility bill to go to both the homeowner and tenant.
You can also call the Utility Department for more details 780-929-1351 or print the Water and Sewer Application (PDF).
You can make your payment:
- At most financial Institutions
- Online or telephone banking
- Utility pre-authorized payment plan
- In person at the Beaumont's Administration Office or drop box
- Mail to:
City of Beaumont
Beaumont AB T4X 1A1
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Unfortunately no. However, there are a few recommendations you can do:
- You can turn your water off inside your home at the main valve. There is no cost to you to do that. You will still receive a bill with the flat rates but no water will be flowing through your meter.
- You can request in writing to have your water turned off at the curb. The fee is $50 to disconnect your water. However, when you return and you want your water turned back on, someone has to be at the home to meet the City employee and it will cost $50 to reconnect. While you are away you are still being billed the flat rates.
On March 24, 2020, council passed a motion to provide an option for homeowners and businesses to delay water, wastewater and curbside collection bill payments until September 30, 2020.
No – should a homeowner or business decide to delay, penalties will not be charged on water, wastewater and curbside collection bills until October 1.
As this is a deferral, not forgiveness of utility bills, it is recommended that the bills be paid on normal bi-monthly intervals. The intent is to provide flexibility for those hardest hit by COVID-19.
No. Should you choose to delay payment, you simply do not need to pay your bill by the normal deadline. You have until September 30 to pay utility bills from January through June without penalty.
The city will work with residents to determine a payment plan to pay this deferred balance, if required. Please email email@example.com or call 780-929-1351 to discuss options.
The City will not transfer outstanding amounts from 2020 to property taxes until after September 30.
The cleanout or other point of access to the wastewater service line forthe purposes of inspection and cleaning.
A cleanout or access point that is located in the floor, typically near the front wall of the house.
The portion of the wastewater system that collects and transportswastewater to the treatment plant. Typically located in or near the street.
The piping that connects your house or building sewer to the wastewater main.
Our water is supplied by the Capital Region Southwest Water Services Commission (CRSWSC) - http://crswsc.ca/ . The CRSWSC transmission main flows from the CRSWSC Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street. The Commission purchases its water directly from EPCOR Water Services in coordination with the Regional Water Customers Group (RWCG). EPCOR supplies the CRSWSC from two major water treatment plants, E.L. Smith and Rossdale, both located in the City of Edmonton and sourcing water from the North Saskatchewan River. The CRSWSC is one of nine members that form the RWCG. All nine members work closely together to ensure all communications and transactions with EPCOR Water Services are of a united front. The Commission works closely with the RWCG for long-range planning, rate negotiation and coordination of water supply.
The Commission works diligently to ensure clean, safe drinking water is provided to all customers. It closely monitors and controls flow rates, chlorine residuals, pressures and reservoir levels for each of its customers. The Commission endeavours to comply with all regulations and standards set out by Canadian regulatory agencies. It’s the goal of the CRSWSC to set standards and guidelines for each of its customers to model themselves after.
The flow rate is based on what EPCOR can provide to the CRSWSC system while following the agreement with the RWCG.
The CRSWSC’s one transmission main flows from the Boundary Station on the west side of the QEII Highway east into Beaumont’s Main Reservoir on the southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street.
We have five reservoir cells. There are three cells at the Main Reservoir (southeast corner of 50 Avenue and 57 Street) and two cells at the St. Vital Reservoir (northeast corner of 50 Avenue and 44 Street). Our total available storage is 17,700 m3 (17,700,000 Litres). The only way to fill the St. Vital Reservoir is to pump water from the Main Reservoir, which is done during non-peak times. Pump upgrades are required at the St. Vital Pumphouse to allow pumping of water through the system during peak periods. As more development occurs we will require additional storage. This information is identified in the Water and Wastewater Systems Report (Reviewed with Committee of the Whole on March 20, 2018): https://www.beaumont.ab.ca/521.
If there is a flow restriction from the CRSWSC based on availability from EPCOR, there is nothing that can be done by Beaumont to avoid a ban. Several factors determine if there will be a water ban including dry-conditions, flow from the CRSWSC and water consumption. The first priority is to ensure there is sufficient water for essential services (fire protection).
Yes, there are plans in place to upgrade the pumping capacity and add reservoirs as Beaumont grows.
Watering bans are put in place to ensure there is sufficient water capacity in Beaumont's reservoir for essential resident use and firefighting.
Your cooperation with helping to preserve this precious resource is greatly appreciated! If a watering ban is implemented, the information will appear on the Water Conservation page.
Face coverings must be worn in a restaurant when you are entering, exiting or if you leave your table. You can remove it when seated at your table.
No. Alberta’s public health orders legally require people with COVID-19 or displaying symptoms to isolate.
The Alberta government’s website includes information on what kind of face covering to wear.