Brazeau County
Official seal of Brazeau County
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
Coordinates: 53°13′20″N 114°58′37″W / 53.22222°N 114.97694°W / 53.22222; -114.97694
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCentral Alberta
Census division11
Improvement districtDecember 31, 1987[1]
Municipal districtJuly 1, 1988[1]
Name changeOctober 1, 2002[1]
Government
 • ReeveBart Guyon
 • Governing bodyBrazeau County Council
 • CAOKent Edney
 • Administrative officenorth of Drayton Valley
Area
 (2021)[3]
 • Land3,000.14 km2 (1,158.36 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[3]
 • Total7,179
 • Density2.4/km2 (6/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Websitebrazeau.ab.ca

Brazeau County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 11. The municipal district was incorporated on July 1, 1988 from Improvement District No. 222. On October 1, 2002, the name was changed from Municipal District of Brazeau No. 77 to Brazeau County.[1]

It is named for the Brazeau River, in turn named for Joseph Brazeau, a linguist associated with the Palliser Expedition.[4]

History

Brazeau County encompasses an area that was originally under the jurisdiction of three neighbouring municipalities.[5] In the mid-1980s, residents of the southwest portion of Parkland County and the west portion of Leduc County were growing weary of perceived poor service provision as a result of being located significant distances from their municipal headquarters in Stony Plain and Leduc respectively.[5] After much lobbying and petitions over approximately five years, lands were severed from Parkland County and Leduc County, as well as a small portion of Yellowhead County to the west,[5] to create Improvement District No. 222 on December 31, 1987, which incorporated as the Municipal District of Brazeau No. 77 six months later on July 1, 1988.[1] The municipality subsequently changed its name to Brazeau County on October 1, 2002.[1]

Geography

Communities and localities

The following localities are located within Brazeau County.[7]

Localities

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Brazeau County had a population of 7,179 living in 2,860 of its 3,167 total private dwellings, a change of -7.6% from its 2016 population of 7,771. With a land area of 3,000.14 km2 (1,158.36 sq mi), it had a population density of 2.4/km2 (6.2/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Brazeau County had a population of 7,771 living in 2,930 of its 3,194 total private dwellings, a 9% change from its 2011 population of 7,132. With a land area of 3,005.35 km2 (1,160.37 sq mi), it had a population density of 2.6/km2 (6.7/sq mi) in 2016.[8]

Visible minority and Aboriginal population (Canada 2006 Census)
Population group Population % of total population
White 6,425 91.2%
Visible minority group
Source:[9]
South Asian 15 0.2%
Chinese 30 0.4%
Black 45 0.6%
Filipino 20 0.3%
Latin American 0 0%
Arab 0 0%
Southeast Asian 0 0%
West Asian 0 0%
Korean 0 0%
Japanese 0 0%
Visible minority, n.i.e. 0 0%
Multiple visible minority 0 0%
Total visible minority population 120 1.7%
Aboriginal group
Source:[10]
First Nations 110 1.6%
Métis 375 5.3%
Inuit 0 0%
Aboriginal, n.i.e. 0 0%
Multiple Aboriginal identity 10 0.1%
Total Aboriginal population 500 7.1%
Total population 7,045 100%

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Location and History Profile: Brazeau County". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 20, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  4. ^ TransAlta. "Brazeau". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c Lesley Allan (September 24, 2013). "Brazeau County turns 25". Drayton Valley Western Review. Canoe Sun Media. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. January 12, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  7. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4811032 - Brazeau County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on July 1, 2013. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  9. ^ County&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=, Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
  10. ^ County&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=, Aboriginal Population Profile from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision