Irricana
Town
Town of Irricana
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Motto(s): 
Open the Gateway to the Country
Irricana is located in Alberta
Irricana
Irricana
Coordinates: 51°19′08″N 113°36′38″W / 51.31889°N 113.61056°W / 51.31889; -113.61056Coordinates: 51°19′08″N 113°36′38″W / 51.31889°N 113.61056°W / 51.31889; -113.61056
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCalgary Region
Census division6
Municipal districtRocky View County
Incorporated[1] 
 • VillageJune 9, 1911
 • TownJune 9, 2005
Government
 • MayorJim Bryson
 • Governing bodyIrricana Town Council
Area
 (2021)[3]
 • Land3.23 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Elevation
935 m (3,068 ft)
Population
 (2021)[3][4]
 • Total1,179
 • Density364.6/km2 (944/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code span
Area code(s)403, 587, 825, 368
HighwayHighway 9
WaterwayCrossfield Creek
WebsiteOfficial website

Irricana /ˌɪrɪˈkænə/ is a town in the Calgary Metropolitan Region of Alberta, Canada. Surrounded by Rocky View County, it is adjacent to Highway 9, approximately 53 kilometres (33 mi) northeast of Calgary.

The name of the town is a contraction of the words "irrigation canals", which are found around the Irricana area.[5]

The Town of Irricana as a third level of government under Mayor Frank Friesen made comments on federal affairs during a council meeting in 2019 when Councillor Debbie Day asked during a formal meeting for someone to shoot the Prime Minister[6] during an address from the Federally Appointed Minister Martin Shields to the Town Council. Now under Mayor Frank Friesen the Town of Irricana has invited a resident to sue the Town versus dealing with a problem caused by the local government.[7] Later in 2022, a by-election Candidate claimed the husband of Councillor Debbie Day had: " just flipped over the chair I was sitting on, grabbed me, and drug me across the Town office." The Candidate also claimed others had to restrain the individual.[8]

On June 6, 2022, Jim Bryson was appointed Mayor but it was announced Debbie Day had resigned from Council.

History

The name dates the town back to the irrigation projects in the area. By 1909, the town had a post office, hotel and store operated by the Irricana Trading Company.[9] Originally incorporated as a village on June 9, 1911, Irricana changed its status to a town 94 years later on June 9, 2005.[10] Irricana celebrated its centennial in 2011.

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Irricana had a population of 1,179 living in 467 of its 483 total private dwellings, a change of -3% from its 2016 population of 1,216. With a land area of 3.23 km2 (1.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 365.0/km2 (945.4/sq mi) in 2021.[3]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Irricana recorded a population of 1,216 living in 473 of its 479 total private dwellings, a 4.6% change from its 2011 population of 1,162. With a land area of 3.23 km2 (1.25 sq mi), it had a population density of 376.5/km2 (975.1/sq mi) in 2016.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Location and History Profile: Town of Irricana" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 7, 2016. p. 344. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  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. ^ "Population and dwelling counts: Canada and population centres". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 13, 2022.
  5. ^ Place-names of Alberta. Ottawa: Geographic Board of Canada. 1928. p. 68.
  6. ^ "Councillor asks for someone to shoot the Prime Minister".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Irricana resident suing Town over sewer pipe dispute". AirdrieToday.com. Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  8. ^ "assault-irricana-claims". ImgBB. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  9. ^ Read, Tracy (1983). Acres and Empires : a history of the Municipal District of Rocky View no. 44. p. 79.
  10. ^ "Town of Irricana Location and History Profile". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-17.
  11. ^ "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.