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Irrigation Council

Provides recommendations and advice, regulatory administration and strategic funding decisions relating to irrigation districts.


The Irrigation Council is a provincial adjudicative agency reporting to the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, established under Section 50 of the Irrigation Districts Act.


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The Irrigation Council consists of 7 members appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation; 5 public members and 2 government representatives from Agriculture and Irrigation.

View current membership

Compensation disclosure

Public sector bodies are required to post online the names and compensation paid to:

This is a requirement under the Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act. The postings are required by June 30 each year.

Compensation disclosure file

Download the Irrigation Council’s compensation disclosure.

Council functions

The legislated powers and duties of Council include:

  • Making recommendations to the Minister respecting any matter under the act
  • Monitoring the operation and financial performance of the 11 irrigation districts
  • Granting approval for an irrigation district to expend money under a cost-sharing agreement between the district and the Government of Alberta
  • Acting as an appeal body for matters specified in the act

Irrigation Secretariat

Carrying out decisions of the Irrigation Council, the Irrigation Secretariat is the administrative arm of the Irrigation Council. The Irrigation Secretariat is established under the Irrigation Districts Act and reports to the Executive Director of the Natural Resource Management Branch of the Primary Agriculture Division of Agriculture and Irrigation.

Appeal process

Persons specified in the act may appeal specified matters to the Irrigation Council.

Section 167(1) of the Irrigation Districts Act outlines the persons and the circumstances in which an appeal may be commenced, and the timelines associated with the appeal process.


Connect with the Irrigation Secretariat:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 403-381-5176
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)