Overview

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

Agency Classification

Governance

The Irrigation Council operates according to a Mandate and Roles Document (PDF, 381 KB), which includes Council position profiles and compensation, and is accountable to the Minister.

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 and will be maintained for 5 years.

Compensation disclosure file

Download the Irrigation Council’s compensation disclosure (CSV, 2 KB).

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 13 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

Council membership

The Irrigation Council consists of 7 members appointed by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry; 5 public members and 2 government representatives, one from each of the departments of Environment and Parks and Agriculture and Forestry.

View current membership

Council operates under the following Code of Conduct (PDF, 29 KB).

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 Irrigation and Farm Water Branch of the Intergovernmental Relations, Trade and Environment Division of Agriculture and Forestry.

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.

Contact

To 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)

Address for mail/courier:
Agriculture and Forestry
3rd Floor, Provincial Building
Room 328, 5 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1J 4L1