Irma is a village located in the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) region. BRAED is a partnership of communities in East Central Alberta whose purpose is to work cooperatively and voluntarily to address community economic development issues from a regional perspective. Irma is a friendly, safe village of over 521 people located 15 minutes west of Wainwright and 90 minutes east of Edmonton on Highway 14. Irma is supported by a strong economy with agriculture, oilfield activity and the Wainwright Military Base nearby. With a new K-12 school opening in 2019 and excellent recreation facilities, Irma offers a whole lot of living and is focused on “Looking to the Future”.
The Irma Economy
Irma’s economic base is agriculture and oil and gas exploration. Irma’s abundant local natural resources include clay, oil, natural gas, agriculture and sand/gravel. There are many services and a solid infrastructure to make working and living in Irma a safe, enjoyable experience.
|In the labour force||280||65.10%|
|Business, finance and administration occupations||20||7.55%|
|Natural and applied sciences and related occupations||10||3.77%|
|Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services||40||15.09%|
|Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport||0||0.00%|
|Sales and service occupations||45||16.98%|
|Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations||95||35.85%|
|Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations||30||11.32%|
|Occupations in manufacturing and utilities||0||0.00%|
Oil and Gas
Highway 14, a High Load Corridor for major oil development products, runs through the village. Highway 881, a secondary corridor to the oil and gas fields in northeastern Alberta, runs north and south through Irma. Reasonable land costs, developed infrastructure, a ready labour force and direct access to markets make Irma a wise choice for investment and opportunity in the oil and gas industry.
Regional agricultural opportunities abound including alternative livestock, horticulture, special crops, processing and manufacturing. The industry thrives from sales of grains and oil seeds. In addition, the region is also host to multiple livestock, pork and poultry farms. The agriculture industry is operated by both family businesses and larger ventures, employing many residents in our community.
CFB Wainwright, 30 km away, is one of the busiest Army bases in Canada. It is home to the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre, the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre, and the preferred training ground for the Army’s field units based in Edmonton. The military population averages between 500 and 1,000 members and the operations of the base provide many opportunities to serve the base’s procurement needs.
Irma is located in East Central Alberta on the junction of Highways 14 and 881. The nearest towns are Viking to the west and Wainwright to the east. The Village is located on a High Load Corridor. The nearest airport is at Wainwright, while the nearest commercial and air freight services are in Lloydminster. Irma is served by a CN Railway main line.
The non-residential municipal tax rate in Irma is: 12.9682
Alberta general corporate tax rate: 12%
Alberta small business tax rate: 2%
Annual Business Limit (ABL)/Small Business Threshold: $500,000
Canadian general corporate tax rate: 15%
Canada small business tax rate: 10%
Making Irma Home
|Median age of the population||38.2|
|Total number of census families in private households||145||0|
|Total number of private households by tenure||210|
|Average value of dwellings ($)||$243,031|
|Average income $||$50,732|
|Average household total income $||$97,653|
|Residential municipal tax rate||45||8.3784%|
There is a variety of housing options on and around the Village of Irma. When Searching for a house in Irma you will notice that our friendly, active community also features very affordable housing options compared to urban centres.
Irma School is part of the Buffalo Trail Regional Division which is headquartered in Wainwright. The small school environment in Irma allows students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 to interact with each other in a positive way everyday throughout the building. This type of learning and role-modeling makes Irma School very unique. In addition, because K-12 are in the same building, very strong bonds are formed between teachers and students.
According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census on Education, over 50% of Irma residents have a Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. Nearby post-secondary and training options include:
- University Alberta’s Augustana Campus
- Lakeland College
- Portage College
- Flagstaff Community Adult Learning
- Alberta Learning Information Service
Recreation is an important part of our community. Irma hosts a senior’s drop-in-centre, legion hall, an arena with artificial ice, an outdoor rink, four-sheet curling rink, golf course, four baseball diamonds, an agricultural grounds that hosts team roping, ranchers rodeo and gymkhana, as well as a library located in the school that is open to the public.
The Village of Irma
P.O. Box 419, 4919 – 50th Street
Irma, Alberta T0B 2H0
Phone: (780) 754-3665
Fax: (780) 754-3668