The City of Wetaskiwin terminated its State of Local Emergency as of 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday Aug.10, 2021.
The State of Local Emergency was originally declared on Nov. 2, 2020, as it allowed the city to utilize any building or facility within the city to help protect the community’s vulnerable population from the elements.
Now that the Wetaskiwin Civic Building is no longer being used as a shelter facility, which was a temporary location used by the 24/7 Integrated Response Hub to make it through the winter while they searched for a permanent location and home, the State of Local Emergency can be terminated.
The use of the Civic Building was not an allowable use of the space according to Wetaskiwin’s Land Use Bylaw.
“While the Integrated Response Hub has vacated the Civic Building and the State of Local Emergency has ended, the City of Wetaskiwin continues to work toward solutions for our vulnerable population and those experiencing homelessness,” stated Mayor Tyler Gandam.
The city says they are continuing to work with local and regional partners in the development of informed, consensus-built strategies to assist those who need help whether that be with housing, food security, addictions, and mental health.