Earlier today, the Honourable Minister of Municipal Affairs Diana McQueen announced that Chestermere would become Canada’s newest city as of January 1, 2015.
“Today's historic announcement is monumental for our community,” said Mayor Patricia Matthews. “It provides us with opportunities to attract investors to offset our residential tax base and gain more recognition provincially for our community.”
Obtaining city status is a historic milestone for the community. Once the title is official, Chestermere will be the 14th largest city in the province and the only one that began as a summer village.
Already the fastest growing community in Alberta, Chestermere’s rapid evolution from cottage escape to thriving city is a testament to the popularity of its lakeside lifestyle, safe and friendly neighbourhoods, premier location, unique identity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of municipalities.
Chestermere officials believe that becoming Alberta’s 18th city is a natural step forward for the community and will ensure Chestermere can retain its signature lakeside character while gaining more recognition in the province and attracting new businesses.
With no business tax, excellent transportation access, and a market excited for more shopping and services, Chestermere is eager to welcome new businesses to share in the community’s success.
"City status has already impressed investors and made them more aware of our great community and we look forward to building on that further in 2015” said Jean-Marc Lacasse, Chestermere’s Enterprise Facilitator.
The celebration for the achievement of city status will be held at the community’s annual Winterfest celebration on January 24th, 2015. More details about the celebration will be posted at www.chestermere.ca/future in the New Year.