Rural Addressing ~ Aid for emergency response

Did you know rural addressing can not be used for parcel delivery? Rural addressing is a standardized system of identifying and locating rural properties in our County.  It is widely used by rural municipalities throughout Alberta.  This system aids emergency response personnel in finding your property quicker in the case of emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the benefits of using Rural Addressing over a Legal Land Location?
A. A legal land location can tell you that a property is located somewhere on a specific quarter section, but a Rural Address will pinpoint the access to the property off a road allowance.

Q. Is the Rural Address the same as a Mailing Address?
A. The Rural Address is the physical address of access to your property.  Your current Canada Post mailing address will not change, so please continue using your existing mailing address to send and receive postal correspondences.

Q. What do I do with my new Rural Address once I get it?
A. Memorize it!  Your new Rural Address is primarily for emergency response.  If you need to call 911, you will give the 911 dispatcher this address.  We recommend posting your Rural Address near every phone in your house.  Also be sure to educate your children as to what your Rural Address is, what it is for, and how it should be used in the event of an emergency.

Q. Who assigns Rural Addresses and who will have access to my address?
A. Rural Addressing information is assigned and maintained by our GIS Technician. All the addressing is shared with Telus Communication to link to TELUS 911, Dispatch and Emergency Responders.

Q. Can I change my Rural Address?
A. No, it is not possible to change your Rural Address because the address is determined based on the distance your property access is along the road allowance. The only reason it would change is if there was a significant relocation of access to the property.

We hope this information helps provide some more clarity on this topic. Rural addressing is there to assist emergency services get help to rural residents as fast as possible. Mail delivery is not possible using this addres.

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