Our Partnership Strengths

Overview
Guiding documents for both Hinton and Yellowhead municipal governments encourage participation and involvement, recognizing that elected leaders need citizens and other governments to achieve the sustainable future we all envision.

Yellowhead County and the Town of Hinton work together, regularly, to address overlapping concerns. For example, the county helps pay for services used by county residents, and the two jurisdictions team up in planning the town/county fringe. As well, the two municipalities sit together on several boards and committees, including the Hinton Inter-Municipal Committee, the West Yellowhead Regional Waste Management Authority, Community Futures - West Yellowhead, the Athabasca Watershed Council, the Grande Alberta Economic Region (GAER), the Evergreen Foundation and the Foothills Research Institute.

Our community benefits from many valued partnerships because that is the way we do business. Local authorities, businesses, industry and community groups regularly partner up to address issues and deliver programs. Working together, we have the breadth of viewpoints needed to identify key community issues, find funding, integrate services and make wise decisions. Recent successes include a private-public partnership to provide subsidized housing at Happy Creek Estates and a partnership involving the private-public sector and community groups to buy a new Handibus.

Industry generously supports many partnerships in our community, including our water and wastewater treatment system, rural roads, community policing, Beaver Boardwalk, Mountain Bike Park and the Natural Resource Interpretive Park.

Government & Industry Partnerships
Beyond that, the Town and County team up with neighbouring governments and industry to advance mutual causes. Hinton joined Jasper and a host of cultural organizations, for example, in a joint application to become a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2011, Hinton’s 100th year as a community.

Hinton is also active in global relationships. They have been twinned with Wanouchi, Japan since 1998, as one of several Alberta municipalities twinned with Japanese counterparts to encourage cultural and economic interchange.
Hinton had also partnered with Tabora and Mtwara Mikindani municipal councils in Tanzania to share best practices for governance and service delivery as part of an African Local Governance Program initiated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. In addition, local industry, schools and volunteers have forged ties with Mexico and elsewhere.

The community also benefits from partnerships with Hinton and District SPCA for animal welfare; with West Fraser Mills Ltd. for water/wastewater treatment; with Hinton, Edson and Yellowhead County to manage our landfill, operate a 911 centre, and hosted the 2006 provincial winter games; with the Hinton Friendship Centre for Aboriginal programming; with the former Yellowhead Regional Education Consortium (now part of Campus Alberta) for post-secondary education, and with many others.

One Hinton community member is appointed by the province to sit on the Tamarack Health Advisory Council. Of the 12 councils set up in 2009 when Alberta’s health regions were amalgamated into one, Tamarack Health Advisory Council gathers community input so that it can advise Alberta Health Services about our healthcare needs and service delivery.