Annexation is a municipal boundary change to expand for future growth. In Alberta, annexations are regulated by the Municipal Government Board. The annexation process involves negotiations between local governments, public engagement with property owners, a formal review by the Municipal Government Board, and ultimately a decision by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The entire process is expected to take approximately two years.
The County of Vermilion River will be working with the City of Lloydminster, the RM of Wilton, the RM of Britannia, the Village of Kitscoty and the Town of Vermilion in intermunicipal planning with the aim of enhancing regional cooperation and partnerships. The benefits of regional co-operation include more goods, services and infrastructure throughout the region. Enabling urban expansion facilitates successful long-term growth with more economic opportunities, urban services and amenities. Several areas have been identified as more suitable for urban expansion than others.