Public Engagement


The Town of Olds strives to engage citizens when planning the community's future. Feedback gathered from the public helps council and administration make more informed decisions. We sincerely appreciate and thank you for your participation!


Budget Talks! Have Your Say! 

Tell us how you would like your tax dollars invested. We value your input and look forward to hearing from your regarding the service levels you would like to see maintained, enhanced, or reduced.
The survey will be reviewed by Administration and Council to guide budget deliberations for 2022. Ratepayers are encouraged to participate in the process and win a $100 “Grow Olds With Us” gift certificate.
The Budget survey is open now and will remain open until October 11, 2021 and is available on-line.
Paper copies are also available at the Town of Olds Administration Office.

Survey closed Oct. 11. Check this page for results once compiled.

Mountain View Regional Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan

The purpose of this project is to develop a regional parks, recreation, and culture master plan for the Towns of Olds, Didsbury, Carstairs and Sundre, Village of Cremona, and Mountain View County (known as the Municipal Partners). This plan will provide guidance to the Municipal Partners in making decisions that best meet the needs of their residents. Facilities and programming related to parks, recreation and culture will be the main focus of the plan.

Download the Mountain View Draft Master Plan Here

Results of the surveys and public engagement sessions will be presented to regional councils in November, 2021.

    Public Hearings

    See the Notice of Public Hearings page for current information.

    Website Survey

    What do you think of the Town of Olds website?

    Take this Short SURVEY 


    Budget Engagement

    Each year as part of the budget process Council reviews all of the programs and services the Town provides.  Provincial legislation requires municipalities to have a balanced budget. This means money coming in (revenue) equals money going out (expenses).  As we head into the budget season, now more than ever, ratepayers are encouraged provide input in where Council should be investing tax dollars. Your input guides Council and Administration to make informed decisions on what level of services ratepayers want to see in the community. Stay tuned for the 2021 Budget Survey coming this August. 

    Curbside Bin Schedule (2021)

    Town maintains a three-week cycle for Garbage, Recycling and Compost -Week 1 Black Bin (Trash), Week 2 Blue Bin (Recycle) and Week 3 Green Bin (Compost. Then the cycle repeats. 

    Consideration is being given to changing the three-week cycle to a two-week cycle which would resemble the following scenario:

    Week 1: Black Bin (Garbage) pickup. Week 2: Combined Blue Bin/Green Bin pickup.

    This cycle would repeat every two weeks. The proposed two-week cycle would cost households an additional $8.60 per month. 


    Participation in this survey was high with 1468 responses. 65% of respondents wanted to keep the current schedule the same, with a three-week rotation. Not wanting additional costs, the desire to keep garbage out of the landfill and the current system meeting their needs were the top reasons noted.

    Read the survey results report Here

    Town of Olds Business Impact Survey (2021)

    A top priority during the Covid-19 crisis is to reduce the negative impact it has on your business. Your input is incredibly valuable and will provide information on how the Town could further support local businesses. 

    This survey closed on April 28th, 2021, results were shared May 10th, 2020 Council meeting.


    RCMP Policing Priorities Survey (2021)

    Every year the Olds Detachment reaches out to residents and businesses to help determine policing priorities for our Community. Policing priorities ensure that in addition to responding to calls for service, members focus on the policing issues most important to the public.

    Read the Survey results here

    Animal Control Survey - Chickens (2020)

    Currently dogs and cats are regulated by the Town of Olds Community Standards Bylaw. With recent amendments made to the Land Use Bylaw, there is ambiguity on restrictions or allowances of other animals. Providing guidance on what is allowable with help both citizens and bylaw enforcement manage grievances the Town receives on animals beyond cats and dogs.

    This Survey closed September 15 and results were presented to Town Council on October 5, 2020.

    Download the  "what we heard" Animal Control Survey Results 

    Supergraphics/Murals Survey (2020)

    In Olds, Supergraphics/Murals must adhere to provisions set out in the Land Use Bylaw (LUB). Currently, the Development Authority defers evaluating the merits of a mural application to the Public Arts Advisory Committee which was established by Council in 2019. The mandate of the PAAC is to assist the Town with consultation regarding public art initiatives and to provide expert and community input on Public Art for the Town of Olds.  

    This Survey closed September 15 and results were presented to Town Council on October 5, 2020.

    Download the "what we heard" Supergraphics/mural survey results

    COMMUNITY STANDARDS BYLAW - Dog Specific (2019)

    The survey results regarding the Community Standards Bylaw specific to dogs was presented to Council for information. 

    Download Community Services Bylaw Survey Results

    Cannabis Legalization (2018)

    With legalization of cannabis in Canada, Council was seeking public input on proposed Land Use Bylaw amendments.

    Cannabis Legalization - (Published September 2018)

    Parks Master Plan (2017)

    The Town of Olds is guided by the Open Spaces and Trails Master Plan.  On-going community consulation is key to develop parks, trails and open spaces that met the needs of the community.  

    Parks Community Engagement - (Published March 2017)