Developer Public Meeting | Sylvan Lake Lakeside Recovery Centre

** Following the February 3 developer public meeting, the developer has a survey available to gather community input. Please complete the survey here:

The deadline to complete the survey is February 10, 2022 @ 11:59PM.

If you were unable to attend the meeting on February 3, please refer to the documents below.

Work on That Inc., on behalf of their client Genics Inc., is seeking permission to add a special discretionary use to the Agricultural ‘A’ District of the County’s Land Use Bylaw to consider a “treatment centre” on Pt. SW 16-39-01-W5M.

The subject lands are accessed by the Jarvis Bay Access Road (Township Road 39-2), near the Summer Village of Birchcliff, The Slopes on Sylvan Lake, and the Jarvis Bay Provincial Park.

In late 2019, the previous landowner passed away, leaving a large lakeside property with 80 acres of land and a large retreat centre. In her will, she asked that the property be sold to a women-centred non-profit that was faith-based and serving people in need in Alberta. This is how Genics Inc. acquired the property. Through this centre and land, Genics Inc. wishes to expand addiction treatment work in central Alberta, by establishing a women’s recovery centre.

The program proposed to be offered is run by an existing accredited recovery program, with more than 675 women who have went through the program. The proposed recovery centre would NOT include detoxification as part of the program.

The existing house on site is proposed to be converted to a residence for a maximum of 12 women who would be part of the 90-day accredited program. For the first 90 days, the women are receiving continuous counselling and complete group immersion and willingly choose to remain within the property on their own will. The recovery centre is a perfect space for the women to go thru these critical first 3 months, prior to going back to the city (Edmonton or Calgary) for the continuation of their treatment, if needed.

The developer is required to complete community consultation, prior to Council considering the bylaw amendment.

The developer is hosting a public meeting on February 3, 2022 between 5:00PM and 7:00PM (powerpoint presentation at 5:15PM). The meeting will be hosted at the existing house on the property at Pt. SW 16-39-01-W5M, 1328 Township Road 392, Lacombe County.

Please see the Notice of Public Meeting for further information.  If you are unable to attend the meeting or wish to provide additional comments, please send them directly to the developer by February 10, 2022:

Ben Trudeau, Work on That Inc.


Phone: (780) 916-0347

Should you have any questions, please contact Cajun Paradis, Senior Planner with Lacombe County at 403-782-8389 or



pdf Context Map Lakeside Recovery Centre (594 KB)

pdf Developer Request Letter + Information Pkg Lakeside Recovery Centre (5.94 MB)

pdf Notice of Public Meeting Lakeside Recovery Centre (195 KB)