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Village of Irma
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Main Street
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census Division No. 7
Municipal district Municipal District of Wainwright No. 61
Founded 1908
 • Village May 30, 1912
 • Land 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi)
690 m (2,260 ft)
 • Total 521
 • Density 389/km2 (1,010/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
Highways 14

Irma is a village in central Alberta, Canada. It is located 29 kilometres (18 mi) northwest of Wainwright and 178 km southeast of Edmonton along Highway 14 and Highway 881.


The Village of Irma came into being in 1908 when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway came through. Irma was later incorporated as a Village on May 30, 1912. The village was supposedly named after the daughter of the GTPR second vice-president General William Wainwright. Records show three major fires in the downtown area. These broke out in 1911, 1931 and 1963. Most of the buildings on the main street (now 50 Street) were reconstructed after the 1931 fire. Alberta's first rural high school is located in Irma, and is planned to be replaced and opened for the September 2019 school year.


In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Village of Irma recorded a population of 521 living in 221 of its 242 total private dwellings, a 14% change from its 2011 population of 457. With a land area of 1.34 km2 (0.52 sq mi), it had a population density of 388.8/km2 (1,007/sq mi) in 2016.

In the 2011 Census, the Village of Irma had a population of 457 living in 204 of its 229 total dwellings, a 2.9% change from its 2006 population of 444. With a land area of 1.11 km2 (0.43 sq mi), it had a population density of 411.7/km2 (1,066/sq mi) in 2011.

In 2006, Irma had a population of 444 living in 213 dwellings, a 2.1% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 1.11 km2 (0.43 sq mi) and a population density of 399.0/km2 (1,033/sq mi).

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