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Municipal Government Act
In Alberta, the primary provincial legislation governing municipalities is the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
Before 1995, municipalities in Alberta could only undertake actions that were specifically permitted by legislation.
In 1995, however, the Province of Alberta strengthened the authority of municipalities by providing new legislation which granted municipalities the powers of "natural persons", the first of its kind in Canada.
Natural persons powers allow municipalities to act in the same manner as would any natural person, provided it is within the context and mandate of the MGA.
The MGA sets out how different types of municipal governments are formed in Alberta as well as how they operate.
For instance, a town can be formed with a minimum population of 1,000 people and may exceed 10,000 people unless a request to change city status is made.
Under the MGA, a town is governed by a seven-member council.
However, a local by-law can establish the number of council to be higher or lower, as long as that number is no lower than three and remains at an odd number.
Governance in a municipality usually refers to the roles, responsibilities, and activities of the council.
As the governing body of the municipal corporation and the custodian of its legislative and administrative powers, the council is the foundation of local democracy.
The MGA provides that councils can only exercise the powers of the municipal corporation in the proper form, either by passing by-laws or by resolutions.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association was founded in 1905 and represents Alberta’s 271 urban municipalities including cities, towns, villages, summer villages, and specialized municipalities, as well as Associate and Affiliate members.
AUMA is a dynamic and evolving association which represents and advocates the interests of all members to both the provincial and federal governments as well as other provincial and federal organizations.
AUMA's goal is to develop a strong partnership between all three levels of government through a shared vision with long term planning that would facilitate the following:
- Social and economic growth;
- A strategic and stable funding matrix for capital projects
- Vital emergency and social services, and;
- The implementation and coordination in the delivery of these services.
Alberta Municipal Affairs
- Assists municipalities in providing well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to Albertans.
- Administers a safety system that strives to ensure appropriate safety standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment.
- Manages the network of municipal and library system boards to provide province-wide access to high-quality public library services for Albertans.
- The Alberta Emergency Management Agency reports directly to the Minister and is responsible for co-ordinating a comprehensive, cross-government, all-hazards approach to managing emergencies in the province.
- Contributes to the inclusion, well-being, and independence of lower-income Albertans through safe, sustainable and affordable housing, and assists urban communities with addressing their unique needs.
- The Municipal Government Board is an independent, quasi-judicial board that conducts hearings and renders decisions on such matters as property assessment, and provides recommendations to Cabinet on matters defined under the MGA such as contested annexations.
- The Safety Codes Council is a corporation established under the Safety Codes Act that reviews safety codes and standards and supports the Ministry's administration of the act.
Alberta’s environmental legislation sets out clear rules and obligations for the protection, enhancement and wise use of the environment.
Alberta Environment works with Albertans to ensure the quality of our environment is maintained, using an effective and efficient regulatory framework.
The Environmental Site Assessment Repository allows you to search a legal to determine whether or not there was any contamination on the site.
Red Deer River Municipal Users Group
Red Deer River Municipal Users Group (RDRMUG) is an association of rural and urban municipalities.
The Group Membership is composed of municipalities within the Red Deer River Basin and communities who receive water from the Red Deer River.
The Group provides a unique and essential platform for members to work together towards shared goals.
By involving only municipalities and representing elected officials the group is able to focus on long term sustainability.
Alberta Emergency Alert
Alberta Emergency Alerts are issued to assist you—providing you with critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is occurring and what action you need to take.
Alerts are distributed to the public through various outlets including:
- Radio and Television;
- RSS Feed;
- Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
- Road Signage, and;
- Alberta Emergency Alert App.
It is our hope that knowing more about how we function takes us closer to effectively working with you for a better future.