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We do our best to overcome challenges to our community's development in a way that addresses our current issues without compromising our future resources. 

For this reason, the Town of Drumheller is guided by a Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP) , a document that outlines the organization's visions and strategies on the five pillars of our valley's growth: 

  • Environmental; 
  • Cultural; 
  • Economic; 
  • Social, and; 
  • Governance. 

This document recognizes that the hurdles in these areas are inextricably linked but can be addressed in collectively powerful ways.

It operates on the assumption that we cannot, as a society, continue to live beyond our means if we are to succeed in the long-term. 

The role of the MSP  is to set targets as a roadmap to where energy efficient technologies are the norm and resource conservation is wide ranging.

Want to learn more about how our community is responding to the call for sustainability? Click here for the Town's MSP

If you are curious about how it is currently being implemented and would like to be part of the change, click here for the MSP Implementation Plan .


We recognize that running your municipal government requires the foresight to address change. 

The Town's Service Capacity Review identifies:

  • What services the Town should be providing;
  • What services are important to residents on a day-to-day basis;
  • Ways of delivering services at a lower cost;
  • The Town's capacity to consider program additions and deletions, and; 
  • Any service adjustments to maximize effectiveness and efficiency.   

An annual review is done prior to budget deliberations to identify any service adjustments for the future years.


Interested to know more about how your government works?

The following links lead to pages that have valuable information on our partners, guiding policies, and initiatives: 


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. 


Alberta Urban Municipal Association

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

The Ministry of 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 Actthat reviews safety codes and standards and supports the Ministry's administration of the act.


Alberta Environment

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;
  • Internet;
  • 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.  

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