The Minister of Municipal Affairs has announced proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act, which reflect input gathered by consultations held in municipalities across Alberta.
Minister Shaye Anderson says community organizations, Indigenous groups, school boards, small businesses, industry and the public played a role in orchestrating the changes to the Act.
Last summer, government officials travelled to 20 communities across the province and heard from more than 2,400 Albertans during 21 public sessions about the MGA.
“We’re listening to Albertans and responding to their ideas for how our government can make practical changes that make their lives better. These changes will make a real difference for how municipalities collaborate on what is important to families and communities. I am very proud to be proposing the final touches to this legislation as we approach the finish line for the MGA review,” said Shaye Anderson, Minister of Municipal Affairs.
“Collaboration ensures strong communities and increased quality of life for Albertans. Local governments can advance cost-effective regional approaches for infrastructure and service delivery through new tools such as inter-municipal off-site levies and greater use of joint use agreements with school boards. We appreciate that the province adjusted many of its initial approaches for the bill to ensure the provisions are more practical for municipalities,” said Lisa Holmes, President of Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.
For a list of the changes to the MGA, click here.