Government resources

AUMA is working to create a shared vision of Alberta’s future—one that involves long term planning focused on social and economic growth, a strategic and stable funding matrix for capital projects, vital emergency and social services, and implementation and coordination in the delivery of these services.

We believe that municipalities need stable and predictable funding to support their social, economic, cultural, environmental, and governance objectives.

We also believe that the roles and responsibilities of municipal governments must be recognized and respected by both the provincial and federal orders of governments, and advocate for that recognition and respect.

We work to ensure that everyone—at every level of government—understands that municipal governments are accountable to their citizens and are trusted to act in the best interest of their respective communities.

Although many urban municipalities share common challenges, such as the need to fund core services and maintain infrastructure, we also understand the diverse and complex nature of our membership. That’s why we’re committed to developing solutions that respect differences.

Executive Council

  • Municipal Government Act (MGA) rewrite and city charters including municipal revenue powers
    • AUMA has three key goals for the next set of MGA amendments:
      • Reflect a collaborative, government to government partnership.
      • Secure comprehensive changes to ensure a sustainable revenue model for municipalities
      • Reflect the growing importance of regionalization, including governance and financial models.
  • Linking transfers to municipalities to a provincial tax source
  • Regional governance and services
  • Building Canada Fund (federal infrastructure funding)
For more information, contact us.

Advanced Education

  • Economic development in small communities
  • Opportunities for municipal-provincial partnership to develop innovative social, environmental and economic solutions
For more information, contact us.

Agriculture and Forestry

  • Public safety broadband
  • Rural connectivity
  • Economic development and the viability of small communities
  • Clean energy
For more information, contact us.

Culture and Tourism

  • Tourism economic development
  • Municipal programs and infrastructure that support culture and tourism (e.g. hotel tax, penny tax)
For more information, contact us.

Economic Development and Trade

  • Trade agreements and procurement
  • Immigration and temporary foreign workers (TFWs)
  • Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
  • Municipal economic viability
For more information, contact us.

Education

  • School sites
    • Engage municipalities early in the school planning process so that appropriate sites can be secured and the permitting process can be expedited.
    • School infrastructure, including land development and site servicing costs, should be provincial responsibility.
  • School reserves
    • Municipal school reserves insufficient to accommodate new school designs.
    • Using up all municipal reserves for school sites leave very little room for other intended reserve requirements.
  • Provincial education tax and property assessment changes
    • Annual tax increases lessen municipalities opportunity within the tax payer’s tolerance for increases
For more information, contact us.

Energy

  • Market access and the Canadian Energy Strategy
  • Energy development in urban areas
    • Greater influence on where and how energy development should be allowed
  • Retail market review
  • Alternative and renewable energy framework
  • Franchise agreements
For more information, contact us.

Environment and Parks

  • Municipalities as partners in environmental stewardship
  • Land use planning and efficient use of land
    • AUMA supports the need for a provincial land use framework and development of regional plans that enhance Alberta’s long term economic, social and environmental sustainability.
  • Provincial Climate Change Strategy
    • Address the impacts of the plan on municipalities and their citizens and businesses, particularly those communities who are most reliant on coal fired generation for employment.
    • Determine how to integrate climate change practices in the current review of the Municipal Government Act.
    • Expand green infrastructure investments to support transit oriented development, active transportation options and public transit.
    • Build on the success of the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre to implement recommendations in the plan related to establishing new integrated energy efficiency and community-scale energy program and making high quality data available for energy and emissions inventories.
  • Municipal Climate Change Action Centre
  • Municipal streetlight initiatives
  • Climate Change Emissions Management Fund projects
    • Mitigate climate change through roles in land use planning, green transportation and waste reduction.
    • Municipal Climate Change Action Centre provides resources and grants to reduce energy consumption and associated GHGs.
    • Updating protocols will provide opportunity to convert measured energy efficiencies into carbon credits, offsetting costs for further expansion of efficient lighting.
  • Brownfield redevelopment
    • Liability closure to enable redevelopment through improving the remediation certificate program.
    • Financial tools to enable redevelopment.
    • Clarification of risk management plan process.
    • Publicly accessible registration of brownfield sites.
    • A province wide education program.
  • Water policies (e.g., funding, stormwater, wetlands)
For more information, contact us.

Health

  • Rural health action plan
  • Emergency medical response (including dispatch, ambulance operations, first responder medical certification)
For more information, contact us.

Human Services

  • Homelessness and affordable housing
    • The addictions and mental health review will be helpful in addressing some of the root causes of homelessness in particular.
    • Continuation of grant in lieu of taxes for social housing units is critical
    • Modernization of seniors’ lodges is key to ensuring accessible and affordable housing for our aging population.
  • Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
    • Increased FCSS contributions will make important preventative programs and services available to families and individuals in need.
    • The funding increase will honor the 80/20 provincial-municipal cost sharing agreement.
  • Poverty reduction
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities including aboriginal needs
For more information, contact us.

Indigenous Relations

  • Needs associated with urban migration
  • Municipal-Aboriginal service agreements
  • Boundary opportunities and challenges
  • Impact of Duty to Consult on municipalities
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) Initiative
For more information, contact us.
 

Infrastructure

  • Building Canada Fund (including new federal transit funds)
  • Municipal infrastructure priorities for the capital plan
    • Municipalities are responsible for 57% of public sector infrastructure with 10% of the total tax collected in Alberta, while trying to make up for a $26 billion infrastructure deficit.
  • School site selection and servicing
    • Municipal school reserves insufficient to accommodate new school designs.
    • Engage municipalities early in the school planning process so that appropriate sites can be secured and the permitting process can be expedited.
    • School infrastructure, including land development and site servicing costs, should be provincial responsibility.
    • Using up all municipal reserves for school sites leave very little room for other intended reserve requirements.
For more information, contact us.

Justice and Solicitor General

  • Municipal Policing Assistance Grants (MPAG) /Police funding
    • Provincial funding for policing has been insufficient to address Alberta’s high crime rates and population changes. A new model needs to be developed for all municipalities to contribute to the cost of policing.
  • RCMP vacancies and service improvements
  • First responder radio communication system and public spectrum broadband
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
For more information, contact us.

Labour

  • Immigration and temporary foreign workers (TFWs)
  • Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
  • Welcoming and Inclusive Communities
For more information, contact us.

Municipal Affairs

  • Municipal Government Act including regulations and city charters
    • AUMA has three key goals for the next set of MGA amendments:
      • Reflect a collaborative, government to government partnership.
      • Secure comprehensive changes to ensure a sustainable revenue model for municipalities
      • Reflect the growing importance of regionalization, including governance and financial models.
  • Municipal funding including Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI), Alberta Community Partnership grant and debt limits
    • Transfers are conditional and subject to annual appropriation. 97% of Alberta’s transfers are through conditional grants. Debt is not a sustainable solution to funding shortfalls as many municipalities are reaching their legislated debt and debt financing limits.
  • Provincial education tax
    • Annual tax increases lessen municipalities opportunity within the tax payer’s tolerance for increases
  • Regional governance and services
  • Annexation and amalgamation
  • Local Authorities Election Act
    • Legislative amendments to strengthen the accountability and transparency of the municipal election process, including:
      • Nomination and campaign period,
      • Voter eligibility,
      • Campaign contributions and reporting requirements
      • Penalties/enforcement.
    • AUMA supports the issuance of income tax credit for eligible contributions to a candidate and a ban on corporate and union contributions.
  • School sites and reserves
  • Code of conduct
  • Viability reviews
For more information, contact us.

Seniors and Housing

  • Grants in Lieu of Taxes
    • Continuation of grant in lieu of taxes for social housing units is critical
  • Affordable seniors housing
  • Lodge modernization and funding
    • Modernization of seniors’ lodges is key to ensuring accessible and affordable housing for our aging population.
  • Seniors’ transportation
For more information, contact us.

Service Alberta

  • Aggregated purchasing/purchasing card (P-Card)
  • Registry services
  • Brownfield property flag
  • Freedom of Information and Privacy (FOIP) legislative review
  • Public safety broadband
For more information, contact us.

Status of Women

  • Women in municipal government
For more information, contact us.

Transportation

  • Drinking water and wastewater funding
  • Provincial transportation strategy
  • Public transit support (e.g., Green Transit Incentives Program)
  • Small airport strategy
  • Bus service between small communities
For more information, contact us.

Treasury Board and Finance

  • Budget 2015 priorities
  • Municipal funding including the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI),linking transfers to provincial revenues
    • Transfers are conditional and subject to annual appropriation. 97% of Alberta’s transfers are through conditional grants. Debt is not a sustainable solution to funding shortfalls as many municipalities are reaching their legislated debt and debt financing limits.
  • Building Canada Fund
  • Municipal borrowing, link between transfers and borrowing
  • Provincial Education Property Tax
    • Annual tax increases lessen municipalities opportunity within the tax payer’s tolerance for increases
  • Review of public sector pension plans and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
  • Distribution of charitable gaming revenues
  • Alberta Capital Finance Authority
For more information, contact us.