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From advocating on evolving legislation to well-managed boards, we take a structured and strategic approach to change.

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Goverance-related Programs & Initiatives. 

A comparison amongst federal, provincial and municipal levels

For the past three elections, a steady increase in the percentage of female elected officials was seen in all levels of government, with the province leading this rise:

Gender distribution in the Parliament of Canada, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Albertan City Halls has been slowly changing, with more women being elected for public office in all levels of government:

The gender gap in political representation

Although they comprise over 50 percent of the population, women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government throughout the world. Internationally, at the federal level they account for 23 percent of parliamentarians and only six percent of the heads of governments. An international indicator on the representation of women in local governments is still missing, but it is estimated that 20 percent of councillors and five percent of mayors worldwide are female, a proportion similar to the one seen at the federal level.

Women in Municipal Government Hub

Women play a vital role in municipal government. Studies have shown that diversity improves an organization’s effectiveness. Leadership groups with a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and lived experiences help to make better decisions. Local government plays an important role in creating and supporting services, policies and programs that directly shapes a community. Having more women in council means more perspectives will be debated.

Regulatory Changes

While the Municipal Government Act (MGA) sets out overarching powers and responsibilities for municipalities, regulations provide details as to how the Act will be implemented in practice. The MGA review process involved the review and creation of a number of regulations. AUMA prioritized these regulations for municipal impact and provided detailed input on key changes. This process involved extensive opportunities for member input, including engagement through a CAO working group, AUMA committees, and direct emails to members soliciting comments.

Legislative Amendments

Bill 25, 2019: Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act

The first set of red tape reduction changes to the MGA have been outlined in Bill 25 which was introduced in the Legislature on November 18, 2019.  They are intended to come into force on January 1, 2020. The amendments fall into four general categories.

AUMA and the MGA Review

The MGA Review Process

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) review, which resulted in significant amendments being proclaimed in 2017, was a decade-long process that included extensive municipal involvement, and the development of a number of regulations that set out the details for how the updated MGA was to be implemented. Prior to this review process, the MGA had not been reviewed since 1995.


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