NEWS Bulletins

  • 10 Aug 2019 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Government of Alberta has embarked on a major initiative to cut red tape by one-third to reduce costs, speed up approvals and make life better for Albertans and businesses. As part of this initiative, there is an opportunity for all (municipalities and clerks individually) to provide input on any processes, forms, etc... that are posing challenges in our day-to-day interactions with the Province.

    It is the our understanding that they are seeking all feedback, both positive and negative, with each submission being reviewed accordingly. Following the review, there could be amendments to the Municipal Government Act, Local Authorities Election Act, as well as other regulations. Examples of processes that could be reviewed or challenged are items such as :

    • Timelines permitted to conduct a by-election (presently the legislation states that a by- election must be held within 90 days);

    • Process used to obtain a Municipal Order (presently the process takes upwards to 3 months);

    • Non-legislated requirement to report unofficial election results the night of the election (which proves to be cumbersome and unnecessary

    Please visit the Government of Alberta’s website on Cut the Red Tape to find out more. The AMCA Executive encourages your participation in this provincial initiative and would urge all members to provide their input.
  • 26 Mar 2019 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To:      All Municipalities

    Following the review of the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), and the public consultation held from June 20 to July 31, 2018, a suite of policy amendments were drafted based upon feedback received during the consultation process. As a result, amendments to the LAEA were tabled in the legislature on November 5, 2018, and received Royal Assent on December 11, 2018.

    Amendments to the LAEA came into force on January 1, 2019, with the exception of Part 9, which relates to the expansion of the Alberta Election Commissioner’s role in local elections. Part 9 will come into force on August 1, 2019.

    In order to assist you in applying the new legislation, Municipal Affairs is pleased to provide you with a number of fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and anLAEA implementation checklist.

    Should you have any questions regarding the legislation or the attachments, please do not hesitate to contact Municipal Affairs at 780-427-2225 (Edmonton and area) or 310-0000 (toll-free in Alberta).

    Brad Pickering
    Deputy Minister

  • 04 Mar 2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Local Authorities Election Act Deficit Elimination Transition regulation has recently been released by the Government of Alberta.

    This regulation provides transitional direction as it relates to deficits carried from the 2017 general election and by-elections leading up to royal assent of An Act to Renew Local Democracy in Alberta.

    The regulation is available through the Alberta Queen’s Printer here.  

  • 19 Apr 2017 7:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The third and final bill amending the MGA has been introduced to the legislature. This bill, the Act to Strengthen Municipal Government, is scheduled to be passed in the spring 2017 session.  The government intends to pass all three amendments before the elections this fall. Read the full announcement here.

  • 10 Apr 2017 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There are many significant amendments planned for the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that will affect Assessment Review Boards.  The MGB has prepared an information sheet that outlines some of the amendments.

     One of the amendments will limit the number of municipal councillors allowed to sit on an ARB panel.  To assist municipalities, the MGB is establishing a list of ARB Members who are willing to hear complaints for multiple ARBs.  This list will only be made available to certified ARB Clerks through our online e-learning system, CONTACT.

    If you are a certified ARB Member and wish to be included in this list, please send the following to :  first name, last name, phone number, email address, the municipality you reside in, and note if you are a municipal councillor.

    If you are a certified ARB Clerk and wish to view the list, you must have access to CONTACT.  If you do not have access, please email for assistance.

    The MGB is here to support you through this transition and will email additional information about the changes to the MGA as it becomes available.  The legislature recently made several significant amendments to the MGA, all of which we anticipate will come into effect for the next assessment season.

  • 31 Mar 2017 7:51 AM | Anonymous member

    Information Bulletin 02-17 

    Key Municipal Dates April 1 - June 30, 2017

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