training and resources
Assessment Review Board Clerk Training
Anyone designated as the ARB clerk must complete the Administrative Law 1 course offered by the Municipal Government Board, and recertify every 3 years by completing a refresher course.
ARB courses are being offered from February - May 2017 at various locations across Alberta. Click on the link below for more information.
Visit the Alberta Municipal Affairs website for:
Drafting and Reviewing Bylaws, Policies and Procedures
While there is currently nothing offered in Alberta specific to drafting bylaws, policies and procedures, valuable learning opportunities do exist:
Part of the NACLAA certification program offered by the University of Alberta, this on-line course addresses the drafting, enacting and enforcing of bylaws and reasons for bylaw validity. As a bonus, you’ll also learn about the election and operation of council, municipal contracts and tendering, and municipal liability.
The LGAA (Local Government Administrators Association) has Bylaw Drafting Manual on their website in their municipal administration toolkit.
Conducting a Municipal Census
Unless otherwise authorized by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, a municipal census must be carried out between April 1 and June 30 of the same year.
Visit the Alberta Muncipal Affairs website to access the census manual and related forms, as well as opportunities for training.
If you need advice:
Drafting Contracts and Agreements
Currently we’re not aware of any training offered in Alberta specific to drafting contracts and agreements. Contract law is addressed in the Municipal Law II course offered as part of the University of Alberta’s NACLAA certification.
This on-line course addresses contract law as well as municipal land use, access and privacy, finance and taxation, and municipal acts.
Conducting a Municipal Election
The next municipal elections will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Alberta Municipal Affairs typically offers returning officer training in the spring of an election year. You can find registration information on the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.
Visit our Members Only Election 2017 page to have a look at election resources submitted by our members.
If you need advice:
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
For assistance with interpreting the FOIP Act and handling FOIP requests, contact the FOIP Help Desk at 780-427-5848 (call toll-free in Alberta by dialing 310-0000 first).
To access the FOIP Act and Regulation, as well as the FOIP Guidelines and Practices Manual, visit the Service Alberta FOIP website at http://servicealberta.ca/foip/
The “Access to Records” page at http://servicealberta.ca/foip/access-to-records.cfm provides general instructions about how to access records from a public body, how to make a FOIP request for general information, how to make a request for personal information, and how to request a correction of personal information.
The Office of the Information and Privacy Commission (OIPC) also offers resources and holds access and privacy related events. Visit https://www.oipc.ab.ca/ to learn more.
TrainingService Alberta offers on-line training, as well as instructor-led FOIP courses several times a year in Edmonton and Calgary. You can also have an instructor come to your workplace. Visit FOIP Training for Public Bodies for complete information.
The 2016-17 Training Calendar for the FOIP Training Program is now available on the Service Alberta FOIP Website: http://www.servicealberta.ca/foip/
To register for any of the scheduled courses in the calendar, email FOIPTraining@gov.ab.ca.
Meeting Procedure and Minute Taking
Past conference presenter
Connie M. Deford, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, presented at the 2015 AMCA annual conference and again at the October 2015 mid-year workshop. Visit our Past Conference Presenters page to view Connie’s slides on:
Minute-Taking Standards and Related Issues is an on-line tutorial offered by Eli Mina, Registered Parliamentarian.
Alberta Municipal Records Management Group
The Alberta Municipal Records Management Group (AMRM) is an informal group of more than 80 records professionals from Alberta Municipalities. The group meets twice a year, in the spring and fall, for full-day sessions featuring collaboration and guest speakers. They also maintain an email fan-out list. For more information about the group and how you can become a member, visit the AMRM website at www.amrm.ca.
Past Conference Presenters
Visit our Past Conference Presenters page to download presentation slides: