For 110 years, we’ve made it our mission to ensure that the interests of municipalities in rural Alberta are effectively represented, that our members and clients receive the best products and services at competitive prices, and that our partnerships remain strong.
Over time, we’ve evolved with the changing needs of our members, associate members, and partners, within Alberta and beyond, to remain relevant and valuable to those that we serve and work with.
As we continue to grow, we recognize the importance of having an identity that resonates with our members and partners, and unifies all divisions of our organization. And so, we are excited to re-introduce ourselves as the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, or RMA.
The AAMDC Aggregated Business Services department has become RMA Business Services, with the following business lines:
Please take a moment to visit our new website at RMAinsurance.com. Our email address domain has been updated as well to @RMAinsurance.com (ex. karen@RMAInsurance.com).
Welcome to the redefined Business Services known for their strength, stability, and service – welcome to RMA. We have a short video announcement for the launch of our new name and brand - click here to watch.
For any questions or more information please contact our risk management team:
A new report from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI)
The ABMI tracks changes in Alberta's wildlife and their habitats from border to border to inform land use decision-making. ABMI has released a new report with functional tools to better understand the status of human footprint in Alberta. The ABMI provides an overview of human footprint at the provincial scale, and breaks down the information on status and trend of human footprint by natural regions, land-use framework planning, and oil sands regions. The report looks at footprints from agriculture, transportation, forestry, human-created waterbodies, urban and rural development, among others.
New legislation will allow municipalities to establish PACE programming to support homes and businesses with renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades
The Government of Alberta has recently tabled Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements to provide municipalities with the ability, on a voluntary basis, to establish PACE programs. PACE provides a mechanism for property owners to finance affordable energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation projects or upgrades to a property though the property owner’s municipal tax bill.
What are the benefits of PACE?
Reduces financial barriers associated with high upfront costs for energy-related property improvements.
Provides an opportunity for longer-term repayment periods and lower interest rates.
The assessment is tied to the property and not the owner.
Supports the development of small-scale renewable energy generation and greater energy efficiency.
Under Bill 10, eligible projects would include solar power, upgraded insulation, windows, and doors, as well as high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. PACE improvements could be made to residential, commercial and agriculture property. It would not apply to designated industrial property.
Municipalities will have the option to implement PACE programs at their own discretion.
For more information on PACE and Bill 10, click here.
Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICF) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDP) are required under the recently amended Municipal Government Act (MGA).
The Government of Alberta has been running a series of ICF and IDP workshops throughout Alberta and has recently announced four additional workshops. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register through the RSVP contact for the corresponding workshop below.
Location: St. Paul/County of St. Paul Host Sponsors: Town of St. Paul and County of St. Paul
Date: April 26, 2018
RSVP Contact: Ms. Burton - Executive Assistant, Town of St. Paul email@example.com
Location: Leduc Date: June 20, 2018
Host Sponsors: Leduc and the County of Wetaskiwin
RSVP Contact: Joyce Gavan - Executive Assistant, Leduc County firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Hardisty/Flagstaff County Date: June 21, 2018
Host Sponsors: Hardisty and Flagstaff County
RSVP Contact: Sandy Otto - CAO, Town of Hardisty email@example.com
The RMA, in partnership with Alberta Municipal Affairs and the AUMA have developed an ICF Guidebook to help municipalities navigate the development and implementation of their ICF/IDP(s). To access the guidebook, click here.
For more MGA Change Management Resources, click here.
RMA, AUMA, and Infrastructure and Asset Management Alberta (IAMA) have been working to bring you FREE workshops to introduce you and your council to the ins and outs of asset management. The workshops will also show how you can support your staff by championing asset management in your community. Register today for the last full day introductory workshops for elected officials and CAOs on April 25 in Spruce Grove.
Sign up for half day courses that dive into topics such as policy, climate change, risk, and more. These courses are available between May 2, 2018 and June 5, 2018. Click here for more information.
If your municipality is interested in working with the RMA, AUMA and IAMA to collaborate in hosting one or more half-day elected officials’ workshops in your municipality, contact RMA Policy Analyst Chelsea Parent at chelsea@RMAlberta.com for more information.
Workshops for Municipal Staff
We are also offering five introductory asset management courses for municipal staff:
Developed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in collaboration with RMA and other organizations.
With cannabis legalization fast approaching, municipalities have their work cut out for them. To help municipalities do what they do best—protect and strengthen communities—FCM has launched the Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization. This guide was created in partnership with RMA, other provincial-territorial associations, legal advisory groups, and policy experts.
The Municipal Guide to Cannabis Legalization offers an extensive exploration of issues that municipal governments will need to consider, including case studies, policy options, and sample bylaw language. The fast approaching cannabis legalization presents a challenge for municipalities across Canada and because of that, FCM developed this guide. The guide covers key issues consistent across jurisdictions, as well as regional variations, identified by the advisory group of experts. It is a thorough document that will support work on key areas of municipal involvement, including land use management, business regulation, public consumption, workplace safety, and enforcement issues.