As part of RMA’s resolution process, municipalities are encouraged to submit resolutions to their districts for discussion and endorsement prior to forwarding them to RMA for inclusion on the resolution agenda at each convention. To assist municipalities in avoiding resolutions that duplicate those endorsed in other districts, RMA will provide the name and sponsoring municipality of resolutions endorsed at district meetings on a weekly basis as district meetings occur.
On August 10, 2018, District 4 (Northern) held a district meeting. The following resolutions were endorsed:
Municipal and Privately-Owned Protected Areas Inventory – Sponsored by Mackenzie County
Amendments to the Wildlife Regulations Regarding Cougar – Sponsored by MD of Smoky River
Telus Failure to Maintain Landline Operations – Sponsored by MD of Spirit River
Request to RMA for Lobbying with Alberta Municipal Affairs and Premier’s Office – Sponsored by MD of Opportunity
Members are also encouraged to search RMA’s Resolutions Databasefor active resolutions prior to submitting a new resolution.
The EOEP is offering two courses in advance of the AUMA conference in Red Deer in September. The courses are held the day prior to the conference. There is no need to register for the conference to participate in an EOEP course. Course details and registration information for each is as follows:
Community Development through Citizen Engagement
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Where: Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St., Red Deer Cost: $340 plus GST To register:Click here Course Overview: Citizen engagement in municipal governance provides a means for incorporating citizen values, interests, needs and desires into decisions that affect their lives and supports improved municipal decision-making by bringing all perspectives to the table.
Focusing on the importance of meaningful citizen engagement, course participants will consider the role citizen engagement plays in building strong, vibrant communities. Topics will consider overcoming common barriers and risks associated with engagement, framework and policy development, why, who, how and when to engage, as well as steps to necessary components for the preparation, planning and implementation of citizen engagement initiatives. Course participants will also be given guidelines to evaluate the impact of citizen engagement initiatives on achieving municipal goals.
Municipal Corporate Planning and Finance
When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 Where: Westerner Park, 4847A 19 St., Red Deer Cost: $340 plus GST To register:Click here Course Overview: One of the most important and complex responsibilities a municipal councillor has is understanding municipal finances and making decisions that are in the financial best interest of their municipality.
The EOEP’s Municipal Corporate Planning and Finance course not only provides an overview of key financial responsibilities such as defining service levels, setting tax rates, understanding the difference between debt and reserves, and the role of auditors, but also ties these concepts the larger role that financial literacy plays in effective municipal governance. This course will explain how financial planning links to strategic planning, to risk management, to citizen engagement, and to other core council responsibilities.
For any questions or for more information about these courses and the EOEP, visit EOEP.ca or contact the EOEP Registrar using the following information:
To be in compliance with legislation, businesses need a registration number.
As per Alberta Legislative Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, all businesses suppling paint, tires, or electronic products are defined in the Designated Material Recycling and Management Regulation, as well as corresponding bylaws. All of which are required to hold valid registration with the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.
To obtain a registration number please download Supplier Registration Application by accessing Alberta Recycling website at albertarecycling.ca or by contacting the Administration at 1.888.999.8762.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs signed a Ministerial Order on July 19, 2018
RMA has successfully advocated to the Government of Alberta for exemptions and extensions to be outlined regarding the application of Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) and Intermunicipal Development Plans (IDPs). Though rural municipalities recognize the value of these tools, the resource challenges placed upon RMA members via the Municipal Government Act (MGA) were unfair. The Ministerial Order outlines several areas whereby municipalities can be exempt or receive extensions; These changes recognize the concerns of rural municipalities and will be a benefit to this overall process.
Two or more councils of municipalities that have common boundaries where the entire area along one or both sides of the common boundary is composed entirely of federal or provincial crown land are EXEMPT from the requirements of IDP on the condition that all parties agree to apply the exemption by resolution and file copies of the resolutions with the Minister within 90 days of the date each resolution is passed.
This change recognizes the limited value in the creation of an IDP where development is restricted.
EXTENDS the timeline for an ICF to be created or an IDP to be adopted by one year, to April 1, 2021 for those that are between municipal districts, specialized municipalities (excluding the Municipality of Jasper), improvement districts, or special areas. Once again, this is accepted on the condition that all parties agree to apply the extension by resolution and file copies of the resolutions with the Minister within 90 days of the date each resolution is passed.
This change will allow rural municipalities to focus their efforts on working with their urban neighbours during the initial two-year period.
EXTENDS the timeline for all ICFs and IDPs between municipalities that are members of the same growth management board (GMB) by one year, to April 1, 2021. The GMB must have been established before April 1, 2018. This extension will be granted on the condition that all parties agree to apply the extension by resolution and file copies of the resolutions with the Minister within 90 days of the date each resolution is passed.
This change will allow GMB member municipalities to harmonize their ICFs and IDPs with their growth and service plan, and provide an opportunity to address through an ICF or IDP any matters not addressed in a growth or servicing plan.
EXTENDS the timeline for all ICFs and IDPs between a municipality that is a member of a GMB, and a municipality that is not a member of the GMB but is located within the boundaries of the member municipality by one year, to April 1, 2021. As per above, the GMB must have been established before April 1, 2018. This extension will be granted on the condition that all parties to the framework agree to apply the extension by resolution and file copies of the resolutions with the Minister within 90 days of the date each resolution is passed.
This change will allow GMB member municipalities to create their ICFs and IDPs within the context of their growth and servicing plan.
With the new timelines that are available, it is important to note that accordingly the arbitrator timeline has been EXTENDED to April 1, 2022.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs will continue to consider specific requests, however encourages municipalities to make every effort to work together to meet the legislated requirements.
Alberta Cannabis Secretariat has been officially disbanded
The official cannabis legalization date is October 17, 2018, and the work of the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat is now complete as legislation and regulations are now in place. RMA worked closely with the Secretariat over the past year to ensure the rural municipal perspective was heard during consultations and we would like to thank them for their hard work on this challenging file.
RMA has developed a page of resources to help municipalities in their efforts to make the changes necessary for cannabis legalization. Resources include a guide to cannabis legalization by FCM, webinars and presentations on amending land use bylaws and regulating public consumption, and much more. To view the resource page, click here. RMA continues to monitor and advocate for clarity on issues such as how the Government of Alberta will share excise tax revenues, and regulations for edibles and cannabis lounges.
Should you have questions for the Government of Alberta, contact:
Ryan Black, Intergovernmental Relations – Cannabis
Treasury Board and Finance
Address: 2nd floor Terrace Building
9515 - 107 Street
The Policy Readiness Tool is a self-administered questionnaire that can be used to assess a community or organization’s readiness for policy change. Included in the questionnaire is a series of strategies for working with communities or organizations at different stages of readiness for policy change and a resource list for additional information. The purpose of the tool is to help advocates and policy developers encourage the adoption of healthy public policy within communities or organizations. The tool has many applications and could be applied to a variety of policy issues. For example, it could be used to assess your community’s or organization’s readiness for cannabis legalization and accompanying policy changes.
To find out more and/or take the questionnaire, click here.