RMA is looking forward to welcoming our elected officials and administrators at this year’s fall convention, which will take place November 20-22, 2018 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. The convention will include plenary addresses, the resolutions session, speciality workshops, the ministerial forum, and the opposition party leadership panel. In addition, this convention will include the election for the RMA President, as well as the Director for district 1 and district 4.
Our partner hotels are now accepting bookings for November, so please take a moment to ensure all your rooms booked. It is important to note that Grey Cup 2018 is being hosted in Edmonton during the same timeframe, and therefore we advise that you book your rooms as soon as possible. Click here for more information on our hotels.
Both Delegate and Partner Program Registration will begin in September. Stay tuned as we will continue to send updates about the convention as we move closer to November.
To stay connected with the latest information from RMA, visit RMAlberta.com.
The last asset management course for municipal staff is being held in Sherwood Park on June 27 and 28, 2018
RMA, AUMA, and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA) are excited to bring you an asset management workshop for municipal staff in Alberta! Through support of the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) this workshop will be offered free of charge.
Two-day workshops across Alberta
The workshops that have already occurred in Leduc, Vermilion, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, and Okotoks had a combined total of over 200 participants! There is one remaining opportunity to sign up for an asset management workshop. The course runs for two days from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. on the first day. All you need to bring is yourself!
Training for SDAB members and clerks is now available to support mandatory training requirement under the Municipal Government Act (MGA)
Recent changes of the MGA include a requirement for SDAB members and clerks to undergo mandatory training based on a standard program to be approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. SDAB training will ensure that hearing practices are consistent across the province, and board members have a comprehensive understanding of their role and the appeal process.
The below is a listing of SDAB training sessions that are being offered by the province. Details regarding registration are available in the attached brochure.
SDAB Training for Clerks – Okotoks: July 10, 2018
SDAB Training for Members – Okotoks: July 11, 2018
SDAB Training for Clerks – St Paul: July 16, 2018
SDAB Training for Members – Grande Prairie: July 19, 2018
SDAB Training for Clerks – Edmonton: July 23, 2018
SDAB Training for Members – Edmonton: July 24, 2018
SDAB Training for Clerks – Calgary: July 30, 2018
SDAB Training for Members – Calgary: July 31, 2018
SDAB Training for Clerks – Red Deer: September 11, 2018
SDAB Training for Members – Red Deer: September 12, 2018
With the support of Municipal Affairs, the RMA, and the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) are working with other partners to offer additional courses this fall. More information will be shared in future editions of Contact.
Questions regarding the SDAB training and curriculum can be directed to a Municipal Affairs Planning Advisor at 780.427.2225.
The idea for FHNAS and the History Check mobile app became a reality on January 12, 2015 when a group of people from various regions came together to discuss different ways in which historic and tourist sites could be shared with the public. The primary goal was to create a website and an app that would show the history and uniqueness of Alberta’s smaller and less known regions, with a goal to promote visitation and engagement in these areas. The History Check app was launched October 4, 2017 and includes over 330 communities and regions, each with their own Community Category Menu that includes:
Recreation and Parks
Camping and Lodging
Attractions and Activities
Travel Services (e.g. food, washrooms)
If you are interested in learning more, click here or subscribe to receive email updates by making your request through email@example.com.
FHNAS works with municipal districts, counties, towns, villages, Cities, First Nations, and Metis settlements to populate the app. If you are interested in learning more about partnership opportunities, clickhereor contact:
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 an additional workshop for July 26 in Stettler. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register through the RSVP contact for the corresponding workshop below.
NEW: Location: Stettler Recreation Centre
Date: July 26, 2018
Host Sponsors: County of Stettler and Town of Stettler
RSVP please contact: Yvette Cassidy firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, the courses being offered in June are as follows:
Location: Nisku Rec Centre Date: June 20, 2018
Host Sponsors: Leduc County and the County of Wetaskiwin
RSVP Contact: Joyce Gavan email@example.com
Location: Hardisty/Flagstaff County Date: June 21, 2018
Host Sponsors: Town of Hardisty and Flagstaff County
RSVP Contact: Sandy Otto firstname.lastname@example.org
The RMA, in partnership with Alberta Municipal Affairs and the AUMA, have developed an ICF Workbook to help municipalities navigate the development and implementation of their ICF/IDP(s). If you have not already shared your feedback, specifically, we hope to learn what challenges you may experiencing so we can work to fill the gaps, please email allison@RMAlberta.com.
For more MGA Change Management Resources, click here.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) are pleased to partner with the Government of Alberta to develop programs that will advance the development of community generation, enhance efficiency within municipal and community buildings, promote the installation of renewables on schools and green municipal fleet assets. With a total of $54 million in support from the Government of Alberta, the AUMA is working to develop the following programs under the identified budget amounts:
Renewable Energy / Community Generation - $16.5 million
Community Infrastructure Greening - $17.5 million
Renewable Energy for Schools - $15 million
Municipal Fleet Greening - $5 million
Program and participation details will be released in Fall 2018.
Currently, AUMA and RMA is collecting feedback from Alberta municipalities on future program design and proposed projects.
Additional feedback on future program design for the four listed programs are also invited from any interested stakeholder (including vendors, service providers, community groups, associations, etc.) Please email your program design suggestions and comments to email@example.com.
If you are interested in playing a leading role in developing and implementing these programs, the AUMA is recruiting a leader to fulfill the role of MCCAC Director. To find out more about this opportunity please click here.