The Watershed Resiliency and Restoration Program (WRRP) is entering its 6th round of grant applications.
The WRRP was established in 2014, in recognition of the importance of improving natural watershed functions to build long-term resiliency for flood and drought. The funding program aims to improve natural watershed functions and engaging Albertans in the conservation, restoration, enhancement and stewardship of critical watershed features including wetlands, riparian areas, and floodplains.
Applications are due by the end of day October 30th, 2018 to be considered for funding in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. For information on how to apply, please click here.
A total of $32.5 million in grant funding will be awarded under the program to external partners working to improve Alberta’s natural watershed resiliency.
Existing projects are located throughout Alberta in WRRP priority watersheds. Priority areas are based on indicators of watershed resilience, consequence and hazard. To view the “Priority Areas Maps and Summary Report” online, click here and to view the most recent WRRP progress report, click here.
The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance will be hosting its Fall Forum in Sylvan Lake on November 1, 2018
The Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA) is hosting a forum to discuss watershed health. Presentations will include RMA’s own Policy Analyst, Matt Dow, who will be highlighting changes to the MGA and the implications for watershed planning and the environment. He will also introduce their new ICF toolkit and how it can be used for watershed planning within a municipality.
There will also be a presentation on some of the work recently undertaken at the RDRWA as well as an update on key issues and programs that affect the Red Deer River watershed including Source Water Protection Planning.
Details of the event are:
Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: NexSource Centre - 4823 49 Avenue, Sylvan Lake in the Strategis Multipurpose Rooms 1 & 2
Cost: $15.00 per person includes light refreshments
For further information contact Kelly Dodds at (403) 340-7379 or register online here.
The RMA Fall 2018 Convention will take place November 19-22, 2018 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton. The Convention will include plenary addresses, the resolutions session, workshops, ministerial forum and opposition party leader panel, in addition to the Annual General Meeting and elections for the RMA President, as well as the District 1 and 4 Directors.
We have made some exciting changes to our agenda so be sure to check it out. We will continue to make updates as we have confirmed speakers, so please check back regularly.
Key Logistical Information
The convention will overlap with the 2018 Grey Cup Festival, which is being hosted in Edmonton. To accommodate a busy downtown, convention attendees are being reminded of key logistical items:
Registration will take place on the Assembly Level for the duration of convention
The main plenary hall will be Hall B on the Assembly Level
Shuttle busses will be running from select hotels and will arrive at the Shaw on the Assembly Level, as Jasper Avenue will be closed to traffic
Hotels will have limited availability, please book soon to secure accommodation
Parking will be at a premium, carpooling to convention is encouraged to reduce possible parking frustration
A Tailgate Party will replace the traditional banquet this fall, and all registered delegates will receive a Tailgate Party Ticket. Additional tickets are available to purchase for partners or extra staff.
Convention Keynote: Amanda Lindhout
Amanda Lindhout is a sought after inspirational speaker, trusted to deliver a life changing, transformational experience. Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood home by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda's curiosity led her to some of the world's most beautiful and remote places, its most imperilled and perilous countries and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity. Working as a journalist in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Amanda spent 460 days as a hostage, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.
Nisku, AB, October 15, 2018 – In response to the Government of Alberta’s recently announced Municipal Cannabis Transition Program (MCTP), the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) expresses continued concern regarding the lack of supports available to Alberta’s rural municipalities to navigate the impending legalization of recreational cannabis. The province has placed significant responsibility on municipalities to develop and enforce bylaws that identify land use restrictions for production facilities, and public consumption rules within municipal boundaries, which will require monitoring and enforcement to protect public health and reduce the risk of exposure for children.
The RMA has advocated that all municipalities in Alberta receive a 50 per cent share of federal cannabis excise tax revenues that are distributed from the federal government to the provincial government in order to partially address costs associated with increased planning and enforcement responsibility.
The MCTP provides minimal funding to a limited number of Alberta’s municipalities, not reflecting the challenges that rural and small urban municipalities will have in addressing this issue effectively in their communities.
"While we understand the legalization of recreational cannabis was a federal decision, adequate provincial sharing of the federal excise tax is needed to ensure that all of Alberta’s municipalities can enforce local bylaws effectively for the health and safety of their residents. The recent announcement provides some support to some larger urban centres; however, rural areas rely on RCMP to monitor and handle criminal activity, not develop and enforce municipal bylaws. The lack of funding through the Municipal Cannabis Transition Program made available to Alberta’s rural and small urban municipalities raises significant concerns as to the effective enforcement of bylaws guiding recreational cannabis use. Proper engagement with Alberta’s municipal associations could have led to more municipal concerns being addressed through the design of this funding program."
-Al Kemmere, President, Rural Municipalities of Alberta
Many municipalities indicate they want to build relationships with Indigenous communities, but do not know where to start. In response, RMA and AUMA are pleased to launch a new initiative that will help inform municipal governments on the history and culture of Indigenous peoples as a foundation for building understanding and strengthening relationships. The initiative is an opportunity for municipalities to host an experiential learning session known as a Blanket Exercise in their community. The Blanket Exercise is an effective tool for furthering the understanding of Indigenous history including the ongoing impact of residential schools and historical relations between Indigenous peoples and the Crown.
With funding support from Alberta Municipal Affairs, the Blanket Exercise Initiative is designed to support municipal governments to meet the new provisions of the Municipal Government Act, which encourages more communication and collaboration with Indigenous communities. With increased knowledge of Indigenous history and culture, municipal governments will be better positioned to build respectful relations with Indigenous communities and Metis Settlements, as well as Indigenous peoples living within municipal boundaries. All municipalities are encouraged to consider this opportunity.
Applicants must guarantee that a minimum of 20 individuals will participate and that at least eight of those individuals are municipal elected officials. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other municipalities to meet the minimum requirements. For more information, click here for the guideline and application form.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Program has collected a wide range of documents to support asset management uptake
FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program’s (MAMP) is intended to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. As part of this purpose, FCM has worked with provincial and territorial associations, asset management communities of practice, and other organizations active in asset management to compile a collection of asset management resources accessible to municipalities free of charge. The collection includes several categories of resources, such as asset management 101, guidebooks, tools, training materials, and reports. FCM is also working to develop a centralized collection of region-specific tools. To access the resource collection, click here.