The resolutions that will be presented during the resolution session at the RMA Spring 2019 Convention are now available. See the attachment to this bulletin for the complete resolution package.
Any members wishing to propose amendments to resolutions included in the attached resolutions package are encouraged to email proposed amendments to RMA Policy Analyst Wyatt Skovron at wyatt@RMAlberta.com noting the resolution number. Amendments can be proposed from the floor, but sending the amendments in advance supports an efficient resolution session.
Five-year pilot aims to involve communities to address diverse labour market needs of smaller communities
The Government of Canada recently announced a five-year Rural and Northern Immigration pilot program. The program aims to involve communities and provincial/territorial governments to address the diverse labour market needs of rural communities. The goal of the pilot program is to help spread the benefits of economic immigration to smaller communities in Canada. The pilot will work with communities to:
Use immigration to help meet local labour market needs
Test a new pathway to permanent residence in rural Canada for skilled foreign nationals
Create welcoming environments that encourage new immigrants to stay in rural communities
The pilot program is open to economic development organizations (EDOs). Examples of EDOs include:
A community futures group
A chamber of commerce
Another independent or not-for-profit economic development organization
A hybrid organization of a municipality with an independent board of directors made up of community stakeholders
Applications must be submitted by an economic development organization. While a municipal government would not be eligible to apply on their own, they could form a collaborative organization with other community groups. For more information on what type of organizations are eligible to apply, click here.
Currently the program is accepting applications from communities interested in participating in the pilot program. For more information on the pilot program, click here. Please note the deadline for applications is March 1, 2019. At this time the pilot program is only seeking applications from communities; information for permanent resident applications will be available later this year.
The Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG) is responsible for implementing the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Pilot Program (APRPP). The APRG has launched its own website where information on the APRPP will be shared, including updates on program implementation.
RMA’s resolution deadline for the Spring 2019 Convention was Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Any resolutions being brought forward after this date will be considered emergent.
As per RMA’s resolution process policy, an emergent resolution is defined as a resolution submitted to RMA after the resolution deadline that deals with a subject or problem that has arisen subsequent to the resolution deadline. The RMA Resolutions Committee will meet prior to the resolutions session at the fall convention to review any resolutions submitted after the resolutions deadline to determine if they meet the definition of emergent.
If the resolution is deemed to be emergent, it will come to the convention floor through the appropriate process. Sponsoring municipalities will be notified by the committee as to the committee’s decision if the resolution is emergent in nature. The member bringing forward the emergent resolution must, at their own expense, provide copies for voting members in attendance (minimum 600). Members submitting an emergent resolution are encouraged to bring 600 copies of their resolution to convention for distribution in the event that the resolutions committee deems the resolution to meet the definition of emergent. The RMA is not responsible for copying or distributing emergent resolutions on behalf of sponsoring municipalities.
Any members who intend to bring forward an emergent resolution for consideration are encouraged to advise a member of the RMA Resolutions Committee or RMA Policy Analyst Wyatt Skovron at wyatt@RMAlberta.com as soon as possible.
Alberta Municipal Affairs has made available electronic forms to facilitate the submission of ICFs and IDPs. Municipalities are required to complete the forms and submit to Municipal Affairs either by clicking the “email submit” button at the bottom of the form or by emailing it to email@example.com. An electronic copy of the ICF and IDP should be attached to the email.
ICFs and IDPs are required to be submitted to Municipal Affairs within ninety days of the ICF creation.
Questions about the submission process can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be addressed by phone at 780-427-2225.
The MAMP Technical Working Group supports the delivery of the FCM’s asset management programming
The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is a five-year, $50 million initiative funded by the Government of Canada and administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The goal of MAMP is to enable Canadian municipalities to manage their infrastructure assets more strategically and thereby improve the quality of public infrastructure services for Canadians in the future.
To support the effective and efficient implementation of MAMP, FCM has formed a technical working group (TWG) intended to ensure that the program can best meet the needs of Canadian municipalities. The TWG is involved in areas such as providing input on the MAMP annual work plan, knowledge products, program design, opportunities for knowledge sharing, program continual improvement, etc.
FCM is currently seeking representatives for the MAMP TWG. To the extent possible, the TWG will include representatives from communities of different sizes, and from different program eligibility categories. FCM will also seek members with expertise in different areas of asset management practice (finance, planning, public works, etc.). Members will serve on the Technical Working Group for a renewable two-year term.
How to Apply
Please submit nominations by email to MAMP Knowledge and Governance Officer Sarah MacKelvie (email@example.com) by Friday, March 29th. Nominations should include the name and title of the nominee along with a few paragraphs describing the nominee’s experience and why they would make a valuable contribution to the Technical Working Group.