+ RMA Rural Municipalities
of Alberta

Resolution 20-23F

Post-COVID Bridging Support for Small and Medium Community Facilities and Agricultural Societies

November 8, 2023
Expiry Date:
December 1, 2026
Active Status:
Smoky Lake County
5 - Edmonton East
Community Services
Sent to Government
Vote Results:

WHEREAS the global COVID-19 pandemic disrupted many aspects of civic society for more than two years, and continues to reverberate across rural communities, including volunteer organizations; and

WHEREAS small and medium community halls and facilities form a bedrock of the fabric of our rural communities; and

WHEREAS small and medium community halls and facilities serve as gathering places, cultural centers, youth and family hubs, evacuee reception and emergency operations centers; and

WHEREAS small and medium community halls and facilities are confronted with an existential challenge as they seek to rebuild and return to sustainability in a post-COVID world; and

WHEREAS many rural municipalities lack the capacity to single-handedly shoulder the burden of supporting these facilities and groups;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta advocate to the Government of Alberta to enhance its capacity-building efforts and financial investments to ensure that small and medium community facilities and agricultural societies remain viable as they recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Member Background:

Many rural municipalities have experienced a significant uptick in the number of operational support requests, as volunteer organizations struggle to return to sustainability in a post-COVID environment.

The Province of Alberta has a critically important bridging role to play in ensuring that the vibrant cultural fabric of our rural communities remains intact and can flourish into the next decades.

RMA Background:

RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

Provincial Ministries:
Agriculture and Forestry,
Culture and Tourism,
Tourism, Parks and Recreation
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