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Resolution 4-18S

Support for Continuation of Grant Funding for Agricultural Initiatives Program

Date:
March 20, 2018
Expiry Date:
April 1, 2021
Active Status:
Active
Sponsors:
Lac Ste Anne County
District:
3 - Pembina River
Year:
2018
Convention:
Spring
Category:
Agriculture
Status:
Sent to Government
Vote Results:
Carried
Preamble:

WHEREAS Alberta agricultural societies operate various facilities including rural community arenas/hockey rinks, curling rinks, ball diamonds, community halls, agricultural facilities, etc.; and

WHEREAS Alberta agricultural societies plan and deliver various community special events and activities; and

WHEREAS Alberta agricultural societies utilize provincial grant funding to finance facility operations, enhancements and community events; and

WHEREAS the Government of Alberta has notified a local agricultural society that the Agricultural Initiatives Program grant has been discontinued;

Operative Clause:

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) advocate to the Government of Alberta to re-instate or replace the Agriculture Initiatives Program funding for local agricultural societies.

Member Background:

Little is known or has been communicated about the Agricultural Initiatives Program that has recently been discontinued. A local agricultural society has received written notice that the funding was cancelled, and further, no replacement grant program announced.

The ability for agricultural societies to provide much-needed community infrastructure has been hampered by the decision of the Government of Alberta, with no communication or engagement with the agricultural societies, or the rural municipalities that have these societies within their boundaries.

Letter from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is attached.

4-18S Background

RMA Background:

RMA has no active resolutions directly related to this issue.

Provincial Ministries:
Agriculture and Forestry,
Treasury Board and Finance
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