Elections are a time are an important part of our democratic process. It allows Albertans to discuss matters that are important to them, and to cast their vote and set the direction of province. Rural Alberta and rural municipalities are a part of this important conversation, and form and are integral piece of Alberta’s economic, social, environmental, and cultural future.
Who are Alberta’s Rural Municipalities?
Alberta has 69 rural municipalities stretching from the American border to the Northwest Territories. Though our members are diverse in many ways, rural municipalities are best characterized by their large geographic area and relatively low population density. When you think of Alberta’s scenic and wide open spaces, your mostly likely thinking about somewhere in a rural municipality. Altogether, Alberta’s rural municipalities cover 85% of Alberta’s land mass.
Rural municipalities are essential to the vibrancy of rural Alberta and, by extension, Alberta as a whole. Rural Alberta is home to Alberta’s key resources including agriculture, oil and gas, mining, forestry, and many others. The transportation networks in rural Alberta are the first steps in the supply chain that bring these resources to national and international markets. As we like to say, Rural Alberta is where it all starts.
Who Are We?
The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is the association that represents Alberta’s rural municipalities. We provide an array of advocacy and business services that assist our members in providing core services to rural Albertans. Learn more about the RMA.
This election, we want Albertans to understand the importance of rural Alberta and the role that rural municipalities play in making Alberta the great province it is. The following issues are the RMA’s priority issues for the 2019 provincial election: