The City of Edmonton submitted its official recommendations for changes to Bill 21: the Modernized Municipal Government Act to the Government of Alberta in July 2016. The submission reflects many of the same points made in the City’s June 2014 Submission as part of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) Review process.
Take the time to read the City's most recent submission: City of Edmonton submission, July 2016 - recommendations for changes to Bill 21: the Modernized Municipal Government Act.
It’s critical that we as a city and province get the MGA right before it becomes legislation later in 2017. A strong MGA that supports the progress and development of all municipalities in Alberta is important for the province and for Edmonton.
What is the MGA?
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is one of Alberta's largest pieces of legislation and helps guide how our municipalities operate.
This 500-page act governs 349 municipalities across the province; from a summer village with a population of 10, to a big city such as Edmonton with a population of almost 900,000. The Act focuses on three areas: governance and administration; assessment and taxation, and planning and development.
What the Government of Alberta is doing
In 2014, the Government of Alberta embarked on a province-wide consultation process to seek feedback on the MGA from interested citizens and stakeholders. This is the first comprehensive review of the MGA since 1994.
In March 2015, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 20, the Municipal Government Amendment Act, This was the first of what will be a series of changes to modernize the MGA in order to better equip communities with the tools needed to meet today's challenges.
In May 2016, the next round of amendments to the MGA was released in Bill 21: the Modernized Municipal Government Act.
In the summer of 2016, the Government of Alberta is asking for further input into the final changes being proposed for the MGA. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is travelling across the province, including a stop in Edmonton, to gather the ideas of Albertans.
What the City of Edmonton needs from the MGA
A new MGA should support the City of Edmonton’s Strategic Plan, The Way Ahead, and complement current efforts to create City Charters that recognize the more complex and unique needs of Edmonton and Calgary.
We support the positive changes made to date in the modernized MGA, such as new tools for social housing and amendments to encourage regional collaboration. But for our city to remain competitive now, and well into the future, further changes are required in the MGA.
The City of Edmonton, in its submission on the Modernized Municipal Government Act, makes recommendations on specific areas to continue to work together for efficient local governance and on how to provide sustainable infrastructure and services. In its submission the City recommends further changes on matters such as offsite levies, reserve land, assessment and taxation, councillor training and reserve land.
Read the City of Edmonton submission, July 2016 - recommendations for changes to Bill 21: the Modernized Municipal Government Act.
Read also the City’s expanded recommendations on key topics:
- Conservation Reserves
- Exemption Legislation
- Access to Information
- Tax Subclasses and Ratios
- Housekeeping and Minor Legislative Amendments
The City will continue to work with the Government of Alberta on the MGA Review as future opportunities arise to help advance and support Edmonton's interests.