Policies state what we intend to achieve and give high-level direction on how to achieve it. They are necessary when additional guidance is required to achieve strategic goals and direction outlined in strategy. Policies inform decision-making, whether it is set out in a procedure or through program design.

Council policies are commitments to residents and the community, are aspirational in nature, and provide Administration with strategic direction. They can set direction or can be used to provide further strategic direction by activating Policy Directions in the Edmonton City Plan. Council policies can also be used to set standards and processes for City Councillors and their staff. 

A procedure is Administration’s commitment to how a policy will be activated.