Gateway Gazette

Public Feedback Will Help Shape Municipal Legislation

Feedback from thousands of Albertans on the Modernized Municipal Government Act will be used to amend the legislation before it is reintroduced this fall.

In June and July, the Government of Alberta engaged with Albertans to hear their thoughts on proposed changes to the Act. Their views were received through public sessions, responses to an online questionnaire and written submissions. In total, 2,402 people attended 21 public sessions across Alberta; 2,376 questionnaires were submitted; and there were 122 letters. The feedback has been summarized and posted online.

“Because the MGA touches every single Albertan in some way, it was valuable to have so many people attend our engagement sessions and to hear their feedback both in person and online. I want to thank everyone who took the time to provide their input, so we can use it to ensure municipalities have the tools and resources they need to build strong, sustainable communities for Alberta families.”

Danielle Larivee, Minister of Municipal Affairs

 

The Municipal Government Act sets a foundation for how all 344 municipalities in Alberta operate and it has an impact on every Albertan. Proposed changes to the Act, introduced in the legislature this May 31, fall into three broad categories:

  1. How municipalities are empowered to govern
  2. How municipalities work together and plan for growth
  3. How municipalities are funded

 

An amended Modernized Municipal Government Act, incorporating the feedback, will be debated in the legislature this fall. All changes to the Act, including regulations, will come into force before municipal elections in the fall of 2017.

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