Changes to the MGA

An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government (ASMG), 2017

The third round of amendments – Bill 8 – An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government were passed by the Legislature on May 17, 2017.

An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government (ASMG) contains changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that were developed through careful analysis of the feedback received from Albertans on the Continuing the Conversation discussion paper and collaborative work with key municipal partners. Thank you to everyone who contributed thoughtful feedback and written submissions on the discussion paper topics.

The legislative amendments included in the ASMG have been categorized into three broad policy questions:


Learn about the approved changes contained in the two previous amending Bills.

Modernized Municipal Government Act, 2016

The second round of amendments – Bill 21 – Modernized Municipal Government Act were passed by the Legislature December 2016.

Municipal Government Amendment Act, 2015

The first round of amendments – Bill 20 – Municipal Government Amendment Act were passed by the Legislature March 2015.

News release

Act to Strengthen Municipal Government (April 10, 2017)

Modernized Municipal Government Act (May 31, 2016)

Amended Municipal Government Act (March 16, 2015)

Next steps

All MGA related regulations were reviewed to support a modernized MGA and to ensure alignment with the amendments approved by the legislature in 2015 and 2016. Drafts of the reviewed regulations will be posted in several groupings. Feedback on the first grouping of MGA Review related draft regulations was collected from Albertans between January 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017. The next grouping of draft regulations will be posted on the Regulations Review page later this year.

All amendments to the MGA and updates to the regulations will be complete and come into force prior to the fall 2017 municipal elections.


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