Approved Changes to the MGA
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Two amending Bills containing the changes to the Municipal Government Act have been passed by the Legislature throughout the MGA Review.
Municipal Government Amendment Act, 2015
The first round of amendments – Bill 20 – Municipal Government Amendment Act (MGAA) were passed by the Legislature March 2015.
Modernized Municipal Government Act, 2016
The second round of amendments – Bill 21 – Modernized Municipal Government Act (MMGA) were passed by the Legislature December 2016.
These changes were developed through extensive public consultation, careful analysis of what we heard from Albertans, and collaborative work with key municipal partners. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the province-wide conversation in 2014 about the future of municipalities in Alberta, and to those who provided feedback on the draft legislation during the summer 2016 tour.
The changes included in the two amendment Bills have been categorized into the three broad policy questions below. Select a category to learn more about the changes in the MGAA and MMGA.
- How are Municipalities Empowered to Govern?
- How do Municipalities Work Together and Plan for Growth?
- How are Municipalities Funded?
Modernized Municipal Government Act (May 31, 2016)
Amended Municipal Government Act (March 16, 2015)
On April 10, 2017, the third round of amendments – Bill 8 – An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government (ASMG) was introduced into the Legislature. Learn more about the proposed changes.
Regulation Review: Feedback on the first grouping of MGA Review related draft regulations was collected from Albertans between January 31, 2017 and March 31, 2017. The second grouping of MGA Review related draft regulations will be posted on the Regulations Review page for public review and feedback later in 2017.
Once ASMG is passed in the spring 2017 session, the intention is for all amendments including regulations, to be proclaimed before the fall 2017 municipal elections. We are working closely with municipalities and stakeholders to develop a change management plan to support making the changes and identify resources to assist in the implementation of the new policies as they come into effect over the next few years.
Contact us with the details.