Using the feedback received from Albertans, final drafts of the majority of the first groupings of regulations were developed and approved on October 26, 2017.
As part of the Municipal Government Act (MGA) Review process, all MGA related regulations were reviewed to support a modernized MGA and to ensure alignment with the amendments approved by the legislature in 2015, 2016 and 2017. So far, the review has resulted in the creation of new regulations as well as updates to a number of existing regulations.
We are sharing drafts of the reviewed regulations with all Albertans so they can see the proposed changes and how the approved MGA amendments will be implemented. Draft regulations are being posted in several groupings.
The first groupings of draft regulation were shared and feedback was collected from January 31 to March 31, 2017, from July 24 to September 22, 2017, and from September 18, 2017 to October 2, 2017, respectively.
The review of the Canmore Undermining Review Regulation and Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation continues as consultations with key stakeholders are ongoing.
A third group of MGA Review draft regulations is expected to be posted in early 2018.
Select a regulation below to view the proposed changes.
Planning and Development Regulations
See the full draft Canmore Undermining Review Regulation with proposed change.
This regulation ensures due process of compliance and land analysis/certification is followed before developing on undermined properties in the Town of Canmore.
What’s changing: Include a requirement that the Town of Canmore must agree in the selection of the professional engineer that completes the undermining report and the second, independent engineer that reviews the undermining report and issues the compliance review certificate. This will ensure the Town of Canmore and the developer work together to safely and responsibly develop sites that were subject to extensive coal mining operations.
Assessment and Taxation Regulations
See the full draft Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation with proposed changes.
This regulation sets out the conditions and qualifications for property tax exemptions for non-profit organizations that carry out a charitable or benevolent purpose for the benefit of the general public.
What’s changing: Repeal and replace the regulation with a re-organized and amended version to improve its usability and ensure transparent, fair and consistent property tax exemptions for non-profit organizations that carry out charitable, valuable work to the general public and vulnerable populations. The new version of Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation (COPTER) would include the following amendments:
- re-organize the regulation into four parts;
- revise four definitions: “charitable and benevolent purpose”, “general public”, “minor fee”, and “professional sports franchises”;
- update the General Rules restrictions to reflect current Alberta Human Rights legislation;
- simplify approach for organizations to demonstrate that a service is being provided to the targeted segments of the general public;
- exempt Class A bingo facilities;
- align the subsidized accommodation model currently in place for lodges for other similar subsidized residential accommodations operated by non-profits to ensure equitable treatment;
- create a separate part in COPTER for Residential Associations;
- increase administrative flexibility by granting municipalities the authority to set their own administration deadlines to meet local needs; and
- remove the existing expiry date on the regulation.