Regulations Review

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. The review has resulted in the creation of several new regulations as well as updates to a number of existing regulations.

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 to October 2, 2017, respectively.

Using the feedback received from Albertans, final drafts of the most of the groupings of regulations were developed and approved on October 26, 2017.

Learn more about the approved Regulations.

Continuing the Conversation

The discussions throughout the Summer 2016 Tour gathered their own momentum and led to thoughtful feedback, questions, and written submissions on other modernizations that could potentially be made beyond the items contemplated in the Modernized Municipal Government Act.

On November 22, 2016, the Continuing the Conversation discussion paper was released. This provided an opportunity to continue the conversation with Albertans about building an even stronger framework for Alberta’s municipalities, and to flag some technical or clarifying changes that may be necessary to improve the Act’s effectiveness. Feedback on the discussion paper was collected from Albertans between November 22, 2016, and January 31, 2017.

What We Heard

A What We Heard document has been prepared that captures the feedback received on the discussion paper consultation.

Summer 2016 Tour

On May 31, 2016, the Modernized Municipal Government Act was introduced in the legislature. Municipal Affairs travelled to 20 locations across Alberta during June and July, 2016 to discuss the proposed changes to the MGA through public sessions. Each session included a presentation on the MGA Review, a question and answer period, and an open house to discuss the changes in more detail. Please see the draft Agenda and the Presentation for more details on what was presented at each session.

These public sessions provided Albertan’s with the opportunity to review the proposed amendments and provide their feedback before the Legislature completes debate of the bill during the fall 2016 sitting.

Listing of Tour Communities

Two Hills Lac La Biche Athabasca Rocky Mountain House
Chestermere Calgary Cochrane Canmore
Edmonton Hardisty Hanna Red Deer
High Prairie Peace River Grande Prairie Hinton
Whitecourt Brooks Medicine Hat Lethbridge

Albertan’s were also invited to provide their feedback to the changes included in the Modernized Municipal Government Act through an on-line questionnaire.

What We Heard

A What We Heard document has been prepared that captures the feedback received during the Summer 2016 consultation.

2014 Province-wide conversation

In 2014, we consulted with Albertans across the province to hear about how we can build better communities.

Please note that comments recorded in the summary reports and What We Heard documents do not represent the opinion of the Government of Alberta, nor do they indicate future policy direction.

Regional Engagement Sessions

From the beginning of February 2014 to the end of April 2014, our MGA Review team held face-to-face consultations in 11 communities across the province. We asked what is working, what isn’t working, and what sorts of revisions you think would best support building better communities.

Each location hosted multiple sessions for different groups of stakeholders:

  • Public Open House Session where everyone was welcome to attend.
  • Business and Industry Session for those who play a role in supporting the local economies to discuss the MGA from a business perspective.
  • Three Technical Sessions intended for in-depth discussion of specific goals for the MGA:
    • Governance and Administration Technical Session was planned for municipal professionals and other stakeholders who are well-versed in municipal governance to provide input on how municipalities are governed and administered.
    • Assessment and Taxation Technical Session was an opportunity for stakeholders who are knowledgeable about municipal taxation and assessment processes to provide input on business competitiveness and support for municipalities as they fund the programs and services in their communities.
    • Planning and Development Technical Session was designed for planning and development professionals and other stakeholders with technical expertise to focus on how municipalities undertake planning and manage growth in a sustainable way.
  • The Municipal Elected Officials and Municipal Administrators Sessions were workshops for elected officials and those who play a role in support the operations of municipalities to provide input on the MGA.

Below you’ll find detailed documents outlining what we heard during each session. These summaries include the comments and opinions of participants during the sessions and were considered by Alberta Municipal Affairs as part of a larger review of the MGA legislation.


The MGA Review workbook was an opportunity for Albertans to dig deeper into the legislation and have their say on specific areas of the Municipal Government Act. The summary below includes the comments and opinions of Albertans who submitted their workbook inputs online or by mail. More than 1,000 submissions were received across all 13 chapters of the workbook.

Workbook Submissions

Written submissions

Organizations and individuals wishing to submit a report or recommendations for the Municipal Government Act were encouraged to send their input before June 13, 2014.

Written Submissions

Emerging Themes

The following What We Heard documents include the comments and opinions of participants, and present an overall picture of what we heard from Albertans during public consultation between January and June 2014. They reflect feedback and ideas brought forward through the consultation sessions, workbook, and written submissions.

Emerging Themes: Municipal Partner and Stakeholder Considerations

Summary of Inputs and Identified Issues

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