Changes Come into Force

Most of the changes contained in three MGA Review amending bills and their associated regulations came into force on October 26, 2017. A consolidated version of the MGA and the approved regulations will be published shortly thereafter by the Alberta Queen’s Printer.

Remaining amendments and associated regulations will come into force in phases, with some becoming effective on January 1, 2018 and in April 2018. As these amendments and regulations come into force they will be consolidated into the MGA published by the Alberta Queen’s Printer (i.e. sections that do not come into force until April 2018 will not be consolidated into the MGA until that time).

To assist municipalities in managing the implementation of the changes we have published:

  • Implementation Fact Sheets’ on each significant policy change which provides detailed information on each change, when each change comes into force, when any related requirements must be completed by and what resources will be available to assist municipalities in implementing the change; and
  • an Implementation Checklist to be used as a quick guide to when the legislative changes come into force, what a municipalities need to do and by when.

For more information on the legislative amendments and associated regulations please select from one of the themes below:

Approved 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 was passed by the Legislature in May 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.

Modernized Municipal Government Act (MMGA), 2016

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

Municipal Government Amendment Act (MGAA), 2015

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

The changes in the MGAA and MMGA were developed through extensive public consultation that occurred throughout 2014 and 2016, careful analysis of what we heard from Albertans, and collaborative work with key municipal partners.

We thank all Albertans 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.

News release

Proclamation and Coming into Force of Changes (October 26, 2017)

An Act to Strengthen Municipal Government (April 10, 2017)

Modernized Municipal Government Act (May 31, 2016)

Amended Municipal Government Act (March 16, 2015)

Next steps

Most of the changes and associated regulations have come into force, with the remaining becoming effective on Jan. 1, 2018 and in April 2018. Learn more about the changes.

A consolidated MGA and the new regulations will be published by the Alberta Queen’s Printer and links will be provided once available.

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 are being posted for public review and comment in several groupings.

A third grouping of MGA Review related draft regulations is expected to be posted on the Regulations Review page for public review and comment in early 2018.


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