The world has changed since the MGA became law in 1995. Modernizing the MGA will give municipalities more flexibility to find cost savings and determine administrative approaches best suited to local circumstances. After hearing from Albertans about how this is important, we worked with municipal partners to develop initial MGA amendments to enable more efficient municipal operations.

Public Notification Methods

What’s currently in place: The MGA requires traditional communication methods, such as mail or newspapers, to notify the public.

What we heard: Albertans have observed that traditional notification methods may no longer be as effective in communicating with the public due to increasing costs and limited accessibility in smaller communities. Municipalities have requested flexibility on notification methods to allow for current and future technologies.

What’s changing: Add posting notifications to municipal websites to general advertising requirements, and empower municipalities with flexibility to pass a bylaw specifying how they will notify the public. Certain municipal matters will continue to require public notification in legislation, such as those related to bylaws and taxation, but municipalities will have more flexibility to determine the methods they use to notify the public. This change will likely include, for the first time, the use of electronic methods of notification.

When this takes effect: Upon proclamation of the Municipal Government Amendment Act.

Council and Administration Roles and Responsibilities

What’s currently in place: The MGA sets out the responsibilities for council and administration. The chief administrative officer (CAO) is the administrative head of the municipality, and the MGA lists numerous administrative responsibilities for the CAO.

What we heard: Municipalities have asked for flexibility to clarify administrative duties and the chief administrative officer’s ability to delegate, in order for municipalities to consider local circumstances. It is important for the separation between council and administration to be maintained.

What’s changing: Provide clarity on the administrative duties and the chief administrative officer’s ability to delegate.

When this takes effect: Upon proclamation of the Municipal Government Amendment Act.

Next steps

These changes to the MGA take effect when they are proclaimed to become law.

Check the status of Bill 20, Municipal Government Amendment Act

Questions?

Contact us with the details.