MGA: CHBA - Alberta's Involvement
CHBA – Alberta began its involvement in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) Review shortly after it was announced in 2012. Since that time staff and member volunteers have attended hundreds of hours of meetings and consultations while preparing numerous detailed submissions on behalf of our industry. Throughout this process CHBA – Alberta has worked closely with UDI Alberta to ensure that wherever possible, messaging is consistent and that we provide a unified voice for industry. This includes the continued work of joint CHBA – Alberta & UDI Alberta MGA Review Committee.
In addition to the formal process, CHBA – Alberta staff has been active on the government relations front through meetings with the various Ministers of Municipal Affairs, key staffers and other elected officials to ensure our voice is heard. This work will continue in the coming months as we are reaching the critical point in the overall process.
The MGA Review involves three separate yet interrelated streams or layers of policy: the MGA, Associated Regulations and City Charters. The following provides a brief breakdown of each along with links to the submissions we are permitted to make publicly available.
The main piece of legislation which provides broad policy direction and enabling powers. Though a number of submissions were made in the period of 2012 to 2015, key stakeholders were held under confidentiality agreements. Click any of the following links to view the latest submissions made by CHBA – Alberta specific to the MGA:
- Final Submission at Conclusion of Preliminary MGA Consultations (September 22, 2015)
- Response to Draft MGA (July 29, 2016)
- Letter to Minister Larivee Regarding Amendments to Bill 21 (November 28, 2016)
- CHBA – Alberta and UDI Alberta Response to Additional Amendment Proposals (January 31, 2017)
Regulations provide the specific details and rules related to many of broad policies provided for in the MGA (i.e. development levies, inclusionary housing and intermunicipal collaboration). As part of the MGA Review, 45 regulations were reviewed / created and in many ways these are just as important as the MGA itself. CHBA – Alberta attended weekly stakeholder workshops on key regulations over a three month period along with providing detailed submissions advocating on behalf of our industry. Some of the following were joint submissions prepared by CHBA – Alberta and UDI Alberta:
- Subdivision and Development Regulation (September 9, 2016)
- Municipally Controlled Corporations Regulation (September 16, 2016)
- Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation (September 23, 2016)
- Inclusionary Housing Regulation (October 7, 2016)
- Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks Regulation (October 26, 2016)
- Principles and Criteria for Off-Site Levies Regulation (November 21, 2016)
- Provincial Highway Levy (June 16, 2017)
Charters for Calgary and Edmonton will be drafted as regulations, however, they will be different in the fact that they could grant specific powers that are different than those provided to other municipalities under the MGA. Limited information, outside of a preliminary overview package, has been provided and no direct consultation with industry or the public has occurred. CHBA – Alberta provided a comprehensive response to the preliminary discussion guide and will respond to any subsequent releases.
- CHBA – Alberta Response to Charter Overview Package (November 10, 2016)