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The City Charter

 

The province of Alberta continues to evolve and has undergone significant economic and demographic changes in the past few decades. Its two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, are experiencing rapid population change, and citizen expectations have evolved.   Now, more than ever, citizens look to their governments to be efficient and responsive to their needs and to support their social well-being, contribute to their economic prosperity and help protect their environment. Developing City Charters is one way we will modernize our governance and act on these citizen expectations.

City Charters are special legislative agreements that will redefine the relationship governing our two big cities. The Municipal Government Act (MGA)Municipal Government Act (MGA) will continue to guide the majority of what Calgary and Edmonton do from day to day, but as the governing legislation for all of Alberta’s municipalities it is a one-size-fits-all approach. City Charters will focus on some key policy areas amended to address the cities’ specific needs, aligning funding with responsibilities, and providing the flexibility needed to ensure Alberta’s two largest cities remain accountable to citizens and respond effectively to future challenges and opportunities.

The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and the City of Edmonton are working together in partnership and carefully considering the shared interests of all three parties. The City Charters are intended to address the evolving needs, responsibilities and capabilities of the two big cities in a way that best meets the unique needs of their communities. The collaborative process of developing these Charters for Calgary and Edmonton will likely result in Charters for each city that are similar, but not exactly the same – much like the cities themselves.

The Edmonton and Calgary City Charters are expected to be adopted before the civic elections in October 2017.

City Charter – Next Steps

The three parties involved are currently planning the upcoming City Charter stakeholder and public engagement and communications activities expected to take place in September 2016. This engagement period is a chance for citizens and stakeholders to get involved in the City Charter process and learn how this new legislation will make a difference for them and for their cities.

You are invited to attend one of two public information sessions to find out more about Calgary’s proposed City Charter:

October 11, 2016
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club

Dining Room
2502 - 6 Street N.E.
Calgary, AB

October 12, 2016
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Carriage House Inn

Windsor Ballroom
9030 Macleod Trail S
Calgary, AB

Please, continue to check back for regular updates on The City’s Charter progress. 

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