The Province is currently refreshing the Municipal Government Act (MGA), the document that gives municipalities their powers. Cities do not exist, legally, by right. Our provincial governments give them legal life by the delegation of powers through the MGA. While one MGA will apply to all municipalities in Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton have been negotiating for an additional layer of delegation known as City Charters. These documents will allow the Cities a little more room to operate and make decisions outside of the blanket roles given to the rest of the province.
The Government of Alberta, The City of Calgary and City of Edmonton have been working collaboratively since 2014 to develop City Charters, which are special legislative agreements that will redefine the Province’s governing relationship with our two biggest cities – Calgary & Edmonton.
Charters will provide city councils and citizens with more authority over local decisions so we can build local solutions to the challenges and opportunities we face now and in the future.
Calgary’s and Edmonton’s City Charters will be developed through regulation under the MGA and the MGA will continue to guide the majority of what Calgary and Edmonton do from day to day. The City Charters will focus on some key policy areas amended to address each city’s specific needs, align funding with responsibilities, and provide the flexibility to respond effectively to future challenges and opportunities.
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 pm
Calgary Elks Lodge & Golf Club
2502 6 Street NE
October 12, 2016
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Carriage House Inn
9030 Macleod Trail S
Learn more about Calgary’s proposed City Charter at calgary.ca/citycharter.
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