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Calgary City CouncilCouncil Accountability

The City of Calgary Council (“City Council”) is the governing body of The City of Calgary and the custodian of its powers, both legislative and administrative. The proper operation of democratic municipal government requires that elected officials be independent, impartial and duly responsible to the public.

The role and responsibilities of a Councillor are set out within the Municipal Government Act R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26. In order to promote transparency and accountability and to meet any legislated requirements, City Council has established policies and bylaws that guide Councillor conduct and require regular disclosure.​​​​

Code of conduct for elected officials​


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The City of Calgary Council is committed to fostering and achieving high standards of ethical conduct by members of Council. The Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (26M2018) (the “Bylaw”) establishes rules a Member of Council must follow in the discharge of their office and the powers and procedure of the Integrity Commissioner in exercising oversight over Members of Council.

This Bylaw meets the Municipal Government Act R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26 requirement for The City of Calgary to establish a bylaw code of conduct governing the conduct of members of Council.

The Integrity and Ethics Office has more information on the Integrity Commissioner and Ethics Advisor.

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Councillor disclosure statements​


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As outlined in the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (26M2018), a Member must disclose their real estate and financial holdings in accordance with the Disclosure Policy for Members of Council (CC044, 2014 November 04).

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For information relating to archived reporting periods, please email the Office of the Councillors.

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Councillor gifts and personal benefits​


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As outlined in the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (26M2018) (the "Bylaw"), a Member must disclose Gifts and Personal Benefits as required by section 35 of the Bylaw on a quarterly basis.

Section 35 of the Bylaw states, in part, that a Member must disclose all Gifts and Personal Benefits received with a value in excess of $50, except those received pursuant to a person’s volunteer time or activities provided to further the interests of the City or the Member’s Ward and should describe and/or include a photograph of the Gift or Personal Benefit, including its value if known; and indicate the source of the Gift or Personal Benefit, and the circumstances under which it was given or received.

Gifts or Personal Benefit received pursuant to s. 34(c), (d), (f) and (i) of the Bylaw must not have a value in excess of $500.00.

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Councillor budgets and expenses​


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As outlined in the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (26M2018), a Member, excluding the Mayor, must provide information on budgets and expenses to the Office of the Councillors in order to permit that Office to disclose those budgets and expenses as required by the Budget and Accounting Office of the Councillors Policy (PAC014, 2003 October 28) and the Posting Councillor Ward Budgets and Expenses Policy​ (CC027, 2006 January).

Budgets and expense reports are updated quarterly.​

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For information relating to archived reporting periods, please email the Office of the Councillors.

Councillor visitor registry


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Pursuant to section 30 of the Code of Conduct for Elected Officials Bylaw (26M2018), subject to a visitor’s consent, which the visitor must be encouraged to provide, a Member must disclose quarterly a list of persons with whom they or their staff have met in their offices, excluding media and City employees.

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​For information relating to archived reporting periods, please email the Office of the Councillors

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Councillor duties, compensation and benefits​


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The Municipal Government Act R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26 outlines the role of a Councillor and how City Council can make decisions through bylaws or resolutions.

On September 23, 2002, Council passed Bylaw 31M2002 which established the Council Compensation Review Committee (“CCRC”). This Committee is responsible for making recommendations to Council regarding its remuneration, pension, benefits and other forms of compensation, or levels thereof.

Councillor Duties, Remuneration and Benefits

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During its May 29, 2017, Council received CCRC’s recommendation on Councillor remuneration. It was during that meeting that Council carried a motion that “Council vote, before each election, to accept or reject the use of the Alberta Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) indicator for the next 4‐year term.”

In its final report to Council (CCRC2017‐0508), CCRC recommended the AWE be calculated taking the 12‐month average from October to September, which is the current process.

During its meeting on January 15, 2019, Council decided to freeze Councillor remuneration to the 2018 levels, which were in effect on January 01, 2018, at a rate of $113,325.63 per annum; taxable, for each Councillor.

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Pursuant to the Elected Officials Be​nefit and Pension Policy (CC038, 2009 November 19), Members of Council are eligible to participate in a benefits plan that is similar to the benefits provided to City Senior Management. Some benefits are optional and may require a premium to be paid by the Elected Official. An enrolment package and details are provided after each Elected Official has been sworn in.

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Pensions for elected officials at the City of Calgary, which include the Mayor and City Councillors, are governed by two plan documents: the Elected Officials Pension Plan ("EOPP") and the Supplementary Pension Plan for Elected Officials of the City of Calgary ("EOSP").

Elected officials are given the EOPP & EOSP Members' Handbook, which summarizes the EOPP and EOSP plans. A glossary is provided at the end of each handbook as a reference.

The Elected Officials' Pension Plan handbook​ was updated due to changes agreed upon by Council on January 23, 2012. For a precise interpretation of each plan, the official EOPP and EOSP plan documents should be referenced.

The EOPP is registered under the Alberta Employment Pension Plan Act and the Income Tax Act. EOPP members are required to make contributions to the plan. The City of Calgary is responsible for the balance of the funding requirements.

The design of the EOPP and ESOP is commonly referred to as a defined benefit pension plan.​


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Information regarding the issuance of donation receipts


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There have been recent reports regarding the efforts of a committee working to secure donations to The City of Calgary in an amount equivalent to the external legal fees and disbursements paid by The City as a result of a lawsuit involving Mayor Naheed Nenshi. The City wishes to provide additional information in regard to this matter.

Council amended its Indemnification of Members of City Council Policy (CC010, 1977 August 22) on March 14, 2016. As a result, Mayor Nenshi was required to donate an amount to The City equivalent to these fees and disbursements and/or to solicit donations to The City in this amount.

As has been reported, a committee has been seeking to secure these donations.

As a registered municipality, The City is entitled to receive donations and issue official donation receipts. All donations are being deposited into The City's general revenue account.

The City of Calgary will not be commenting on this further at this time.

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