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Intergovernmental & Corporate Strategies



Intergovernmental & Corporate Strategy's (ICS) mandate is to support Council directions and advance The City of Calgary’s strategic interest. We work collaboratively with City departments and business units to identify issues and opportunities to advocate to other orders of government including regional and civic partners.

Our work focuses on evolving Government Relations conversations into Corporate Strategy actions.

 

 
 
 An important part of the work Intergovernmental & Corporate Strategy does involves The City’s legislative framework, which is currently comprised of three main pillars: The Municipal Government Act, City Charter and Growth Management Board. Through these three pillars of legislation, we work collaboratively with The Corporation to identify emerging and potential opportunities and aid in the development of the corporate strategy needed to fill related gaps. Essentially, we transform government relations into corporate strategy.

 

Muni Government Act

Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the law under which all Alberta municipalities are empowered to shape their communities. The MGA defines how The City of Calgary and other municipalities function, develop land, raise funds for things like services, and more.

Currently, the Government of Alberta is in the process of modernizing the MGA, which was first established in 1967 and it had not been comprehensively review until now. The province and The City of Calgary are working collaboratively on this review and The City’s MGA Review Submission is published and available for viewing.

As part of the review there have been two legislative amendments and two amendment Bills (Bill 20 – Municipal Government Amendment Act and Bill 21 – Modernized Municipal Government Act) which have led to the province and its two largest municipalities, Calgary and Edmonton, developing City Charters and Growth Management Boards.

City Charter

City Charter

The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton are working with the Government of Alberta to develop City Charters.

A city charter is a regulation that provides a city with specific flexibilities and authorities to better meet the needs of citizens. The city charters for Calgary and Edmonton will enable the cities to modify or replace provisions in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) or any other provincial Act or regulation, where the province has specifically granted authority to do so.

A City Charter is intended to cover a range of issues from simple administrative efficiencies to complex regulatory changes. Unless explicitly outlined in the charters, all other legislation will continue to apply to the two cities.

Having Calgary-specific legislation in the form of a City Charter will better enable us to make local decisions and policies to address the large-scale challenges we face. The Charters will create the appropriate mechanisms to provide increased authority or flexibility to Calgary in a wide range of areas, including governance, planning and development, assessment and taxation, social policies and programs, energy and the environment, transportation and economic policies.

The Charter will also enable Council to develop new fiscal frameworks to provide programs and services to Calgarians to optimize efficiencies and build a strong, economically vibrant Calgary.

Fiscal framework

The cities of Calgary and Edmonton and province have agreed to a scope of work to develop a renewed fiscal framework that will consider the following elements.

New infrastructure funding formula

The province has agreed to work with the cities to replace the existing capital grants system with a funding formula based on provincial revenues.

This would mean that the cities share in the variability of provincial revenues. It provides greater predictability for both the cities and the province. This would also mean that funding would grow with the economy, which would allow cities to make investments to keep up with growth pressures.

This new system would provide predictability to both the cities and the province about funding levels, and recognize the important role that the cities have in making investments that support economic growth in Alberta.

Administrative efficiencies

The three parties will explore options for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing municipal authorities.

This will be limited to authorities that are currently authorized by the Municipal Government Act, and may include changes to the length and duration of Local Improvement Taxes. The three governments will also review eligible uses for special taxes to determine if the current list is appropriate for modern infrastructure projects.

Improve the administration of the destination marketing fee

The three parties will explore potential opportunities to improve the administration of the existing voluntary destination marketing fee that is charged by some hotels. The goal is to enhance the transparency and accountability of the revenue generated from the fee, which will continue to be directed towards tourism activities.

Increase municipal responsibility for debt management

The three parties have agreed to develop options for increasing accountability of the cities for their debt by allowing them to adopt their own stringent debt management policies, including the need to get a credit rating. This recognizes the cities’ capacity to manage their own debt.

Currently both Edmonton and Calgary’s policies far exceed the minimum standards set out in the MGA, and this will allow them to set out stringent and accountable standards for themselves.

For more information on the City Charter and Fiscal Framework please contact Jeremy Clarke at 268-1104 or jeremy.clarke@calgary.ca.

Collab Agreement

Collaboration Agreement

City charters will include both regulatory changes and a collaboration agreement. The collaboration agreement will support ongoing, long-term coordination between the two cities and the Government of Alberta. The collaboration agreement is a commitment by the 3 governments to cooperate on emerging matters of mutual interest.

The collaboration agreement highlights 3 policy and planning tables – forums for representatives from the cities and province to regularly work towards joint goals regarding:

  • social policy
  • transportation
  • environment and climate change

The policy and planning tables will develop workplans and priorities, and are committed to report their progress to the public and elected officials.

For more information about the collaboration agreement, contact Devery Corbin at 268-1414 or Devery.Corbin@calgary.ca.

Growth Mgmt Board

Growth Management Board (Calgary Region)

The metropolitan region of Calgary has been required by the Government of Alberta to establish a regional Growth Management Board under the Modernized Municipal Government Act. The intent of the Board is to promote the long term sustainability of their respective regions. The province recognizes that ongoing growth in Calgary continues to generate increased demand for services and infrastructure, pressure on the natural and built environments, and opportunities for economic prosperity. The Calgary Region Growth Management Board will play a critical role in addressing these matters, ensuring regional collaboration and coordinated decision-making towards the shared outcomes that benefit all members of the region.

Key deliverables of the Growth Management Boards are to create a Growth Plan and a Metropolitan Servicing Plan. The Growth Plan is to address land use, priority growth areas, and identifies utility, transportation, and recreation corridors. The Metropolitan Servicing Plan will identify the services required to support the implementation of the regional Growth Plan and to support the optimization of shared services to enhance the use of rate payer dollars.