AUMA, in partnership with AAMDC and Alberta Municipal Affairs, is pleased to announce the release of two new tools for municipalities to implement the recent changes to the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
Councillor Code of Conduct: A Guide for Municipalities
The revised MGA requires all municipalities to develop a council code of conduct; however, the province has left the details of each municipality’s code of conduct to be determined locally.
The resource is broken into two parts:
- The first part is an explanation of codes of conduct and what the legislative amendments require.
- The second part is an actual template that municipalities can use and adapt to their local context.
Public Participation and Public Notification: A Guide for Municipalities
As part of the revised MGA, every municipality in Alberta must develop a public participation policy to identify how they will engage with their citizens and include them in decision-making. The revised MGA also enables municipalities to develop a public notification bylaw that outlines public notification methods for advertising proposed bylaws, resolutions, meetings, public hearings, or other municipal business. The methods may include electronic advertising such as social media or a municipal website.
The resource is broken into the two sections:
- Background on public participation and public notification
- Policy and bylaw templates.
For more information on public participation policies and the requirements of the new MGA, please see the MGA Implementation Fact on Public Participation Policy.
For more information on public notification and the requirements of the new MGA, please see the MGA Implementation Factsheet on Advertisement Bylaws – Public Notification Methods.