Municipal Government Act

Loss Prevention vs. Replacement:  Alberta Needs a Policy Framework for Sustainable Agriculture   The ELC’s Role in Moving from Conversion to Conservation With the support of our donors and noted experts in the field, the ELC is currently working on a project exploring the challenges and opportunities for moving...

Moving from Conversion to Conservation: Intermunicipal Planning and Agricultural Lands   Alberta has lost and continues to lose valuable agricultural lands.  As found in the Alberta Land Institute’s Economic Evaluation of Farmland Conversion and Fragmentation in Alberta, Summary of Findings (the “ALI Report”), there has been significant...

Keeping up the PACE: An Update on the Pace Program and Associated Regulations   A previous blog post “Picking up the PACE and Running with City Charters: An Update on Municipal Government Act” introduced Bill 10: An Act to Enable Clean Energy Improvements[1] which amended the Municipal Government...

 Amendments to the Environmental Powers of Municipalities: What has Changed? What Changes are on their Way? Municipalities play a key role in managing and protecting Alberta’s environment through regulation of private land uses and through local land use planning. Because of this, we at the ELC have been actively...

A wrap-up from October 3rd Green Regs 'n' Ham Who landed in the penalty box?   Tackling a topic that is of increasing concern to Albertans was on the agenda for an early morning breakfast talk on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017. Government representatives, environmental lawyers, industry professionals, law...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 910 8 Ave. SW, Calgary 7:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast buffet 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 7:45 a.m. Panel discussion 9:00 a.m. Wrap up, Coffee and Networking   [btnsx id="19487"]     When we think hockey fights, we think instigators, enforcers, refs, and penalties. When we think...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 University of Calgary Downtown Campus 910 8 Ave. SW, Calgary 7:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast buffet 7:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction 7:45 a.m. Panel discussion 9:00 a.m. Wrap up, Coffee and Networking From orphaned well sites to former creosote plants, municipalities face multiple challenges, legal, financial and...

Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act   The ELC is publishing a series of four volumes concerning Market-Based Instruments & the Alberta Land Stewardship Act.  This work is to encourage the use of MBIs in a way that benefits the environment and to identify what regulations...

MGA Review and Municipal Environmental Stewardship: You can still have your say   On November 22, 2016, the Government of Alberta continued its review and amendment process for the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Along with some amendments to Bill 21 made in committee the government indicated there...

Mind the Gap: The Municipal Government Act needs to bridge environmental management   The ongoing review of Alberta’s Municipal Government Act (MGA), along with the proposed amendments introduced in  Bill 21 this spring, presents a vital opportunity to enable municipal environmental governance.  In its current form Bill 21 provides...

As indicated in previous posts on this blog, the Alberta government has been actively reviewing the Municipal Government Act (MGA).  In their recent News Release, the Government has indicated that it will be introducing legislative amendments in May.   In addition, there will be several open...