Alberta government considers allowing cities to budget for deficits amid COVID-19

Alberta’s United Conservative Party government says it is considering the unprecedented step of allowing cities throughout the province to run deficits as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent financial impact. As it now stands, Alberta’s Municipal Government Act…

Alberta’s ‘Bits and Pieces’ medical supply program recognizes organizations’ help during COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta is recognizing more than 1,000 groups that have stepped up to support the province in a myriad of ways during the COVID-19 health crisis. The government said Friday that support has “poured in” from more than 1,100 non-profit and…

Alberta provincial government asks for feedback on municipal election rules

The United Conservative government wants to hear from Albertans — including voters, elected officials, community advocacy groups and campaign volunteers — about the rules that govern municipal and school board elections. For one month, between Feb. 4 and March 4,…

Some municipal politicians in Alberta fear partisan bent will be introduced into election campaigns

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu confirmed at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) President’s Summit in Edmonton that the provincial government is considering changes with regard to how municipal elections are run. Those changes that could potentially be legislated this…

Councillor feels Alberta municipal affairs minister considers Edmonton city council ‘urban pinkos’

While tabling a request for a report on housing at Wednesday’s Community and Public Services Committee, Councillor Michael Walters ripped Edmonton’s Members of the Legislative Assembly for what they’re not saying. “All Edmonton MLAs are complicit in this issue of…

Manufacturers, oil and gas industrial sites could get property tax break under new bill

A new bill before the legislature would allow municipalities to extend new commercial property tax exemptions to manufacturing, processing and other industrial sites to help towns attract and retain businesses. Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu speaks about the tabled legislation…

Alberta premier urges federal ministers to take province’s concerns seriously

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted November 20, 2019 7:00 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Premier Jason Kenney is urging federal cabinet ministers with portfolios of interest to Alberta to…

Municipalities can tax cannabis growers at commercial rates in 2020

Towns, counties and other municipalities will be allowed to charge cannabis growers commercial property tax rates in 2020, Alberta’s municipal affairs minister says. Cannabis growers could previously be deemed farms, which made them exempt from property taxes in Alberta. Dean…