Alberta Municipal Affairs

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Alberta Municipal Affairs is a ministry of the Executive Council of Alberta. Its major responsibilities include assisting municipalities in the provision of local government, administering a safety system for the construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment, and managing Alberta's network of municipal and library system boards.[1]

In October 2011, Hector Goudreau[2] was replaced as the Minister for Municipal Affairs by Doug Griffiths.


The Municipal Affairs ministry was established on December 20, 1911, following the example set in Saskatchewan, with the purpose of implementing the new municipal legislation regarding incorporation of towns, villages, rural municipal districts, improvement districts and cities.[3]

Legislation passed in 1968, such as the Municipal Government Act[4] and Local Authorities Election Act,[5] further improved and consolidated the provision of local government in the province.

On December 15, 2006, the new ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing was created from Alberta Municipal Affairs and Seniors and Community Supports. Libraries, community and voluntary sector services, previously under the authority of Alberta Community Development, were amalgamated in the new ministry.[6]

On March 12, 2008, Premier Stelmach reverted Municipal Affairs and Housing back to Municipal Affairs by moving the responsibilities over housing and the voluntary sector to the new ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs and Culture and Community Spirit respectively.[7]

Ministry structure[edit]

Alberta's Ministry of Municipal Affairs includes "Local Government Services" and "Public Safety".

Local Government Services provides support, advice and other assistance to Alberta's urban, rural and specialized municipalities. Branches include Municipal Services, Assessment Services, and the Special Areas Board.[citation needed]

Public Safety's mandate includes safe buildings, equipment and facilities and emergency response, regulated by the Safety Codes Act.[8] Public Safety comprises Safety Services, Alberta Emergency Management Agency and the Office of the Fire Commissioner.[citation needed]

Municipal Government Board[edit]

The Municipal Government Board is a provincial tribunal in Alberta, Canada.[9] It is established pursuant to the Municipal Government Act.[10] The MGB hears appeals from subdivision applications involving a provincial interest, appeals of linear property assessments, intermunicipal disputes, municipal annexations, and other matters.


  1. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Municipal Affairs - Major responsibilities". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Municipal Affairs: The Minister". Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  3. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Development of Municipalities in Alberta". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  4. ^ Alberta Queens Printer. "Municipal Government Act". Archived from the original on 7 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  5. ^ Alberta Queens Printer. "Local Authorities Election Act". Archived from the original on 1 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  6. ^ Province of Alberta (2006-12-15). "New cabinet team will focus on listening to Albertans and meeting their priorities, says Premier Stelmach". Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  7. ^ Province of Alberta (2008-03-12). "Premier Stelmach sets out priorities; names new Cabinet, reorganizes portfolios". Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  8. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs. "Public Safety". Archived from the original on 15 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  9. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs, Municipal Government Board Website. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  10. ^ CanLii, Municipal Government Act. Retrieved 2012-06-01.

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