Council is the governing body of the municipal corporation and the custodian of its legislative powers under the authority of the Municipal Government Act (MGA). Councillors exercise the powers of the municipality through decisions made at council meetings and define the policies and direction that municipal administration will put into action. Section 153 of the MGA prescribes the duties for all locally elected councillors:
- to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and bring to council's attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the municipality
- to participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality
- to participate in council meetings, council committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by council
- to obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the CAO or a person designated by the CAO
- to keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council or council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public
- to perform any other duty or function imposed on councillors by this or any other enactment or by council.
The following links provide more information specific to the role of municipal councillor:
- What Every Councillor Needs to Know!
- Pecuniary Interest for Municipal Councillors
- Closed Meetings of Council
- Municipal Sustainablity Strategy
- Hiring a Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
- Performance Appraisal System (CAO)
- Municipal Government Board
- Running for Municipal Office in Alberta: A Candidate's Guide
Municipal Advisory Services
Alberta Municipal Affairs provide support to municipal councillors and administrators in the form of workshops and advisory visits as follows:
- Roles and Responsibilities for elected officials and administrators
- Procedures, bylaws, agendas and minutes
- Assessment, taxation and tax recovery
- New administrator's advisory visit
Workshops may be provided upon the request of municipalities. Neighboring municipalities are encouraged to coordinate regional sessions to ensure the attendance of approximately 20 - 40 participants for efficiency purposes and cost effectiveness. In specific instances, support sessions may be customized to accommodate specific needs of council or administration in a community. Municipal advisory services are presented at no charge to municipalities. Please call Municipal Advisory Services at (780)427-2225 - toll free by dialing 310-0000 first for more information.
Municipal Dispute Resolution Services
Municipal Dispute Resolution Services hosts a variety of workshops which are offered to municipal staff, elected officials, and community leaders to enhance skills in negotiation, public input, and workplace conflict management. More information on workshops and registration is available here.