Materials and Resources
A new online application system for the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) has been developed - GTF Online. The GTF Online system means that the GTF will no longer be administered through Alberta Transportation's Municipal Grant Management Application (MGMA).
GTF Online modernizes the way Municipal Affairs administers the GTF and enhances service delivery. This online grants management system will streamline municipalities' and Metis Settlements' ability to manage project applications, reporting, and provide the added ability to access key financial reporting information.
To facilitate the transition of the GTF from MGMA to GTF Online, municipalities and Metis Settlements will be unable to access GTF in MGMA or the GTF Online system from November 26, 2017 until the official GTF Online launch anticipated in early 2018. MGMA will continue to operate for other Transportation programs i.e. STIP.
Municipalities and Metis Settlements are encouraged to submit any outstanding GTF project applications and/or reporting through MGMA prior to November 26, 2017.
During the transition period, Municipal Affairs will continue to evaluate, process, and approve project applications received prior to November 26, 2017. Municipal Affairs will not be able to process allocation payments during the transition period.
Access to GTF Online will be available through MAConnect, the web portal that provide Government of Alberta staff and external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications. Municipalities that have not previously used MAConnect will have to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to GTF Online. To request a Stakeholder Agreement, please call 780-644-2413 (toll-free by dialing 310-0000 first).
Annual Expenditure Reports
Under the terms of the Gas Tax Fund Agreement, Municipal Affairs is required to prepare an Annual Expenditure Report (AER). The AER includes a narrative summarizing the results of the past year, a detailed listing of all approved projects and a summary of expended and unexpended funding provided to municipalities. The AER is approved by an auditor and submitted to Infrastructure Canada.
Please note: Additional information on signage requirements and downloadable graphic design files are available on the Infrastructure Canada website at www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pub/signage-panneaux/intro-eng.html.
As required by Alberta's Gas Tax Fund Agreement with the Federal Government, Municipal Affairs has prepared an "Alberta Approach to Asset Management". The multi-phase approach includes:
Publishing an inventory of current asset management tools and resources.
Supporting the development of new tools that support asset management.
Enhancing existing advisory services and training opportunities.
Assessing existing gaps and expanding tools and resources where required.
Reviewing corporate planning requirements as part of the MGA review.
Municipal Affairs will continue to work with the Municipal Sustainability Strategy stakeholder advisory committee on developing details for each aspect of the asset management approach.