Legislated reporting requirements

The Municipal Government Act requires that each municipality prepare annual audited financial statements and a financial information return. Both reports should be returned to Alberta Municipal Affairs by May 1, of each year.

We have developed a short guide to assist municipal officials and other stakeholders to interpret the financial statements.

A set of customizable slides is also available for download and meant for presenting the financial statements:

For help completing and remitting financial reporting forms, contact an advisor.

Annual financial statements

Sample financial statements are available as a reference in the preparation of the 2019 annual audited statements for a municipality.

A signed and dated copy of the annual audited financial statements, including the auditors' report, should be submitted using the secured link for your municipality.

Audited financial statements should be submitted with the financial information return, using the instructions found in the Financial Information Return section below.

Financial Information Return

COVID-19 response

As a result of COVID-19, the minister has extended the submission deadline for the 2019 Financial Information Return from May 1, 2020 to October 1, 2020.

For more information about Alberta’s COVID-19 response, visit COVID-19 info for Albertans.

The 2019 Financial Information Return (FIR) is now available. The 2019 FIR template and the unique submission link were emailed to all chief administrative officers on January 15, 2020. The template requires Microsoft Excel 2007, or newer, to complete.

A signed and dated copy of the FIR, including the auditors' report, should be scanned and submitted using the secured link for your municipality.

If the email for the 2019 FIR template and your municipality’s unique submission link was lost, email lgs.update@gov.ab.ca to obtain the template and submission link.


Connect with Alberta Municipal Affairs:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2225
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: lgsmail@gov.ab.ca