Since 2002, this annual award program has encouraged municipalities to share their successes by recognizing accomplishments in the provision of municipal services in Alberta. Each year municipalities, whether individually or in partnership with other organizations, have highlighted practices including new and unique approaches to issues, streamlined processes for existing practices and creative community partnerships.

2021 Award categories

The 2021 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence feature the following categories:

Building Economic Strength

Open to all municipalities

  • Award will be given for an innovative initiative involving the municipality and business community that addresses a challenge affecting community economic strength.

Enhancing Community Safety

Open to all municipalities

  • Award will be given for an innovative initiative that engages the community to address a safety issue. This could involve crime prevention, infrastructure enhancements (for example: lighting, accessibility, traffic calming measures) and community services initiatives.


Open to all municipalities

  • Award will be given for an innovative initiative involving a local or regional partnership that achieves results that could not have otherwise been accomplished by the municipality alone. This could involve cooperation, coordination and collaboration with other municipalities, businesses, Indigenous communities, non-profit organizations, community groups and other orders of government to achieve a specific outcome.

Service Delivery Innovation

Open to all municipalities

  • Award will be given for an innovative initiative that improves the delivery or reduces the cost of a program or service through a more efficient process or through the use of an alternate delivery approach.

Smaller Municipalities

Open to municipalities with populations less than 5,000

  • Award will be given for a municipal initiative that demonstrates leadership, resourcefulness or innovation, or both, to better the community.

Submission guidelines

All Alberta municipalities are eligible for the Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence. The Smaller Municipality category is the only category that is restricted to municipalities with population under 5,000.

Municipalities may submit one or 2 practices per year. Each practice can only be submitted once. This means the same practice cannot be submitted to more than one category.

The Awards program is open only to municipalities to apply, though other organizations can have a role in the submitted practice. This means the municipality applies for the award and can recognize its partners or other organizations, or both, as part of its submission.

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of municipal representatives, which will recommend award winners to the Minister.

Submissions must demonstrate that the practice addressed a community need and has been in place for a sufficient length of time to produce verifiable results.

How to submit a practice

Please use the submission form below to provide information about your municipal practice. Completed submission forms can be emailed to: [email protected].

The deadline to submit a practice for the 2021 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence is March 31, 2021.

2020 Award winners

The winners for the 2020 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence were:

  • Building Economic Strength Category – Town of Taber, Wastewater Operations Collaboration
  • Partnership Category – Town of Peace River, Sunrise Medical Clinic initiative
  • Service Delivery Innovation Category – City of Lethbridge, Tax and Assessment with HEART initiative
  • Smaller Municipalities Category – Town of Raymond, Net Zero Solar Project Initiative

For more information about all current and past winners, see the award recipients page.


For questions about the Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence program:

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: [email protected]