COVID-19 response: Deadline extended

In order to allow municipalities to focus on their efforts to prepare their communities for the containment of COVID-19, the deadline for municipalities to submit a practice for the 2020 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence has been extended to May 31, 2020.

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

2019 Award Winners

The winners for the 2019 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence are:

  • Innovation Award – Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
  • Safe Communities Award – Town of Claresholm
  • Partnership Award – County of Warner
  • Larger Municipalities Award – City of Calgary
  • Smaller Municipalities Award – Town of Bruderheim
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – County of Barrhead

For more information about the all current and past winners, please see the Award Recipients page.


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.

2020 Award categories

The 2020 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence features new 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 that corresponds to the award category for your municipal practice. Completed submission forms can be emailed to:


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)