Under the authority of the Municipal Government Act (MGA), council must appoint a Chief Administrative Officer (CAOs). Section 207 of the MGA prescribes the duties of the CAOs:

  • Is the administrative head of the municipality;
  • Ensures that the policies and programs of the municipality are implemented;
  • Advises and informs the council on the operations and affairs of the municipality; and
  • Performs the duties and functions and exercises the powers assigned to a CAOs by this and other enactments or assigned by council.

For more information, see the Chief Administrative Officer Handbook.

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Municipal Advisory Services

Alberta Municipal Affairs provide support to municipal councillors and administrators in the form of workshops, advisory visits, and the Municipal Accountability Program (MAP) as follows:

MAP Workshops are offered upon the request of municipalities and may be customized to accommodate specific needs of council or administration.

MAP promotes an environment supportive of accountable, well-managed local governments. Its purpose is to assist municipalities with their knowledge of mandatory MGA requirements, aid municipalities in achieving legislative compliance with the MGA and other legislation under the purview of Municipal Affairs (MA) and to provide a collaborative partnership between the ministry and municipalities. MAP is mandatory for municipalities with populations of 5,000 or less and may be offered to all municipalities upon council request.

Municipal advisory services are presented at no charge to municipalities.


Connect with the Capacity Building Unit at Alberta Municipal Affairs:

Hours: 8:15am to 4:30pm (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