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    Minister Ric McIver

    Ric McIver was sworn in as Minister of Municipal Affairs on June 9, 2023.

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Mandate letter

The Premier's mandate letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs outlines the objectives and priorities of the work they will focus on in their role.

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Accomplishments

The first set of legislative changes, aimed at reducing regulatory burden on Alberta’s municipalities, has been passed with Bill 25 – the Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act.

Alberta is the first province in Canada to allow taller wood building construction. Advancements in fire protection and technology mean we can do so without compromising safety.

Since Spring 2019, the Safety Codes Council has been eliminating duplicative paperwork and moving services online where possible, including for appeals, accreditation applications, and permit administration.

The oil and gas sector can now rely on registered engineers to authenticate equipment rather than upgrade or alter existing equipment, or engage a third-party inspection agency.

Government is focused on protecting the rights of landowners and operators and ensuring fair and timely hearings. We have made an investment of $1.7 million in staff and board members for the Alberta Surface Rights Board.

Key information

  • We are meeting our commitment to provide municipalities with predictable, long-term infrastructure funding by developing the Local Government Fiscal Framework Act.

Our responsibilities

The ministry helps municipalities provide well-managed, collaborative, and accountable local government to Albertans. We also provide:

  • funding supports for municipalities
  • a system that strives to ensure appropriate safety standards for the construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment
  • protections for new home buyers and required licensing for home builders
  • province-wide support for access to public library services for Albertans
  • safety codes, standards, and supports under the Safety Codes Act
  • management of about 2.6 million acres of public land in the province's three Special Areas
  • independent review and decisions on local matters by the Land and Property Rights Tribunal

In focus

Taking quick, effective action to cut costs and deliver relief to help families, businesses and vulnerable Albertans.
Municipalities can offer property tax incentives to attract business, boost economic development and revitalize communities.

Latest news

  • Jan 16, 2024

    Minister of Municipal Affairs Ric McIver issued the following statement on Edmonton city council’s Jan. 16 motion to declare a housing emergency:

  • Dec 18, 2023

    Alberta’s government is proposing changes to the city charters to help limit potential housing cost increases while still supporting the unique needs of Alberta’s largest urban centres.

  • Dec 15, 2023

    Local governments now have more clarity about the funding they will receive from the province for capital projects when the Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF) launches in 2024.

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