Advocacy works to ensure that provincial and federal decision-makers, industry and other relevant stakeholders understand and incorporate rural Alberta’s best interests in their policies.

The Board of Directors and Advocacy sit on numerous committees and task forces in order to build strong working relationships with key stakeholders. This increases our ability to influence legislation.

To ensure full transparency and accountability, Advocacy provides communications updates of all issues and meetings.

Advocacy positions are based on member resolutions passed at each convention.

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15/04/2014Resolutions for the Fall 2014 Convention

With district meetings approaching, the AAMDC would like to remind members of the important role resolutions play in identifying direction for association advocacy efforts.  To maximize these efforts, having well written resolutions that are clear, concise and include pertinent information are essential. Resolutions brought forward to convention should address issues that are provincial in scope or influence legislative changes that will impact municipalities. These issues are import [ ... ]

15/04/2014Closer to Home Initiative – New Water and Wastewater Toolkit Now Available

AAMDC has been a partner in the Closer to Home (C2H) Initiative, a project hosted by the Alberta Water and Wastewater Operators Association and funded in part by the Rural Alberta Development Fund since its inception in 2012. The Closer to Home Initiative wrapped up in January 2014 and has made available a new multi-media toolkit for water and wastewater utilities. Getting on the Right Track with Local Water & Wastewater Utilities is designed as an educational tool for elected officia [ ... ]

15/04/2014GreenTRIP Application Period Now Open

Alberta Transportation has opened a second call for Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) project applications on April 15, 2014. The deadline for receipt of applications is November 30, 2014. GreenTRIP is intended to support municipalities in developing sustainable public transit options and can be used to help purchase transit vehicles or to build transit terminals. The Government of Alberta has earmarked $2 billion for GreenTRIP over the life of the program. $800 million has [ ... ]

15/04/2014Municipalities Can Now Pre-Qualify Contractors for Transportation Projects

Alberta Transportation has announced a policy change that will allow municipalities to pre-qualify contractors for projects that will receive grant funding. The prequalification process must still follow the Agreement on Internal Trade and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement. The AAMDC is pleased that the association’s advocacy efforts on this matter have contributed to a positive policy change. This will allow municipalities to have greater flexibility when choosing contra [ ... ]

09/04/2014Learn to Effectively Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies

The Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) is Alberta’s only professional education program designed for municipally elected officials. The EOEP will be holding its Emergency Preparedness Planning course on Thursday, May 8th from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the AAMDC office in Nisku. The course will meet the following learning objectives: Understand Alberta’s emergency management legislation and framework. Explain the key elements of disaster preparedness an [ ... ]