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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23/04/2014Provide Your Input on the Future of Transportation in Alberta

The Government of Alberta is in the process of drafting a 50-year province-wide transportation strategy. Phase one of the process took place in February and March and featured eighteen community consultations held across Alberta. As the next step in the process, individuals and stakeholder organizations have been asked to provide online feedback by completing a short survey or a more detailed workbook. Organizations can also host their own group discussions and make submissions to Alberta [ ... ]

23/04/2014Deadline Extended! Provide Feedback About the Elected Officials Education Program and Win a Free E-Learning Course!

The Elected Officials Education Program(EOEP) is Alberta’s only professional education program designed for municipally elected officials. The AAMDC is running a short survey to get a better idea of members’ interest in and awareness of the EOEP. The survey is open to all AAMDC members, both those who have participated in the EOEP and those who have not. The survey was originally scheduled to close on April 16, 2014, but will now be open until May 7, 2014. If you complete  [ ... ]

23/04/2014Spring 2014 Advocacy Report Card - Now Available!

Following the adoption of resolutions at the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties’ (AAMDC) conventions, the AAMDC sends the resolutions to the appropriate level of government for response. Once a response is received, the AAMDC reviews the resolution and associated response in its entirety to determine if the resolution’s intent has been met.  The AAMDC has received responses to the Fall 2013 Resolutions and is pleased to provide the membership with an  [ ... ]

23/04/2014MGA Review Workbook – Chapters 9 and 11 - 13

In January, the Government of Alberta launched which includes details about the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and the review process. The MGA workbook is divided into 13 chapters and feedback can be provided online or in a fillable pdf format until April 30, 2014. In an effort to assist members in their submissions, the AAMDC has been issuing bulletins identifying key themes that could be considered when reviewing workbook chapters. Because of the high level of detai [ ... ]

23/04/2014AAMDC Submits Comments on Proposed Grade Crossing Regulations

The AAMDC has submitted comments to Transport Canada regarding the proposed Grade Crossing Regulations and Standards. The key recommendations in the submission can be summarized as follows: An assurance that railways will be responsible for clearing land of brush and other obstructions in order to meet standards for larger sightlines at crossings without automated warning systems. A system that will better empower rural municipalities to address and eliminate incidences of train [ ... ]