The AAMDC is pleased to share news that the Hon. Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs, has committed to renewing the current Well Drilling Equipment Tax (WDET) regulation for a further five-year period. This past spring, the AAMDC participated in Municipal Affairs’ review of the WDET regulation which also included representatives from several rural municipalities, the Alberta Rural Municipal Administrators’ Association, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and the oil and gas industry.

The review identified a number of complex issues which have been summarized in a report titled, Well Drilling Equipment Tax Stakeholder Consultation Report. The report is expected to be available on the Municipal Affairs website in the near future.

Due to the complexity of the issues, all stakeholders acknowledged that a more comprehensive review is needed in order to develop a long-term solution to road damage related to oil and gas development. The Minister will grant the five-year extension to allow time for that discussion to continue. In a letter to the AAMDC, Minister Griffiths stated, “In the meantime, I would also like to encourage municipalities and industry to work together to plan road use prior to the commencement of drilling activity. This collaborative work will not only increase communication, but also assist to mitigate future issues”.

In 2012, the WDET provided $39 million in funding to rural municipalities. As such, the AAMDC recognizes the importance of the WDET in supporting rural road infrastructure projects. During the review, the AAMDC brought forward several issues including the need for the WDET to apply to re-workings of existing well sites (7-11F), the need for formula adjustments to better compensate for shallow well activities, and the need for an overall increase in compensation levels.

While no changes have been made to the WDET, we are pleased with the Minister’s decision to renew the existing regulation and we look forward to continued discussion on how the regulation can be improved to support the needs of all members.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Darren Reedy

Policy Analyst


Kim Heyman

Director of Advocacy and Communications



Latest News

09 Oct 2015 15:19 Understanding Bridge Opt-Outs Under the Navigation Protection Act

As of April 1, 2014, the federal legislation that governs navigation of Canada’s waterways underwent significant changes, when the new Navigation Protection Act (NPA) replaced the former Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA). Overall, the new NPA will reduce the administrative burden on...

Read More ...
09 Oct 2015 15:08 Attend a Workshop on Alternative Transportation for Seniors!

The University of Alberta’s Medically At-Risk Driver Centre (MARD), in collaboration with Alberta Seniors and based on input from the AAMDC, AUMA, and other partners, has developed a Toolkit for the Implementation of Alternative Transportation for Seniors in Alberta. The toolkit will provide...

Read More ...
09 Oct 2015 15:04 EOEP Survey Deadline Extended!

The Elected Officials Education Program (EOEP) is undergoing a refresh, and we need your help! The EOEP, which is jointly owned and operated by the AAMDC and AUMA, has been providing Alberta’s municipal community with professional development for almost ten years. Because municipal issues,...

Read More ...


To enhance the buying power of all members and associate members by ensuring the availability of quality, competitively-priced goods and services on a province wide basis.

Jubilee Insurance

Jubilee Insurance Agencies Ltd. has been helping make organizations safer for over 50 years.

PFA Canada

PFA Canada helps create mutually beneficial relationships between fuel suppliers and our AAMDC member municipalities and associations.


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.