AUMA and RMA have been working on updating the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Workbook that was released in 2018. The updated Workbook is now complete and available on the AUMA website. The updates ensure that the content of the Workbook aligns with amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) made in Bill 25, Red Tape Reduction Implementation Act, 2019, which was passed by the Alberta Legislature on December 5, 2019.
Bill 25 MGA amendments related to ICFs included:
- simplifying reporting requirements;
- authorizing adoption by resolution;
- removal of specific list of service areas that must be addressed;
- focusing content on intermunicipal services only (note: AUMA still recommends that municipalities complete a full inventory of services provided to ensure that no services that benefit residents in other municipalities are missed);
- limiting scope of arbitration to areas of disagreement and other modifications to the arbitration process aimed to provide guidance;
- enabling, instead of requiring, members of a Growth Management Board to complete ICFs with one another; and
- allowing ICFs to be completed without an Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) where there is mutual agreement.
Please remember that the deadline for completing rural to urban ICFs remains April 1, 2020.
If you have any questions on ICFs or the ICF change management resources, please contact AUMA’s advocacy team at firstname.lastname@example.org.