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City Charters will recognize the shared interests of provincial and municipal governments. The Charters will introduce three provincial-municipal policy and planning tables that will develop regular workplans and priorities, and report progress to elected officials and the public.

These tables will support the efficient use of public funds and delivery of public services; and identify opportunities to coordinate advocacy with the federal government.

Environment and Climate Change Policy and Planning table
This table will use each party’s expertise and resources to identify innovative approaches to shared priorities, driving more effective policies, saving taxpayer dollars and supporting more timely action.

Examples of policy proposals in this area:

  • Work together to encourage energy efficiency building labelling for the private sector
  • Collaborate on the development of alternative energy industries and district energy systems, which would contribute to diversification of our energy sector and enhance economic development in Alberta.
  • Improve coordination of efforts (including programs and funding on shared waste reduction goals, including waste-flow reporting).


Social Policy and Planning table
This table will identify how we can work better together to ensure that our facilities and venues offer a variety of opportunities for lifelong learning, are accessible and affordable and offer opportunities to reduce social isolation.
Examples of policy proposals in this area:
  • Seek ways to develop community hubs to optimize multiple uses of infrastructure and services. Identify uses, gaps and strengths and coordinate information with potential user groups
  • Create a province-wide electronic registration database for emergency social services, further expanding on the program and city support for evacuations across the province.
  • Develop a program for major sport and cultural event attraction in Edmonton and Calgary, including planning, designing and implementing major sport and cultural attractions.
  • Provide the cities with accountability for social planning, which may include research, analysis and coordination related to identification of needs to address social well-being and social development in the city.
Transportation Policy and Planning table
This table will help ensure that local and provincial projects support shared priorities, maximize the use of public resources, and enhance the quality of life in our cities and province.
Examples of policy proposals in this area:
  • Align infrastructure investment plans in order to facilitate smart growth and develop a sustainable, efficient transportation network.
  • Share their transportation infrastructure plans and priorities on a regular basis.
  • Work together to develop a transportation and land use strategy, including coordination of project priorities, and completion of joint planning studies to address long-term transportation issues
  • Update the Highway Penetrator Agreements.
  • Work together with CN and CP to develop a Rail Strategy for Edmonton and Calgary, including reduction of at-grade crossings.
  • Ensure infrastructure projects address the needs of pedestrians and cyclists through continued collaboration on planning and design to develop seamless networks.
  • Establish common, up-to-date policy and design guidelines that support walking and cycling
  • Review funding agreements to ensure eligibility of cycling and pedestrian projects.
Read the descriptions of the policy proposals in the area of Collaboration with other Governments.

For More Information

John Pater

Title Senior Policy Advisor



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