2017 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence

Since 2002, this annual award program has encouraged municipalities to share their successes by recognizing accomplishments in the provision of municipal services in Alberta. Each year municipalities, whether individually or in partnership with other organizations, have highlighted practices including new and unique approaches to issues, streamlined processes for existing practices, and creative community partnerships.

Awards are given in five categories: Innovation; Partnerships; Safe Communities; Smaller Municipalities; and Larger Municipalities.

An Outstanding Achievement Award is given to recognize a municipality or municipal partnership that has helped to inspire action and change that has benefited local government practice in Alberta. This award, chosen by the awards review committee, recognizes the best submission from all categories.

The deadline for submissions for the 2017 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence has past. 

Submissions were accepted until March 31, 2017. Thank you to everyone for their submissions!

On This Page...

  1. 2017 Award Guidelines
  2. 2017 Award Categories
  3. 2017 Award Submission Forms
  4. 2017 Award Submission Review and Selection Process
  5. 2016 Minister's Awards of Municipal Excellence - Winners
  6. 2015 Minister's Awards of Municipal Excellence - Winners
  7. 2014 Minister's Awards of Municipal Excellence - Winners

QUESTIONS?  Please email menet@gov.ab.ca or phone 780-427-2225.

2017 Award Guidelines

* All municipalities are eligible.

* Municipalities may submit one or two practices per year. Each practice can only be submitted once in 2017 (i.e. the same practice cannot be submitted to more than one category).

* The Awards program is open only to municipalities to apply, though other organizations can have a role in the submitted practice (i.e. the municipality applies for the award and can recognize its partners/other organizations as part of its submission).


2017 Award Categories

Innovation – recognizes a leading practice embodying the first use of an idea in a municipal context in Alberta (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Partnerships – recognizes a leading municipal practice involving consultation, co-ordination and cooperation with other municipalities, jurisdictions or organizations (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Safe Communities – recognizes a leading practice focused on making municipalities safer through prevention and enforcement (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Smaller Municipalities – recognizes the innovative practices developed by communities with less than 3,000 residents;

Larger Municipalities  - recognizes the innovation and creativity of larger municipalities with populations of 500,000 or greater that have a substantial resource base and who can partner with departments within the municipality’s control.


2017 Award Submission Forms

To submit a practice for consideration, an Awards Submission Form must be completed.  Please choose the form below that corresponds to the category of the submission.

Innovation     Partnerships     Safe Communities   Smaller Municipalities    Larger Municipalities


2017 Award Submission Review and Selection Process

An independent Review Committee made up of representatives from various municipal associations will recommend award recipients to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.  The Review Committee considers the practices in relation to the size and available resources of the municipality, and the quality of the submission received.  Further information is available on the Award Submissions Form for each category.


2016 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence - Winners

Innovation Award: Town of Hinton – Participatory Budgeting

The Town of Hinton empowered its residents to determine how to use $100,000 of the town’s annual budget. Residents present project ideas and residents vote on the possible projects. Voting is open to all residents from 14 years old and up.   The town has completed this process for two years. The first year, bus shelters were built and the hall was renovated. The next year, the Master Trail plan was created to improve the trails throughout the town.

Contact:   Josh Yaworski (jyaworski@hinton.ca) - www.hinton.ca

Larger Municipalities Award: City of Calgary – Municipally-owned Fibre Infrastructure

The information technology business unit at the City of Calgary has leveraged capital works projects to build and deploy a fibre optic network to support city services. This approach has been effective in building over 450 kilometres of city fibre in use today. The City of Calgary has built the municipally-owned fibre infrastructure. Owning the infrastructure provides the city greater security and control of its networks. In turn, it is able to offer reliable and superior performance, lower costs, and scalability within a sustainable framework for the future.

Contact:  Heather Reed-Fenske (hfenske@calgary.ca) - www.calgary.ca

Partnership Award: Summer Village of Jarvis Bay – Shared Administration

Five summer villages (the Summer Village of Jarvis Bay, the Summer Villages of Birchcliff, Half Moon Bay, Norglenwold, and Sunbreaker Cove) share the same administration, but keep their individual councils, bylaws, and Chief Administrative Officers. This shared service achieves cost savings and enables the individual municipalities to work together without losing their own unique and individual identities, needs, and cultures.

Contact:  Phyllis Forsyth (pforsyth@sylvansummervillages.ca) - www.sylvansummervillages.ca

Partnership (Honorable Mention): County of St. Paul – St. Paul Occupational Health and Safety Program

The County of St. Paul, Towns of Elk Point and St. Paul, and the Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay partnered together to regionalize their Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) programs. A regional director of OH&S was hired along with an administrative position.  OH&S training, documentation, daily inspections, risk assessments, reporting of incidents, and prevention of incidents through training have increased. Work environments are now safer for employees and residents.

Contact: Kyle Attanasio (kattanasio@county.stpaul.ab.ca) - www.county.stpaul.ab.ca

Safe Community Award: City of Grande Prairie – Crime Prevention

The City of Grande Prairies has created a proactive crime prevention department which continues to build on the strengths of the city by using a co-ordinated approach to engage citizens, agencies, and businesses to reduce crime in the community.  As a result of the new department, the community’s knowledge of crime prevention awareness and resources to address potential crime has increased. Community members are better prepared to deal with unexpected and emergent crime issues. Citizens feel that their neighbourhoods are safer and experience a decrease in social isolation.

Contact:  Karen Gariepy (kgariepy@cityofgp.com) - www.cityofgp.com

Smaller Municipalities Award: Town of Bon Accord – Light Efficiency Community Standards

The Town of Bon Accord was designated as an International Dark Sky Community in 2015. It is the first in Canada and one of only 11 communities across the globe to receive this designation. The town implemented its Light Efficient Community Standards Bylaw which helped to reduce light pollution, through at least 10 projects supported and completed in the bylaw. This included street lighting retrofits by Public Works and outreach visits at local schools to inspire students to embrace the nighttime environment. The community hosts an annual Equinox Festival each September, which draws both residents and tourists to Bon Accord for a celebration of the night sky.

Contact:  Vicki Zinyk (vzinyk@bonaccord.ca) - www.bonaccord.ca


2015 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence - Winners

Innovation Category: Starland County for Starland Solar Initiative

Partnership Category: Clearwater County, Town of Rocky Mountain House, and Village of Caroline for  Inter-municipal Collaboration Committee (ICC)

Safe Communities Category:  Town of Sexsmith for Sexsmith Citizens on Patrol Society

Smaller Municipalities Category:  Summer Village of Grandview for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship

Larger Municipalities Category:  City of Calgary for Flexwork Hub  (note: new category for 2015)

Outstanding Achievement:  City of Edmonton for Brownfield Redevelopment Grant Program


2014 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence - Winners

Innovation Category: County of Vermilion River, Delta Waterfowl, Alberta Conservation Association, Cows and Fish, and Alberta Sustainable Resource Development for Alternative Land Use Services Partnership: City of Calgary, Federation of Calgary Communities, and Canadian Home Builders Association-Calgary Chapter for Transforming Planning

Safe Communities Category: City of Calgary and City of Calgary Public Communications for Text 9-1-1

Smaller Municipalities Category: Summer Villages of Ma-Me-O Beach, Argentia Beach, Crystal Springs, Golden Days, Grandview, Itaska Beach, Norris Beach, Poplar Bay, Silver Beach, and Sundance Beach for the Pigeon Lake Summer Villages Regional Emergency Management Plan

Outstanding Achievement: City of Airdrie for Online Census



  • Date modified: 2017-04-03