Intermunicipal Dispute Resolution Initiative


The Intermunicipal Dispute Resolution Initiative encourages the use mediation or other dispute resolution alternatives to resolve intermunicipal conflict, rather than referring the issue to a higher authority.

Where appropriate, MDRS provides for a cost-sharing arrangement between municipalities and Alberta Municipal Affairs to cover 1/3 of the funding for mediation, with average grants of $15,000. 

The Service

The IDR Initiative is a service entered into voluntarily by municipalities who feel a neutral third party could help them get to an agreement. The MDRS team can help municipalities assess whether mediation or some other type of conflict resolution method is appropriate, and can help convene the process and ensure all the prerequisites are in place.

Municipalities contract directly with private mediators for their services. To facilitate this process, a roster of qualified mediators has been developed with the assistance of representatives from the urban and rural municipal associations of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society. Access the Mediator Roster…

The MDRS team will assist municipalities in completing the necessary forms to access grant money.

The service can be accessed at any time, regardless of the level of conflict escalation.

Municipal Issues and IDR Success Stories

The Intermunicipal Dispute Resolution Initiative can address a wide range of intermunicipal issues to produce agreement and long-term success. Learn more…

Mediator Roster

A roster of qualified mediators has been developed to help municipalities get started. Access the Mediator Roster…

Learn how mediators become part of the roster


Resolving Issues Together (PDF)

Mediation FAQs (PDF)

Mediation Handbook (PDF)

Mediation and dispute resolution videos

Contact Us

Contact a member of our team if you have any questions about our programs and services.