Materials and Resources
A new online application system for the Federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) has been developed - GTF Online. The GTF Online system means that the GTF will no longer be administered through Alberta Transportation's Municipal Grant Management Application (MGMA). MGMA will continue to operate for other Transportation programs, e.g., STIP.
GTF Online modernizes the way Municipal Affairs administers the GTF and enhances service delivery. This online grants management system will streamline municipalities' and Métis Settlements' ability to manage project applications, reporting, and provides the added ability to access key financial reporting information.
GTF Online is available through MAConnect, the web portal that provides Government of Alberta staff and external stakeholders secure access to Municipal Affairs' key business applications. Municipalities that have not previously used MAConnect will have to enter into a Stakeholder Agreement before requesting access to GTF Online. To request a Stakeholder Agreement, please call 780-644-2413 (toll free by dialing 310-0000 first).
Annual Expenditure Reports
Under the terms of the Gas Tax Fund Agreement, Municipal Affairs is required to prepare an Annual Expenditure Report (AER). The AER includes a narrative summarizing the results of the past year, a detailed listing of all approved projects and a summary of expended and unexpended funding provided to municipalities. The AER is approved by an auditor and submitted to Infrastructure Canada.
Municipal Affairs is required to prepare outcomes reports for the federal government in 2018 and 2023 describing how communities benefit from federal GTF funding. The report also describes the impact of GTF as a predicatable source of funding and how local governments are improving their planning and asset management practices. The 2018 Outcomes Report was accepted by Infrastructure Canada in June 2018.
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As required by Alberta's Gas Tax Fund Agreement with the Federal Government, Municipal Affairs has prepared an "Alberta Approach to Asset Management". The multi-phase approach includes:
- Publishing an inventory of current asset management tools and resources.
- Supporting the development of new tools that support asset management.
- Enhancing existing advisory services and training opportunities.
- Assessing existing gaps and expanding tools and resources where required.
- Reviewing corporate planning requirements as part of the MGA review.
Municipal Affairs will continue to work with the Municipal Sustainability Strategy stakeholder advisory committee on developing details for each aspect of the asset management approach.