Municipal Government Act Review

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) is the legislative framework in which all municipalities and municipal entities across the Province of Alberta operate.

The MGA is being updated and modernized to best serve Albertans for decades to come. Part of this has been conducting extensive public consultations. From February to April of 2014, sessions were held across the province to gain insight from stakeholders on how to improve the MGA. The results of the consultations are on the MGA Review public consultation website.

The current MGA is one of Alberta’s largest pieces of legislation, containing 18 parts and more than 650 sections. The MGA provides the governance model for cities, towns, villages, municipal districts, specialized municipalities, and other forms of local government. It lays the foundation for how municipalities operate, how municipal councils function, and how citizens can work with their municipalities.

The MGA contains three major “themes” or areas of focus:
  • governance;
  • planning and development; and
  • assessment and taxation.
The MGA review will examine all parts of the Act simultaneously, so that the result is one well-considered piece of legislation that is practical to navigate and use.  The objective is to ensure that modern, effective and leading-edge legislation is in place for the municipalities, citizens, and businesses of Alberta.


For more information on the review, please visit

  • Date modified: 2016-12-22