Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks: Lac Ste. Anne County & Town of Mayerthorpe
The Government of Alberta mandated Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) on October 26, 2017 for the purpose of fostering cooperation between neighboring municipalities. The key areas of focus are transportation, water/wastewater, solid waste, emergency services, recreation and any other services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities who are party to the ICF.
The legislation specifically mentions cost-sharing to ensure municipalities contribute adequately to facilities and services that benefit their residents, including those supplied by another municipality. Although not rooted in finances, out of necessity, these ICF negotiations must include discussions about the dollars and cents.
With support from partners including the Government of Albert, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association developed this workbook as a resource for municipalities in developing ICFs.
In addition, the legislation states that efficiencies must be sought through integrated strategic planning and delivery of services and that thoughtful stewardship of scarce resources be at the forefront of the conversations.