Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Calgary and Edmonton sign City Charter Framework Agreement with the Government of Alberta

The City of Calgary and City of Edmonton signed a Framework Agreement with the Government of Alberta yesterday, reinforcing their commitment to a new relationship that will be realized in City Charters specific to each of Alberta’s two largest cities.

With a Memorandum of Understanding already signed by the three parties in June 2012, the Framework Agreement signed yesterday is another constructive step toward creating specific legislation for Calgary and Edmonton that addresses the unique scale and scope of issues faced by the large cities.

The Framework Agreement confirms the intention and process needed to provide the cities with greater flexibility in some of their local decision-making, and enable them to improve their ability to respond to, and take action on, the local needs and expectations of citizens.

“This is a very positive first step in creating a new relationship between the province and our big cities, but we still have a lot of work to do. I’m looking forward to working with Mayor Iveson and the provincial government on this file,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The Framework Agreement outlines an aggressive timeline for the work to unfold from this point forward, with the first phase in place by the spring of 2015.

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