Responsibilities and Conflict of Interest Guidelines

Orientation and Training

It is mandatory for each municipality to offer orientation training to each councillor, to be held within 90 days after the councillor take the oath of office. Understanding the relationships, roles and the responsibilities of an elected official and the associated limitations, will be critical to your success in the position. This training must include:

  • the role of municipalities in Alberta:
  • municipal organizations and functions;
  • key municipal plans, policies and projects;
  • roles & responsibilities of councils and councillors including the municipality's code of conduct;
  • roles and responsibilities of the chief administrative officer and staff;
  • budgeting and financial administration;
  • public participation policy;
  • any other topic prescribed by the regulations

Councillor's Responsibilities

  • Attend meetings - See Sections 153 (c) & 174, Municipal Government Act
  • Vote - See Sections 182-186, Municipal Government Act
  • Declare pecuniary interests - See Sections 169-173, Municipal Government Act
  • Perform general duties - See section 153, Municipal Government Act

The Municipal Government Act sets out some very clear rules and processes for elected officials to follow. Councillors are responsible for ensuring that they are meeting these legislated requirements.

Making Time for You

Time Management

As an active council member, there will be enormous demands on your time. There will be council, council committee, and various other meetings to attend. To participate effectively at these meetings, you must review and become familiar with the issues. Conventions and workshops sponsored by your municipal association, educational institutions and professional organizations will help provide you with tools to be an effective elected official. This will also help you to understand the broader picture on issues affecting the whole province or other municipalities. Telephone calls, visits from your constituents, and community events are all important components of the job. Managing time in order to adequately deal with personal and public demands is an important part of becoming an effective member of council.

Pecuniary Interests and Conflict of Interest

Membership on council is a position of trust. The Municipal Government Act describes pecuniary interest and sets out the procedure you must follow if a matter in which you have a pecuniary interest comes up at a meeting in which you are participating as a member of council. Failure to follow these procedures can lead to disqualification.

Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Municipal Councillors

In-Camera Discussions of Council

Performance Appraisal of a Chief Administrative Officer