Municipal Collaboration and Mediation

Alberta Municipal Affairs, Municipal Dispute Resolution Services provides assistance in building collaboration between and within municipalities across Alberta.

Services include offering a number of courses to build knowledge in the fields of negotiation, public input and workplace conflict and helping municipalities to work internally within their own municipality and inter-municipally to build capacity to collaborate.

The team also provides mediation/facilitated negotiation services to municipalities who have disputes with another municipality or with a regional entity such as a regional services commission. The team:

  • works with municipalities to determine whether or not disputes are suitable for mediation
  • works with municipalities to ensure that all the necessary preparations are in place to convene a dispute resolution process
  • provides a roster of qualified private sector mediators available to work with municipalities
  • works with municipalities to design dispute resolution training programs, including preparation for mediation, best practices for municipalities, when to use mediation, etc.
  • provides funding, on a proportional basis, to the parties to cover the costs of retaining the private sector mediator(s).

Secion 90 of the MGA requires municipalities to attempt negotiations and consider mediation before bringing an inter-municipal dispute or a contested annexation to the Municipal Government Board.

Municipalities can use facilitated negotiations for any inter-municipal matter at any stage in their negotiations.
For more information on the services of the Municipal Dispute Resolution team provides, please refer to http://municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/MDRS.cfm.