Elected Officials Education Program

Munis 101 – AUMA Convention – Few Seats Left!

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Date(s) - Nov 15 - Nov 16
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Edmonton Convention Centre




Munis 101 – The Essentials of Municipal Governance

Whether you are a new or returning councillor, developing your skills and knowledge of what it takes to effectively serve your constituents is always a good strategy.

Munis 101: The Essentials of Municipal Governance delivers the key information and strategies that you need to excel in your role. Munis 101 is completely updated to reflect recent changes made to the Municipal Government Act, and includes best practices in everything from public participation to considering how to set tax rates.

Munis 101 will not only prepare you to excel in your role, but it also meets all Alberta Municipal Affairs requirements for mandatory post-election training by providing the fundamental strategies and concepts that new and returning elected officials can apply to learning about their own local municipal functions, plans, and financial information. In fact, the course has been endorsed by Alberta Municipal Affairs, so you can be confident that you have the baseline skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Munis 101 is a 2-day session course with plenty of opportunities for reflection, discussion, and applying concepts and ideas to your own municipal context. The course is divided into four sections as follows:

Section 1 – Basics of Municipal Governance and Legislation in Alberta

  • Review the role of municipalities in Alberta as legislated by the Municipal Government Act (MGA)
  • Recognize municipal responsibilities in relation to service planning and delivery
  • Differentiate between different forms of community planning

    – The Elected Official’s Role in Municipal Leadership (pt. 1)

  • Recognize the roles and responsibilities of council as a whole
  • Understand council proceedings

Section 2 – The Elected Official’s Role in Municipal Leadership (pt. 2)

  • Differentiate between the roles and responsibilities of individual councillors, the CAO, and municipal staff
  • Evaluate the application of the Council Code of Conduct
  • Identify instances of pecuniary interest
  • Reflect on decision making process

Section 3 – Explore the Role of Municipal Planning and Development and Effective Collaboration

  • Recognize how municipalities plan and grow
  • Understand common planning and development processes
  • Analyze and classify collaborative projects as opportunities or requirements
  • Alleviate and resolve intermunicipal disputes
  • Recognize tools for collaboration

Section 4 – Navigate the World of Municipal Finance

  • Recognize important budgeting and financial administration processes
  • Understand council’s role in financial statement and audit requirements
  • Distinguish how municipalities are funded

Refund Policy

  • One month or more prior to course date: full refund
  • Two weeks prior to course date or less: $75 administration fee
  • One week prior to course date: 50% administration fee
  • Less than one week prior to course date or no-show: no refund
  • A full refund will be issued in the case of a positive COVID-19 test that would preclude a registered participant from attending an in-person course, regardless of the statements above. However, notice of withdrawal is required as soon as possible
  • In addition, anyone experiencing any COVID symptoms is not permitted to attend an in-person course, and will be issued a full refund so long as they send notification to the registrar before the course starts