Elected Officials Education Program

Munis 101 – Summer Villages – ZOOM

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Date(s) - Sep 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Munis 101 – The Essentials of Municipal Governance

  • September 22 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • September 29 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • October 6 from 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • October 13 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

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 4 session course using Zoom and Google Classroom platforms 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:

Session 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


Session 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


Session 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


Session 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