For Immediate Release / September 20, 2022

Council Approves Advocacy Priorities

At the September 19, 2022 City Council Meeting, Council approved its advocacy priorities for the remainder of 2022 and the first half of 2023. The advocacy priorities are based on and reflect the five priorities in Council’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2025.

Council is committed to working collaboratively with the Government of Canada, Government of Alberta, and neighbouring municipalities in the region on matters of mutual concern. Council’s advocacy priorities will guide their discussions with other elected officials in a variety of forums, including the upcoming Alberta Municipalities Convention taking place from September 21 to 23, 2022.

Council’s top two advocacy priorities for Q4 2022 to Q2 2023 are Lakeview Business District Servicing and Planning for Millennium Park Development, with the intention of supporting Council’s goals of Economic Prosperity and Downtown Vibrancy. By establishing funding partnerships with other orders of government for these initiatives, the City will be able to stimulate economic diversification, job creation, and in the case of Millennium Park, enhance the City’s long-term downtown vibrancy.

Council approved additional advocacy priorities that will be a focus in intergovernmental actions moving forward, including:

Economic Prosperity

  • Regional and sub-regional economic development 
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Funding 

Community Well-Being

  • Mixed Market Housing 
  • Emergency Medical Services Contract with Alberta Health Services 
  • Provincial Charitable Gaming Model 
  • Maintenance of RCMP for Policing Services 
  • Victim Services Funding 

Adapting to a Changing Environment

  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment 
  • Extended Producer Responsibility Implementation 

Financial Sustainability

  • Provincial-Municipal Revenue Sharing 
  • RCMP Collective Bargaining Agreement and Retroactive Backpay 
  • Intermunicipal Partnerships 

“Our Council knows how important it is to work with other orders of government and our neighbours to ensure we achieve positive outcomes for our residents across the province,” says Mayor Cathy Heron. “Our Advocacy Priorities provide a clear and transparent overview of those topics that are most important for the City of St. Albert to address over the next few months.” 

Read more about the Council’s Advocacy Priorities

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