The Municipal Government Act (MGA) came into effect on December 23, 2017. The Municipal Government Act raises the standards regarding good governance, financial accountability, administration and service delivery while providing municipalities with greater authority, flexibility and discretion.
What regulations are part of the MGA?
Certain requirements of the MGA are also subject to regulations. Some regulations are now in effect, while others are being developed.
Regulations in effect
Municipal Election Regulations
- Regulations that govern the running and conduct of municipal elections.
Financial Plan Regulations
- Regulations regarding municipal financial planning and reporting.
Procedural Bylaw Regulations
- Regulations that outline the minimum content for a municipality’s mandatory procedural bylaw.
Principles, Standards and Criteria Regulations
- Regulations related to municipal restructuring and the creation of new municipalities.
Campaign Contributions and Election Expenses Bylaw Regulations
- Regulations that outline the required content for a municipality's mandatory bylaw for campaign contributions and election expenses.
- Regulations that govern the conduct of a municipal plebiscite.
What has changed?
View "New Municipal Legislation: What's Changing" to learn more about the key areas of change for municipal governments. An overview of when many of the changes will take effect is available on our Transitions Timelines page.
Why was change needed?
The Municipalities Act came into force in 1983 and was based on legislation first drafted in the 1940s. Since the 1980s, the legislation had undergone several major reviews and had been amended on a number of occasions.
Today's municipalities require modern legislation that is consistent with the principles of democracy, good governance and service.
Note: This page is prepared for information purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice.