Local Government

What is Municipal Government?

According to the Alberta Municipal Government Act, the purposes of municipal governments are to provide good government, to provide services, facilities or other things that are necessary or desirable, and to develop and maintain safe and viable communities.

What does a Municipal Government Do?

Municipal governments carry out key functions and deliver specific services to their residents. Some services provided by Northern Sunrise County and other municipal goernments include:
  • Planning and Development
  • Engineering
  • Landfill and Recycling Services
  • Public Works, including roads and walkways
  • Assessment Services
  • Libraries, Museums, Halls
  • Utility Services
  • Community Services
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Protective Services
  • Economic Development
  • Agricultural Services
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Council, and other Legislative and General Administrative Services


How is A Municipality Governed?

Each municipality is governed by a Council, and includes one member who is the Chief Elected Official (CEO). In most rural municipalities, including Northern Sunrise County, the CEO is called the Reeve. Councillors are elected in accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act and have the following duties:
  • To consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole
  • To participate generally in developing and evaluating policies and programs
  • To participate in meetings
  • To obtain information from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
  • To keep in confidence matters discussed in private
Collectively, the Council develops and evaluates programs and policies and makes sure that municipal powers, duties, and functions are appropriately carried out in accordance with provincial and municipal legislation.

What is the difference between Council and Administration?

Council is the legislative body of the municipality, and is responsible for establishing policies and providing the guidance necessary to carry out these policies. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is an employee of Council and is responsible for carrying out policies and overseeing the delivery of municipal services. The CAO is the administrative head of the municipality and supervises a number of Department Managers who administer the programs and services of the municipality.