What is an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF)?
To promote collaboration among Alberta’s municipalities for the benefit of all residents, the Government of Alberta requires all municipalities to develop Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) with each municipality that shares a common boundary. This requirement was introduced as part of the amendments to the Municipal Government Act (MGA) that came into force on October 26, 2017 and was included to:
a) Provide for the integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services,
b) Steward scarce resources efficiently in providing local services, and
c) Ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents.
Each ICF must address services relating to transportation, water and wastewater, solid waste, emergency services, recreation and any other services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities included in the ICF.
In each of these service areas, municipalities will decide which services will be provided municipally, intermunicipally, or by a third-party provider. For those services that will be provided intermunicipally, the ICF must describe how the services will be funded, who will deliver the service, how it will be delivered, and a timeline for implementation.
Finally, ICFs must also include a dispute resolution process for addressing any disagreements that arise regarding the ICF and have the parties’ Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) attached.
All ICFs between rural municipalities and their urban partners must be complete by April 2020 and all ICFs between rural municipalities must be complete by April 2021.
County of St. Paul No. 19 Urban ICF Project
To meet the requirements of the modernized MGA, the County of St. Paul, Town of Elk Point, Town of St. Paul and Summer Village of Horseshoe Bay have hired Transitional Solutions Inc. to facilitate the development of ICFs between the County and each of its municipal partners.
Municipalities identify who they must complete ICFs with and decide who will facilitate the process.
The TSI Project Team will meet with the CAOs/Elected Officials from each municipality to understand the objectives, areas of discussion, and parameters for the project.
TSI will work with each municipality to understand the services currently being offered to residents, the intermunicipal service agreements currently in place, and the service areas to be discussed as part of the ICF negotiation process.
Municipal representatives will participate in facilitated negotiation workshops.
Draft ICFs will be developed and shared with the public for feedback.
Final ICF Bylaws and Agreements will be delivered to each municipality for approval and submission to the Province.