February 26, 2020
ADVOCACY UPDATES
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As we mentioned in Digest last week, AUMA will host a webinar on Friday at 2 p.m. to share perspectives and discuss how the provincial budget impacts municipalities. This exclusive webinar for municipalities has a limited number of spots, so please register now!
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AUMA and RMA have been working on updating the Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Workbook that was released in 2018. The updated Workbook is now complete and available on the AUMA website.
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BUSINESS SERVICES
AUMA Employee Benefits is co-hosting a webinar with Sun Life to help explain our disability management programs on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. We will look at best practices to help you navigate the disability system more confidently, and you will also get the opportunity to ask questions. Register here .
EVENTS
Municipal leaders are invited to register for AUMA’s spring Municipal Leaders’ Caucus, which will be held at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton on March 25 and 26.
GOOD TO KNOW
The University of Alberta’s Certificate in Municipal Management and Leadership (CMML) develops municipal leaders by increasing their capacity to lead people, teams, departments, and organizations. The next cohort begins March 10, so register now !

On March 16, the Calgary Region Airshed Zone (CRAZ) is hosting a free forum entitled “Let’s Talk Air Quality” featuring expert presentations and a panel Q&A session. For more information and to register, please visit the CRAZ website .

The Zero Plastic Waste Initiative is a grant available to organizations, including municipalities, for projects that aim to reduce plastic waste and pollution in Canada. Funding from $25,000 to $250,000 is available from the Government of Canada. The deadline for submitting a project proposal is March 2, 2020. More details on the program and how to apply can be found here .

Alberta Health Services collects GIS/addressing information from communities across the province for use by first responders. Municipalities should review and update this address information at least annually. If you want to know if your municipality’s maps are up to date, or if you have an important update to provide outside of your normal annual cycle, contact AHS. Find further details and contact information here .

The Alberta Healthy Communities Symposium, which takes place March 5-6 in Calgary, offers opportunities to network and build upon community resources and programs. Learn more and register here .

The mandate of the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) project-based grant program will now consider many projects previously funded through the Status of Women Community Grants program. CIP continues to provide grants to eligible organizations for community projects, new programs, one-time initiatives, program expansions, and community events. Visit Alberta.ca to access the program guidelines and application package.
New resources and funding for municipalities

Want to install electric vehicle charging stations in your community? Get funding to cover 50% of costs for public use stations with this new funding opportunity. Apply before May 12.

Download the Alberta Funding Guide to see all the funding programs available to municipalities for renewable energy, building upgrades, planning, studies, energy efficiency projects and more.

Download the Municipal Climate Action Landscape . The Landscape helps Alberta municipalities locate relevant climate change mitigation and adaptation resources, including funding, education, industry associations and tools.
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