A City Charter is a legislative tool that could provide cities with greater flexibility, power and authority to better meet the needs of citizens. It would allow the City and the Province to define new ways of working more effectively together in a broad range of areas.
The Government of Alberta is working with both the cities of Edmonton and Calgary to develop City Charters that will respect Alberta’s two large cities as economic and social drivers in the province. It is expected that the Charters could also provide the two cities with the tools they need to deliver quality infrastructure and services to citizens, as well as manage growth and compete globally, ultimately benefiting all of Alberta. These changes could allow the Cities to be more responsive to their citizens’ needs while remaining open, transparent, and accountable.