“Much of what matters to Albertans is done by municipalities. The government needs to respect them and their important work.”
Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP)
This program provides cost-shared funding for development of key transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges and airports, to increase the mobility of people and products across the province. STIP is critical for small Albertan communities, as it provides municipalities with access to grant funding from the province, and allows them to create economic growth by maintaining and upgrading the infrastructure needed to build strong, thriving communities. For the last three years, this program has been unfunded for new projects, leading to reduced support for infrastructure development across Alberta.
The foundation for a strong province lies in the relationships we establish among our communities. We must ensure, as Albertans, that all municipalities have the opportunity to contribute to provincial decisions, and have their voices heard. Our municipalities and communities must act as stewards of their areas, and we must respect their expertise and value their input. Strong relationships and open communication between our communities and our provincial government ensure that each region of Alberta is in the best position to support our economic and social growth as a province.
Together, our mayors, reeves, municipal councillors and provincial government steer Alberta’s development. The relationships between levels of government in our province are strong, but we recognize that we have room to grow in our trust and relationship building with bodies like Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and Alberta Association of Municipalities, Districts & Counties (AAMDC). In the last year, we have seen significant changes in the province and now, more than ever, it is critical to establish ongoing and meaningful dialogue with all of Alberta’s municipalities.