2016 Minister's Awards for Municipal Excellence

Since 2002, this annual award program has encouraged municipalities to share their successes by recognizing accomplishments in the provision of municipal services in Alberta. Each year municipalities, whether individually or in partnership with other organizations, have highlighted practices including new and unique approaches to issues, streamlined processes for existing practices, and creative community partnerships.

Awards are given in five categories: Innovation; Partnerships; Safe Communities; Smaller Municipalities; and Larger Municipalities.  Honourable Mentions are also given in the first three categories. 

An Outstanding Achievement Award is given to recognize a municipality or municipal partnership that has helped to inspire action and change that has benefited local government practice in Alberta. This award, chosen by the awards review committee, recognizes the best submission from all categories.

The submission period for the 2017 Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence will be posted here in early 2017.

Award Submissions

All municipalities are eligible.


Municipalities may submit more than one practice. Each practice can only be submitted once in 2016 (i.e. the same practice cannot be submitted to more than one category).


Submissions are made up of two parts:

1) a Practice Collection Form, (A new shorter Practice Collection Form has been designed for the 2016 program to reduce the time needed to complete a submission). Click HERE to open the Form.

2) an Awards Submission Form. Clicking on the links below will take you to the Award Submission Form for each category:

Innovation – recognizes a leading practice embodying the first use of an idea in a municipal context in Alberta (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Partnership – recognizes a leading municipal practice involving consultation, co-ordination and cooperation with other municipalities, jurisdictions or organizations (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Safe Communities – recognizes a leading practice focused on making municipalities safer through prevention and enforcement (municipalities with a population of less than 500,000);

Smaller Municipalities – recognizes the innovative practices developed by communities with less than 3,000 residents;

Larger Municipalities – recognizes the innovation and creativity of larger municipalities with populations of 500,000 or greater that have a substantial resource base and who can partner with departments within the municipality’s control.

Review and Selection

An independent Review Committee made up of representatives from various municipal associations will recommend award recipients to the Minister of Municipal Affairs.  The Review Committee considers the practices in relation to the size and available resources of the municipality, and the quality of the submission received.  Further information is available on the Award Submissions Form for each category.


QUESTIONS?  Please email  menet@gov.ab.ca

  • Date modified: 2017-01-05