With a focus on promoting an environment supportive of accountable, well-managed local governments, the purpose of this program is to:
- support municipalities in strengthening their knowledge of mandatory legislative requirements with a primary focus on the MGA;
- support municipalities in achieving legislative compliance;
- support municipalities in being accountable and transparent; and
- provide a collaborative partnership between Municipal Affairs and municipalities to address legislative discrepancies that may exist.
The Municipal Accountability Program consists of multi-year cycle reviews, ordered by the Minister under Section 571 of the MGA. While this program is available to all municipalities, upon the request of a council and with the approval of the Minister, municipalities with populations of 2,500 or less are automatically scheduled for a visit once every five years.
The Village of Hussar was randomly selected for a municipal accountability review in 2020.