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AR 123/2000 MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS GRANTS REGULATION

(Consolidated up to 46/2017)

ALBERTA REGULATION 123/2000

Government Organization Act

MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS GRANTS REGULATION

Table of Contents

                1      Interpretation

                2      General authority to make grants

             2.1      Eligibility

             2.2      Applications for grants

             2.3      Conditions

                3      Delegation by Minister

                4      Agreements

                5      Method of grants payment

                6      Refund of surplus

                7      Use of grant

                8      Accounting for grant expenditure

                9      Debts to Crown

              10      Repeal



Schedules

Interpretation

1   In this Regulation, “Minister” means the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

AR 123/2000 s1;173/2007;180/2009

General authority to make grants

2   Subject to the Schedules, the Minister may make grants, in accordance with this Regulation, for any purpose related to any program, service or matter under the administration of the Minister.

AR 123/2000 s2;46/2017

Eligibility

2.1   Subject to the Schedules, the following are eligible to apply for or receive a grant under this Regulation:

                               (a)    a person or organization engaged in research activities related to municipal matters;

                              (b)    a person or organization that provides a service relating to municipal matters;

                               (c)    an advisory committee appointed under the Municipal Government Act or elected under the Special Areas Act;

                              (d)    a municipal corporation;

                               (e)    a regional services commission established under the Municipal Government Act;

                               (f)    a person, organization or government body that is involved in providing a program or service or dealing with a matter that is under the administration of the Minister.

AR 46/2017 s2

Applications for grants

2.2   An application for a grant must be made in a manner and form satisfactory to the Minister.

AR 46/2017 s2

Conditions

2.3   The following conditions apply to a grant:

                               (a)    that the recipient

                                        (i)    account to the Minister, in the manner required by the Minister, for the way in which the grant is spent in whole or in part,

                                      (ii)    permit a representative of the Minister or the Auditor General to examine any books or records that the Minister or the Auditor General considers necessary to determine how the grant has been or is being spent, and

                                     (iii)    provide to the Minister, on request, any information the Minister considers necessary for the purpose of determining whether or not the recipient has complied or is complying with the conditions of the grant;

                              (b)    any other conditions imposed by the Minister.

AR 46/2017 s2

Delegation by Minister

3   The Minister is authorized to delegate any function, duty or power under this Regulation to any person who is an employee of the Government and who is under the administration of the Minister.

Agreements

4   The Minister may enter into an agreement with an applicant in respect of any matter relating to the payment of a grant.

Method of grants payment

5   The Minister may provide for the payment of any grant in a lump sum or by way of instalments and may prescribe the time or times at which the grant is to be paid.

Refund of surplus

6   Where a grant is made and the recipient does not use all the money for the purpose for which the grant funds were provided, the recipient must refund the surplus money to the Minister, in favour of the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.

AR 123/2000 s6;27/2002;173/2007;14/2010;31/2012;62/2013

Use of grant

7(1)  The recipient of the grant must use the grant

                               (a)    only for the purpose for which the grant was made, or

                              (b)    for any variation of that purpose approved by the Minister.

(1.1)  The Minister may vary

                               (a)    the purpose of a grant, or

                              (b)    a condition on which a grant is made.

(2)  If the recipient of the grant does not meet the conditions on which the grant was made or if the information provided by the recipient to obtain the grant is determined by the Minister to be false, misleading or inaccurate, the Minister may require the recipient to refund all or part of the grant to the Minister, in favour of the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance.

AR 123/2000 s7;27/2002;14/2010;31/2012;62/2013;46/2017

Accounting for grant expenditure

8(1)  The Minister may at any time require the recipient of the grant to report in writing on the work and activity in respect of which the grant was made and provide proof of all expenditures made, to the satisfaction of the Minister.

(2)  A report referred to in subsection (1) must be in a form satisfactory to the Minister and must contain any other information required by the Minister relating to the expenditure of the grant.

(3)  The recipient of a grant must permit the Minister or the Minister’s representative, authorized in writing, to examine, during regular business hours, the books or records relating to the expenditure of the grant to determine if the grant has been properly spent.

Debts to Crown

9   If a person, municipality or organization that is to receive a grant under this Regulation owes money to the Crown in right of Alberta, the Minister may deduct all or a portion of the money owing from the grant.

Repeal

10   The Municipal Affairs Grants Regulation (AR 82/78) is repealed.

11   Repealed AR 46/2017 s4.

Schedule 1   Repealed AR 46/2017 s5.

Schedule 2

Grants in Place of Taxes for Seniors

Accommodation Units

1(1)  For the purpose of this section,

                               (a)    “non‑profit organization” means

                                        (i)    a society incorporated under the Societies Act, or

                                      (ii)    a corporation incorporated in any jurisdiction, or any other entity established under a law of Canada or Alberta, that is prohibited from distributing income or property to its shareholders or members during its existence or on its dissolution;


                              (b)    “senior’s accommodation unit” means a housing facility that is occupied by a senior citizen who rents or leases the facility and that is part of a property complex

                                        (i)    in which or in any part of which that senior citizen has no fee simple or life estate interest,

                                      (ii)    that may provide housekeeping, meals or other services to the senior citizen,

                                     (iii)    that is operated and held by a non‑profit organization, and

                                     (iv)    that is not exempt from taxation under section 362(1)(n)(iii) or (iv) of the Municipal Government Act or under a regulation made pursuant to section 370(c) of that Act.

(2)  The Minister may make grants pursuant to this Schedule to provide for grants in place of taxes for seniors’ accommodation units.

(3)  A grant is payable under this Schedule in respect of a facility for taxes imposed in each of the years from 2002 to 2020, both inclusive, if the municipality received a grant under this Schedule in respect of the facility in 2001.

(4)  A grant under this Schedule may not exceed in each year 100% of the property tax payable for the year, excluding requisitions and penalties.

AR 123/2000 Sched.2;31/2001;50/2003;204/2004;175/2006;173/2007;

40/2009;110/2010;222/2010;53/2015;46/2017

Schedule 3   Repealed AR 14/2010 s4.

Schedules 4 and 5   Repealed AR 53/2015 s4.

Schedule 6

Underground Petroleum Tank Site
Remediation Program

Definitions

1   In this Schedule,

                               (a)    “contamination” means pollution that is associated with the leakage of a petroleum product from an underground petroleum tank of any or all of the following:

                                        (i)    soil;

                                      (ii)    water;

                                     (iii)    air;

                              (b)    “petroleum product” means fuel that is required for the operation of a motor vehicle and is available for retail sale to the public;

                               (c)    “petroleum tank” means a vessel used for storing a petroleum product.

Purpose of grants

2   The Minister may make grants pursuant to this Schedule to assist in the assessment and remediation of contamination.

Application

3   An application for a grant under this Schedule must be on a form approved by the Minister.

Conditions to grant

4   The Minister may attach conditions to any grant made pursuant to this Schedule.

Review of grant

5   The Minister may establish a mechanism to review any decision relating to a grant applied for, made or to be made pursuant to this Schedule.

Retroactive grant

6(1)  Where the assessment and remediation of contamination have been completed or partially completed before the applicant makes an application for a grant under this Schedule, the Minister may make a retroactive grant in respect of those activities.

(2)  No grant may be made under this section in respect of activities described in subsection (1) carried out before September 1, 1992.

AR 15/2001 s2;297/2006

Schedule 7

Municipal Sustainability Initiative

1   In this Schedule,

                               (a)    “municipality” means a city, town, village, summer village, municipal district, improvement district, special area or specialized municipality;

                              (b)    “non‑profit organization” means

                                        (i)    a society incorporated under the Societies Act, or

                                      (ii)    a corporation incorporated in any jurisdiction, or any other entity established under a law of Canada or Alberta, that is prohibited from distributing income or property to its shareholders or members during its existence or on its dissolution.

2   The Minister may make grants pursuant to this Schedule to municipalities, Metis settlements, educational institutions and non-profit organizations and to persons, organizations and government bodies that are involved in providing programs or services or dealing with matters that are under the administration of the Minister for the purpose of carrying out projects or activities to

                               (a)    assist municipalities to manage growth pressures,

                              (b)    enhance and support increased intermunicipal co‑operation,

                               (c)    enhance and support the long-term sustainability of municipalities, or

                           (c.1)    provide services relating to municipal matters.

                              (d)    Repealed AR 180/2009 s13.

3   The Minister may establish eligibility criteria for grants that may be made under this Schedule.

4   The Minister may establish conditions on which grants under this Schedule may be made.

5   An application for a grant under this Schedule must be made in the manner and form satisfactory to the Minister.

AR 173/2007 s7;180/2009;14/2010

Schedule 8

Public Library Service

1(1)  In this Schedule,

                               (a)    “appropriation” with respect to a municipal board, intermunicipal library board or library system board means the amount of money appropriated for a year by each municipality or by the members of the library system for the operation of the municipal library, intermunicipal library or library system, minus

                                        (i)    the amount of any money paid to each municipality or members of the library system by the Government of Canada or the Government of Alberta by way of a grant for library purposes for that year, and

                                      (ii)    the amount of any money paid during that year by the municipal board, intermunicipal library board or library system board as rent to the municipality or members of the library system;

                              (b)    “Guidelines” means the Public Library Service Grant Program Guidelines established by the Minister;

                               (c)    “member” with respect to a library system means a municipality, improvement district, special area, Metis settlement or school authority that is, under section 14 or 15 of the Libraries Act, a member of the library system;

                              (d)               “per resident share of the appropriation” means,

                                        (i)    in respect of a municipal library, the appropriation for the municipal board divided by the number of residents of the municipality,

                                        (ii)  in respect of an intermunicipal library board, the appropriation for the intermunicipal library board divided by the number of residents of the participating municipalities, and

                                     (iii)    in respect of a library system, the appropriation for the library system board divided by the number of residents of the members of the library system;

                               (e)    “resident” means,

                                        (i)    in respect of a municipal library, a resident of the municipality for which the municipal library is established,

                                      (ii)    in respect of an intermunicipal library board, a resident of a participating municipality for which the intermunicipal library board is established,

                                     (iii)    in respect of a library system, a resident of the area of the municipality, improvement district, special area, Metis settlement or school authority that is a member of the library system, and

                                     (iv)    in respect of a community library, a resident within the boundaries of the community library.

(2)  For the purpose of clause (d), the number of residents shall be determined under the Guidelines.

2   An application for a grant under this Schedule must be made in the manner and form provided for in the Guidelines.

3   A board is not eligible for a grant under this Schedule if it does not comply with the Libraries Act and the regulations under it.

4   The Minister may establish conditions on which a grant under this Schedule may be made.

General Grants

5(1)  In this section,

                               (a)    “Alberta organization” means

                                        (i)    a corporation incorporated or continued under the Companies Act or the Business Corporations Act,

                                      (ii)    a society incorporated under the Societies Act,

                                     (iii)    an ordinary or limited partnership formed in Alberta,

                                     (iv)    a limited partnership formed in a jurisdiction, other than Alberta, that is registered under Part 2 of the Partnership Act,

                                       (v)    a municipality,

                                     (vi)    an Indian band located in Alberta,

                                    (vii)    a Metis settlement, or

                                   (viii)    a board, other than a board as defined in the Libraries Act, society, council, committee or incorporated congregation established pursuant to an enactment;

                              (b)    “Canadian corporation” means a corporation or society incorporated or continued in a jurisdiction in Canada, other than Alberta.

(2)  The Minister may make grants to

                               (a)    boards for completing, amalgamating or restructuring library systems,

                              (b)    boards to assist in restructuring due to municipal reorganization,

                               (c)    boards, Alberta organizations and Canadian corporations for research, development and promotion of programs dealing with public library services, and

                              (d)    boards to assist in the development of resource‑sharing networks in Alberta.

Operating Grants

6(1)  In this section, “expenditure” in respect of a year means the amount of money expended in that year for library purposes by a community board from funds under its control other than

                               (a)    funds that are paid by the Government of Canada or the Government of Alberta by way of a grant for library purposes for that year, and

                              (b)    funds received from improvement districts, municipal boards, or intermunicipal library boards for that year.

(2)  The Minister may, in accordance with the Guidelines, make a grant in a year under this section

                               (a)    to assist a community board in providing public library services in the year, if the community board had an expenditure in the previous year,

                              (b)    to assist a municipal or intermunicipal library board in providing public library services in the year, if an amount of at least $2 per resident is appropriated in respect of the residents of the municipal or intermunicipal library board,

                               (c)    to assist a library system board in providing public library services in the year, if an amount of at least $1 per resident is appropriated in respect of the residents of the library system board, and

                              (d)    to assist a federation board in providing public library services in the year.

Library Services Grants

7(1)  The Minister may make a grant under this section in accordance with the Guidelines to a municipal board, intermunicipal library board or community board that receives financial assistance from an improvement district, summer village or special area.

(2)  A grant under this section may be used only to provide library services to libraries in the improvement district, summer village or special area.

8(1)  The Minister may make a grant under this section in accordance with the Guidelines

                               (a)    to a library system board in respect of

                                        (i)    a member of the library system that does not have a municipal board, or

                                      (ii)    a member of the library system that has a municipal board or intermunicipal library board, but the municipal board or intermunicipal library board has not applied for a grant for that year under section 6(2)(b).

(2)  A grant under this section may be used only to provide library services to libraries within the library system.

(3)  A library system board is not eligible to receive a grant under this section for a year unless the per resident share of the appropriation for the library system board for the year is at least $3 per resident.

Establishment Grants

9(1)  Subject to subsection (2), the Minister may make an establishment grant, in accordance with the Guidelines, to a library system board to assist in the establishment or completion of a library system with respect to

                               (a)    a library system board being established under section 14 of the Libraries Act,

                              (b)    a municipality, improvement district, special area or Metis settlement becoming a member of the library system, or

                               (c)    a member of the library system undergoing an increase in population because of the annexation of land from a municipality, improvement district or special area that was not a member of the library system.

(2)  An establishment grant may not be made to a library system board with respect to the City of Edmonton or the City of Calgary or in the case of a merger of 2 or more library systems.

(3)  An application for a grant under this section must include

                               (a)    in the case of a new member joining a library system, evidence satisfactory to the Minister of the number of residents of the new member and a copy of the library system’s agreement referred to in section 13 of the Libraries Act signed by the new member, and

                              (b)    in the case of an annexation, evidence satisfactory to the Minister of the number of residents within the boundaries of the annexed land.

(4)  An application for a grant under this section must be submitted within 60 days after the event referred to in subsection (1) occurs.

AR 142/2009 s2;288/2009;159/2013