An Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) highlights and formalizes existing collaborative work between adjacent municipalities and provides a forum to work together. The primary goal of ICFs is ensuring neighbouring municipalities work together regarding service delivery and cost-sharing. Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) must align with the requirements outlined in Part 17.2 of the Municipal Government Act

Collaborating on Common Goals

Lac Ste. Anne County is committed to developing ICFs with Parkland County; Sturgeon County; Woodland County; Yellowhead County; the Town of Onoway; the Town of Mayerthorpe; and the Summer Villages of Alberta Beach, Nakamun Park, Ross Haven, Sunset Point and Val Quentin.

Further information and downloadable resources related to these IDPs will be added to this section of the County website as they become available.

An ICF helps facilitate cooperation between neighbouring municipalities so that municipal services are provided to residents as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. These frameworks are designed to:

  • Provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services
  • Allocate scarce resources efficiently in the providing local services
  • Ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents

Local governments that share a common border must create an ICF with each other, unless they are members of the same growth management board. Municipalities that are members of the same growth management board may create a framework with other members on matters not addressed in the growth plan or servicing plan.

Municipalities that do not have a common boundary may be parties to a framework. Municipalities that are parties to a framework may invite an Indian band or Metis settlement to participate in the delivery and funding of services to be provided under the framework. Each framework must:

  • Describe the services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities
  • Identify which municipality is responsible for providing these services
  • Outline how the services will be delivered and funded include a process for resolving disputes that occur while the framework is in effect

The Completion Deadline for ICFs is April 1, 2020

An extension to April 1, 2021 is available for ICFs between: municipal and improvement districts; growth management board members; or a municipal growth management board member and a municipality within its boundary where both parties agree by resolution.

Municipalities will be required to review their ICFs every 5 years after the creation of the framework, or within a shorter period of time if provided for in the framework. Municipalities are required to notify the Minister when they have completed an ICF.

At the March 4, 2020 County Council Meeting the following ICF's were signed by County Council and the respective partner municipalities:

  • Sturgeon County
  • Woodlands County
  • Parkland County
  • Yellowhead County
  • Summer Village of Sandy Beach
  • Summer Village of Nakamun Park