Municipal Basics

By Tim Duhamel

Provides an overview of municipalities from top to bottom, with a special emphasis on key processes and today’s complex financial challenges.

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Course Content

  1. Municipality defined
  2. Governance and Administration, differences and roles
  3. Municipal structure and best practices
  4. Key municipal processes – strategic planning, business planning, budgeting, service delivery and reporting explained
  5. Legislation review – the Municipal Government Act (MGA) explained
  6. Council meeting overview and basics
  7. Municipal finance explained
  8. Municipal challenges

Course Info


PD Credits: 1.5

Category: Municipal Foundations

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

Duration: 1:29:11

Course Synopsis

Municipal Basics

About the Author

Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of

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About the Author

About the Author

Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of Municipal Education.
He is a municipal veteran whose career has spanned over 21 years.
His passion is creating educational material and conducting lectures for municipal professionals. He has lectured as far away as Kiev, Ukraine for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.


Course Description

This webinar covers maintaining healthy communication and council/administration relationships, avoiding silos and increasing cooperation between departments, how key municipal processes interact with each other to achieve success, legislation review (MGA), a short overview of the election cycle, and the financial challenges faced by municipalities today.

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Learning Outcomes

  • The basic definition of a municipality including history, purpose, legislation and structure

  • The differences between governance and administration, the roles of council versus administrative staff, and the CAO role defined

  • Best practices in municipal structure and why municipalities are structured the way they are

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Who Should Attend?

A unique professional development experience that has benefit for all municipal staff, including small, medium and large municipalities!

This webinar will benefit everyone from finance professionals to elected officials, CAO’s, municipal managers, and front-line staff.

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