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.
- Municipality defined
- Governance and Administration, differences and roles
- Municipal structure and best practices
- Key municipal processes – strategic planning, business planning, budgeting, service delivery and reporting explained
- Legislation review – the Municipal Government Act (MGA) explained
- Council meeting overview and basics
- Municipal finance explained
- Municipal challenges
PD Credits: 1.5
Category: Municipal Foundations
Updated: Jan 29, 2020
About the Author
Tim Duhamel is the founder and President of Bloom Centre of
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.
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.
Discussion on politics, media challenges, public engagement, intermunicipal collaboration, asset management, service delivery demands, climate change, cost downloading, and long-term sustainability.
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
Key municipal processes – strategic planning, business planning, budgeting, service delivery, and reporting
Learn the fundamentals of the legislation that governs municipalities
Robert’s rules, open session versus in-camera, what is a bylaw, how the process of creating municipal bylaws works, and discussion on a typical council agenda
The basics of assessment and taxes vs, user fees vs. utility rate revenue