Updated Councillor Code of Conduct Guide now available

Alberta Municipalities has released Councillor Codes of Conduct: A Guide for Municipalities (2023 Version) in partnership with Rural Municipalities of Alberta.

The 2023 version of the guide provides updated information and support for municipalities in how to review and (if needed) update codes of conduct, and how to use codes of conduct to support good governance and decision-making. The guide was developed by Brownlee LLP with funding from the Government of Alberta.

Mandatory codes of conduct were introduced through changes to the Municipal Government Act in 2018. Since then, many lessons have been learned about developing codes of conduct, enforcing standards, investigating complaints, and determining sanctions. The 2023 version of the guide includes updated content addressing these areas to support municipalities in refining their code of conduct and associated processes.