In 2019, the Town of Black Diamond was randomly selected for participation in the Government of Alberta's Municipal Accountability Program (MAP). All municipalities in Alberta with a population of less than 5,000 take part in this program on a four-year cycle. The program was launched in 2018, and is operated under the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
Members of the MAP review team worked with the Administrative team to collect and review documentation, such as Council resolutions, bylaws, policies, election materials, forms, decisions, etc. They reviewed the documentation to determine compliance with the appropriate statutes, such as the Municipal Government Act or the Local Authorities Election Act, etc. The review team also attended a Council meeting to observe Council and staff at work before compiling their report.
Overall, both the MAP Review process and report were very positive experiences, and the recommendations from Administration will be addressed without the need for any additional resources. The recommendations are required to be submitted to the MAP review team and then implemented within the required timeframe.