City Charters

City Charters provide broad authorities to Calgary and Edmonton on various policy areas that impact housing and development, including: off-site levies, inclusionary housing, building code authorities and environmental powers. Policies can vary between the two municipalities and it is already impacting the future investment decisions of builders and developers. BILD Alberta is continuously engaging municipalities and the Government of Alberta on this issue and monitoring the topic nationally.

Building Code & Environmental Authority

May 14, 2021

Members continue to express concerns over potentially expansive powers and authorities for Charter Cities to make modifications to the Alberta Building Code on matters related to the environment. The Government of Alberta has been clear that the two cities do not have authority to modify Building Code but it continues to be a matter local…

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Inclusionary Housing

May 14, 2021

Inclusionary housing is not a cost-effective policy and shifts the burden of social housing onto private industry and new home buyers. It effectively creates a tax on housing to pay for housing, pushing more households out of market housing. Although inclusionary housing has yet to be implemented in Calgary and Edmonton, the clauses within the…

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Off-Site Levies

May 14, 2021

As an industry, we support paying our fair share of cost-conscience infrastructure based on the degree of benefit. This support is not absolute and requires significant transparency, accountability, and fiscal responsibility from municipal partners. Through City Charters, Calgary and Edmonton have expanded authorities to charge new developments for infrastructure and facilities that are not within…

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