What does City Council do?

Section 3 of the Municipal Government Act states that the role of municipalities is:

  1. To provide good government
  2. To provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality
  3. To develop safe and viable communities 

Did you know? City Council puts the agenda, the minutes, and video recordings of their meetings on the City website. Beside, the City is also required to organize hearings about issues impacting citizens’ environment. If you want to learn more about this, visit Navigating City Hall page on the CivicCamp website .

Calgary City Council is charged with a very broad mission. City Council meeting minutes can provide us with some insights into how the council conducts its business and what the priority issues are.

Basic services. City Council approves the construction and maintenance of basic infrastructure such as water and sewage facilities, roads, public transit, and street lights, as well as services such as garbage collection and landfill disposal.

Administrative and legal activities. To carry out its mission, City Council adopts or amends many legal and regulatory texts.

Urban planning and development. City Council is also in charge of regulating land-use within Calgary through the redevelopment of some areas and the development of new ones. In Calgary, the main tools City Council uses to make decisions are 1) the Municipal Development Plan (which provides a framework for the city’s future growth) and 2) the Land Use Bylaw (which outlines all land-use districts in terms of zones (industrial, commercial, residential) and qualitative features).

The following word cloud shows the most recurrent words during Calgary City Council meetings (Nov. 2010 - Jul. 2013) — the bigger the word, the more frequent it is used.

Wordle of the City Council Minutes (Nov. 2010 - Jul. 2013)