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Working Together Toward Efficient, Effective Service Provision

An Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) highlights and formalizes existing collaborative work between adjacent municipalities and provides a forum to work together. The primary goal of ICFs is ensuring neighbouring municipalities work together regarding service delivery and cost-sharing.

Municipalities that do not have a common boundary may be parties to a framework. Municipalities that are parties to a framework may invite an Indigenous nation or Metis settlement to participate in the delivery and funding of services to be provided under the framework. Each framework must:

  • Describe the services that benefit residents in more than one of the municipalities
  • Identify which municipality is responsible for providing these services
  • Outline how the services will be delivered and funded
  • Include a process for resolving disputes that occur while the framework is in effect

Periodic Review of ICFs

Municipalities are required to review their ICFs every five years after the creation of the framework — or within a shorter timeframe if provided for within the framework.

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