Municipal Government Act & Procedural Bylaw
Parts 5 & 6 of the Municipal Government Act focuses on Councils, Councillors, and Council Committees, as well as Municipal Organization. It includes procedures for passing bylaws, making
In-Camera Council Sessions
Information from Alberta Municipal Affairs website
What is in-camera?
This is a legal term meaning “in private”. When a council goes in-camera, it means that the Council Meeting (as defined in the Municipal Government Act (MGA) is closed to the public.
Council members, the CAO, and any others included in the in-camera discussion are required to keep in confidence what was discussed until the item is discussed at a Council Meeting held in public.
Section 197 of the MGA prohibits the passing of a resolution or bylaw during an in-camera session. If a direction or decision is reached in-camera, then a resolution must be made in the open meeting so that Council’s direction is recorded and acted upon.
The media and public cannot attend the closed
What can be discussed in-camera? The FOIP Act outlines the discussion items that would allow a council to go in-camera,
including where a public disclosure could be harmful to:
- Third party business interests (Sect 16)
- Third party personal privacy (Sect 17)
- Individual or public safety (Sect 18 and 19)
- Law enforcement (Sect 20)
- Intergovernmental relations (Sect 21-24)
- Economic interests (Sect 25-29)
Public bodies should not:
- Reveal confidential employee evaluations;
- Disclose local public body
confidences,or advice from officials; or
- Disclose information that is subject to any kind of legal privilege.
- For information on how the FOIP Act affects
municipalities, please visit the Service Alberta Website
Administration Office: 1600 - 2nd Street NE