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Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks

Sec 17.2 of the Municipal Government Act outlines requirements for municipalities that share a common boundary to have an Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (ICF) that:

  • provide for integrated and strategic planning, delivery and funding of intermunicipal services*
  • allocate scarce resources efficiently in providing local services*
  • ensure municipalities contribute funding to services that benefit their residents*

* https://www.alberta.ca/intermunicipal-collaboration-framework.aspx


Woodlands County has completed ICF agreements with the following municipal partners:

Big Lakes County

County of Barrhead

Lac Ste. Anne County

Municipal District of Greenview

Municipal District of Less Slave River

Westlock County

Yellowhead County



Town of Whitecourt ICF Agreement

Woodlands County and the Town of Whitecourt began reviewing components of the ICF agreements in 2018. The complex negotiations have yet to be finalized and in November 2020, the County and Town agreed to enter into voluntary arbitration to complete the process.

Municipal Affairs has outlined that arbitration is to be concluded by April 1, 2022.

Joint Press Release - Town of Whitecourt & Woodlands County Proceed to arbitration to finalize Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework (November 12 2020)