We represent municipalities that are home to over 85% of Albertans — including cities, towns, villages, summer villages, and specialized municipalities.
Over the past year, we’ve worked with you to address key issues affecting Alberta municipalities.
Together, we successfully advocated for:
• The development of a provincial plan to address urgent issues with emergency medical service (EMS).
• Maintaining the legislative requirement for council Codes of Conduct and recognition of the need to enhance the process to apply them.
• Reinstating legislation to limit the use of the Victims of Crime Fund to support victims, and expanding eligibility and benefits for the victims’ financial assistance program.
We’ve also enhanced our capacity building offerings.
From our Communications Toolkit to Support Newcomers, to our Future of Municipal Government project, to our new standing committee devoted to economic strategy and development, we are always evolving to serve you better.
Learn more at abmunis.ca.
Recently we’ve faced many challenges and we’ve worked diligently to help Alberta’s communities navigate these issues.
Here’s a look at our work to support building strong and resilient Alberta communities.
Cost savings & budget certainty.
Insurance & Risk Services
We take pride in providing access to coverages that aren’t easily achieved and that are tailored to member needs.
Our goal is to continue to shield members from dramatic premium increases and provide budget stability. We offset premiums by providing a rebate of $3.5M IN 2022 to shield members from market shocks.
Our program leverages the strength of our membership, allowing us to build efficient plans.
For 2022, our Employee Benefits renewal rates increased AN AVERAGE OF JUST UNDER 7%, well below market pricing. Our commitment to sustainable plans, allows our members to avoid the significant fluctuations that are seen in the marketplace year to year.
Our Energy Program provides outstanding value through aggregation, expert advice, and industry leading customer service.
Through our unique aggregation procurement, our latest electricity aggregation secured rates below market forecasts and resulted in cost savings of $6.4 MILLION for members in 2021 alone. And our 2021 natural gas aggregation secured rates 20% BELOW the future market forecasts for over 100 members.
We offer a full suite of retirement products. With three different retirement plans and two types of savings programs — we have a product to fit your needs.
2022 contribution rates for our APEX supplementary pension plan remained the same as last year, allowing for budget certainty in uncertain times.
Mental health support.
MAINTAINING MENTAL FITNESS
As demands on mental health increased, we found new ways to support municipal employees.
Our Maintaining Mental Fitness initiative, a free weekly webinar series, attracted almost 1000 people to the virtual sessions each week.
Our Employee Benefits program has doubled the annual maximum for psychological services, raising the available yearly claim amounts from $750 to $1500.
MENTAL HEALTH NAVIGATOR
Best Doctors, our partner program that offers access to expert medical opinions, expanded to include the Mental Health Navigator companion program, providing participants with access to a team of leading psychologists and psychiatrists.
Together, we can gain real ground.
In every facet of our work, our goal is to provide outstanding value for our members.
We’ve worked to ensure all levels of government understand the issues municipalities are facing. We harness the collective purchasing power of our members as we know we are stronger together. We work hard to provide tailored solutions, leading customer service, expert advice and learning opportunities.
Power+ offers long-term budget stability for electricity needs, in a time when changes are facing the energy industry.
Our Municipal Climate Change Action Centre provides grants that support energy use reduction and generate cost savings.
Our Energy Management Services provides guaranteed savings that pay for your energy performance upgrades.
As you navigate upcoming issues, we will continue to support you.