Q&A with the Calgary Regional Partnership

by • April 5, 2017 • Calgary Metropolitan Plan, Partnership/Plan

Below is a Q & A of the most commonly asked questions about the Calgary Regional Partnership.
Please reach out to us if you need more information or have any questions.

Questions & Answers 

  1. Who is the CRP and who makes up the Board?
  2. Why was the CRP formed?
  3. Is the CRP another level of government?
  4. How is the CRP governed?
  5. How does the CRP add value to member municipalities and the government of Alberta?
  6. How is CRP funded and how are operating costs approved?
  7. How does CRP report its financial information?
  8. Where can the public locate CRP’s financial information?

1. Who is the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) and who makes up the CRP Board?

The Calgary Regional Partnership is a voluntary not for profit collaboration of municipalities in the Calgary Region. The Board is made up of elected Mayors and Council members appointed by each member municipality.

 

2. Why was the CRP formed?

Municipalities in the Calgary Region have come together voluntarily to address our region’s rapid growth and to plan for our sustainable and healthy future.

The Calgary Region is expecting to grow by 2 million people in the next 50 years.

  • Where are those people going to live?
  • What jobs are they going to have?
  • How will they move around?
  • Will they have a healthy environment with clean and plentiful water?
  • Will they have the cost effective infrastructure necessary to support this growth?

To address these questions, the CRP developed the Calgary Metropolitan Plan.

 

3. Is the CRP another level of government?

As a voluntary not-for-profit collaborative, the CRP does not act as another level of government and is dedicated to each member municipality’s autonomy.

The Calgary Regional Partnership was formed from the member municipalities themselves and not a result of a Provincial direction or mandate.

 

4. How is the CRP Governed?

Learn more about the CRP’s not for profit governance model including the Board of Director’s Handbook.

 

5. How does the CRP add value to member municipalities and the government of Alberta?

a) The CRP and the Calgary Metropolitan Plan, helps meet the goals and strategies of the Province of Alberta, such as:

b) Our collaboration provides measurable cost savings and efficiencies for municipalities and the Province of Alberta through a coordinated regional approach

Since 2004 CRP has been leveraging economies of scale and finding innovative solutions to address the issues that matter most to the future of this region.

For example, in 2016 CRP implemented the award winning ON-IT regional transit pilot that connects five municipalities in our region for the first time ever. The pilot created through a private-public partnership, was able to launch without any prohibitive capital dollar investment for facilities or buses.

Our one of a kind cost sharing model and our coordinated regional management approach allowed municipalities to achieve together what they could have never accomplished on their own.

c)  CRP municipalities work together to bring business and people into the Region instead of going it alone.

The CRP is the provincially designated Regional Economic Development Alliance (REDA) for the Calgary Region.

The REDA works with the Province to help set the conditions for continued economic prosperity, trade, investment and employment opportunities.

This is especially important for smaller municipalities who may not have the resources to provide an economic development program.

Here are some examples of projects making a measurable impact to the diversification of our region’s economy.

Invest Calgary Region

Through its award winning Content Marketing program, CRP has become a recognized leader in the provision of information and analysis about export opportunities, inland port issues and trade opportunities.

 

Regional Broadband

CRP is developing a strategic framework and collaborative implementation of region-wide fibre networks and municipal business cases to position municipalities in the region to operate municipally owned fibre networks and broadband service delivery.

 

Calgary Region Inland Port and Foreign Trade Zone (CRIP)

The Calgary Region Inland Port (CRIP) provides an extensive platform for significantly expanding and diversifying economic activity for all of southern Alberta – as an “inbound” gateway along the Canada to Mexico trade routes and for Asia/Pacific imports through the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert and as an emerging “export” gateway for southern Alberta value-added products destined to expanding Asia/Pacific markets.

 

Explore Calgary Region: An award winning investment attraction and industrial / commercial property website tool.

 

d) The scope of benefits the CRP provides for municipalities is comprehensive.  We’ve listed a just few additional project examples below:

 

 

6. How is the CRP funded and how are operating costs approved?

CRP receives funding from its member municipalities in the form of membership fees, contributions from partners for shared projects, and from grants received through various ministries in the Province of Alberta.

Each year in March the Board of Directors approves an Annual Operating and Program Budget and Business Plan for the upcoming fiscal year.  Operating costs are approved based on the budget and processed in compliance with CRP’s Procurement and Disbursement policies.

 

7. How does CRP report its financial information? 

Operating outcomes and financial expenditures are reported to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.

Reports consist of quarterly reports provided in the agenda package and a presented at the meeting.

Annual reporting of CRP’s activities commences with reporting through the Finance and Audit Committee and Executive Committee and then through to the Board of Directors for approval.

Once approved by the Board of Directors the statements are circulated with the General Assembly agenda package.

CRP reports the operating outcomes and financial expenditures to the Province of Alberta and other grant funding providers on an annual basis in the format and level of detail required by each funding provider.

 

8. Where can the public locate CRP’s financial information?

Current and archived audited financial statements, annual budgets and Board of Directors agenda packages including quarterly financial reports can be accessed by the public our website.

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