City Charters will improve the well-being of citizens in Edmonton and Calgary by supporting service delivery and building community through the development of public spaces. Charter proposals in this area fall under two themes:
- Affordable housing is a fundamental need in large cities.
- Affordable housing improves individual health and well-being and helps to support education, social inclusion and financial security.
- Edmonton and Calgary can advance loans and take-back mortgages to private individuals and organizations for the development of affordable housing.
- The two cities can set conditions requiring a developer to contribute funds for a portion of new affordable housing when council expects that a redevelopment means a loss of affordable housing units.
- The cities can define affordable housing within its municipalities under the Municipal Government Act (MGA). The definitions cannot override other legislation like the Alberta Housing Act.
- Municipalities will be able to best use municipal and provincial capital funding when building arts, culture, recreation and sports facility projects in partnership with non-profit organizations.
- Edmonton and Calgary City Councils that plan to build municipal infrastructure facilities, and have non-profit organizations operate them, can have the property tax cancelled and the provincial property tax waived by the province.