City Region Studies Centre

Capital Region Board Case Study

Overview

Enhancing regional governance is the key for the improvement of settlement conditions. Metropolitan governance in Brazil, however, has not kept pace with the country's urbanization. Increasing populations, a limited capacity to provide services and utilities, and weak mechanisms for coordinating action and planning among municipalities and senior-level governments have hampered efforts to improve living conditions.

Brazil's Ministry of Cities and the University of British Columbia are jointly leading a four-year project to enhance regional governance in Brazil by facilitating the formation of "new public consortia." The New Public Consortia (NPC) project will contribute to regional governance in Brazil by supporting the development of innovative inter-jurisdictional structures (public consortia) for managing land use and social programs and policies, stimulating local economies, meeting basic needs, and otherwise improving living conditions in metropolitan areas.

This case study of the Capital Region Board in the Alberta Capital Region will contribute to the NPC project

Objectives

This case study looked at the creation and function of the Capital Region Board (CRB), the regional governance structure created in the Alberta Capital Region in April 2008. The study examined why and how the CRB was formed, how it functioned in its first year, and how it compares to previous incarnations of regional governance in the Alberta Capital Region. 

This analysis was used as one of several case studies featured project publications developed by UBC. Together, these studies were selected to provide examples of regional governance from around the world, to examine why and how municipalities collaborate, and to identify major themes and challenges arising from regional governance.

Outcomes

The New Public Consortia project developed a series of publications showcasing project case studies, as well as other outputs, including presentations, seminars, workshops, and videos. These materials, as well as supplementary course materials , work books, and activities were also packaged to be delivered in Extension faculties across Brazil.

Research Team

The New Public Consortia project was a CIDA-funded capacity building project, jointly led by Brazil's Ministry of Cities and the University of British Columbia's Centre for Human Settlements. The City-Region Studies Centre was an academic partner.

Learn More

For more information about the project, visit the project website.