The Kananaskis Improvement District Council was established in 1996 to provide direct public representation in the governance of the Kananaskis Improvement District. Council is accountable to residents and ratepayers as well as to the Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks. Council is responsible for helping the Minister make sure the Improvement District provides the services the constituents need and want. It provides input into policy making relating to programs and services in the Improvement District and monitors these programs and services to ensure that administration delivers them in the best way possible. The Kananaskis Improvement District Council is comprised of six individuals representing the Lower Kananaskis Lake Cabin Subdivision Association, non-commercial residents or ratepayers, large businesses (those of $750,000 or more in the most recent Assessment), small businesses (those of less than $750,000 in the most recent Assessment), and two Alberta residents-at-large. The current Council is represented as follows:

Bruce Lukey, Chair - Non-commercial Residents and Ratepayers

Arnold Hoffman,  Vice Chair - Lower Kananaskis Lake Cabin Subdivision

Mike Norton - Small Business, Not for Profit & Charitable Foundations

Susan Billington, QC - Alberta At Large Representative

Councillors may be contacted via the Kananaskis Improvement District Office at: Phone: (403) 591-7774
Mail to: Kananaskis Improvement District, Box 70, Kananaskis, Alberta T0L 2H0
Email: The Municipal Administrator


The Minister

The Kananaskis Improvement District is managed under a unique local governance model. Under this model, many of the decisions needed to run the KID have been delegated to Council by ministerial order. The Minister delegates authority to provincial employees or Council for specific purposes. Part 6 of the Municipal Government Act sets out the respective roles and responsibilities of the Council and administration. In the Improvement District, the Minister refers to the Minister of Alberta, Environment and Parks because the Minister of Municipal Affairs has delegated certain powers, duties and functions to the latter, pursuant to Section 589 of the Municipal Government Act. In the eyes of the law, the Minister can be more than one person for the purpose of getting things done. When a provincial employee or the Kananaskis Improvement District Council does something delegated to it by the Minister, the action is effectively done by the Minister.

Resolutions and ID Orders

Council can make decisions by passing a resolution or by passing an Improvement District Order. A Council resolution or an Improvement District Order can be made only when the Minister has delegated responsibility for a decision to Council. Where the Municipal Government Act requires something to be accomplished through “by-law” and the Kananaskis Improvement District Council has been delegated the responsibility to make decisions in this area, an Improvement District Order is used. Please see the KID Orders section in the reference library for full listings.

Ministerial Orders

For matters where the Minister is still responsible for making decisions, Council submits a recommending resolution to the Minister through the Chief Administrative Officer. The Minister strongly considers the recommendations of Council in such matters. Ministerial decisions are carried out through ministerial orders. Ministerial orders which apply to the KID are listed in the reference library.

Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act

– Disclosure of Council Member Compensation

The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (PSCTA) requires the public disclosure of any compensation paid to each Agency, Board or Commission (ABC) member for every calendar year starting with 2015. It has been determined that the Kananaskis Improvement District is an ABC and must report in compliance with the PSCTA. The legislation requires that the names of KID Council members and compensation be disclosed publicly on our website. Below are the 2016 compensation amounts for KID Council members:

Public Sector Body Name Position Year Compensation Other Severance Attachments Total
Kananaskis Improvement District CouncilLukey, BruceChair2016$19,261.07$2,725.96$0.00$21,987.03
Kananaskis Improvement District CouncilHoffman, ArnoldVice-Chair2016$2,089.97$1,175.50$0.00$3,265.47
Kananaskis Improvement District CouncilBillington, SusanCouncil Member2016$5,198.19$0.00$5,198.19
Kananaskis Improvement District CouncilNorton, MikeCouncil Member2016$1,877.15$604.64$0.00$2,481.79
Kananaskis Improvement District CouncilThiesen, JamieCouncil Member2016$987.02$0.00$987.02

For a listing of compensation received by councillors in 2015 and 2016, please review the following attachment:

Downloadable file: PSCTA-Disclosure-2016
* Please note that the Compensation value listed for the Members-at-Large is a total value; it is not differentiated between “Compensation” and “Other”.

Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act – Disclosure of Employee Compensation

The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act (PSCTA) requires the public disclosure of compensation paid to: (1) all board members regardless of amount, and (2) to all employees who earn over $126,375 for 2016. The KID did not have staff  in 2016 that met or exceeded $126,375.