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August 8 - 12, 2021
8:30 am - 4:30 pm PST


Government Finance Officers Association of British Columbia

Local government finance leadership starts here with a comprehensive overview of the local government finance arena and the ever-evolving role of the local government finance officer.

Strengthen your understanding of local government and the important role that the Finance Officer and their team plays in this highly interactive and engaging program designed exclusively for new local government finance officers, current local government finance staff who aspire to the position of Finance Officer, as well as current Finance Officers who want a better understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of the position. A combination of presentations on best practices and techniques, and individual and small group exercises will focus on the importance of team work.


This five-day program will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of local government finance issues with a focus on providing “real-life”, practical information that can immediately be applied in a local government setting.


Back to Basics is designed for finance professionals who are new to local government, those working in local government finance departments who want to move to the level of Finance Officer, and those already in Finance Officer roles who want a better grounding in the requirements and responsibilities of the position.


On completion of Back to Basics, participants will have a solid grounding in key financial topics like budgeting, property taxation, sources and uses of funds, public sector accounting requirements, and the legislative constraints and powers relevant to the finance arena in which local governments operate. Additionally, participants will be familiarized with the significant resources available to support them in performing their job and will have the opportunity to discuss a broad range of local government finance issues.

Participants can expect to discuss and answer questions like the following:

  • How to lead a successful budget process that promotes realization of strategic goals, is understandable, efficient, and is ultimately supported by council, staff and the public?
  • What are the current issues in municipal taxation and exactly how are municipal tax rates calculated in practice?
  • What constraints and powers does local government have with respect to raising revenues, and how can reserves and surplus be used?
  • What reports are required by statute and how do I make them meaningful to managers, council and the citizens?
  • What is a legal local government expenditure and what are the constraints on incurring local government liabilities?


Session will offer presentations and facilitated discussions on the following:

  • The role and responsibilities of the Finance Officer, including ethics and issues of personal liability.
  • Local government budgeting and departmental business planning.
  • Property taxation and assessment including tax calculation, tax collection and collecting for other governments.
  • Local government expenditure and liability framework, revenue sources, investments and debt, fees and charges, reserves and surplus.
  • Accounting and financial reporting including PSAB, ministry reporting and audit requirements.
  • Familiarization with various local government financial resources and organizations.

Event Type: Webinar
Location: Online
Accredited: No
Certificate Provided: No
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