The City of Edmonton declared a state of local emergency on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Under the Emergency Management Act, a local authority in Alberta can declare a state of emergency to gain additional powers and responsibilities to help it prevent, combat, or alleviate the effects of an emergency or disaster. One key power the local authority gains is the ability to "borrow any money necessary to pay expenses caused by the emergency" during or within 60 days after the state of local emergency, by bylaw that is not advertised but is approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
Additionally, the City of Edmonton can now:
A state of local emergency lasts for seven days after which it can be renewed. It can be terminated at any time.