October 15, 1996
(Municipal and Provincial Affairs)
Reforming Municipal Government in Newfoundland and Labrador
The Time for Regionalization
Regionalization is designed to strengthen our
municipalities and ensure they are structured in a way that
enables them to deliver the types of services people will require
in the 1990s and beyond.
- It is designed to create strong, accountable local
- If properly implemented regionalization will:
- give municipalities new tools to do the jobs -- tools
that will allow greater flexibility, innovation and
efficiency with respect to the provision of municipal
- The integration of services at the regional level will
ensure that scarce resources are used for the right
- Regionalization represents a bold step toward redefining
the municipal landscape... it represents a substantive
redefinition of local government.
- It also means new ways of sharing services with
neighbouring municipalities; less duplication and overlap
in the delivery of services; better cost management for
service delivery and the elimination of conflicting
- The objectives are to improve service delivery, reduce
costs and make government more accountable to taxpayers.
It is designed to build on the economic zones concept,
which is designed to strengthen and revitalize
municipalities, especially rural Newfoundland and
- Government is committed to constructive and meaningful
consultation on regionalisation and it is our belief that
the public interest will best be served by an effective
partnership between the province and municipalities.
- The department wants to study the strengths that each
municipality can bring to the regionalization table.
- It is imperative for us to look at innovative methods
that will enable municipalities to provide better
services and become more responsive to the needs of
citizens and save money at the same time.
- The intent and purpose is not to replace existing
- While it is accurate to say there will be two layers of
local government, it is equally accurate to say each will
have their own areas of responsibility. Basically, we are
asking communities to cooperate in areas of mutual
benefit on a regional basis.
- The regionalization consultation paper will produce more
than just another report. We are determined that it will
produce an action plan that will enable us to effectively
respond to the challenges of the future.