Municipal Affairs and Environment
July 30, 2018

Municipal Legislation Review Continues with Targeted Consultations

Data collected during in-person engagement sessions of the municipal legislation review and a related online questionnaire are now available to the public. To read the feedback or to participate in the online questionnaire, residents are encouraged to visit engagenl.ca

The results include data from 11 in-person consultations sessions held around the province, as well as feedback from the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador Symposium and the Professional Municipal Administrators Convention. Additional direct engagement with the cities of St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Corner Brook is ongoing.

Those who were unable to attend an in-person event can contribute to the discussion online through EngageNL.ca. The online questionnaire closes August 10.

In December 2017, the Provincial Government launched the first phase of consultations on the review of the Municipalities Act, 1999, the City of St. John’s Act, the City of Mount Pearl Act and the City of Corner Brook Act. Submissions received were used to identify priorities for municipal legislation. The second phase of consultation which began in May and originally focused on targeted discussions on information gathered during phase one.

Budget 2018 provides more than $100,000 for the Director of Legislative Renewal to proceed with work on the renewal of municipal legislation. This review is intended to result in a modern and effective framework for local governance.

This initiative delivers on commitments of The Way Forward to strengthen the province’s economic foundation and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

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“We have been working with local governments, residents, and organizations who have demonstrated their desire to see municipal legislation comprehensively reviewed and modernized. We are now well into the second phase of consultations, and we are digging deeper into what we heard during the first phase. I encourage anyone with an interest to visit EngageNL.ca, to take part in the questionnaire and read the thoughts and concerns that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have already contributed.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

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Municipal Affairs and Environment
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2018 07 30                              2:25 p.m.