Municipal Incorporation Process
The following is a summary of the municipal incorporation process:
- An individual or group contacts the ministry to indicate that there is
community support for an incorporation study and to inquire about
the process for incorporation.
- The ministry, along with local citizens, assess the local
context to determine if a broad base of community support exists for
considering incorporation and that the community has the
characteristics that would make a municipality feasible.
- An incorporation study committee is formed from residents that
is broadly representative of the community.
- The committee asks the minister for approval in principle to
conduct an incorporation study.
- If the minister decides that approval in principle can be given,
the committee establishes terms of reference for both the
committee and the incorporation study and selects an independent
consultant to conduct the study.
- The committee makes a formal request to the minister for a
restructure planning grant to fund the study.
- If the minister approves the grant, the consultant works with
the committee to produce an objective study on the impact of
- The ministry provides an offer of provincial
assistance, financial and otherwise, that it will give to the
municipality if it incorporates. This information is included in the
municipal incorporation study.
- The final study is presented to the community for public discussion and input.
- Based on community input, the committee decides whether to
recommend to the minister that a vote be held to decide if the
majority of the electorate support municipal incorporation.
- If the committee recommends that a vote be held and the minister
agrees, an order to hold the vote will be given. Community meetings
are held leading up to the vote so that local citizens have
every opportunity to make an informed choice.
- If local citizens vote in favour of municipal incorporation, Letters
Patent are prepared for approval by Cabinet. Letters Patent are the legal documents creating the
municipality. These include information such as the effective date
of incorporation, the name of the municipality, the council size,
and identifies other transitional issues such as the transfer of services to the municipality from the
regional district and any improvement district dissolved as a
consequence of incorporation.
- The ministry hires an interim municipal administrator to prepare
everything necessary for the inaugural meeting of council.
- The first municipal election takes place on a date set out in the