Municipal Restructure Process
The following is a summary of the municipal restructure process:
- An individual, group, or local government contacts the ministry
to indicate there is community support for a restructure study and
to inquire about the restructure process.
- The ministry, along with the municipality and local citizens,
assess the local context to determine if a broad base of community
support exists for considering incorporation.
- A restructure study committee is formed from residents that is
broadly representative of the community.
- The committee asks the minister for approval in principle to
conduct a restructure study.
- If the minister decides that approval in principle can be given,
the committee establishes terms of reference for both the
committee and the restructure 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
municipal restructure to both municipal and rural area citizens.
- The ministry provides an offer of provincial
assistance, financial and otherwise, that it will give to the
municipality if the restructure proceeds. This information is incorporated into the
- The final study is presented to both the municipal and rural
area communities 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 the municipal restructure.
- If the committee recommends that a vote be held and the minister
agrees, an order to hold a vote will be given. Community meetings
are held leading up to the referendum so that local citizens have
every opportunity to make an informed choice.
- Generally a referendum is held in both the municipality and in the
area outside the municipality.
- If local citizens in the area outside the municipality and within the municipality
both vote in favour of the municipal restructure, Supplementary Letters Patent are prepared for
approval by Cabinet. Supplementary Letters Patent are required
to change the municipality's boundary description and to address some transitional
- The restructure takes place on a date set out in the
Supplementary Letters Patent.