Local Government Restructure Glossary
The following describes frequently used terms:
The combining of two (or more) existing
municipalities (no rural territory), approved by vote within
Incorporation of a new municipality (from
previously rural territory), approved by vote of the
A generic term for any major change in
structure. In addition to new municipal incorporations, it
applies to the inclusion of significant population and rural
territory into an existing municipality or municipalities.
Complex projects may include concurrent options of
incorporation as a new municipality and inclusion within an
existing municipality. Designation as a restructure (by the
Minister) qualifies the project for restructuring assistance.
Inclusion of rural territory within an existing
municipality, usually small in area and population. Do not
qualify for restructuring assistance. May involve complex
servicing, land use or development issues, and transitional
measures. Related items include boundary reduction, status
change and amendment to tax provisions in letters patent.
|Regional District Structure:
Realignment of electoral area or regional
district boundaries, and other corporate items (e.g. number of
electoral areas, voting).
For municipalities or regional districts, the
review of significant local service delivery issues. Often
applies on a sub-regional basis.
|Rural Services and Governance:
Review of (non-municipal) community governance
and services, notably including the potential transfer of
improvement districts. Can involve Ministry resources for
The Branch contributes to a range of policy
development initiatives and development of