Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6 p.m., Maurice Young Millennium Place
Community Charter and Local Government Act
Municipalities have the power of a natural person, the power to expropriate, and the power to establish and enforce bylaws. They are able to raise funds through property taxes and user fees, and borrow through the Municipal Finance Authority to pay for services and capital costs.
Municipal governments operate within the powers given to them by the Province. Municipal authority is found partly in the legislation and laws from the province, including the Community Charter and the Local Government Act.
The Community Charter
The Community Charter establishes the basic structure and manner of operation for municipal councils. For example, the Community Charter addresses municipal purposes and powers, public participation, council accountability, municipal procedures, bylaw enforcement and related matters, and government regulations.
Click here for more detailed information on the Community Charter.
The Local Government Act
The Local Government Act addresses boundary expansions and amalgamations, elections, land use regulations, and Regional Districts.
Click here for more detailed information on the Local Government Act.