Municipal Legislation Review


Municipalities are charged with the responsibility to provide good government, provide services, and the stewardship of public community assets, as well as to foster economic, social and environmental well-being.

The legal framework for cities and municipalities to represent the interests and respond to the needs of their communities is provided by:

  • The Municipalities Act, 1999
  • The City of St. John's Act
  • The City of Mount Pearl Act, and
  • The City of Corner Brook Act

For the purposes of this review, these four Acts are collectively referred to as the "Municipal Legislation".

Why is Government reviewing the Municipal Legislation?

The municipal legislation has been around for decades.  While various amendments have occurred over time, this is the first comprehensive review of this legislation.

These laws affect cities and municipalities across the province and the residents within those communities. Like all laws, they must be updated from time to time.

This review is intended to result in an effective and modern framework for municipal governance.

For more information on the municipal legislation, the review or the history of municipal legislation, please click here.

What is not being reviewed?

There are some elements relating to municipal governance that are not part of this review.  These include the Municipal Elections Act, the Urban and Rural Planning Act, local by-laws, provincial and municipal grant programs, and municipal budgets.

Comments on items not related to this review can be forwarded to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment by emailing [email protected] or calling 709-729-2664.

Get Involved

Phase II - Digging Deeper

The second phase of consultation on the review of municipal legislation is designed to allow us to dig deeper into the issues raised during the first phase of consultation.  We are especially interested in hearing from the organizations and professionals who use the Municipalities Act, 1999, the City of St. John's Act, the City of Mount Pearl Act and the City of Corner Brook Act in a significant way.

Phase II stakeholder engagement consists of:

  • Interactive presentations, including polling surveys, with selected professional associations. (Completed)
  • Small group discussions at public in-person events. (Completed)
  • Online questionnaire. (Now open)
  • Written submissions responding to discussion guide. (Ongoing)
  • Meetings with the Cities of St. John’s, Mount Pearl, and Corner Brook on city-specific legislative issues. (Ongoing)

Online Questionnaire and Written Submissions

The online questionnaire includes some new questions in addition to all the discussion and polling questions asked at in-person events.  If you were unable to attend an in-person session, or you have more to say, you can contribute to the conversation by answering the online questionnaire.  The online questionnaire will be available until August 10, 2018.

Click here to complete the questionnaire

If you prefer to participate with a written contribution, you can download or view the discussion guide by clicking here and either fill out a copy of the guide or prepare a letter/submission responding to the questions.  Written material can be sent by email to [email protected] or mailed to: 

Municipal Legislation Review
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
4th Floor, West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL  A1B 4J6


Results from Interactive Presentations

Polling surveys were conducted during presentations made at the 2018 Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) Municipal Symposium and the 2018 Professional Municipal Administrators Newfoundland and Labrador (PMA) Convention.  View the results:

Results from In-Person Sessions

In-person engagement sessions were held throughout the province in May and June 2018.  These sessions followed a small table discussion format where participants provided feedback on a number of specific topics, including:

  • municipal purposes and structure
  • professional conduct
  • services, and
  • revenue sources.

Eleven in-person discussion sessions were attended by 145 participants. Click here to view the data collected during these events.

How will your input be used?

The information collected through all available methods will be reviewed by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.  All feedback will be considered as officials prepare recommendations for modernizing the legislation.

Phase I - Written Submissions (Closed)

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment invited written submissions from the public and stakeholder organizations in winter 2018.  The deadline for written submissions was January 31, 2018.

The Provincial Government wishes to thank all residents who participated the first phase of public consultations by providing a written submission.  More than 70 submissions were received from individuals, businesses, municipalities, interest groups, and professional organizations.  The themes emerging from the written submissions have been used to develop the second phase of consultations.

To view written submissions the Department has received, please click here.

**All submissions and information provided by particpants during the first consultation phase, including their names and organizations, where applicable, are available on this website for public viewing.  For more information on the publication policy, click here.**

Privacy Statement

The collection of information is done under the authority of section 61(c) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015, for the purpose of collecting public feedback on the current municipal legislation and ways to improve it.

Any personal information that may be received will be governed in accordance with the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 2015 and will only be used for the purpose of informing the comprehensive review of the municipal legislation.

If you have any questions about how this information will be collected, used and disclosed, please contact the Municipal Legislation Review by email at [email protected] or call (709) 729-5539.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or additional comments regarding the municipal legislation review, please email [email protected] or call (709) 729-5539.