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

A number of engagement sessions are being held throughout the province in the coming weeks.  These sessions will 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.

The in-person events will follow a small table discussion format where participants will be asked to provide feedback on a number of specific topics, such as:

  • municipal purposes and structure
  • accountability and transparency
  • professional conduct
  • revenue, and
  • enforcement

Please click here to view the discussion guide.

In-person events will be held on the following dates at the locations indicated:

May 297:00 pmLabrador CityCollege of the North AtlanticRegister
May 317:00 pmL'Anse au LoupTown HallRegister
June 47:00 pmGrand Falls-WindsorSt. Joseph's HallRegister
June 57:00 pmBaie VerteCollege of the North AtlanticRegister
June 67:00 pmStephenvilleCollege of the North AtlanticRegister
June 77:00 pmPort-aux-BasquesCollege of the North AtlanticRegister
June 147:00 pmCarbonearRoyal Canadian LegionRegister
June 197:00 pmMarystownMarystown HotelRegister
June 207:00 pmTorbayJack Byrne ArenaRegister
June 267:00 pmSt. AnthonyCollege of the North AtlanticRegister
June 287:00 pmClarenvilleCollege of the North AtlanticRegister


**Come back for additional opportunities to contribute.  In the coming weeks, online questionnaires on a variety of topics will be available, allowing you to join the discussion even if you are unable to attend an in-person event.**

We also welcome comments and contributions by email or mail at:

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


How will your input be used?

The information received will be reviewed by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.  All feedback will be considered as officals 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.