The vision of the Department of Municipal Affairs is a province built of communities with viable sustainable municipal services led by strong local governments.
To support this vision, by 2011 the Department will have improved the efficiency of the municipal service model.
The Department of Municipal Affairs envisions a Province where people enjoy healthy, safe and sustainable communities supported by strong local governments. The Department supports financial stability and viability of municipalities and the efficient and effective delivery of municipal services. The department assists municipalities in meeting their infrastructure needs and provides the financial and administrative tools to support sound municipal governance.
The primary clients of the Department of Municipal Affairs are the 282 municipalities, 182 Local Service Districts and 136 unincorporated areas in NL. Based on the 2006 census, 89 percent of the provincial population resides within municipalities; approximately 7 percent reside in LSDs and 4 percent in unincorporated areas.
The mandate of the Department of Municipal Affairs is derived from the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs Notice, 2003 under the Executive Council Act, and is informed by the legislation set out in the Schedule, which outlines the powers, duties and functions of the Minister, who is also appointed Registrar General. The Department of Municipal Affairs is directly responsible for all matters regarding to municipal and provincial affairs.
The Department strengthens local governance by:
The Department guides infrastructure investments by:
The Department works with local, community-based sponsors to create short-term employment initiatives that provide enduring benefits to communities. Additionally, government has assigned to the Department the responsibility to provide similar employment support programs in areas affected by permanent closure of fish processing plants and to coordinate interdepartmental efforts to assist workers affected by permanent fish place closures.
The Department has statutory responsibilities in relation to the following provincial affairs: