Election Type for Saint Andrews, Bayside, and Chamcook - Byelection
Council type: Ward
The outer boundary of the new entity and its 3 wards have been finalized. Attached is an official map of the new entity. https://standrews.support/map-1/
On November 28th, 2022, a by-election for Councillor positions will be held in the new wards of Bayside and Chamcook. In Bayside, one Councillor will be elected and in Chamcook, two Councillors will be chosen. These new COuncillors will join the existing Town Council on January 1, 2023.
It has been decided that the existing Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Saint Andrews will continue to serve in this role for the new entity.
Community profiles have been updated to reflect the results of the 2021 Census. In our case, that resulted in a population increase of 267 persons or just under 10%. Individual community data is presented below:
The Province of New Brunswick has a website dedicated to Local Governance Reform and you can find information on the Reform process, latest news, and projected timelines of implementation by following the link: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/promo/local-governance-reform.html
In very general terms, local governance reform is the process of changing what we have into what we need. This process involves understanding the issues and challenges facing our local governance system and how they relate to one another, considering options to address the issues, and implementing changes that will make a positive difference. The exact nature of the changes has yet to be defined.
We had to ask ourselves: are we organized locally and regionally in a way that best serves the needs and interests of all of us as New Brunswickers and the communities we live in?
We needed to find ways to strengthen our local governance system and make it sustainable, while continuing to improve our quality of life.
The time for study is over; the status quo is no longer serving the needs of many New Brunswickers. After extensive engagement with New Brunswickers, we now have a plan to bring the required reforms.
Local Service DistrictA local service district (LSD):
is a structure that allows for the administration and delivery of local services such as streetlights, recreation, garbage collection, and fire protection, etc. to areas of the province that are not incorporated (i.e., do not have a mayor and councillors). These services are coordinated by the provincial government through the Department of Environment and Local Government. (LSD)
Rural District (RD):
With reform, we will introduce a new type of entity: a rural district.
The rural districts will replace the former local service districts. Rural districts will be made up of the local service districts, or parts of those, that have not joined a local government in the restructuring. We will establish elected advisory committees in the newly formed rural districts, whose members will be elected as part of municipal elections.
A local government is an incorporated entity that provides services and makes decisions on local matters for a defined geographic community. Each local government has a council comprised of a mayor and councillors who are elected through a general municipal election every four years.