Transition Facilitator: Don Fitzgerald
Restructuring at the local and regional levels will be led and supported by the provincial government. The implementation of local and regional structural reform will be divided into "restructuring projects" that will be assigned to various appointed Transition Facilitators.
There are two categories of restructuring projects that can be assigned to Transition Facilitators:
- Local Governments
- Regional Service Commissions (RSC)
The transition of remaining local service districts to new rural districts will be the responsibility of the Department of Environment and Local Government.
The Transition Facilitator's primary purpose is to work alongside new local governments and RSCs in their transition phase. TO achieve this, they will need to inspire and motivate change, as well as lead tactical initiatives such as:
- Familiarizing their teams and others with new enabling legislation and regulations.
- Developing options and best practices for new Councils and setting boundaries, including wards.
- Presenting options and best practices to support the establishment of different tax rates in local governments.
- Helping local governments prepare for municipal elections.
- Lead the staffing of local government and RSCs executive positions.
- Prepare preliminary budgets.
Generally, Transition Facilitators will specialize in either local government or RSC initiatives, to leverage expertise and create synergy between projects in different regions of the province.
At the regional level, Transition Facilitators will support RSCs as they coordinate linkages between the Regional Service Commissions, provincial government departments, and regional stakeholders in areas pertaining to the expanded mandate of the commission.
In all restructuring projects, it will be vital to build upon successful existing programs and assets in each local government and region.