When does the Local Governance Reform take place?

We are currently in the process of moving through the Local Governance Reform process with the transition facilitator and advisory committees. The new community will take effect on January 1, 2023. A brief timeline of the process is as follows:

November - December 2021

  • Publish our white paper, "Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities"
  • Introduce Bill 82: An Act Respecting Local Governance Reform
  • End timeframe for suggesting changes to local governance restructuring (adjustments)
  • An Act Respecting Local Governance Reform adopted and given Royal Assent
  • End extended timeframe for suggesting changes to local governance restructuring
  • Announce Local Governance Reform and Toponymy advisors

January - March 2022

  • Orientation for transition facilitators
  • Form transition advisory committees for each entity
  • Determine electoral structure (wards, at large or hybrid, and number of wards)
  • Submit final entity outer boundaries to Elections New Brunswick
  • Submit final ward boundaries to Elections New Brunswick

April - September 2022

  • Sub-unit structure (taxation areas) provided to Service New Brunswick
  • Set finalized entities in regulation
  • Confirm appointment of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers for new entities
  • Provide detailed guidelines for each new mandate/service for Regional Service Commissions
  • Strategy requirements, weighted voting and cost- sharing formula for Regional Service Commissions
  • Confirm service delivery model for new mandate/services for Regional Service Commissions
  • Confirm Chief Executive Officers in all 12 Regional Service Commissions

October - December 2022

  • Finalize 2023 Regional Service Commission budgets
  • Elect new councils in entities requiring elections

January 2023

  • Restructured local governments and rural districts in place

July 2023

  • Establishment of regional strategy including priorities and actions for all Regional Service Commissions

January 2024

  • Establishment of regional approach to social mandate for vulnerable populations settling in larger urban centres (Southeast, Fundy, and Capital regions)