A Better Future –
Together

Local governance reform for a vibrant, sustainable New Brunswick


The modernization of New Brunswick’s local governance system reached a significant milestone with the release of the government’s white paper: Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities.


Maintaining our identity while securing our future

As New Brunswickers, we all take great pride in where we are from. We love our communities and are connected to the places we call home. That’s why we are reshaping the structure of local governance to bring communities together and protect our long-term future.

These changes will see our province go from 340 local entities to 90, while ensuring that all New Brunswickers have a voice and that all communities have the right services, infrastructure, and opportunities to grow. The process to get here has involved working with communities across our province.

Local governance reform does not change where you are from, where you live, or your experiences. It is about working together to enhance the quality of life for all New Brunswickers, ensuring that communities remain vibrant and sustainable in the years to come.

Benefits of the new structure

Collaboration

Communities will work together to meet needs of residents. This includes building, maintaining, and replacing important infrastructure for services like safe roads, fire prevention, and recreational spaces.

Fairness

New Brunswickers will only pay for the services they have access to, and they will have a say over what services they may want to consider in the future.

Representation

More people will have a voice. By expanding voting at the local level to those living in the new rural districts, we are strengthening democracy and accountability across the province.

Identity

The new structure helps secure the future for the places we call home. Stronger local and regional economies mean more opportunities for people to stay in their communities.

Sustainability

The future of communities will be sustainably managed with consistent land-use planning standards, cost-sharing for regional infrastructure, and a larger regional role in economic and community development.

By the numbers

The new structure will result in
78 local governments + 12 rural districts

  • The new structure will see New Brunswick move from 340 entities to 90 entities. 
  • We will form 78 local governments and 12 rural districts. 
  • Currently, New Brunswick has 208 entities with fewer than 1,000 people. 
  • By comparison, Nova Scotia has just 4 entities with fewer than 1,000 people.

Timeline

November 2021 – December 2021

  • Release of the local governance reform white paper
  • Local governance reform bill in the Legislature

January – July 2022

  • Begin transition work, which includes:
    • New and revised local government boundaries
    • The creation of rural districts
    • A revised CFEG* formula
    • Rate flexibility for non-residential (business) properties
    • Prepare for upcoming local government and rural district special elections
    • Revise regional service commissions structure and responsibilities

July – December 2022

  • Transition for new and revised local government councils and rural district representatives 
  • Local government and rural district special elections (November 2022)

January 2023

  • Implement the following:
    • The new and revised local government councils and rural district reps 
    • The revised regional service commissions structure and responsibilities
    • The revised CFEG* formula
    • The revised rate flexibility for non-residential (business) properties
    • Phase one of the Statements of Public Interest Regulations
  • Regional Service Commissions begin work on regional strategies 
  • Begin work on the structure and governance of a municipal commission

July 2023

  • Regional Service Commissions to implement new regional strategies 

January 2024

  • Implement new municipal commission model
  • Begin work on new and revised local land use plans
  • Report on regional service standards and benchmarks

January 2025

  • Implement new and revised local land use plans 

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