BILL NO. 6
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
67 Elizabeth II, 2018
Private Member's Bill
Cape Breton Regional Municipality Viability Study Act
Cape Breton Centre
First Reading: September 7, 2018
WHEREAS the Steering Committee of Provincial-Municipal Fiscal Review's Fall 2014 report noted concerns respecting Cape Breton Regional Municipality's economic and fiscal viability;
AND WHEREAS the report noted that many of the options for improved viability available to other municipalities in Nova Scotia are not realistic options for Cape Breton Regional Municipality;
AND WHEREAS the report recommended that Cape Breton Regional Municipality and the Province conduct an immediate joint review to assess the viability issues facing the Municipality;
THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 This Act may be cited as the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Viability Study Act.
2 In this Act, "Minister" means the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
3 The Minister shall immediately convene a joint review with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Council to investigate the overall economic and fiscal viability of the Municipality.
4 (1) Subject to subsection (4), the Minister shall hire an external consultant to
(a) conduct a review of; and
(b) assess and report on,
the current structure of, services offered by and challenges faced by Cape Breton Regional Municipality and make recommendations on addressing those challenges.
(2) The Minister shall consult with Cape Breton Regional Municipality before hiring the external consultant referred to in subsection (1).
(3) The report and recommendations made pursuant to subsection (1) must be completed no later than six months after the coming into force of this Act.
(4) The money required for the purpose of subsection (1) must be paid out of money appropriated for that purpose by the Legislature.
5 The Minister shall
(a) publish the report and recommendations made pursuant to subsection 4(1) on the Department of Municipal Affairs website forthwith upon receiving the report and recommendations; and
(b) within 10 days of receiving the report and recommendations, table them in the Assembly if the Assembly is then sitting or, where it is not then sitting, file them with the Clerk of the Assembly.
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