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Municipal Government Act (amended)

BILL NO. 48

(as introduced)

3rd Session, 62nd General Assembly
Nova Scotia
65 Elizabeth II, 2016



Private Member's Bill



Municipal Government Act
(amended)



Karla MacFarlane
Pictou West



First Reading: October 25, 2016

(Explanatory Note)

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

Explanatory Note

This Bill

(a) requires a municipal council to adopt on or before January 1, 2017, a policy for the disclosure of compensation paid to municipal employees when the amount of compensation is $100,000 or more annually, and sets out the provisions to be contained in the policy; and

(b) requires a municipal council to direct the chief administrative officer and the chief administrative officer to disclose to the public in accordance with the policy adopted by the council the amount of compensation paid annually to any employee of the municipality.

An Act to Amend Chapter 18
of the Acts of 1998,
the Municipal Government Act,
Respecting Disclosure of Municipal Employee Compensation

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 Section 30 of Chapter 18 of the Acts of 1998, the Municipal Government Act, is amended by adding immediately after subsection (3) the following subsection:

(3A) The council shall direct the chief administrative officer to disclose to the public, in accordance with the policy adopted pursuant to subsection 49(3), the amount of compensation it provides to any employee of the municipality.

2 Section 31 of Chapter 18 is amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following subsection:

(2A) When directed by the council pursuant to subsection 30(3A), the chief administrative officer shall disclose to the public in accordance with the policy adopted pursuant to subsection 49(3) the amount of compensation provided to any employee of the municipality.

3 Section 49 of Chapter 18 is amended by adding immediately after subsection (2) the following subsections:

(3) The council shall on or before January 1, 2017, adopt a policy requiring the municipality to disclose to the public within six months after the end of each fiscal year ending on or after March 31, 2017, the amount of compensation the municipality pays or provides to any employee, if the amount of compensation to that employee is one hundred thousand dollars or more annually.

(4) The council shall, in the policy adopted pursuant to subsection (3),

(a) define "compensation" for the purpose of the policy;

(b) designate any employee or class of employees whose compensation is subject to disclosure;

(c) set out terms respecting the context and form of the disclosure required by the policy; and

(d) include any other matter that the council considers necessary or advisable to carry out effectively the intent and purpose of subsection (3).

(5) The disclosure of information pursuant to the policy adopted pursuant to subsection (3) is deemed not to contravene any Act, regulation or agreement, whether the Act was enacted or the regulation or agreement was made before or after the coming into force of subsection (3) and, for greater certainty, Part XX of the Act does not restrict disclosure pursuant to the policy.


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