Through the establishment of Additional Service Areas (ASA), rural municipalities (RMs) now have a new way to fund the delivery of services in specific areas that require additional or different servicing from the rest of the RM.
As the province continues to experience record growth in population and prosperity, residents are enjoying increased choice in where to work, live and raise a family. RMs requested the authority to establish ASAs after noticing a rise in their communities of multi-lot acreage developments and other urban-like developments, which may require separate or different services from the surrounding RM.
The Ministry of Government Relations has developed a guide, now available on the Ministry’s website, to serve as a handbook for councils who wish to establish ASAs in their RMs. It outlines the legislative changes that enable their creation, and provides step-by-step instructions in ASA administration and financing.