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Section 52 of The Municipalities Act provides the authority for a village or resort village to become a town and a town to become a village or resort village.
To become a town, a village or resort village must have a population of 500 or more. A town may request its status be changed to a village or resort village if the population is less than 500.
When council is considering a status change, it is recommended that an informal public meeting be held to discuss the proposal to inform the community of council's intention. Any residents that would be affected by the status change should attend the public meeting.
If the status of a municipality changes, a new council must be elected to serve the community. Therefore, council may wish for the change to coincide with a general election.
Once a final decision has been made to request a status change, the council should submit the following information to the Ministry of Government Relations:
If the Minister is of the opinion that the status of the municipality should be changed, the Minister will issue an order causing the status of the municipality to be changed.
The Minister's Order will:
Consequences of the order include: all bylaws and resolutions in force as the bylaws and resolutions in the former municipality continue in force as the bylaws and resolutions of the new municipality for one year or until sooner repealed and others made in their place. Refer to Section 63 of The Municipalities Act for further details regarding other consequences of the order.
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