Citizens may petition their council to hold a public meeting of municipal voters or to hold a referendum.
1. Public Meeting
Citizens may petition their council to hold a public meeting of municipal voters to discuss any municipal matter.
A minimum number of petitioners is required:
- In cities, voters representing at least five per cent of the population
- In resort villages, voters representing at least eight per cent of the population
- In other municipalities, whichever is greater:
- 20 voters, or
- voters representing at least five per cent of the population
The municipal administrator/city clerk has the sole responsibility for determining the sufficiency of a petition.
The format of a petition for a public meeting is not described in the municipal Acts. Petition organizers are encouraged to consult with their municipal office to determine if the municipality has defined minimum requirements.
The mayor or reeve of the municipality is required to call a public meeting which is to be held within 30 days after council receives a valid petition. Council is required to provide public notice of the meeting in accordance with its public notice policy.
For more information about public meetings, read the Citizen's Guide to Shaping Council Decisions.
A referendum is the submission of a proposed public measure in the form of a bylaw or resolution that is voted on by the citizens.
A referendum may be initiated by council or citizens may petition council to place a municipal matter before the voters.
A referendum binds the council to a specific course of action so the rules regarding petitions for a referendum are explicitly set out in legislation.
More detailed information can be found by reviewing the Citizen's Guide to Shaping Council Decisions.