Prince Edward Island, Canada, local Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX] - Plebiscite - new municipalities formation

General Typology

Agenda (setting) initiative [PAX]
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Political level
Local Name:
Plebiscite - new municipalities formation
Normative Level:
Legally Binding:
Legally Defined:

5. Upon receipt of a petition signed by at least twenty-five residents of an area indicating
(a) their desire to have a municipality established for the area;
(b) in general terms, the geographical boundaries of the municipality;
(c) whether the municipality is to be a town or community; and
(d) the services to be provided by the municipality,
the Minister shall call a public meeting of the residents of the area to discuss the matters contained in the petition and to determine if there is public support therefor. 1983, c.33, s.5.

6. Notice of the public meeting shall be published in the Gazette and on at least two occasions in a newspaper circulating in the area indicating
(a) in general terms, the content of the petition;
(b) the date, time and place of the meeting which shall be held not less than fourteen days after the date of publication of the first notice in a newspaper; and
(c) that residents of the area are invited to attend and make representations concerning the petition. 1983, c.33, s.6.

7. Before making any recommendation with respect to any petition, the Minister may conduct
(a) a plebiscite of the residents of the area in accordance with the regulations;
(b) a feasibility study. 1983, c.33, s.7.

8. (1) After consideration of the petition and the recommendation of the Minister, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by order published in the Gazette, incorporate the inhabitants of an area as a municipality.
(2) An order under subsection (1) may
(a) prescribe the name and boundaries of the municipality;
(b) designate the status of a municipality as a town or community;
(c) prescribe the services that may be provided by the municipality;
(d) appoint an interim council to hold office until the first elections are held;
(e) prescribe the effective date of the order;
(f) do any other things that are considered necessary to make the order effective.

References: MUNICIPALITIES ACT . 1983 (current to December 2, 2015)

Subject Matter:

To form a new municipality


Decision maker:
Lieutenant Governor in Counci


Number Of Signatures:
25 residents
Available Time:
No information in legal source
Geographical Quorum:
Legal source does not mention geographical quorum
Excluded Issues:
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