Public Notice Requirements


Public notice, in accordance with the Municipalities Act (2006), shall be given before Council considers any of the following matters:

  • permanently closing or blocking off a street, lane or walkway;
  • disposition of municipal lands or buildings;
  • selling or leasing land for less than fair market value and without a public offering;
  • prohibiting or limiting the number of businesses of a particular type in an area of the municipality or specifying separation distances between businesses of a particular type;
  • borrowing money, lending money, or guaranteeing the repayment of a loan;
  • imposing a special tax or determining the use to which excess revenue from a special tax is to be put;
  • establishing a purchasing policy
  • sale or lease of mines and minerals owned by a municipality;
  • establishing a business improvement district
  • setting remuneration for council or committee members and other bodies established by the council
  • increasing or decreasing the number of councillors on Council
  • amending or repealing a bylaw for which public notice was a requirement at the time the bylaw was passed;
  • any matter where holding a public hearing is required under the Municipalities Act or any other Act except where the Act contains its own public notice provisions;
  • discussing a matter at a public meeting held as a result of a petition signed by the required number of electors; and,
  • the amendment or repeal of a bylaw or resolution when the bylaw or resolution was passed as the result of a vote of the electors where at least three years have passed from the date that the bylaw or resolution was passed and a vote of the voters is not being held regarding the proposed current action.