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May 16, 2024Local Government Awareness Week – Post #4

About Local Government Awareness Week

Local Government Awareness Week is an initiative of the Union of BC Municipalities designed to generate awareness and educate the public about the roles and responsibilities of local government, and encourage public participation in local government processes. Throughout this week – May 13 to 17 – the District of Vanderhoof will explore the work of our own departments, some of the legislation we are bound by, and the role of Council and the election process.

Today, we will explore the provincial legislation which applies to the District’s work.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Led by Minister Anne Kang, and Deputy Minister Okenge Yuma Morisho, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs supports local governments and residents in building vibrant communities which are well governed, safe, economically resilient, and socially and environmentally responsible.

Explore their work and resources by clicking here.

Local Government Act

The Local Government Act provides a foundation for local governments to address the interests and needs of their communities, provides the powers, duties and functions necessary for local governments to fulfill their purposes, and provides the flexibility to respond changing needs and circumstances of their communities.

Read more about the Local Government Act here.

Community Charter

The Community Charter further provides municipalities and their Councils with a framework of powers, duties and functions, the flexibility to determine the public interest of their communities, and the authority and discretion to address community needs. The Community Charter establishes principles for municipal governance, and the relationship between the municipality and the provincial government, to ensure appropriate action is taken to support the needs of the community with a cooperative approach.

Read more about the Community Charter here.

Please come back tomorrow for more information about your local government!

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