What is the difference between Municipal and Provincial governments?
Municipal government is responsonsible for local issues:
municipal property (wharves, parks, lands for public use);
dangerous and unsightly premises;
waste disposal (landfill operations, regular and special collections, recycling);
property tax administration;
systems (sewer, water);
planning (zoning, land use);
building and fire safety;
by-laws (dogs, noise, civic addressing);
policies (active transportation, kennels);
anything the Province delegates.
Most of our services are the result of Provincial legislation and programs. For example, when the provincial government passed a law banning certain materials from the landfill, they made municipalities responsible for ensuring that those materials did not end up in the waste stream. Municipal units across the Province devised recycling and composting programs. The Province provided help from their staff as well as funding for some projects.
Provincial government is responsible for, you guessed it, all of Nova Scotia. They govern:
They are also responsible for municipalities (as per the Municipal Government Act); which is why we collect property taxes for things such as, education, policing/corrections, and road maintenance.
The Municipality is responsible for:
If you have a local issue, please contact the Municipality and we will help you.
If you still aren’t sure if your issue is municipal or provincial, please call us and we will try to point you in the right direction.