At the recent Federation of PEI Municipalities Semi-Annual meeting, municipal leaders from the across the province along with representatives of other orders of government, came together to discuss common challenges and consider how we can move forward together to create change.
As municipal leaders we know the status quo is not viable. Our financial framework is broken. Our current municipal acts are based on a model that was introduced in 1849. It was groundbreaking legislation at the time – but it certainly isn’t today.
Many of our current municipal boundaries are based on old school districts created in the 1800s. They were small because children had to walk to school at that time. Today, one in three municipalities are smaller than three-square kilometres. It’s time to put the 1800s in the history books and put solutions in place for the 21st century.