Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission

The Commission is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal that administers a number of provincial statutes dealing with economic regulation and hears appeals under provincial planning, tax and residential rental property legislation. Website:

What is the function of the commission?

The functions of the Commission are:

  • (a) to regulate utilities except sewerage and water utilities owned, operated, managed or controlled by the City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside or the Towns of Charlottetown South or Charlottetown West;
  • (b) to hear and decide matters relating to land use, to decide upon the disposition of applications respecting the acquisition of land by non-residents and corporations where so required by any Act;
  • (c) to hear and decide appeals from decisions of (i) the Director under the Rental of Residential Property Act, (ii) the Provincial Treasurer under the Real Property Assessment Act, (iii) the Provincial Tax Commissioner under the Revenue Tax Act, (iv) the Provincial Treasurer under the Emergency 911 Act;
  • (d) to perform such other functions as may be conferred on the Commission under any enactment.

Primary Role:  Adjudicative

Material Role:  Professional Organization

How many people are on the commission?

The Commission shall be composed of:

  • (a) a full-time chairman who shall be the chief executive officer of the Commission;
  • (b) a full-time vice-chairman, who shall assume primary responsibilities for matters related to land;
  • (c) one other commissioner;
  • (d) not more than five part-time commissioners who shall be knowledgeable in one or more of the following areas: (i) accounting, agriculture, municipal planning, engineering, (ii) business, environmental matters, finance, economics, (iii) law, utilities, taxation, consumer protection.

What are the requirements of commission members?

Work & Experience Requirements
Knowledge in one or more of the various economic sectors.

Skills Required
Mediation and tribunal skills.

What are the nomination requirements?

Statutory Nomination Requirements
The Lieutenant Governor in Council shall appoint all members.

Will I get paid?

Chair - $200/diem and Members - $142/diem

What is the time commitment of the commission?

A very large time commitment is required.

All new nominees will be contacted and required to provide a criminal record check prior to appointment. Subject to removal from office for just cause, the term of office of the commissioners other than the chairman shall be not less than three nor more than ten years as determined by the Lieutenant Governor in Council at the time of appointment. A commissioner is eligible for reappointment.

Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission - Members
Name County Term Start Term End
Terry McKenna Queens County Feb 21, 2023 Feb 21, 2026
Cynthia McCardle Prince County Feb 21, 2023 Feb 21, 2026
Scott J. MacKenzie Queens County Apr 21, 2014 Apr 21, 2024
Murray MacPherson Queens County Jan 4, 2021 Jan 4, 2024
Doug Clow Queens County April 14, 2017 April 14, 2024
Kerri Carpenter Queens County Aug 8, 2023 Aug 8, 2028


How can I apply?  

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Who can I contact about this commission?

Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission
Phone: (902) 892-3501

Published date: 
August 30, 2023
Executive Council Office

General Inquiries

Executive Council Office
5th Floor, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
P.O. Box 2000,
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

General Inquiries:
Phone: 902-368-4502
Fax: 902-368-6118

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