Municipal Government Act

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The Municipal Government Act (MGA) received Royal Assent on December 15, 2016. The MGA will come into effect upon proclamation in 2017. To view a copy of the Act, please visit

Why is change needed?

The current Municipalities Act came into force in 1983 and is based on legislation first drafted in the 1940s. Since the 1980s, the legislation has undergone several major reviews and has been amended on a number of occasions.

Today's municipalities require modern legislation that is consistent with the principles of democracy, good governance and service.

What is changing?

The new Municipal Government Act raises the standards regarding good governance, financial accountability, administration and service delivery while providing municipalities with greater authority, flexibility and discretion.

Key areas of change for municipal governments by topic are listed below. An overview of when many of the changes will take effect is available on our Transitions Timelines page. 

Municipal Structures and Services


Council Composition and Conduct


Finance and Funding

Bylaw Jurisdiction

Powers of the Minister

Offences and Enforcement

General Transitions


Do you have questions about the new Municipal Government Act?

Phone: 902-368-5582


We want to hear from you. Your comments will help ensure that local governments have the tools, powers, and support in place to make that happen.
Communautés, Terres et Environnement

Renseignements généraux

Ministère des Communautés, des Terres et de l’Environnement
Immeuble Jones, 4e étage
11, rue Kent
C.P. 2000
Charlottetown (Î. P. É.)  C1A 7N8

Téléphone : 902-368-5044
Sans frais : 1-866-368-5044
Télécopieur : 902-368-5830