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How to Prepare a Petition

 

 

Preparing Petitions

 

  • The purpose of the petition must be clearly stated, including the remedy sought from Regional Council or the appropriate Community Council;
  • The name, civic address, and either telephone number or email address of the originator of the petition;
  • The name, civic address, and signature of everyone who signs the petition; AND
  • The date the petition was started.

All information contained in a petition is deemed to be public information, including the names and addresses of those signing the petition.

 

Acceptable Types of Petitions

 

 

Submitting Petitions

 

Manually

Provide the original hardcopy of the completed petition to a member of Regional Council or the Municipal Clerks Office for presentation to either Regional Council or the appropriate Community Council.

Electronically - via email

There are several providers of online petition services and forums that a petitioner may choose to run their petition. HRM does not endorse any specific method, however whichever method is used must include all of the above noted mandatory information.

  • Send the weblink of the completed petition to the Municipal Clerk’s Office for submission to the next available Regional Council session or the appropriate Community Council; OR
  • Send a .csv file containing the completed petition data to the Municipal Clerk’s Office for submission to the next available Regional Council session or the appropriate Community Council.

Due to the potential volume of response to online petitions, the size of electronic files MAY exceed HRM server capacity, therefore the preferred method of submission is via a weblink to the petition results. If attempting to send a file that is rejected due to size, please contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office and arrangements will be made to receive your petition via alternate means.

 

Disposition of Petitions

 

  • Unless deemed by Regional Council or Community Council to require an immediate response, all petitions submitted to Regional or Community Council will be forwarded to staff or an appropriate Advisory Committee for a report on the subject.
  • Staff will notify the originator of the petition as to when the report will be submitted to Regional or Community Council.