District Boundary Review

A district boundary review is required in 2022; changes coming from this review will not come into effect until the 2024 Municipal Election. 

The Municipal Government Act (MGA) requires that all municipalities in Nova Scotia conduct a review of the number and boundaries of polling districts in the municipality on a regular basis. The final decision on municipal polling districts and boundaries is made by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB) and is binding on the municipality.  The most recent review was conducted in 2014 and the resulting district boundaries are currently in effect.

Participate and share your feedback

Residents are invited to participate in Phase One of the Halifax Regional Municipality District Boundary Review

The municipality is holding public consultation opportunities seeking feedback on the size of Council and its governance structure. There are several ways you can participate.

Residents can participate in any of the Community Council Sessions, the online survey, submit correspondence and attend meetings of the Executive Standing Committee. Feedback received from public consultations will be included in the final District Boundary Review recommendation, which will be provided to Regional Council later this Spring.  For further information on how to participate or for assistance in completing the online survey, please contact the Office of the Municipal Clerk by phone at 902-490-4210 or clerks@halifax.ca.

Submit feedback in the online survey.

The survey has now closed. For further information on the survey, please contact Liam MacSween, Elections and Special Projects Manager, macswel@halifax.ca or 902.233.5207.

Attend or speak at a Community Council meeting

View any one of four Community Council meetings. You will learn about the District Boundary Review process and the importance and value of your contribution. Each meeting will begin with an overview presentation followed by public participation. 

April 19: Halifax and West Community Council . Please visit the agenda page to view a video of the proceedings and access the meeting minutes. 

April 20: Harbour East - Marine Drive Community Council  -  Please visit the agenda page to access the meeting minutes.

April 25: North West Community CouncilPlease visit the agenda page to view a video of the proceedings and access the meeting minutes.


April 28: Regional Centre Community Council 6 p.m. . Please visit the agenda page to  view a video of the proceedings and access the meetings minutes.

 

Send a written submission

Share your feedback on Phase One of the District Boundary Review by sending a written submission to the Municipal Clerks Office:

Email - clerks@halifax.ca
Fax - 902.490.4208
Mail - Municipal Clerks Office, PO Box 1749, Halifax NS  B3J3A5

Attend or speak at an Executive Standing Committee meeting

Attend meetings of the Executive Standing Committee; you can speak during the Public Participation section of the meeting.

 

Background and Reports

On May 30, 2022, the Executive Standing Committee will consider the final report on Phase One of the 2022 District Boundary Review. To attend this meeting or to register to speak during public participation, please visit the agenda page here.

To learn more view the report [PDF] 

On March 28 2022, the Executive Standing Committee approved the proposed  survey questions and revised public engagement timeline for Phase One of the 2022 District Boundary Review.

Read the report to learn more [PDF]

View the staff presentation [PDF]

On February 28, 2022, the Executive Standing Committee approved in principle the public engagement process for Phase One of the 2022 District Boundary Review. 

Read the report to learn more [PDF]

On February 8, 2022, Halifax Regional Council approved the creation of the District Boundary Resident Review Panel, which will advise Regional Council, through Executive Standing Committee, on the boundaries of the municipal electoral districts for the Municipality as part of the Phase II of Council’s process to develop its application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for the 2022 District Boundary Review.

More detail about the committee's role can be found in the staff report [PDF] and the Terms of Reference (Administrative Order 2022-001-GOV) [PDF]. 

On December 14, 2021, Halifax Regional Council approved that the 2022 District Boundary Review be conducted in two Phases:

  • Phase 1 to determine the size of Council and its governance structure
  • Phase 2 to set specific district boundaries

Further, Halifax Regional Council designated the Executive Standing Committee (ESC) to undertake Phase One of the District Boundary Review and bring forward a recommendation, based on public consultation, to Regional Council on the recommended number of polling districts and governance structure for the Halifax Regional Municipality. 

Read the report to learn more. [PDF]

Questions? 

Liam MacSween, Elections and Special Projects Manager

Phone: 902.233. 5207
Email: liam.macsween@halifax.ca