LAST UPDATED: Monday, March 22, 2021
Transfer of roads from the Province of Nova Scotia to the Halifax Regional Municipality
Through the Municipal Reform (1994) Act, SNS 1994-95, c 7, a Road Transfer Agreement (titled HRM-01) was signed in 1996.
On Nov. 29, 2019, the Minister of Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (NSTIR) provided the Halifax Regional Municipality with notice of the province’s intent to transfer approximately 300 lane kilometers of roads to the municipality.
As outlined in the Road Transfer Agreement, every three years a review will occur related to expanding the municipal Urban Service Boundary, which results in the municipality taking over the maintenance of infrastructure inside this expansion boundary if an area meets the identified criteria as listed in the agreement.
The municipality will acquire additional road networks in two areas in the Eastern and South Shore regions of the municipality. The proposed transfer is anticipated to take place on June 1, 2022.
The municipality is currently working with the province to finalize the boundaries of these locations. The service boundaries, and impact to residents, will be available following the presentation of a staff report to Regional Council in late spring/early summer of 2021. There will be no disruption in services to residents throughout the transfer of road and service responsibilities.
Staff have commenced the necessary operations and budget planning to prepare for the transfer of roads. This work will be brought forward for Regional Council’s consideration as part of the annual business plan and budget deliberations for 2021/22.
This web page will be updated regularly once more information becomes available.