Municipal Government Act

Part 1 Purpose, Powers and Capacity of Municipalities

Municipal purposes

The purposes of a municipality are

  1. to provide good government,

  2. to provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or part of the municipality, and

  3. and to develop and maintain safe and viable communities.

The Municipal Government Act includes two references to municipal emergency planning and response:

1.      It authorizes local authorities (councils) to pass bylaws for municipal purposes regarding the safety, health and welfare of people and the protection of people and property, and

2.      It states that in an emergency, a municipality may take whatever actions or measures are necessary to eliminate the emergency (Section 551(1)).

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