A Better Future –

Local governance reform for a vibrant, sustainable New Brunswick

Local governance reform is now underway in New Brunswick. This restructuring is being led by the Local Governance Reform team, in conjunction with local governments and stakeholder groups. Our path forward will lead to a modernized local governance system with stronger and more sustainable communities, and an enhanced quality of life for all New Brunswickers. 

Individuals and stakeholders who have questions regarding local governance reform by:
- emailing to VibrantNBDynamique@gnb.ca; or
- by mail to Department of Environment and Local Government, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5H1, attention Local Governance Reform Team.

Transition to a better future together

The modernization of New Brunswick’s local governance system reached a significant milestone with the release of the government’s white paper: Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities.

Entity Maps by Region

Local governance reform maps - updated list of entities and maps that depict the future state of the local governance structure for New Brunswick.

The entity names become official only when set in regulation. The identity of your community will not change and your address stays the same.

Proposed Legal Names of Entities (PDF)

By the numbers

The new structure will result in
77 local governments + 12 rural districts

  • The new structure will see New Brunswick move from 340 entities to 89 entities. 
  • We will form 77 local governments and 12 rural districts. 
  • Originally New Brunswick had 208 entities with fewer than 1,000 people. 
  • By comparison, Nova Scotia has just 4 entities with fewer than 1,000 people.

Latest news


November - December 2021

  • Publish our white paper, "Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities"
  • Introduce Bill 82: An Act Respecting Local Governance Reform
  • End timeframe for suggesting changes to local governance restructuring (adjustments)
  • An Act Respecting Local Governance Reform adopted and given Royal Assent
  • End extended timeframe for suggesting changes to local governance restructuring
  • Announce Local Governance Reform and Toponymy advisors

January - March 2022

  • Orientation for transition facilitators
  • Form transition advisory committees for each entity
  • Determine electoral structure (wards, at large or hybrid, and number of wards)
  • Submit final entity outer boundaries to Elections New Brunswick
  • Submit final ward boundaries to Elections New Brunswick

April - September 2022

  • Sub-unit structure (taxation areas) provided to Service New Brunswick
  • Set finalized entities in regulation
  • Confirm appointment of Municipal Chief Administrative Officers for new entities
  • Provide detailed guidelines for each new mandate/service for Regional Service Commissions
  • Strategy requirements, weighted voting and cost- sharing formula for Regional Service Commissions
  • Confirm service delivery model for new mandate/services for Regional Service Commissions
  • Confirm Chief Executive Officers in all 12 Regional Service Commissions  

October - December 2022

  • Finalize 2023 Regional Service Commission budgets
  • Elect new councils in entities requiring elections

January 2023

  • Restructured local governments and rural districts in place

July 2023

  • Establishment of regional strategy including priorities and actions for all Regional Service Commissions

January 2024

  • Establishment of regional approach to social mandate for vulnerable populations settling in larger urban centres (Southeast, Fundy, and Capital regions)