Local Governance Reform

Our local governance system faces many challenges – financial, social, environmental and structural. We need to work together to understand these challenges, the impact they are having and what the solutions will be. The goal is to have a local governance and service delivery system that is effective and affordable today and well into the future.

Green paper Community profiles What we heard

Map of New Brunswick

Did you know...

In New Brunswick, there are 104 local governments:

  • 8 cities
  • 26 towns
  • 61 villages
  • 1 regional municipality
  • 8 rural communities

Plus 236 local service districts.

Together, that adds up to 340 entities.

For a comparison of populations and numbers of local governments across Canada, click here .


About local governance reform

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What is local governance reform really about?

In very general terms, it is the process of changing what we have, into what we need.

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What are the two main types of entities?

What is a local government? What is a local service district? Learn the difference, and what it means for New Brunswick.

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What is the problem?

Our local governance system no longer meets the needs of many New Brunswickers or their communities.

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The last comprehensive overhaul of New Brunswick’s local governance system was in the 1960s.

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Studies and data

Learn more about the state of local governance in New Brunswick.

Previous Reports Budgets and taxes Maps and community data

The plan to reform local governance in New Brunswick


The Government of New Brunswick has launched a process to modernize and strengthen our local governance system. This process will be undertaken in three major phases.

Phase 1

November 2020 – February 2021
  • Determine framework for reform process
  • Initial engagement of key stakeholders
  • Launch Local Governance Reform website
  • Establish supporting committees / working groups

Phase 2

March 2021 – June 2021
  • Release of green paper (public discussion document)
  • Public and stakeholder engagement

Phase 3

July 2021– December 2021
  • Analysis of public / stakeholder feedback
  • Release engagement summary document (What We Heard)
  • Release of white paper
  • Initial steps toward implementation


Register for a World Café Community Roundtable

New Brunswickers are invited to participate in a series of eight in-person world café community roundtable discussions about the next steps in local governance reform.

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Read the what we heard document

New Brunswickers shared their input on the opportunities presented in the green paper in public engagement sessions, emails, briefs and through our survey.

Read the what we heard document

Read the green paper: Working together for vibrant and sustainable communities

We have released a green paper on reform that is designed to encourage public discussion.

Read the green paper

How can you participate?

It is time to fix our local governance system. This important initiative depends on your voice. We can’t do this without you.

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