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Initiatives and Contact Information

The Community Sustainability Partnership introduces a number of revenue-enhancing initiatives, capacity supports, and additional initiatives that will support and enhance communities across the province.

More information about each initiative, including lead contacts, is available below. For more general information, please contact:

Community Sustainability Partnership

Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-5539
Fax: (709) 729-4475

 

Enhanced Revenues

Over the next three years the Provincial Government is investing over $46 million in additional funding in communities, annualized at approximately $25 million thereafter. An overview of revenue-enhancing initiatives is provided below.

Partial HST Rebate

Subject to new Accountability Measures, rebates will be provided to municipalities and local service districts of 25 per cent of the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) beginning in January 2016, increasing to 57.14 per cent in January 2017. This will provide approximately $1.9 million in new revenue for the 2015-16 year, $10 million in 2016-17 and over $17 million annually thereafter.

Lead Contact:

Jay Griffin
Director of Tax Policy Division
Department of Finance
Telephone: (709) 729-6847
Fax: (709) 729-2070

Provincial Gas Tax Revenue Sharing

Subject to new Accountability Measures, Government has implemented sharing of provincial revenue from gasoline tax with municipalities of 0.50 cents per litre in 2015-16 providing $3.6 million in new revenue, 0.75 cents per litre in 2016-17 providing $5.3 million in new funding and one cent per litre from 2017-18 onwards at $7.1 million annually.

Lead Contact:

Paul Tucker
Director of Municipal Finance
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Telephone: (709) 729-5381
Fax: (709) 729-2019

Municipal Operating Grants

Government has committed to maintain Municipal Operating Grant investment levels at $22 million for three years with a review of the grant amounts to occur in 2016-17. This commitment will provide stability and predictability in funding for planning purposes.

Lead Contact:

Paul Tucker
Director of Municipal Finance
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Telephone: (709) 729-5381
Fax: (709) 729-2019

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Municipal Authority to Blend Business and Realty Taxes

Throughout September and October 2015, Government consulted with key stakeholders regarding the potential expansion of the authority for municipalities to allow for blending of business and realty taxes to help streamline municipal taxation across Newfoundland and Labrador. The What We Heard document is now available here: Blending Of Taxes: What We HeardPDF (4 MB)

Lead Contact:

Community Sustainability Partnership
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
West Block, Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-5539
Fax: (709) 729-4475

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Regional Government Consultations

Government is conducting public consultations on regional government throughout fall 2017. For more information on how to take part or register for an in-person consultation session, please visit engageNL.

Contact:

Public Consultations on Regional Government
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Local Governance and Planning Division
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: (709) 729-5466
Fax: (709) 729-4475

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Drinking Water and Wastewater

In Budget 2015, Government built on significant drinking and wastewater initiatives by further committing to the following new initiatives through the Community Sustainability Partnership:

Other Drinking Water Initiatives and Resources

Regional Water and Wastewater Operators Pilot

Over a 3.5 year period, beginning October 1, 2015, to March 31, 2019, Government will invest approximately $1 million to provide funding for the Eastern, Central and Western Regional Service Boards to hire regional water/wastewater operators. These operators will work with a pilot group of communities in each region to address water and wastewater infrastructure operations and monitoring challenges. Regional Service Boards have commenced the hiring process for the Regional Water and Wastewater System Operator positions through public employment postings.

Lead Contact:

Ian Duffett
Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Waste Management
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Telephone: (709) 729-7482
Fax: (709) 729-0477

Engaging a Consultant on Boil Water Advisories

To help communities provide clean and safe drinking water, Government will engage a consultant to provide solutions to reduce the number of community boil water advisories. While boil water advisories are necessary to reduce the risk of water contamination and protect community residents, many can be eliminated through proper operation and maintenance of water disinfection systems already owned by communities. This initiative will provide guidance to help communities identify necessary steps to prevent and lift boil water advisories.

Lead Contact:

Haseen Khan
Director of Water Resources Management Division
Department of Environment and Conservation
Telephone: (709) 729-2563
Fax: (709) 729-0320

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Provincial-Municipal Asset Management Framework

Recognizing the importance of municipal infrastructure planning, Government has begun developing a provincial municipal asset management framework that will provide further details on the current state of municipal infrastructure in the province. This framework is necessary to further quantify municipal infrastructure gaps and to help inform long term infrastructure investment requirements. Government has begun consultation with the Joint Infrastructure Committee to develop this management framework.

Lead Contact:

Ian Duffett
Director of Municipal Infrastructure and Waste Management
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Telephone: (709) 729-7482
Fax: (709) 729-0477

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Accountability Measures

Government recognizes that all levels of government have an important role to play in sustaining communities and maintaining accountability. New accountability measures have been implemented to access municipal operating grants and the provincial gas tax revenues that require each municipality to submit a summary of its taxes receivable balances to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, along with a plan to adequately collect taxes receivable. Municipalities must also maintain own source revenue levels on a per capita basis. Municipalities identified for the water and wastewater initiative must participate in these new accountability measures.

Lead Contact:

Paul Tucker
Director of Municipal Finance
Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Telephone: (709) 729-5381
Fax: (709) 729-2019

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Accommodations Tax

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador's request for the authority to implement an accommodations tax will significantly impact the hospitality and tourism sector. Government has invited Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador to collaborate on a joint proposal, to be submitted to Government for consideration, which has the support of both sector stakeholders.

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