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About the Department

Departmental Overview

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment supports the economic, social and environmental sustainability of municipalities, communities and regions through the delivery of effective programs, services and supports. As such, the department assists municipalities in meeting their infrastructure needs and helps provide the financial and administrative tools to support development of community capacity, regional cooperation, and sound municipal governance. The department is responsible for emergency preparedness and response and provincial coordination of fire protection and prevention services. It is also responsible for environmental protection and enhancement through implementing water resource and pollution prevention regulations and policies, as well as coordinating environmental impact assessments of proposed development projects and managing impacted sites.

The department also actively supports a number of key cross-department initiatives, including the Provincial Waste Management Strategy and the Drinking Water Safety Initiative.

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Mandate

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment’s mandate is to advance the economic, social and environmental sustainability of municipalities, communities, regions, and the province through the delivery of effective programs, services and supports. The department consists of four branches: Municipal Infrastructure and Support Branch; Fire, Emergency and Corporate Services Branch; Environment Branch; and Climate Change Branch.

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Lines of Business

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is organized into four branches:

  • Municipal Infrastructure and Support Branch is responsible for the divisions of Municipal Finance, Municipal Support, and Engineering and Infrastructure.


  • Fire, Emergency and Corporate Services Branch is responsible for the divisions of Fire Services, Emergency Services, Local Governance and Land Use Planning, Policy and Strategic Planning, and Strategic Financial Management.


  • Environment Branch is responsible for the divisions of Water Resources Management, Pollution Prevention, and Environmental Assessment and Sustainable Development.


  • Climate Change Branch is responsible for climate change and energy efficiency initiatives.

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