The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment will only consider relocation assistance requests that are community-initiated and community-driven. The department will not initiate any actions to encourage relocation assistance requests from communities.
A community includes municipalities, local service districts, and/or unincorporated areas.
Communities (or a representative of a community) must gauge the level of community support for relocation by undertaking an Expression of Interest by submitting ballots to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for consideration. An Expression of Interest ballot template can be viewed here.
No. The Expression of Interest helps to establish what level of community support there is for relocation, which allows the community and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment to determine whether there is enough support to be formally considered under the Community Relocation Policy.
Government may provide financial assistance to eligible: permanent residential property owner; permanent residents of voting age; and commercial property owners. Financial assistance under the Community Relocation Policy is only provided to the following eligible recipients:
Permanent Residential Property Owner/s and their minor dependents
Commercial Property Owner
Permanent Resident of voting age (i.e., 18 years of age or older) that does not own a residential property
No. Non-Resident Residential Property Owners are not compensated under the Community Relocation Policy.
All municipal and provincial services in a relocated community would be withdrawn, which may include:
No. A Permanent Resident who wishes to remain in the community will not be required to relocate. However, no provincial services will be provided to anyone choosing to remain in a relocated community. Permanent Residents opting to remain in a relocated community will retain the option of accepting the supports available under the Community Relocation Policy for one year subsequent to the date that the Minister approves relocation financial assistance.
Yes. Property owners that receive financial assistance under the Community Relocation Policy to relocate will retain title to their properties and can access the properties as desired. Likewise, non-resident residential property owners can access their properties as desired. However, there will be no provincial or municipal services in the community. Accessing and occupying properties in relocated communities would be done so at the cost of/risk of property owners.
As per the Evacuated Communities Act, 2016, permits are only required to build or occupy properties in the vacated communities of: Great Harbour Deep; Big Brook; Petites; Grand Bruit and Round Harbour.
You may contact (709)729-7143 or MAinfo@gov.nl.ca for additional information.