Monday, 20 March 2017

How Does a Local Service District Differ From a Rural Community?

Local Service Districts (LSD) 

A LSD is an not a local government.  It is an unincorporated area that is administered by the Minister of Environment and Local Government.  

Department staff coordinates service delivery to LSDs, such as fire protection and garbage collection services, among others. To assist staff in providing local services, and to ensure residents have an opportunity to be heard, unincorporated communities may elect a Local Service District Advisory Committee of up to 5 people who volunteer to represent the residents of the LSD. These committees do not have decision making powers (either financial or administrative) but help advise the minister on local matters.

Approximately a third of New Brunswick residents live in LSDs and have no local governance power (2014 figures).
Examples of Rural Communities in New Brunswick
 Rural Communities (RC)
A rural community is an incorporated community that has a locally elected council to oversee the delivery of local services in a manner that reflects the community’s needs, wants, and ability to pay.  

RCs are responsible to provide administrative services, community planning and emergency measures services only.  The province ensures the delivery of other services (e.g. solid waste collection, recreation services, etc.) until the RC chooses to take them on. 

This allows communities to transition to a new governance structure with flexibility. However, a rural community that includes a former village or town is responsible to provide all services that were previously provided by in the former municipality.
If you do not live in a municipality, regional municipality or rural community, you live in a local service district.

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