Laws & Procedure
In Canada, the legislative framework for municipalities is a Provincial responsibility, and municipalities only have the powers and authorities set out in their Provincial legislation. Municipalities cannot act without legislative authority, and can be challenged if they try to do so.
In Manitoba, The Municipal Act governs most municipal matters. That Act provides direction on a broad range of topics; the individual responsibilities of council members; council’s responsibilities as a whole; the responsibilities of the Chief Administrative Officer; certain procedures that must be followed to pass by-laws; the types of matters about which a council can make by-laws; the financial planning and accountability requirements; and taxation powers.
For specific Laws & Procedure, please click on the links to the left.
Council Correspondence is Public Documentation.
Given the public nature of council and committee meetings, any person submitting correspondence to council or the administration of a municipality should have a reasonable expectation that the correspondence, including personal information such as the writers name and address, could be disclosed at a council meeting. A copy of the correspondence may also be disclosed to a third party, including media, if requested.