In some, meetings are held on a regular basis (e.g., bi-weekly). Although incorporated communities have the authority to provide services such as fire, water and sewage, few have the capacity to do so.
Still, only 30% of PEI’s land area is incorporated and only 10% is covered by a land use plan.
The common structure of local government in rural PEI is that of an elected council, headed by a chair.
Calls for the full incorporation of rural PEI have been made before, but a succession of provincial governments, both Progressive Conservative and Liberal, has been reluctant to carry through on these calls to action.
In addition to consulting government and scholarly reports, the conclusions of this report are based on interviews with ten stakeholders.
Recent task forces and land-use reports have called on the provincial government to rationalize its land use policy, either through incorporation or direct administration (that is, through the office of a provincial ministry).
Under the newly-elected Mac Lauchlan Liberal government, the department responsible for local government (municipalities) was combined with the portfolios of forests, fish and wildlife, and environment to form a Department of Communities, Land and Environment.
These individuals were drawn from the ranks of civil servants, academics, historians, entrepreneurs, journalists, and leaders of non-profit organizations.
All had an expertise and a comprehensive knowledge base in the rural development of PEI and many had a personal or family link to rural communities.
Downtown Charlottetown, corner of Kent and Pownal streets. Historic hotel built by Canadian National Railways with much ambiance and grandeur.
Chambers Restaurant and Bar, business centre, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, indoor pool, fitness room, whirlpool, sauna, roof-top patio.
PEI is the Canada’s smallest province, both in physical size and number of residents.