New municipal councillors guide

Areas of municipal responsibility and your role and responsibilities as a newly elected municipal councillor.

This guide provides supplementary information to any training a new municipal councillor may receive from their own municipality, the Department of Municipal Affairs and the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities.

Information includes:

  • introduction to municipal government
  • role of provincial and federal governments and legislative framework
  • areas of municipal responsibility
  • roles and responsibilities
  • municipal powers
  • council business and meetings
  • conflicts of interest
  • communication and engagement with the public
  • financial management
  • best practices
  • relevant legislation

  • Guide

Department: Municipal Affairs and Housing