Municipal Government 101

Engagement in municipal government is crucial for all the work of our many member groups. But successive Regional Plan reviews and elected changed at council can make the whole process confusing. Here are a few of the easiest ways to follow what’s happening and stay engaged:

  • Connecting with your Councillor

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  • Visit https://apps.halifax.ca/districtlookup to find out what District you live in and the who the councillor is
  • Send your councillor an email or phone them, contact info here: http://www.halifax.ca/councillors/index.php
  • If you’re unsure whether you’d like to talk to a councillor, a committee, or municipal staff, email clerks@halifax.ca to find out!
  • Attending or Participating at Council

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  • Council meets generally every other week on Tuesdays. You can find the agenda for the next council meeting the Friday before, at http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php.
  • Any member of the public is welcome to attend council! If you miss council, you can watch a live video or the recorded video on the Agenda page (http://www.halifax.ca/council/agendasc/cagenda.php)
  • Members of the public can request to present to Council. To do so, email clerks@halifax.ca.
  • Standing Committees of Council

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  • There are 6 Standing Committees, you can find them here: http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/standing.php.
  • Standing Committees meet roughly once per month, to talk about broad initiatives of council; they can make motions and give direction to staff
  • Members of the public are welcome to present at Standing Committee meetings for up to 5 minutes. If you’d like to do so, contact clerks@halifax.ca or visit http://www.halifax.ca/boardscom/standing.php for more information on the individual committees
  • Shape Your City

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  • Visit http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/shape-your-city-halifax. It’s the easiest way to participate in municipal happenings!
  • This website keeps the public up-to-date on upcoming issues or decisions that need public input. You can find out more about the issue, make contributions online, or find out when meetings are being held.
  • If you register here, http://shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/register?return_to=, you can make comments and contribute to threads on any number of issues!
  • The Key to Effective Participation

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  • Plan of Action: Come forward with a clear message and an anticipated solution to the problem.
  • Think big: if there’s an issue you’d like to take to your councillor, chances are others feel the same way. Try reaching out within your community, or thinking about the problem in a broader sense. The more support you have, the more visible your issue is!
  • Show your face: it’s easier to participate online or via email, of course, but getting out to meetings where municipal staff and councillors are looking to engage with the public is very important for building a community movement and emphasizing how important the issue is to you!

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