Municipal restructuring refers to a variety of activities that may be responses to changing municipal responsibilities and issues related to growth. The principal forms of municipal restructuring activities are annexations and amalgamations. Annexations alter municipal boundaries by, for example, moving jurisdiction for land from one municipality to another. In northern
The Municipal Act, 2001 (sections 171 to 186) sets out a process for locally developed proposals for municipal restructuring which are implemented through a Minister’s order, at the Minister’s discretion. Municipalities that have been created or restructured through special legislation (i.e. Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Greater Sudbury, Haldimand County, or Norfolk County and regional municipalities) may use the Municipal Act, 2001 process only for annexations considered minor by the Minister (e.g. boundary adjustments).
- Municipal Restructuring Activity Summary TableThe Municipal Restructuring Activity Summary Table is maintained by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and updated whenever municipalities restructure. It reports municipal restructuring activities, such as annexations or amalgamations, since 1996.
- Restructuring Maps of OntarioThe Restructuring Maps of Ontario are prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to show municipal boundaries at present and prior to restructuring by region.
- Related LinksThese links provide further information on municipal governance and restructuring.
- List of Ontario MunicipalitiesThis list provides the names of all 444 Ontario municipalities based on the latest information provided to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.