Municipal Special Purpose Bodies

… a core term in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100


The Canadian Encylopedia (reference below) notes that municipal governments include a number of special purpose boards or commissions usually created by provincial governments, and that these include library boards, water utility commissions, transit authorities, police commissions, parks boards and conservation authorities.

It goes on to note that:

“Provincial statutes outline the procedures for the appointment of members. Most of these groups enjoy varying degrees of independence from municipal jurisdiction, although municipalities must provide a considerable proportion of their funds. Because these bodies fall under the control of both the provincial and municipal governments, it is difficult for the public to know just who is responsible and for what.”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Municipal Governance (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.


T.J. Plunkett and Julie Smyth (2013), Municipal Government, Canadian Encylopedia, at, accessed 22 November 2016.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 29 September 2016.