Improvement districts are autonomous local government bodies responsible
for providing one or more local services for the benefit of the residents
in a community. They vary considerably in size from small subdivisions
to urban communities but are usually located in rural areas of the province
where there has been no alternative form of local governance either
available, suitable, or desirable for the community. In structure they
are similar to a municipality but are more informal and only provide
direct services such as waterworks, fire protection or street lighting
rather than general governance.
There are approximately 260 improvement
districts currently operating in the province. Your property tax notice will indicate if your property is within an improvement district.
bylaws are created under Part
17 of the Local Government Act in the same manner that regional
district bylaws are created.