Amalgamation study for North Cowichan, Duncan gets $47,000 from province

The province has approved up to $47,000 to conduct an amalgamation study for the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan.

The province has approved up to $47,000 to conduct an amalgamation study for the Municipality of North Cowichan and the City of Duncan.

The funding constitutes approximately one-third of the total cost of the study, with the two municipalities paying the rest.

The study will include the hiring of a consultant to lead a Citizens’ Assembly to make recommendations to both councils on whether to amalgamate the two municipalities.

With provincial funding now in place, both councils have accepted the proposal for the consultant role from MASS LBP.

MASS LBP was founded in 2007 and has since become widely recognized in the design of deliberative processes.

“With the province on board to contribute funding, we continue to make strides towards our goal of completing the entire study process within budget and the current term of this council,” said Jon Lefebure, mayor of North Cowichan.

“The consultant will be randomly selecting citizens from both municipalities to participate in the Citizens’ Assembly,” added Duncan mayor Phil Kent.

“It’s our hope that this dialogue will give residents ownership over the final recommendations.”

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