The following is a paper prepared by Douglas S. Christie
Everyone who works in the municipal field has heard the old adage “municipal corporations are creatures of statute”. This statement is still true today even though there have been major changes in the Municipal Act, 2001 and the 2006 amendment. The difference however is in the approach. Before, one had to search for a specific authority. Now the powers are very broad and you need only check to determine whether there are some specific restrictions on their use.
While legislation is the key to defining municipal powers, there are many practical considerations when deciding how they are exercised. This paper will examine some of those considerations in the context of land transactions by Agreement of Purchase and Sale. For full paper click here