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Community Relocation - FAQ

  1. Where can I get a copy of the Community Relocation Policy?
  2. What communities are eligible to request relocation assistance?
  3. How does a community request relocation assistance?
  4. Is an Expression of Interest ballot considered a vote under the Community Relocation Policy?
  5. What financial assistance does Government offer for community relocation?
  6. Do seasonal residential property owners get any relocation financial assistance?
  7. What services would be withdrawn in a relocated community?
  8. Will I be forced to move?
  9. Can I access my property after the community relocates?
  10. Do I require a Permit?
  11. I have more questions, who can I contact?

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment will only consider relocation assistance requests that are community-initiated and community-driven. The department will not initiate any actions to encourage relocation assistance requests from communities.

Where can I get a copy of the Community Relocation Policy?

The Community Relocation Policy can be obtained by contacting (709)729-7143 or MAinfo@gov.nl.ca, or can be viewed here.

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What communities are eligible to request relocation assistance?

A community includes municipalities, local service districts, and/or unincorporated areas.

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How does a community request relocation assistance?

Communities (or a representative of a community) must gauge the level of community support for relocation by undertaking an Expression of Interest by submitting ballots to the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment for consideration. An Expression of Interest ballot template can be viewed here.

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Is an Expression of Interest ballot considered a vote under the Community Relocation Policy?

No. The Expression of Interest helps to establish what level of community support there is for relocation, which allows the community and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment to determine whether there is enough support to be formally considered under the Community Relocation Policy.

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What financial assistance does Government offer for community relocation?

Government may provide financial assistance to eligible: permanent residential property owner; permanent residents of voting age; and commercial property owners. Financial assistance under the Community Relocation Policy is only provided to the following eligible recipients:

Permanent Residential Property Owner/s and their minor dependents

  • $250,000 (household of 1)
  • $260,000 (household of 2)
  • $270,000 (household of 3 or more)

Commercial Property Owner

  • 2 times the assessed value of their commercial property as determined by the Municipal Assessment Agency

Permanent Resident of voting age (i.e., 18 years of age or older) that does not own a residential property

  • $10,000

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Do seasonal residential property owners get any relocation financial assistance?

No. Non-Resident Residential Property Owners are not compensated under the Community Relocation Policy.

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What services would be withdrawn in a relocated community?

All municipal and provincial services in a relocated community would be withdrawn, which may include:

  • Garbage collection;
  • Water and sewer;
  • Street lighting;
  • Road maintenance;
  • Ferry service;
  • School services;
  • Health services;
  • Electricity.

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Will I be forced to move?

No. A Permanent Resident who wishes to remain in the community will not be required to relocate. However, no provincial services will be provided to anyone choosing to remain in a relocated community. Permanent Residents opting to remain in a relocated community will retain the option of accepting the supports available under the Community Relocation Policy for one year subsequent to the date that the Minister approves relocation financial assistance.

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Can I access my property after the community relocates?

Yes. Property owners that receive financial assistance under the Community Relocation Policy to relocate will retain title to their properties and can access the properties as desired. Likewise, non-resident residential property owners can access their properties as desired. However, there will be no provincial or municipal services in the community. Accessing and occupying properties in relocated communities would be done so at the cost of/risk of property owners.

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Do I require a Permit?

As per the Evacuated Communities Act, 2016, permits are only required to build or occupy properties in the vacated communities of: Great Harbour Deep; Big Brook; Petites; Grand Bruit and Round Harbour.

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I have more questions, who can I contact?

You may contact (709)729-7143 or MAinfo@gov.nl.ca for additional information.

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