The Nation Municipality is committed to harmonizing its urban and rural communities by transparency, inclusion and economic development while encouraging growth in its healthy and active communities.
The Nation Municipality, which is situated in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell in Eastern Ontario, has an area of 661 square kilometres and a population of approximately 12 800.
Our rural lifestyle blends with modern conveniences including a variety of local services. The Nation is a vibrant, progressive community that promotes family values and Council is committed to providing professional and transparent leadership.
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In the past, this vast space was occupied by different Indigenous / First Nation communities.The Nation Municipality recognizes the existence of these indigenous territories and that its 17 villages were erected on traditional indigenous lands. Recognizing the land shows recognition and respect for indigenous peoples. It is the recognition of their presence both in the past, in the present, and in the future. Recognition and respect are essential elements for building healthy and mutual relationships.
From Limoges to St-Bernardin, from St-Albert to Fournier, east to west, north to south of the municipality, there were mainly five (5) communities.
Find out more by searching by your location by visiting Native Land’s Website.
During Black History Month, marked in February, people in Canada celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.
The Nation’s Council acknowledges Black History Month, about honouring the enormous contributions that Black people have made, and continue to make, in all sectors of society. It is about celebrating resilience, innovation, and determination to work towards a more inclusive and diverse Canada—a Canada in which everyone has every opportunity to flourish.
Read more on Black History Month.
The Nation Municipality Council consists of the Mayor and 4 Councilors. The members of Council strive to ensure the quality of life of its communities and make decisions in the interest of its citizens.
The next municipal election will be held in 2026. The last municipal election was held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Where the polling day falls on a holiday, polling day shall be the next succeeding day that is not a holiday.
Elections for municipal government are held every four years on the fourth Monday of October. Prior to the the passage of the Good Government Act, 2009 and the vote in 2006, the period between elections had been 3 years. For example, 2000, 2003 and 2006 were municipal election years.
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario legislation (Bill 81, Schedule H), passed in 2006, set the length of terms in office for all municipal elected officials at four years.
Think about all the services your municipal government is responsible for providing. Roads. Public transit. Child Care. Local policing. Water and sewers. Ambulances. Parks. Recreation. Learn who in your community best represents your position on the issues that mean the most to you and your family.
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TO AMEND BY-LAW NO 92-2020: TO CHANGE THE NATION MUNICIPALITY’S WARD BOUNDARIES
Under Section 222 (3) of the Municipal Act, 2001 – November 8, 2021
Following an order made by the Ontario Land Tribunal, pursuant to subsections 222(7) and (8) of the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 25, Council passed By-law no 128-2021, a by-law to re-divide and alter the wards in The Nation Municipality, on November 8, 2021. Please note, this by-law cannot be subject to an appeal.
The changes to the ward boundaries will take effect for the next municipal elections in 2022. The Municipality will transition from a four ward system to a six ward system. Maps of the new wards can be found in Schedule A of By-law 128-2021; lastly, detailed descriptions of the ward boundaries can be found in Schedule B of By-law 128-2021.
Section 222 (1) of the Municipal Act allows for municipalities to pass a by-law to establish or change ward boundaries. Notice of the passing of such a by-law is required to be given to the public within 15 days of the passing. This ad is the Notice of Passing of By-law no 128-2021.
An official record is kept of the decisions and discussions that take place at every meeting. These records are called the minutes of the meeting and are recorded by the Clerk. The minutes are presented at the next meeting where they may be passed as presented or as amended. Once the minutes are passed by Council they become a public document.
Improving the quality of municipal administration and governance can best be achieved by encouraging high standards of conduct on the part of all municipal officials. The public is entitled to expect the highest standards of conduct from the members that it elects to local government. Adherence to these standards will protect and maintain the municipality’s reputation and integrity.
The Code of Conduct applies to each member of Council and they shall observe and comply with its every provision.
The Integrity Commissioner is an independent and impartial position reporting directly to Council. The Integrity Commissioner carries out the following core functions:
Advisory role: The Integrity Commissioner provides confidential written and oral advice to the Mayor, Councillors and Local Board appointees based on the Code of Conduct for members of The Nation Council or other by-laws, policies and procedures governing ethical behaviour, including general advice about the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act.
Investigative role: Complaints about breaches of the Code of Conduct are made to the Integrity Commissioner pursuant to the Council-approved Complaint Protocol. Should the Integrity Commissioner find a contravention, he can recommend various penalties for imposition by Council. The available penalties range from suspension of remuneration to a reprimand or apology.
Educational role: The Integrity Commissioner is responsible for providing educational programs to members of Council and Local Boards.
Reference: Integrity Commissioner By-law 19-201
Jean Jacques LaCombe, a retired lawyer was appointed as the Integrity Commissioner for the Corporation of The Nation Municipality pursuant to section 223.3 of the Municipal Act.
Any person who has reasonable and probable grounds to believe that a Member of Council of The Nation Municipality has contravened the Council Code of Conduct can make a complaint to the Integrity Commissioner. The complainant shall pay to the Clerk a refundable fee in the amount of $300.00 upon the filing of a complaint. The fee shall be refunded if the complaint is not frivolous or vexatious.
To file a complaint, please follow these steps:
In order to preserve confidentiality, please ask the Receptionist to speak with the Clerk, without mentioning the nature of the complaint. The complaint filed with the Clerk will be forwarded to the Integrity Commissioner without delay and without added comments. If the complainant wishes, the complaint can be made confidentially by contacting the Clerk. That being said, the Commissioner may subsequently decide to disclose the name of the complainant if he decides it is necessary under the circumstances.