What Are Local Services Boards?
Corporations formed under the Northern Services Boards Act to deliver basic community services in municipally unincorporated areas of Northern Ontario.
What makes up a Local Services Board (LSB)?
Governed by Boards of 3 or 5 annually elected members.
Board Members elected by the permanent residents and landowners within the Board Area who are: (i) Canadian Citizens; and (2) At least 18 years old.
An LSB is established for a specific geographic area.
An LSP can be given the authority by the Minister of Northern Development and Mines to provide a combination of the following 9 approved powers:
- Water Supply
- Fire Protection
- Emergency Telecommunications
- Garbage Collection
- Street and Area Lighting
Public Library Service
- If an LSB chooses to exercise one of its approved powers they must collect enough money to cover their expenses by charging a fee or a levy to the landowners in the LSB area. (the fees or levies are usually added to Provincial Land Tax Bills.