Conventional wisdom holds that municipal consolidations facilitate economic growth and provide better services in a larger municipal unit. After the recent experience in Nova Scotia, we believe this to be true, but also recognize that securing the benefits will take both hard work and objective measurement.

Kevin Latimer, QC is a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer. He was appointed Coordinator for the Windsor-West Hants municipal project by the Province of Nova Scotia in December 2018. His recent article, published in Municipal World, Sept 2020, shares lessons learned from a new model of consolidation.

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