North Rustico aims for town status

The community of North Rustico, on the North Shore of P.E.I., has applied to the provincial government to become a town.
North Rustico, known as the community by the sea, would like to become the town by the sea. (Tourism PEI)

The community of North Rustico, on the North Shore of P.E.I., has applied to the provincial government to become a town.

"We just feel we have all the facilities here that warrant to become a town," said community chair Anne Kirk.

North Rustico has all the amenities of a town, says council chair Anne Kirk. (CBC)

The community council is behind the change. The change would streamline the budget process. As a village, budgets in the community have to go to a village vote. As a town, council would be able to approve the budget itself.

"When the people voted us into council we felt they trusted us enough that we could handle this," said Kirk.

Town status would also give North Rustico access to grant money not available to villages. That prompted Fire Chief Jamie Masson to get behind the plan.

"The ability to improve our equipment, our space, everything else that we use here, it's all going to help us, which helps us help everybody else," said Masson.

The community council sent letters to residents about the change, and most of the feedback has been positive.

Kirk said becoming a town would not cost residents. Taxes would remain the same.

The community council hopes to hear back from the province some time this fall.

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