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02-02-2013, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by saskganesh View Post
Varies. Some metros, some not. Usually what happens is that larger centres swallow up smaller ones ~ but that decision is made at the provincial level. In the last decade Quebec went through a province-wide amalgamation of municipalities. Toronto had a Metro gov't, but then all the members got amalgamated into Toronto 2.0 (again this was through the province). The Vancouver area still has a Metro gov't (also known as GVRD).

The main drive to amalgamate is for cost reasons. These cost savings never materialize as cities confoundingly continue to grow.

Rather uniquely, Halifax was a city that then merged into a regional municipality.

Out west, where land is cheap and people stand alone against the sky, the City of Regina acquires ($) land as needed from the RM of Sherwood, whose offices are two blocks away from City Hall.
The cities were amalgamated then they separated, recently they amalgamated again. Who knows what the next decade will bring?

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