41.1. The Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy may, by order, allow a municipality whose territorial boundaries have been altered to maintain division into wards. The order shall contain the new description of the boundaries of the ward affected by the alteration of the territorial boundaries of the municipality and shall specify the period during which division into wards is to be maintained, where that is the case.
Where the territorial boundaries are altered in a municipality which is divided into electoral districts or in a municipality whose council has passed a draft by-law pursuant to section 14, the Minister may, by order, temporarily delimit the electoral district affected by the alteration of the boundaries of the municipality. The order shall contain the new description of the boundaries of the district and specify the period for which it is valid and, where that is the case, prescribe a reduction in the number of electoral districts fixed by by-law; as a result of such a reduction, the number of electoral districts may fall below the minimum number set out in section 9.
The addition of territory by annexation does not constitute an alteration of territorial boundaries for the purposes of the first and second paragraphs.
1990, c. 47, s. 22; 1999, c. 43, s. 13; 2003, c. 19, s. 250; 2005, c. 28, s. 196; 2009, c. 26, s. 109.