Labrador City - Wabush Amalgamation
Towns agree on terms for amalgamation study
The mayors of Labrador City and Wabush announced today that things are coming together on the issue of amalgamation of their communities.
Labrador City Mayor Graham Letto and Wabush Mayor Jim Farrell said both their councils have agreed on terms of reference for an upcoming feasibility study.
The terms of reference outline the scope of what the commissioner — John Roil — will evaluate when developing his report on the issue.
“Mr. Roil is an experienced solicitor,” Farrell said. “His appointment as commissioner has been endorsed by both councils.”
Letto said the information from the report will be used to allow residents of both communities to make an informed decision when a plebiscite on amalgamation takes place.
Using figures from the 2006 census, the amalgamated towns would have a population of 8,979. At their peak in the 70's or 80's the population was around double of that, or maybe more.
In general, the towns of Western, Central Nfld, & Labrador have been declining in population for the most part over the last two or three decades as the result of a decline in various resource industry. The hardest hit recently has been Grand Falls-Windsor, with the closure of the paper mill, and I predict you will see population declines there too. So far, Corner Brook and Gander are some of the few bright spots since they serve as regional centers and their economies have been doing well.