The Greater Miramichi Regional Service Commission (GMRSC), initially Regional Service Commission #5 (RSC#5), was formed on January 1, 2013. The GMRSC is a consolidation of the former Miramichi Planning District Commission (MPDC) and the Northumberland Solid Waste Commission (NSWC). The Regional Service Delivery model stems from the Government of New Brunswick Action Plan for a New Local Governance System in New Brunswick (2011). The Plan outlines the formation of 12 Regional Service Commissions for the main purpose of planning, facilitating, and delivering services to both municipal and unincorporated communities (Local Service Districts (LSDs)). Though not an exhaustive list, some desired outcomes of this model include:
- Increased collaboration and service sharing amongst communities;
- Stronger and more integrated planning on regional approaches to address public service needs; and
- Reduced duplication through service delivery efficiencies.