COVID-19

Fighting the Novel Coronavirus

Agencies

The Ministry dispenses its function through four (4) agencies namely; Social Development Commission (SDC), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB).

Mayors & CEOs

Each Municipal Corporation has two (2) arms, the political and the administrative arm. The political arm is made up of Councillors and is headed by the Mayor. The administrative arm headed by a Chief Executive Officer, who advises and implements the policies of, the Corporation.

Local Authorities

Local Authorities, officially known as Municipal Corporation are empowered to make by-laws, regulations and rules for the good governance of the parishes over which they have jurisdiction.

About The ministry

The Ministry of Local Government & Community Development’s Mission and Vision

Vision: “We envision an autonomous system of local governance which is participatory, delivers the highest standard of service and promotes improvement in the quality of life of our citizens, while enhancing sustainable national development”.

Mission: “We aim to provide sound and clear policy direction, technical support and monitor our Agencies and the Local Authorities in a timely manner, enabling the delivery of high-quality services, good local governance and sustainable development for the benefit of our citizens, through partnership with stakeholders and a cadre of highly-motivated and well-trained staff”.

NEWS RELEASES

WE ARE ALWAYS INVOLVED IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES ACROSS JAMAICA, TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 30, 2020): Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie, has expressed condolences at news of the tragic death of an employee of the St. Thomas Infirmary. Mrs. Leonie Smith-Wilson, who has been a member…
KINGSTON, Jamaica (March 30, 2020): The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development has embarked on a special feeding programme in the Corporate Area to benefit the homeless. The initiative is among the raft of measures designed to address the…
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Government has announced new restrictions to guide the beauty industry as the country adapt new measures to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Effective March 25, operators of beauty salons, barbershops, hairdressers, barbers and…

Local Government Reform 2013 Onward

At this point in time the main elements of the reform process are the promulgation of three (3) strategic laws; the entrenchment of the Local Government system in the Constitution; the promulgation of the new National Building Bill; and the Local Economic Development (LED) programme.

Achievements

This section lists a number of achievements attained by the ministry on its route to Local Government Reform.

Ministry Papers

Theses are publications that were developed within the Cabinet Office in collaboration with the appropriate stakeholders.

Board of Supervision

The Board of Supervision, (for the relief of the poor in Jamaica), is a statutory body operating under the portfolio of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.

what we’ve been working on

Here are some of our recent projects

February 5, 2020
FALMOUTH, Trelawny: Two indigent houses, built under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s…
December 2, 2019
JIS NEWS, Kingston: A state-of-the-art Adult Transitional Facility is to be built at a cost of nearly…
December 2, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica: In keeping with the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s mandate to upgrade…
October 25, 2019
JIS NEWS, Montego Bay: Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says completion…
Local Government Entities

the following is a map of Local Government Entities in each parish