The Provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission was appointed by Order in Council on 16 July 1991 to consider the report of the Select Committee on Establishing an Electoral Boundaries Commission, presented to the House of Assembly on 3 July 1991. After public consultation, the commission used the terms of reference established by the committee to devise boundaries for the provincial electoral districts. The boundaries were to allow effective representation balanced with equality of population; recognition of community, geographical and historical interests; and at the same time ensure the adequate representation of minorities, including Acadian, African-Canadian, and Mi'kmaq peoples. The commission, under the chairmanship of Ronald G. Landes, was created by an all-party agreement and was the first non-partisan independent body created in Nova Scotia to distribute provincial electoral seats. The commission reported on 6 March 1992.