Membership Benefits

Canoe Procurement Group Purchasing Program

The UMNB and the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada have partnered to make the benefits of group procurement available to UMNB members. Through this partnership, members can leverage the buying power of over 5,000 public sector organizations across Canada to gain access to more than 300 pre-negotiated trade-compliant contracts for a wide range of products and services, saving you time, money, and hassle.

Benefits to UMNB Members

  • Time Savings: Members can save administrative time by using standing offer contracts that have already been tendered on your behalf.
  • Cost Savings: Members can enjoy significant cost savings on various goods and services by leveraging the preferential pricing made possible by the collective buying power of the procurement group.
  • Trade Compliance: Members can ensure compliance with all relevant trade regulations as the contracts have already been fully tendered on all UMNB members’ behalf.
  • Improved Product and Supplier Access: Members can access over 70 program offerings including office supplies, waterworks, winter maintenance, auto parts, tires, fuel, fleet management, public safety, technology, and more.
  • Improved Supplier Access: Members can work with over 350 Canoe-approved suppliers and their extensive network of local dealers.
  • Full Purchasing Support: Members can receive expert support from Canoe’s procurement team, who can help match your procurement needs with the right programs to get you best value

Program Details

Canoe groups standing offer contracts for related products and services into programs for various public sector needs. Current Canoe programs include:

  • Aggregates
  • Arena Equipment
  • Culverts
  • Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Fleet Upfitting
  • Geospatial
  • Ground Engagement
  • Office Supply
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Tires
  • Traffic Supplies

Browse all Canoe programs and suppliers.

How to Participate


Confirmation of program approval from Service New Brunswick.  

The Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick, on behalf of its current and potential members and represented associations and their members, intend to participate in one or more procurements conducted by the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada and Sourcewell between February 2021 – February 2022. For further information and access to the Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick tender notices, please review the Service New Brunswick Procurement website at and the MERX website at For further information on our alliance with Canoe, please visit the website at For further information on Sourcewell, please visit the website at

Read the approval document

Canoe Insurance

UMNB and the Canoe Procurement Group of Canada have partnered to offer a full suite of insurance services to municipalities in New Brunswick as part of the traditional Canoe offerings available to UMNB. This collaboration brings the benefits of affordable reciprocal and brokered insurance coverage to New Brunswick municipalities.

Benefits to UMNB Members

  • Access to a self-insurance pool for comprehensive liability, auto, and property coverage.
  • Participating ownership privileges similar to mutual cooperatives.
  • Cost savings and stable rates achieved through Canoe’s economies of scale with a focus on the coverage needed by the public sector.
  • A full range of value-added risk management services, including coverage and contract reviews, loss prevention training, risk control inspections, facility appraisal and valuations, claims experience analyses, and more.
  • Leverage an annual risk symposium to gain valuable risk management and insurance education that helps you better prepare for and navigate the sometimes complex insurance world.

Coverage Details

The full suite of Canoe Insurance solutions provides UMNB members with access to a wide range of customized coverage options to the needs of municipalities, including, but not limited to:

  • Property Coverage
  • Automobile – Third Party Liability
  • Automobile Physical Damage
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Miscellaneous Property Floater
  • Cyber Liability
  • Environment Impairment Liability
  • Aviation Insurance
  • Course of Construction
  • Councillor and Firefighter Accident Insurance
  • Property and Liability Terrorism Coverage
  • Legal Expense Coverage

How to Participate

Canoe Insurance is available to all municipalities in New Brunswick in both English and French. Our dedicated team is ready to help match your organization’s needs to the right insurance solutions.

To get started, reach out to Jonathan Stone at 506.317.1761 or

Canoe Benefits Program

At Canoe, we are dedicated to helping you, our member organizations, succeed. We partner with insurance carriers and suppliers across Canada to create unique customized solutions. Through the Canoe Benefits Program, you can continually add value to your investment in your people.


No matter where you are located, you can benefit from a national partner delivering local service across Canada.


  • Group benefits consulting and advisory services
  • Third-party administration
  • Customized billing and reporting
  • Sustainable solutions 
  • Cost containment
  • Benchmarking
  • Multiple funding arrangements
  • Integrating several carrier solutions into a single solution
  • Preferred supplier and pharmacy networks
  • Disability management
  • Health spending accounts
  • Wellness solutions
  • Value-added programs
  • Best-in-class service support backed by our concierge service program
  • Drug utilization reviews
  • Flexible benefits


At Canoe, we have experienced benefit consultants, employees, and professionals available to help facilitate our members’ needs across the country. We can provide you with uniquely valuable insight as we customize our innovative suite of solutions for your organization.


Not sure where to start? Let us help you! Email

BrokerLink Group Insurance Program

As an UMNB member, you qualify for BrokerLink’s Group Insurance Program. Their team of brokers will take the time to discuss your needs, answer your questions and provide an insurance policy that offers protection plus additional value through the UMNB group program.

As a member, you qualify for:

  • Preferred rates for your home and auto insurance
  • Expert advice and customized solutions
  • Convenient payment options with no interest changes or service fees

Personal Home & Auto 

BrokerLink’s home and auto insurance plans are customized to suit your needs, with the savings you deserve. 

Ask about coverage for:

– Business
– Motorcycle
– Tenant and condo
– Seasonal Property
– Recreational vehicles
– Pet

For more information, contact a member of their dedicated group insurance team today! 



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Canoe Procurement: RFP Samples

Watch the Cooperative Procurement introductory Q&A webinar:
Watch the Legal Procurement update webinar here.

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