January 3, 2024
FREDERICTON, NB – The Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB) and the Cities of New Brunswick Association (CNBA) are thrilled to announce the successful approval of their merger, marking a significant milestone in their joint efforts to strengthen municipal representation and advocacy across the province. The support by the CNBA Board of Directors ratified the consolidation of CNBA with UMNB. This transition, taking place in early 2024, will evolve the UMNB cities zone to officially establish the Urban Municipal Caucus (UMC).
‘We want to welcome our new urban members and thank both the UMNB and CNBA Board of Directors for their engagement throughout this process.’ said Mayor Andrew Black, President of UMNB. ‘Our strength as an association lies in the unified voice of our membership. With an increased number of municipalities joining forces under the UMC, we can advocate more effectively on critical issues affecting all New Brunswick municipalities.”
Previously, UMNB represented six of New Brunswick’s eight cities. Establishing the Urban Municipal Caucus provides a continued dedicated forum for City and regional hub issues similar to the CNBA’s existing Board, while also allowing for increased collaboration and advocacy efforts under the UMNB banner between local governments of all sizes and linguistic backgrounds.
‘This merger presents a unique opportunity for members of both associations to amplify their voices and influence.’ said Mayor Adam Lordon, President of CNBA. ‘Joining forces with UMNB under the Urban Municipal Caucus enhances everyone’s capacity for collaboration and strengthens our joint collective impact on provincial matters.’
As we celebrate this historic milestone, the shared commitment to amplifying representation and fostering collaboration among New Brunswick municipalities remains unwavering. This merger signifies a new chapter in advancing the collective interests of our diverse communities. The UMNB and CNBA look forward to a future of strengthened partnerships, unified advocacy, and continued support for municipalities of all sizes, affirming a resilient and empowered landscape for New Brunswick’s municipal governance. This transition will be taking place in the coming weeks, as the boards and staff continue to work through and finalize details.
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