Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 to represent the interests of the growing number of municipal councils in the province. At that time, there were approximately 50 incorporated municipalities in the province. Today there are 276 incorporated municipalities representing 89 percent of the provincial population. Over 97 percent of these councils are paying members of MNL and drive our considerable advocacy and policy efforts.
An eleven-member Board of Directors representing seven regions as well as small town and urban constituencies governs MNL. Directors are elected from among the delegates at the Annual General Meeting, one of the largest conventions in the province.
MNL activities are coordinated by a staff of seven professionals based largely in the organizational headquarters on Torbay Road in St John’s. From this office economic development workshops are developed and delivered, cutting edge research and facilitation of inter-municipal cooperation is conducted, and sector leading membership services are coordinated. These services include a province-wide municipal general insurance program, a free legal telephone referral program, an air travel discount program, and an exclusive debt collection service. Membership programs are also in development to provide council conflict mediation, a free engineering referral service, a finance and accounting referral service, and a human resources referral service.