Regional Meetings

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador hosts a series of day-and-a-half meetings to provide its members an opportunity to share information with others in their region, while also receiving updates on matters of interest to their municipality and region.

MNL’s regional meetings are open to municipal councillors and administrators in Newfoundland and Labrador. Registration is required for each attendee.

This year’s regional meetings are scheduled for a full day (8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) Friday plus a half day (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) Saturday.

Regional meeting attendees are eligible for the Municipal Training Financial Assistance program offered through Municipal and Provincial Affairs. Download the funding application form here.

On the Agenda

Best Practices in Procurement
Find out how to streamline your municipality’s procurement process to save time and money while still supporting local businesses. Thanks to MNL’s partnership with Canoe Procurement Group of Canada, you can often skip the tender process. Frank Butler, Director of Strategic Sourcing at Public Procurement Agency and Brad Power, Director of Programs at MNL, will explain how it all works and answer your questions.
 
Regional Service Boards
Do you have questions about waste collection? Interested in a discussion of the vision for regional service boards in the future? Representatives from regional service boards will hear from members and answer your questions, as well as provide an overview of current programs and services.
 
Community Business Development Corporations
CBDC representatives will explain how CBDCs interact and work with municipalities, and how they can support your regional economic development efforts.
 
Regional Caucus Discussions and Roundtables
In these open discussions, attendees are encouraged to share their perspectives and thoughts on the issues affecting their communities in their regions. These discussions will be facilitated by MNL CEO Rob Nolan and MNL Director of Programs Bradley Power.
 
Towns and Local Service Districts Act 
The Municipalities Act, 1999 is being replaced by the new Towns and Local Service Districts Act. Find out what’s new, and what these changes mean for municipalities. Presented by the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs.
 
Transitioning from Poll Tax to Property Tax
The new Towns and Local Service Districts Act puts an end to poll tax, and requires towns transition to a property tax model. Don Hearn, CEO of Municipal Assessment Agency, will provide an overview of the steps required in making this transition.
 
Effective Local Governance
Can your town council operate more effectively and efficiently? Possibly. MNL Director of Programs Bradley Power, will share governance best practices and an overview of committee structures.
 
MNL Updates
Learn about the work MNL has planned for the upcoming year, plus an overview of MNL’s strategic plan, from MNL CEO Rob Nolan.

For 2024, the following meetings are planned:

Avalon and Eastern Regions

Location: Clarenville
Date: March 1-2, 2024
Registration deadline: Feb. 16
Registration fee: $150 per person
Accommodation info: MNL has arranged a room rate of $119 plus tax per night for regional meeting attendees staying at the Clarenville Inn. To book your hotel room, call 709-466-7911.

Download the Avalon and Eastern Regional Meeting agenda.

Central Region

Location: Grand Falls-Windsor
Date: March 22-23, 2024
Registration deadline: March 8
Registration fee: $150 per person
Accommodation info: MNL has arranged a room rate at the Mount Peyton Hotel of $125 plus tax per night for standard rooms and $135 plus tax per night for executive rooms. To book your hotel room, call 709-489-2251.

Download the Central Regional Meeting agenda.

Labrador Region

Location: Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Date: Sept. 6-7, 2024
Registration deadline: Aug. 23
Registration fee: $150 per person
Accommodation information will be posted closer to the meeting date.

Western and Northern Regions

Location: Cow Head
Date: Sept. 20-21, 2024
Registration deadline: Sept. 6
Registration fee: $150 per person
Accommodation information will be posted closer to the meeting date.

MNL Regions

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador members are categorized into six regions – Avalon, Eastern, Central, Western, Northern, and Labrador. The below map shows all MNL member municipalities and their regions.

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation and refund policy