Regional Municipality of Tracadie
|Municipalité régionale de Tracadie|
Regional Municipality of Tracadie
Location within New Brunswick.
|Coordinates: 47.51239°N 64.91010°W|
|Regional municipality||July 1, 2014|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (AST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (ADT)|
Tracadie and Sheila were separate communities whose municipal governments were merged into the Town of Grand Tracadie-Sheila on January 1, 1992. The new entity also encompassed a non-incorporated sector North of the Town which was located in the civil parish of Saumarez. In total, the new Town of Tracadie-Sheila counted some 4,200 inhabitants upon creation. There were several reasons for this amalgamation. The towns of Tracadie and Sheila shared contiguous borders and several common services such as Recreation and Police services, and their amalgamation resulted in savings in administrative costs by eliminating a duplication of administrative services, fire services and public works.
In July 2014, the Regional Municipality (RM) of Grand Tracadie–Sheila was formed through a municipal restructuring process of the former Town of Tracadie–Sheila, eighteen local service districts (LSDs) and portions of two other LSDs. The eighteen LSDs that were included in their entirety were Benoit, Brantville, Gauvreau-Petit Tracadie, Upper Portage River (Haut-Rivière-du-Portage), Haut-Sheila, Leech, Pointe-à-Bouleau, Pont La-France, Sainte-Rose, Pont Landry, Rivière à la Truite, Portage River-Tracadie Beach, Saumarez, Saumarez Parish, Saint Irénée and Alderwood, Saint-Pons, Inkerman Parish and Val-Comeau. The two LSDs with portions incorporated into the RM were Tabusintac and Inkerman Centre. The amalgamation followed a plebiscite that was held in December 2013.
The first election of the new municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila was held on May 12, 2014, and the new municipality was officially incorporated on July 1, 2014, with the understanding that the new regional municipal council would consider another town name for the long-term.
On June 15, 2015, the municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila officially changed its name to Tracadie, following an amendment to a regulation under the provincial Municipalities Act. The change reflects the historic identity of the area and the name of the two main rivers that flow through the municipality.
Following amalgamation, Statistics Canada determined the Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie–Sheila's 2011 population to be 16,137. This population included:
- 4,933 in the former Town of Tracadie–Sheila;
- 6,920 in the former Saumarez Parish;
- 2,151 in the portion formerly part of Alnwick Parish;
- 1,881 in the portion formerly part of Inkerman Parish; and
- 252 in the portion formerly part of Saint-Isidore Parish.
According to the 2016 Census, the population of the new municipality was 16,114.
Tracadie is home to four French schools: the École La Ruche (a kindergarten to grade 5 primary school), the École La Source (a kindergarten to grade 8 primary school), the École Le Tremplin (grades 6, 7 and 8), and the École Polyvalente W.-A. Losier, a high school (grades 9 to 12). The public library is located in the Hotel de ville, located where the old hospital formerly stood.
The council of the RM of Tracadie comprises eleven elected officials including a mayor and ten councillors. The councillors represent eight wards. Six of the wards are rural in nature and are represented by one councillor each. The remaining two wards are urban in nature and are represented by two councillors each. The current mayor is Denis Losier, a retired 55-year old school principal who was a rookie politician when he was elected in 2016.
- "Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila Regulation - Municipalities Act" (PDF). Government of New Brunswick: Office of the Attorney General. March 28, 2014. p. 3. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "2016 Census Profile". Statistics Canada. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
- "History". Ville de Tracadie-Sheila. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
- "Establishing the Regional Municipality of Grand Tracadie-Sheila" (PDF). New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government. February 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "Appelez notre ville... TRACADIE... maintenant !". Canadamunicipal.ca (in French). Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- "Tracadie Name Change". CapitalFM.ca. June 16, 2015. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015.
- "Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status, and Names, From January 2, 2014 to January 1, 2015 – Table 1 Changes to census subdivisions in alphabetical order by province and territory (with 8C and 9C)". Statistics Canada. May 27, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
- "École La Ruche" (in French). Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- "Mayor and Town Council". Ville de Tracadie-Sheila. Retrieved August 10, 2019.
- "'I'll never be their puppet': Tracadie mayor defends style after 4th councillor quits". CBC News. October 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2019.