The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association (NBTA) is a professional organization that serves its members and promotes the value of publicly funded education in New Brunswick. The NBTA has approximately 6,000 teacher members.
Together, the NBTA and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (AEFNB) form the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation (NBTF). The NBTA and AEFNB are parallel professional associations that serve their members in all aspects related to their profession. Members may choose their professional association based on the official language in which they wish to receive their services.
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According to Section 18 of the Act of Incorporation, the objects of the NBTA are:
(a) to advance and promote the cause of education in the Province of New Brunswick;
(b) to raise the status of the teaching profession;
(c) to impress the public with the supreme importance of providing and maintaining quality educational services;
(d) to advise, assist, protect and discipline members in the discharge of their professional duties and relationships;
(e) to publish or assist in the publication of educational periodicals;
(f) to provide for, establish, subsidize and regulate branches of the Association throughout the Province;
(g) to co-operate with the Federation in the promotion of the interests of the teaching profession in the fields of salary and working conditions, certification and pension;
(h) to establish, subsidize and regulate councils; and
(i) to co-operate with the Department of Education and co-operate or affiliate with public organizations, societies, institutions and others in furtherance of the purposes set forth above.
A Brief History
The New Brunswick Teachers’ Association (NBTA) was established in 1903 after several county-based teacher organizations joined forces to advocate for improved remuneration. Interest in the organization grew over time, and upon the association’s incorporation in 1942, membership became automatic for all New Brunswick teachers.
In 1970, with the formation of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation (NBTF), the focus of the NBTA shifted to the provision of services to English-speaking teachers in the areas of ethics, professional development, and curriculum. The NBTA represents its members locally and provincially in liaison with districts, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, universities, and other stakeholders. The NBTA also works with l’Association des enseignantes et enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (AEFNB) through the NBTF to provide services related to economic welfare.
Today, the NBTA’s membership stands at over 6,000 teachers and has a staff consisting of a full-time president, six administrative personnel and seven full-time support staff.