Programs & Services

Employee Benefits

The UNSM provides a comprehensive, cost-effective group employee benefits plan for UNSM member municipalities' employees and families. It includes medical, dental, life insurance and LTD. The program is managed by Morneau Shepell.

Councillor Employee and Family Assistance Program

As of September 18th all UNSM elected officials will now have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Shepell.fgi.

The EFAP is a voluntary, confidential, short-term counselling and advisory service that connects individuals and their immediate family members to a network of dedicated counseling professionals who are available to provide assistance 24 hours a day. There is no cost to you and your family to access any of the services.

General Insurance

The UNSM offers a general insurance program to Nova Scotia municipalities managed through the Atlantic Brokers Insurance Consortium. The Consortium is comprised of Alfred J. Bell & Grant Ltd., Fraser & Hoyt Insurance Ltd. Macdonald Chisholm Trask Inc.

HST Offset Program

In 1998, the UNSM negotiated the HST Offset Program with the Province. It is intended to lessen the financial impact on municipalities of paying the Harmonized Sales Tax. Over the past decade, the Program has provided approximately $78 million to municipalities with $ 6 million distributed to municipalities annually. Payments are based on municipal expenditures in the previous year.

Home and Auto Insurance

UNSM members receive preferred group rates on auto and home insurance through TD Insurance Meloche Monnex.

Long Service Award Program

The UNSM Long Service Awards Program offers recognition beginning with those who have served on Council for a minimum of 10 years. 

Long Service Completion Award Program

The UNSM Long Service Completion Awards Program offers recognition to those elected officials who are retiring—either voluntarily or as the result of dissolution.

Preferred Courier Rate

The UNSM offers a preferred courier rate to municipalities through Canada Post.

Preferred Hotel Rate

UNSM members have access to a special rate at the UNSM host hotel−The Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.