A number of reasons encouraged leaders to amalgamate these two municipalities. They shared contiguous borders and several common services such as Recreation and Police services. There was duplication of administrative services, fire services and public works. Amalgamation represented savings in administrative costs. As well, a larger Town with greater demographic depth brought undeniable advantages in global development of the region.
Beyond amalgamating the two municipalities, 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 4200 inhabitants upon creation.
History of Tracadie
History of Sheila