FAQ

All About the Residents Association

Do all New Brighton residents currently pay a Residents Association Fee?
Yes, all residents and property owners in New Brighton have their title encumbered with the New Brighton Residents Association Encumbrance.

Who collects the Residents Association fee?
The Residents Association fees are collected by the New Brighton Residents Association.

How often are the Residents Association fees collected?
Members of the New Brighton Residents Association receive an annual fee reminder in March, with fees due April 1st each year.

Where is the money collected from the Residents Association spent?
The funds are spent to administer and operate the amenities of the New Brighton Residents Association, including the New Brighton Club and Park, utilities, property taxes, insurance, salaries, programs administration, Christmas lighting, landscaping, maintaining open space in the community, etc. Audited financial statements are sent to every member prior to the Annual General Meeting, and are also available upon request by emailing gm@nbra.ca.

What are the benefits to the residents of New Brighton for paying the Residents Association fees?
Residents benefit by having certain amenities and assets in their community, which because of their unique nature, could not otherwise be provided, as the City would not normally accept responsibility for their maintenance. Other benefits include enhanced maintenance of City Blvds. Other communities who do not have a Residents Association set up by the developer have petitioned the City to collect additional taxes through local improvement bylaws to fund enhanced maintenance of open spaced owned by the City. There is also a full time Recreation Leader and Resident Activities Coordinator at the New Brighton Clubhouse who are responsible to set-up programs, value adds and special events, which meet the needs of the NBRA members.

How is the Residents Association governed?
The NBRA is governed via bylaws and a Board of Directors. Who elects the representatives for the Residents Association and when does that occur? The Members of the association elect their Board of Directors annually at the Annual General Meeting. Brookfield Residential has retained the right to appoint a certain number of Directors to the Residents Association, as it is financially responsible for the viability and operation of the Residents Association until it is turned over to the Residents.

Are the residents of New Brighton able to guide the Residents Association in matters important to the residents?
The roles of the Residents Association are limited to matters affecting the operation of the association. Members can elect or defeat any Member standing for a Residents Association Directorship, and in that way guide the direction of the Association. Ultimately, the Association will be run entirely by the residents.

What is the difference between a Residents Association and a Community Association?
Community Associations are volunteer organizations, established with support by the City, and are dependent upon sponsorship and fundraising in order to operate. Community Associations are known to be involved in organized minor sports such as soccer, baseball and hockey, as well as being the political voice of the community. Community Associations work with City Officials in establishing social policies, they are the voice of residents if playground zone areas are required, speed zone reductions are requested, issues arise regarding signage control and other potential community safety issues. Membership to the Community Association is voluntary and could involve members from several different communities. Please visit the New Brighton Community Association website, at https://newbrightonca.com/.

The New Brighton Residents Association (NBRA) is a not-for-profit company that is professionally managed and operated. In addition to the wide variety of recreational and event programming, we are responsible for maintenance of many of the community features, including the entry ways and boulevards, the New Brighton Club facility as well as the and park amenities. Membership in the Residents Association is mandatory for residents and fees are collected annually in April.

Fun Community Facts

What is the size of the Community?
New Brighton currently consists of 4,311 residences.

How Many Christmas Lights did the NBRA put up in the park this year?
This year, the NBRA put up over 372 strands of lights, totaling approximately 18,600 lights!

Membership Cards

How do I get my membership card?
Come to the administration office during office hours (9am-10pm) and have your picture taken and card issued. You must be a Member In Good Standing with the New Brighton Residents Association If you are the registered owner of the property, you will need to have: a copy of your Certificate of Title before issuing permanent cards. If you have not yet received your Certificate of Title, temporary cards will be issued. You also must present a piece of valid photo ID. Government issued photo ID.

Why do I need a membership card?
All residents over the age of 12 will be required to have a card for entry to the park and facility. Membership cards will also allow you to register for programs offered by the New Brighton Residents Association.

Do I need to bring my NBRA membership card each time I come to New Brighton Club?
Yes, to gain access to the facility and the park you are required to swipe your membership card each time you come.

Can I let my friend use my Membership Card if I can not be with them?
Lending your membership card to another person is prohibited and will result in a temporary suspension of membership privileges as determined by NBRA.

What is a Certificate of Title?
The Certificate of Title is a document that is issued to you by your lawyer when you purchase your home. It is a document that states who the registered owner of the property is. These are public documents available for a small fee from a registry office or at the New Brighton Club.

What if I lose my Membership Card?
If a membership card is lost, residents will be charged a $10.00 fee for replacement. Children under 12 will not be issued cards and are only allowed to use the facilities when accompanied by an adult.

Can my Renters get a Membership Card?
The homeowner may transfer their privileges to the renters. Owners or renters (not both) may have /facility access. If the owners wish to transfer their privileges to the renters, a Transfer of Privileges Form must be completed (this can be found in the forms section listed below) and returned to the New Brighton Residents Association office. If owners would like communication from the NBRA (invoices, AGM notices, etc.) sent to a different address, please inform the administration office.

Can my Nanny get a Card?
Unmarried children, boarders, and nannies who are 21 years of age or older will be issued cards when they supply proof that they live at that address, by way of a piece of Government issued picture ID with the current address on it.

Membership cards remain the property of the New Brighton Residents Association. NBRA will seize cards and suspend access if the holder of the card breaches the rules.

Programming and Special Events

Does New Brighton Club offer any programs?
Yes, there are a number of drop-in and registered programs for children, adults, and families. The current program offerings are available in the My Programs tab of this website. The New Brighton Club also offers a number of special events each year; including for example, a 3 on 3 Hockey Tournament, The Great EGGscape Easter, NBRA Beer Gardens, Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas at the Clubhouse, among many others! Visit My Events, for full details regarding upcoming events.

What if I need to withdraw from a program that I registered in?
The Cancellation Policy can be found within the My Programs tab.

How often are new programs offered?
New programs are offered on a seasonal basis, with registration available up to one month prior to classes starting. Summer programs start in July, Fall programs in September, Winter programs start up in January and Spring programs begin in March.

We are always looking for suggestions for new classes. If you have a great idea, please contact activities@nbra.ca.