APRIL 2018
2018 Employee Recommended Workplace Award Winners!
National Category Winner - Small Government
On March 20, 2018, Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail announced the category winners of the second annual Employee Recommended Workplace Award at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. These were the organizations with the top Total Health scores in their business categories, representing privately owned, public, not-for-profit, and government sectors in the small, mid-sized and large business categories. 

The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce, and is the only award of its kind based entirely on feedback from employees. Employees completed a short confidential survey that includes questions about their physical and mental health, as well as aspects of their work and life - all elements of Total Health that impact employee engagement and productivity. Upon completion, organizations received a summary report that identified areas of strength and areas where more work may be needed to improve the health of their workforce.

The Municipality of the County of Cumberland was not only recognized as an Employee Recommended Workplace, but it was also recoginized as the 2018 category winner for Small Government!

For more information about this exciting award, please read The Globe and Mail's article on the Employee Recommended Workplace Award!

Job Opportunity - Sustainable Communities
Marketing Officer
Deadline for Resumes - Monday, April 9, 2018
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is currently accepting resumes for the position of Sustainable Communities Marketing Officer. The position is responsible for providing leadership in managing marketing, promotion, public relations, and branding initiatives for the Cumberland Energy Authority.

This position is also responsible for developing and implementing citizen and community engagement plans and programs for the Municipality to ensure participative decision making, informed citizens and communities, and that creates
engagement as part of the Municipality's culture.

Deadline for resumes is 
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 1:00pm.
Tax Sale - April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018
Notice is hereby given that the following properties will be sold at PUBLIC AUCTION by the Treasurer of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10:00 am unless, before the date of the tax sale, the total amounts as indicated are
paid in full.  

The Tax Sale will be held at the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building located at 1395 Blair Lake Road, Upper Nappan.
Seeking 6 Tourism Industry Representatives to Sit on the Tourism Strategic Planning Committee for the Cumberland Region
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled
Seeking 6 Tourism Industry Representatives to Sit on the Tourism Strategic Planning Committee for the Cumberland Region

We are seeking 6 tourism industry professionals from a broad range of tourism sectors to sit on the Committee for a term of approximately 8-12 months.  Meetings will be held on a regular basis and will be held primarily during normal business hours.  

If you're an experienced tourism professional and interested in becoming a member of the Committee, please visit our website for more information.
Low Income Tax Exemption 
Low Income Application now available
The Municipality of Cumberland Income Exemption provides assistance to homeowners to help pay their residential property taxes.  Qualified applicants will receive a credit which is applied directly to their tax account
To qualify:
  • The ratepayer must own and occupy the assessed property as their principal residence
  • Annual income from all sources for the 2017 calendar year for all household members must be equal to or less than $20, 803
  • The Municipality requires a copy of the prior year's Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for all household members prior to approving an application
The exemption value:
  • When the total household income is less than $18,373 the exemption shall be $314.
  • When the total household income is between $18,374 and $20,803 the exemption shall be $217.
Please Note: Hosehold income is based on line 150 of the income tax Notice of Assessment
The complete Low Income Tax Exemption Policy and application form are available now.
Learn 2 Lead - Leadership Workshop Series 2018
JOHSC Safety Bulletin 
Chemical Safety

Its easy to become complacent with chemical safety, whether you work around chemicals frequently or not very often.
Did you know that mixing bleach with some household cleaners, like toilet bowl cleaners that contain acid, can generate chlorine gas? And mixing bleach with window cleaner containing ammonia generates toxic chloramine vapour?  Both gases are very pungent and very toxic to the lungs. The reactions can cause immediate burning in the eyes and lungs. If it is breathed in sufficient concentration, it can cause chemical pneumonia to develop, or even death by suffocation.
Be aware of any chemicals in your workplace and use the following tips to help make your workplace safe:

Joggins Fossil Institute ArtScape Artist-In-Residence Programme
The Joggins Fossil Institute receives municipal funding  for ArtScape Artist-In-Residence Programme
Elizabeth Copeland, an author and poet living and working in Sackville, NB, has been chosen as the 2018 Joggins Fossil Institute's ArtScape Artist-In-Residence.   

Copeland's "Rock Whisperers" project combines research and writing plus workshops (for all ages) to create a chapbook of poetry which examines the question of what the Joggins Fossil Cliffs have to teach us in terms of human interconnectedness with life at this critical time in Earth's history. .

We look forward to working with Elizabeth this coming Spring. The ArtScape Artist-in-Residence program is sponsored by the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.
New Hours at the Ross Anderson Pharmacy Teen Centre 
Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet  during the month of April on the following date:

April 4, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm

April 18, 2018 at approximately 6:00pm

The Council Sessions will be held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 

All are welcome to attend!
Grant Opportunities
Sport Fund - Community Sport Grant
Through the collaboration between Sport Nova Scotia, Support4Sport, Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Canada and Manulife, Sport Fund looks to increase sustainable quality sport programs in Nova Scotia. 

Sport Fund is now open to the following applicants :   
-  Local sport clubs and community sport organizations who are members in good standing of a Provincial Sport Organization (PSO).
-  Community sport organizations incorporated as a "not for profit" society under the Societies Act of Nova Scotia.
-  Municipalities/communities (including villages and first nation communities) and community sport stakeholders (facilities).

For a consultation to support your initiative, please contact Fundy regional sport consultant Courtney Nicholson no later than April 1st, 2018 at 4:00pm.  

The application deadline is April 15th, 2018 
Trail Expansion Grant Program
The program provides funding to  community groups, municipalities and  'not-for- profit' organizations to develop new trails, expand recreational trails, and capital upgrades to existing trails in order to increase opportunities for Nova Scotians to recreate in the outdoors and connect with nature.
  • Projects are eligible to apply for up to 1/3 of the total capital cost of the project to a maximum of $150,000.
  • Trails must be open to the public 
  • Large equipment purchases, buildings and their fixtures are ineligible.
A completed application form, signed by two officers of the association, must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on or before April 30, 2018 to be considered for funding.
GoodLife Kids Grant Program

GoodLife Kids Foundation is currently only accepting requests for funding for ongoing physical activity programs for children with special needs.

Deadline to Submit - Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Excellence Stream Conference:
 Targeted at full-time coaches and those working with national teams, Universities and national level athletes.  Thursday Evening April 26 - Full Day Friday April 27.

Participation Stream Conference:
  Targeted at paid and volunteer coaches who work with provincial athletes, community clubs and teams.  Friday evening April 27 - Sat. April 28th (done by 4pm).  

Happenings in Cumberland County
Springhill - Events & Activities 

The following is a calendar of activities being hosted at the 
Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.

Volunteer Tax Preparation Clinics
Client must provide all forms and receipts
Appointments preferred
Does not serve clients that exceed the suggested income
Current year and prior year returns prepared

Government Issued ID required

Cumberland YMCA Amherst Rotary
Contact: Shelagh Rayworth
(902) 667-9112
Wed  and 
Thu  from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM (until April 26)

The Salvation Army - Springhill Thrift Store
Contact: (902) 597-3954
Tue and  Thu from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (until April 26)

CJSMA's Solid Waste App!
Never forget your garbage day again!
The Cumberland Central Landfill has made it even easier for residents to stay connected with waste management collection and programs.
Download the free Solid Waste Mobile App by searching for Cumberland County Solid Waste in the App Store. Use your mobile phone to view collection schedules, receive collection reminders and  service alerts for any interruptions to waste collection such as cancellations due to weather. Residents can also sign up online by visiting www.cjsma.ns.ca .
Wondering what goes where? Visit www.cjsma.ns.ca to use the new Waste Wizard and search our  database of over 300 items for disposal options.

CJSMA also provides sorting guides, information about upcoming Household Hazardous Waste events, FAQs, and information about provincial solid waste programs available to residents.

For more information about Solid Waste Collection Schedules and Routes in your community, please visit 
Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority.
Have you Changed your Mailing Address? 
Change of Address Form

To notify the Municipality of a change in your mailing address please fill out our Request for Change of Address form.

Forms can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to our office.

Calling for Submissions for Next Month's Newsletter!
Send us information about your community events and programs!

If you know of an upcoming  program or event in your community that you would like to see included in our municipal monthly newsletters, please contact  Allie MacLean .

Bill Payments

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