Council Sessions - February
The first Council session in February will be on February 6th  and will begin at 6:00pm and will deal with business issues. 

The second Council meeting in February will take place on February 20th  and will begin at 4:30 pm. The second meeting will see discussion on our programs and services and strategic priorities.
Municipal Grant Applications
Grants to Non-Profit Organizations
Application deadline for 2019-20 grants is  March 31st.  Please be advised that there is an  updated grant application   form available on our website, along with updated guidelines.

Old application forms will not be accepted.

Due to financial constraints that the Municipality of Cumberland experienced this year, and anticipates in the coming year, the “Annual Funding Program” is no longer an option for 2019/20, regardless of whether your organization has applied for it in the past. 

However, all applicants can still apply for a grant by completing the regular grant application . Each application will be evaluated on an individual basis. To ease the process, we have recently revised the regular application to be clearer and more user-friendly. The application form is available on  our website  and can be submitted by email or in hard copy.

Any questions, please send an  email  or call Melanie at (902) 667-2470.
Tax Sale
March Tax Sale
As stated in last month's newsletter, we have title searches back for another batch of accounts and are working on preparing 60 day notices for these accounts. There are approximately 25 new accounts and approximately 15 accounts we will make another attempt to sell. This Tax Sale date is not established at this time, but we are aiming for mid-March 2019. Keep your eye on  the website , as it will be updated with the date and list as soon as it is available. 

We are awaiting title searches to be completed for a number of other accounts. We are moving forward with accounts as quickly as possible. The next tax sale will be on March 26th – again keep your eyes on  the website  for details.
Pugwash Water Update
Pugwash Central Water Supply Update
It is easy to look at this project and wonder, how in the world it could be running behind schedule when cities and towns put in water system components everyday. The Pugwash Water System is unique because every component of the system had to be designed and installed from scratch. Normally, a municipality will only put in one part of an entire system, and often that part is a replacement for aging infrastructure. In this case, not so. You also must consider, every water system is completely different, based on the size of the system, environment the system is going into, and population served.

Staff Spotlight
Ray Hickey
Executive Director, Cumberland Energy Authority Raymond Hickey has been the Executive Director of the Cumberland Energy Authority since November 2016.  A graduate of Industrial Engineering from Dalhousie University, Raymond previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Parrsboro for seven years. In his role with the CEA, Mr. Hickey works to promote the development of renewable energy throughout Cumberland County. Current priorities include the support of the emerging tidal power industry, exploring the potential of solar power, and development of the Springhill Minewater Geothermal Business Park.

Position Open
Emergency Vehicle Technician Mechanic
The Municipality is currently accepting resumes for the position of Emergency Vehicle Technician Mechanic. The Emergency Vehicle Technician Mechanic is responsible for performing service, maintenance, repair, testing, and preventative maintenance work on the Cumberland Fire Service emergency apparatus and other vehicles. This position will assist other municipal departments with maintenance and repair work on equipment as needed. Work requires high degree of technical knowledge, as well as the ability to exercise independent judgement when determining repair methods.

Grant Opportunities
Community Facilities Improvement Program

The Community Facilities Improvement Program (CFIP) invests in community projects, initiated by local not-for- profit organizations, which enhance public use of existing facilities

  The Community Facilities Improvement Program targets the following areas:
  • improve and expand existing community facilities operated by not-for-profit organizations;
  • improve the functionality and enhance sustainability of existing community facilities;
  • celebrate community, culture, and diversity

The department’s contribution will not normally exceed 75% of project costs and not exceed a maximum of $50,000. The applicant is responsible for funding 10% (minimum) of the total project cost. 

Deadline is February 28, 2019

Cumberland Child and Youth Foundation
In September 2008 the Cumberland Child Advocacy Association and the Cumberland Child and Youth Foundation were formed.

Their mission is to strengthen family and community by empowering and supporting our children and youth so they may thrive in a safe and healthy environment.

Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP)
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) helps with the cost of home heating for low-income Nova Scotians who pay for their own heat. Rebates range from $100 to $200. The deadline is  March 31, 2019.

Contact Service Nova Scotia to find out if you qualify.

Call Toll-free 1-800-670-4357

Mental Health First Aid Community Grant - presented by St. John Ambulance
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is pleased to be partnering with our friends at St. John Ambulance to offer a new Named Grant for Nova Scotians looking to improve their knowledge of mental health and addictions .

The Mental Health First Aid Community Grant presented by St. John Ambulance is available to individuals and organizations who are working toward changing the way people think.

Home Warming (for individuals)
Home Warming offers free energy assessments and home upgrades to income-qualified homeowners in Nova Scotia. If upgrades will help reduce heating and power bills, they will be installed at absolutely no cost.

It's important to us that people living on lower incomes benefit from energy efficiency and feel comfortable at home.  

Contact Home Warming to see if you qualify.
Toll-free 1-877-434-2136

Independent Activities Daily Living (IADL) Program
Department of Health and Wellness’s Independent Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Program is delivered through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. This program provides funding for low-income clients to access community resources related to maintaining their immediate environment,  including snow removal.

Contact 1-800-225-7225 to be assessed or have a loved one assessed for eligibility under the program.
Community Grants
The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia administers a Community Grants Program to support individuals and organizations province-wide to undertake programs or services that will benefit the mental health of individuals throughout Nova Scotia.

The Foundation strives to fund programs that are developed by Nova Scotians who are passionate about changing the way people think about mental illness.

Deadline:  February 22 , 2019 at 4:00pm.

African Heritage Month
African Heritage Month 2019
The African Heritage Month "Kick-Off" was hosted by the Municipality of Cumberland on February 1, 2019 at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. The theme this year is "Our History is Your History". The theme recognizes the unique history of African Nova Scotians and how this story is interwoven throughout the past, present and future of all Nova Scotians. The theme reminds us that when we all acknowledge and understand the truths of our shared history through awareness, cooperation, dialogue and learning, we will be able to facilitate positive change in Nova Scotia.

Fundy Shore Winter Carnival
Chilli Willi Winter Carnival - Springhill
JOHS Hot Topic
Winter Safety Indoors and Out
Canadian winters are famous for being cold. The mercury keeps dropping, and suddenly, the bears aren't the only ones hibernating!

While it is true that many of us spend more time indoors in the winter, there are also those who embrace the outdoors, the snow and cooler temperatures.

This winter get prepared for whatever the season will bring, whether you are indoors or out. Follow these FIVE tips for staying safe in a Canadian winter:

Get informed and go outdoors.
Are you eagerly awaiting your chance to hit the slopes? Dreaming of making tracks with snowshoes? Check out AdventureSmart.ca to help you plan for a safe and enjoyable outing, whatever your passion. AdventureSmart.ca encourages everyone to follow the three T's: Trip planning, training and taking the essentials for any outdoor adventure.
Stay safe indoors
Winter is a busy season for fires in Canada. That's why it's important to be mindful of fire prevention and safety. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, don't leave burning candles unattended and if a pot catches fire while cooking, put a lid on it.

Check your family emergency kit
You likely have some basic emergency kit items already in your home, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home.

Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle. Refresh the supplies for winter. For example, add an extra blanket or new food items.

Check weather reports
When severe winter weather threatens, Environment Canada issues special alerts to notify Canadians in affected areas so that they can take steps to protect themselves and their property.  Check out Environment Canada's page on winter weather to learn more about the various weather alerts
Winter may be cold, but it doesn't have to be dangerous -- stay warm and safe and enjoy your winter, inside and out!
Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
Low Carbon Challenge
 The Cumberland Energy Authority would like to submit an application to the Federal Government’s Low Carbon Challenge and is looking for ideas for a project that will reduce GHG emissions. It must cost at least 1 million and exclude the construction of new buildings and research projects.
Projects will be selected primarily on the basis of their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A project’s potential contribution to clean growth, energy savings and job creation, overall risk and feasibility, and cost-effectiveness will be considered.
Successful applicants will be funded 40% for their project idea.
If you have any ideas please forward them to Sarah LeBlanc by February 22, 2019 as the deadline for applications is March 8, 2019 .
Camp Tidnish is Hiring!

Camp Tidnish is an overnight summer camp for children, youth and adults with disabilities. We are located just outside of Amherst, Nova Scotia and have been in operation for over 80 years!
We are currently recruiting for our 2019 season which begins in mid-May and finishes towards the end of August. Each summer we hire approximately 30 individuals to work as camp counsellors, on our nursing team and in our kitchen. Each of these positions has an important role to play in ensuring our campers have a camp experience that is fun, safe and inclusive. Individuals with an enthusiasm for inclusion, an interest in working in the disability field and those willing to learn and grow along the way will thrive at Camp Tidnish.
Become a CAAWS Leader
The Province of Nova Scotia has partnered with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) to host a Women and Leadership Facilitation Training Event in Halifax Nova Scotia April 5 th -7 th 2019.
The CAAWS’s Women and Leadership Program consists of a series of six professional development sessions that blend theory with practical applications, and provide an opportunity for women working or volunteering in the sport, recreation or physical activity sector to share experiences, reflect on ideas and apply specific techniques. In Nova Scotia, the workshops are delivered to groups from the sport and recreation sector with a goal of increasing the number of females in leadership positions.
The purpose of this training event is to expand the facilitation team for the six core workshops in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. The training will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 5 th -7 th . If you are an experienced professional in the sport and recreation sector and you are interested in attending this training and becoming part of the CAAWS delivery team, please complete the CAAWS on-line application at the link below.
The deadline for application is February 15 th 2019 . Those selected to attend the training in Nova Scotia will be financially compensated to attend, including all travel expenses. Please circulate this e-mail to contacts in your community who you feel may be interested in this opportunity.
Snowshoes & Loan Program
Borrow for FREE!

Did you know that there are quite a few pairs of snowshoes throughout the county that are available to residents for loan...FOR FREE?

Physical and Health Education Canada - Recognition
The Quality Daily Physical Education (QDPE) Award Program recognizes schools that offer and encourage excellence in school physical education programming. Examine and reflect on the qualities and characteristics of your physical education program, program successes, and possible areas for improvement.
Free to all Canadian schools, each year hundreds of schools from across Canada are recognized for their tremendous efforts and commitment to providing quality physical education programming to their students. Check out the 2017-2018 QDPE schools .
Make sure you and your school Get Recognized!
All QDPE schools receive an electronic certificate, decal for the school website, and a congratulatory letter from the Prime Minister. Display banners and window decals are also available for recipients to display in their school. To apply, simply create a PHE Canada account and complete the application form

Social Media Links
Our Social Media Platforms
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CJSMA 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 CJSMA at  Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority .
Call for Submissions
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 us .
Changed Your 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.

Bill Payments
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Municipality of the County of Cumberland
1395 Blair Lake Road
Upper Nappan, NS
B4H 3Y4
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