Holiday Office Closure Reminder
Washroom Facility Installed at the Lions Park in Springhill
Now open for use!
The Municipality is proud to have completed a capital project in Springhill which saw the installation of a washroom facility for the Lions Park in Springhill. This is a significant investment for park users that was graciously supported by Farm Credit Canada's AgiSpirit Fund, the All Saints Community Health Care Foundation, and the 2015 Christmas House Tour Committee. 
Fundy Connect Launch
Regional Tour Beginning in Truro to Launch New Fundy Connect Web Space
Cumberland, Colchester, Amherst, Millbrook First Nation, Oxford, Sipekne'katik, Stewiake, Bible Hill and Truro will soon be the latest regions to embark on a provincial initiative to better communicate information about all the things to do and places to see in Fundy.

''We are happy to assist communities in the Fundy Region through the provision of one centralized location where residents and visitors alike can check out what's going on in their community,'' says Peter McCracken, Regional Manager - Fundy Region, Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, ''Fundy Connect is something we have heard communities and municipalities asking for and we are happy to be part of the delivery.

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What do Portable Fire Extinguishers do for me ....
The Municipality's Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Bulletin 17-12
Just as there is a right tool for every job, there is a right extinguisher for every fire. The class of an extinguisher, identified on its nameplate, corresponds to the class or classes of fire extinguisher controls. On most construction jobs, we are concerned with Class A, B, and C. In most cases, a multi-purpose Class ABC extinguisher, which contains dry, powdered chemical under pressure, is best. In kitchens, a type K extinguisher is used.

To read more, please see  JOHS Bulletin 17-12.
Parrsboro wins the 2017 Arts Nova Scotia Community Arts & Culture  Recognition Award! 
Creative NS Awards Gala held November 18, 2017 
This prestigious award is given annually to the community which best demonstrates a commitment to the integration of arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life. It will be presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, Saturday November 18, 8:00-11:00 pm, at The Discovery Centre in Halifax. Norman Rafuse, District 13 Councillor for the Municipality of The County of Cumberland, will accept the award on behalf of Parrsboro. The Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award carries a cash value of $10,000, and the money will be used to further the connection between the arts and its community. Last year's winner - Lunenburg.
 "This award is a testimony to the extraordinary amount of artistic involvement in this community", says Parrsboro Executive Director Robert More. "The number of people engaged in creative pursuits in Parrsboro is amazing, and the variety of arts and culture organizations is impressive." Among the many groups flourishing in Parrsboro are:   Ship's Company Theatre, Art Lab Studios & Gallery, two museums, Fundy Geological and Ottawa House, Classics By The Bay, contemporary art at Main & Station, and The Hall, a thriving cultural/entertainment hub always busy with art exhibitions, open mic nights, music classes, workshops, a feature film series, the Citizens Choir, theatrical presentations and more!
"Add three annual festivals," More goes on to say, "the Parrsboro Plein Air, 10 Days in October, the Parrsboro Film Festival - and the result is an inspiring combination of grassroots artistry and exploration by high-profile artists that makes this community a unique and exciting place to live.  Hats off to the people of Parrsboro. This award is for you!"    
Springhill Outdoor Recreation & Multi-Sport Complex Design Open House Update
Open House held on November 16, 2017
The Municipality held an Open House in Springhill to discuss options for the proposed Springhill Outdoor Recreation & Multi-Sport Complex. At this preliminary meeting, a variety of recreation facility options were discussed that had a focus on trails, athletic fields, and special features. 

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting project!

Low Income Tax Exemption  
Low Income Tax Exemption
The Municipality's Low Income Tax Exemption applications are now available. The Low Income Tax Exemption provides assistance to homeowners to help pay their residential property taxes. Qualified applicants will receive a credit which is applied directly to the tax account.

Application forms are available on our website or may be obtained by calling or visiting one of our services centres located in Upper Nappan, Springhill or Parrsboro.
Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet  during the month of December on the following date:

December 13, 2017 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
Grant Opportunity Listings
Each month we try to provide our community with a list of current funding opportunities available throughout Nova Scotia as well as across Canada. Each grant listed below is provided by a different organization, as evidenced by the accompanying logo and website links.

To specifically view the Municipality of Cumberland County's grant offerings, please visit our Grant Programs page.

If you are interested in learning more about our grants, or if you need some assistance in filling out applications, please contact us.

Mental Health & Addictions Grant
Community groups across Nova Scotia are encouraged to apply for mental health and addictions grants of up to $100,000 under a revitalized grants process.

Deadline: December 5, 2017 at 4:30pm

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Age-Friendly Communities Grant Program
The Age-friendly Communities Grant program, administered by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, supports community planning and collaborative, innovative projects that support the goals of promoting healthy, active living and enabling older Nova Scotians to age 'well' - in place, connected to community life.

The Department of Seniors is accepting grant applications under two categories:
  1. Age-friendly Community planning:Support for consultation and community planning initiatives that result in robust action plans and facilitate the creation of Age-friendly Communities. These planning initiatives must be in partnership with local government and include consultations and engagement of older adults, the broader community, and key stakeholders throughout the entire process.
  2. Community Projects:Collaborative, innovative projects to develop and implement programs, services, resources or events that support active, healthy living, help older adults to age 'well'-in place connected to community life and increase social interaction and community involvement among older adults (50+).

Deadline: February 1, 2018


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Community Development Grant
Available through Communities, Culture and Heritage the Community Development Grant is designed to support activities and initiatives which respond to the recreation and physical activity goals and priorities of communities and the Shared Strategy for Recreation in Nova Scotia: Active Living, Inclusion and Access, Connecting People and Nature, Supportive Environments, and Capacity Development.

Applications will be accepted between April 1st and February 1 of a given fiscal year pending legislative approval of the budget.

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Community Impact Grants & Orange Door Awards
The Home Depot Canada Foundation believes that good neighbours make great neighbourhoods. The Foundation is dedicated to sharing our time, knowledge and resources to support affordable housing and build strong communities for Canadians in need. 

Our Primary focus is supporting initiatives that directly benefit homeless youth, by providing access to safe, stable housing and support services.

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Investors Group Community Coaching Grants
Calling all organizations, big and small! Are you hosting an event that will educate and develop coaches or coach developers in your community? 

The Investors Group Community Coaching Grant program has grants available for organizations that bring coaches and coach developers of community-based sports together under one roof to learn, train, and network with each other. 

Applications are welcomed for events scheduled to run April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

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Housing grants available for residents in Cumberland County
Housing Nova Scotia offers a variety of programs and services for residents throughout Nova Scotia. Their goal is to ensure all Nova Scotians can find a home that's right for them at a price they can afford in a healthy, vibrant community that offers the services, supports and opportunities they need.

Programs include:
Affordable Housing Projects
Financial Assistance and Grant Programs for Homeowners
Housing Programs for Landlords
Housing Programs for Seniors

To find out more information, please visit Housing Nova Scotia.
2018 Provincial Volunteer Award Nominations
Volunteers touch the lives of all Nova Scotians in so many ways and contribute significantly to building our communities, connecting people to one another and providing valuable programs and services.

The Annual Provincial Volunteer Awards 2018 are an exceptional way for the Province of Nova Scotia to say, 'thank you' to the many volunteers that contribute to the well-being and vitality of our communities every day.

The Provincial Volunteer Awards are open to all Nova Scotians. We encourage submissions by and nominations of volunteers representing Nova Scotia's rich diversity.

Volunteers can be nominated for a Provincial Volunteer Award in one of three categories:
1. Representative Volunteer Award
2. Volunteer Youth Award 
3. Volunteer Family Award

Nominations close February 16, 2018
Joggins Fossil Institute seeking new board member for fundraising
The Joggins Fossil Institute (JFI) Association is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that works in partnership with three levels of government, the private sector and the community to protect, present and promote the natural heritage values of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the award winning Joggins Fossil Centre. The Joggins Fossil Institute is led by a 12-member board comprised of federal, provincial, and municipal government representatives, residents of Cumberland County, members of the scientific community, and members at large. Members of the Board are appointed for a two-year term.

The Joggins Fossil Institute is currently seeking applications for a board member who has interest and experience in fundraising. Applications for membership should be submitted to the Joggins Fossil Institute in hard or digital copy by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 5th, 2018 to: Mr. Don Trenholm, (Chairman, Joggins Fossil Institute) Joggins Fossil Centre,100 Main Street, Joggins, Nova Scotia, B0L 1A0 or

For further information on application requirements go to the homepage at and click on News or contact Dr. Melissa Grey, Curator at the Joggins Fossil Institute, 902-251-2727 Ext. 227.
Happenings in Cumberland County
The following is a calendar of activities being hosted at the Dr Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in the month of December.

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 .
Wondering what goes where? Visit 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 .

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