Holiday Hours for our Municipal Service Centres
The Service Centres located in Upper Nappan, Springhill and Parrsboro, which provide the functions of tax and water billing and collection, building permits, zoning, etc. will be closed from December 21, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. and will re-open on January 2, 2019 at 8:30 a.m.

Our Community Centre and Public Works Departments will be staffed during the above mentioned dates and times.
Council Session Dates
The first Council session in December will be on December 12th and will begin at 6 p.m. and will deal with business issues.  The second Council meeting in December will take place on December 19th and will begin at 4:30 p.m.  The second meeting will see discussion on our programs and services and strategic priorities.
Grants to Organizations
Grants to Organizations
***For those looking to apply for a municipal grant in 2019, please be advised that there is an updated application form available on our website, along with updated guidelines. Please ensure that you check our website for revised application and guidelines before applying.***

Any questions, please send an email or call Melanie at (902)667-2470 and

Local Grants Approved by Council in November 2018

The Claus Cause
Christmas Decorating of Parrsboro
$ 976.06
East Cumberland Lodge
Sparkle of Light Campaign
$ 1000.00
Cumberland Health Care Foundation
Light the Way Campaign
$ 1000.00
Oxford Regional Educational Centre Home and School Committee
Recreational Programming for students
$ 1965.00
Remembering Canada's Heroes
Veterans visit Grade 8 and 12 History classes
$ 450.00
Wallace Country Christmas
Wallace Country Christmas Event
$ 400.00
River Hebert District Christmas Hampers
Assisting under-privileged citizens in Cumberland County at Christmas time.
$ 2000.00

Employment Opportunity!!
Manager of Facilities and Parks (6 Month Term)
The Municipality is currently accepting resumes for the position of Manager of Facilities & Parks (6 Month Term). 

The Manager has overall responsibility for the Municipality's recreation facilities, playing fields, parks, and open spaces. This responsibility includes the operation, maintenance, improvement, promotion, and marketing of those assets, which are primarily located in the Springhill area, including the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, the adjacent Lions Park amenities (ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, trails and the outdoor skating rink), the Hilltop Playground, the Glooscap Campground, and recreation facilities in Parrsboro.
  • University Degree in Recreation, Facility Management, or a related field.
  • Minimum 3 - 5 years recreation facility management experience.
Please forward your resumes to:
Municipality of the County of Cumberland
Kellie Seaman, Recruitment & Procurement Officer
1395 Blair Lake Rd
Upper Nappan NS B4H 3Y4
*Clearly mark your resume "Manager of Facilities & Parks (6 Month Term)"

Please visit our website  for a detailed description and pay scale.  The deadline for resumes is Thursday, December 20th at 1:00 pm.
Pugwash Water Project Update
The Municipality would like to begin by apologizing for the delay in providing information regarding the Pugwash Water Project. We understand this has been a point of concern for many residents and will endeavour to be more timely in providing updates on this project from this point forward and on a more consistent basis.
We also want to assure you that staff, consultants, and contractors are working diligently to complete the commissioning of the system that will provide our residents with a safe and reliable water source.
At this point we are currently working on the Project Commissioning which is the process of assuring that all systems and components of the system are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained according to operational requirements. We are experiencing an issue with the level of aeration of the water. Staff, consultants, and contractors are working extended hours to remedy the situation.
We would like to thank those users who have installed their connections and are ready to receive water and also thank everyone for their patience as we continue the Commissioning.
Tax Sale - Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Tax Sale
Please be advised there will be a  PUBLIC AUCTION by the Treasurer of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland on Tuesday December 11, 2018.

The Tax Sale will be held at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Center located at 6 Main Street, Springhill, Nova Scotia

Bidder registration will begin at 9:00 am and the sale will start at 10:00 am.

For a full list of properties please visit our website.
Nova Scotia Border Committee - Update
Committee Update

The Nova Scotia Border Committee has been meeting since November 2017.  The goal of this Committee is to enhance the entrance to Nova Scotia making it more inviting and visually appealing to our tourists as well as to our citizens.  The Committee is comprised of three Municipal Councillors who are appointed annually by Council, one town of Amherst Councillor who is appointed by Amherst Town Council, two citizen representatives  who are appointed by Council and two Trunk 2 (Fort Lawrence) Business Operators who are selected by Trunk 2 business operations.
In the last year, the Planner of the Municipality of Cumberland and his Student Apprentice have been assisting the Committee by creating a Draft Signage By-Law specific to LaPlanche Street (Trunk 2).  This By-Law will limit the amount and type of signage allowed along the street.  However, business owners will be given other options for signage which are still being decided.  One option, for example,  would be a shared ground sign which would advertise several businesses on one sign instead of having individual signs for each business.
Two dangerous and unsightly buildings on the street were torn down this year which immediately made a very positive impact on the goal of Committee by making the street more safe and attractive.
The Committee is currently exploring the possibility of enhancing the appearance of the road by mowing a greenbelt corridor along each side of it.  This it is still in the beginning stages of obtaining cost estimates.  The aim of the Committee is to not only find the most budget-friendly solutions to enhance the entrance, but also to find those which will be the easiest to maintain in the long-term.
Online Interactive Zoning Tool
Online Interactive Zoning Map 
The Municipality of Cumberland's GIS Analyst has created an online interactive zoning map for public use . Please try it out and distribute freely.
Find the link for phone/ tablet/ fullscreen here.   It has also been embedded in the Plan Cumberland website  a nd the Cumberland GeoHub 
The main objective of the tool is for residents and staff to be able to find the zoning for their property or clients' property.   You can search by PID or address to see your zone (try it out!). Click on the parcel to find out the zone.
Some other things you can do in the map:
  • View the map Legend
  • View the map Layers and toggle them on/off
  • Change the basemap from topographic to other basemaps such as aerial photo
  • Link to zoning documents on the plan Cumberland website for more information
  • Measure distances (and areas)
  • Find Coordinates on the map
  • Look up directions, print directions and distances
  • Add data from other sources
  • Show/hide map overview
  • View attribute tables for map data
  • Print the Map
  • Zoom to your current location (this is v useful when you enable your location at home /in the field but may not work with the embedded maps.
Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark Update
On November 27th, 2018, Cliffs of Fundy Aspiring Geopark coordinator, Marlee Leslie confirmed the updated application dossier, which reflected the recommendations made by the Canadian National Committee of Geoparks evaluators visit in June 2018, has been sent to and received by UNESCO.
If the application dossier is considered complete and ready for assessment, the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council will approve an evaluation mission to visit the Geopark any time after May 1st, 2019.
Our Municipal staff continue to work with Municipality of Colchester staff as well as our solicitors towards the incorporation of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society. We anticipate the incorporation to be completed this month.

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Fox Harbour Excellence

TIANS Recognizes Tourism Excellence
The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) hosted their 2018 Crystal Awards, and Fox Harb'r Resort was presented an award for Culinary Tourism Award of Excellence!

Congratulations to Fox Harb'r Resort!

Cumberland Regional Emergency Measures Safety Tip
Generator Safety
Cumberland Regional EMO is reminding residents in the Cumberland Region to operate their generators as per their unit's operating manual.

* Never use generators, barbeques or camping  equipment indoors - even in your garage - because  of the high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

* Keep generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon dioxide inside the home.

* If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a  generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY

* Avoid electrocution by keeping the generator dry.

* Turn the generator off and let it cool down before refueling

* Plug appliances directly into the generator or use a heavy-duty, out-door rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads.

* Do no overload the generator

Christmas Parades & Activities in Cumberland County
Staff Spotlight
Our Courier is responsible to provide communications and operational support for the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre events and operations.  

John couriers items for the Community Centre in a timely manner and is responsible for updating our notice boards throughout the community. 

John was also recently recognized by Council for his role in assisting the Municipality to achieve a safety culture for our organization.  Upon John's suggestion, a mandatory Helmet Policy was researched and enacted, which has already had a major impact on the safety or our residents and employees.  
Grant Opportunities
Prevention Innovation Grant
Sexual violence continues to remain hidden and victims are frequently blamed and stigmatized. Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable.

Primary prevention approaches work to change environmental factors and social norms known to contribute to sexual violence (ex. sexism, media and marketing practices, technology, harmful use of alcohol, etc.), while also promoting healthy relationships, consent and fostering safer spaces and strong communities.

Funded projects are working towards some of the following outcomes:
  • Better understanding of healthy relationships and norms.
  • Increased engagement of men and boys in sexual violence prevention work.
  • Youth have a clearer understanding of what consent is and why it is important.
  • Decrease in the hypersexualization of women and girls.
  • Increase in positive, non-violent perceptions of masculinity.
This year, grants up to $5,000 are available. 

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TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Projects eligible to receive funding:
The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.

Eligible projects include schoolyard greening, park revitalization, community gardens, park programming and citizen science initiatives. 

Organizations eligible to receive funding:
  • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups
Deadline: January 15, 2019
PAINTS (Professional Artists In The Schools)
PAINTS is a program that helps schools in Nova Scotia bring professional visual artists into their classrooms. There are more than 50 artists that are part of PAINTS living and working in every part of NS.  Projects can range from 3 to 12 hours, and can involve artists working in every imaginable discipline. 

PAINTS projects make links between the professional artists' own work and the workshops that they lead with the students. We're really interested in providing the richest experience possible through these relatively small programs. A project can be with one class, or a small group of students, and the brief application is filled out online through their website.

The school pays $25 per hour for the artist's time. PAINTS makes up the other half of the fee and also provides some support for travel and materials costs. This is a great, cost effective way to infuse more art into your school.

Deadline for Schools Jan. 30

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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.

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No Charge Energy Assessments
HomeWarming offers no-charge energy assessments and free home upgrades to eligible Nova Scotians. It's important to us that people living on lower incomes benefit from energy efficiency and feel comfortable at home.  

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Community Grants - Open in Jan. 2019
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.

Submissions Open January 2019
Meet the Newest Member of the Joggins Fossil Institute Team
Marc Lapointe, MBA, CFRE, Director of Development and Strategic Engagement
Joggins, Nova Scotia, December 4, 2018---The Joggins Fossil Institute's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marc Lapointe, MBA, CFRE, Moncton, NB, will be joining the dynamic management team at the Joggins Fossil Centre as its new Director of Development and Strategic Engagement. Marc's focus is to develop donations and strategic partnerships that will allow staff and researchers at Joggins to undertake exciting projects in the coming years.

Marc, after a long career in private industry, is now pursuing his passion of assisting charities to create transformative fundraising campaigns. He has worked on a number of campaigns that range from university to community-based charities. Marc holds degrees from Université Laval, Saint Mary's University and the Certified Fundraising Executive designation.

When not at Joggins or meeting with interested parties, you can find Marc participating in half-marathons, cycling or skiing. He is a Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals-New Brunswick Chapter, the Founding Treasurer of one of Moncton's five Rotary Clubs and a past member of many boards.

Marc invites you to contact him to discuss any questions you have about projects or giving to Joggins Fossil Institute. Marc can be reached at or by calling 506-866-0623.
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Happenings in Cumberland County

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 us .
Bill Payments

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