Municipal Planning Strategy/Land Use By-Law Review
Check out our new Plan Cumberland website!
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is undergoing a review of the Municipal Planning Strategy & Land Use By-Law. This review involves consolidating the previous planning strategies and by-laws of the Municipality, and the former towns of Springhill and Parrsboro. Part of the process with involve extensive consultation with local residents, organizations and businesses. 

A website has been developed specifically for the  Municipal Planning Strategy & Land Use By-Law review. To find out more about this exciting initiative, please visit Plan Cumberland.
Parrsboro Water Utility Water Rate Study
Wednesday, February 1
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has made Application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, on behalf of the Parrsboro Water Utility for approval of Amendments to its Schedule of Rates and Charges for Water and Water Services and Amendments to its Schedule of Rules and Regulations.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Parrsboro Service Centre (4030 Eastern Avenue)

To find out more about the Public Hearing, please visit Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
Requesting Citizen Representatives on Municipal Committee  
Are you interested in becoming a member on a municipal committee?
The following committees are looking for citizen members to join:

Leamington Brook Source Water Protection Committee (1 position)

Pugwash Source Water Protection Committee (1 position)

Cumberland Regional Library Board (1 position)

Border Entrance Committee (2 positions)

If you are interested in becoming a member of any of the above committees, please submit your
letter of interest to Allie MacLean via one of the following options:
Email : amaclean@cumberlandcounty.ns.ca
Phone: (902) 667-2313
Mail: Municipality of the County of Cumberland
1395 Blair Lake Road
  Upper Nappan, NS
B4H 3Y4
For information about remuneration or reimbursement of travel expenses, please see our
Policy on Citizen Appointments.

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Introducing the New 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.
Cumberland County Emergency Assistance During Recent Ice Storm
Emergency assistance provided to NS & NB residents
Cumberland Emergency Management Officers, along with various Cumberland Fire Departments, worked together to assist residents in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during the recent ice storm that covered the region. Comfort Centres in Cumberland County were prepared to open in case of emergency but luckily were not required. Once the storm passed this region, local fire chiefs and emergency management staff arranged to deliver generators to New Brunswick residents hit hard by the storm.

To learn more about the quick response and collaboration between Cumberland EMO & local Fire Departments, please check out the full article on the ice storm.
Aboriginal Elders Celebrate Heritage Day at the Joggins Fossil Centre
Monday, February 20 at 11:00am
Aboriginal elders and spiritual leaders, Emile Gautreau and Louise Goodwin, will assist the Joggins Fossil Centre in celebrating Nova Scotia Heritage Day on Monday February 20 beginning at 11:00 a.m. 
At the Joggins Fossil Centre Emile Gautreau and Louise Goodwin will present a ceremony to the 7 directions, speak about aboriginal peoples from across Canada and create music with clapping sticks and drums
This Heritage Day event is free, for all ages and open to the public and is part of the Community Coffee Break series offered by the Joggins Fossil Centre. Refreshments will be served.
Council Session Dates
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of February on the following dates:

February 1, 2017
February 15, 2017

Council Sessions are held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers at approximately 6:30pm
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.

Regional Grants
These grants are for non-profit community, recreational, sporting, cultural, educational, and social organizations that provide benefits to the residents and communities within the Municipality. Only those organizations that demonstrate financial need are considered for assistance. 

We have made some changes to our Grant Programs.  Please refer to the guidelines.

Applications can be found on our Grants Program page. If you have any questions, or if you require assistance with completing grant applications, please contact us.

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.
Annual Violence Prevention Grants
The Canadian Women's Foundation is now accepting proposals for 2017-2018 Annual Violence Prevention Grants.
Organizations can apply for one of the following types of grants:

A. Rebuilding Lives: Support women's organizations and programs in Canada to help women and children rebuild their lives after the crisis of experiencing violence

B. Loan Funds: Provide interest-free loan funds to women who have experienced domestic violence to aid them in becoming financially independent

Grants up to a maximum of $20,000. If your organization and work fits the selection criteria, you may apply for additional funding of up to $3,000 to assist with access costs. 

The submission deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:59pm PST. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered. 

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Community Facility Improvement Program (CFIP)
Program Goals: 
* improve and expand existing community facilities operated by not-for-profit organizations; 
* improve the functionality and enhance sustainability of existing community facilities; 
* celebrate culture, heritage, and diversity 

Program Principles 
The program is intended to assist one-time projects that will enhance public access to a facility and encourage increased community use. 
The program is not intended to provide operational support.

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.

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2017.
Opportunities in Cumberland County
Happenings in Cumberland County
Hike NS Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series 2017
Hike Nova Scotia and 33 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike Series in January, February and March. There are over 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win "trail prizes." Most hikes are free and require pre-registration unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. 

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ParticipACTION 150 Playlist
Canada! Let's Move to Our Nation's Play List.
It's time to celebrate Canada's 150 th  birthday, and we've got the ultimate  Play List  to get you moving  -  150 activities that define our land and people - from sledge hockey to lacrosse to snow shoveling and more. So get out there, try as many as you can, track your activities online and earn chances to win great prizes!
Canada Volunteer Awards
Bring Recognition to Someone Doing Important Work in Your Community
The call for nominations for Canada's Volunteer Awards is now open, and we encourage you to nominate a not-for-profit organization, an individual/group of volunteers or a business.

Help celebrate Canada's culture of volunteering! You have until February 3, 2017, to give Canadian volunteers the recognition they deserve.

Award winners will be recognized at a ceremony and will be able to choose a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant of $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

For more information, please visit Canada.ca/volunteer-awards or call 1-877-825-0434.

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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