Council Sessions - January
Public Council Sessions
The first Council session in January will be on  January 9th  and will begin at 6:00pm and will deal with business issues. 
The second Council meeting in January will take place on  January 23rd  and will begin at 6:00pm. The second meeting will see discussion on our programs and services and strategic priorities.
Councillor expenses
Reporting Requirements
As required by Sections 65A and 423A of the Municipal Government Act, each municipality and village must:

(a) prepare and post an expense report for each reportable individual within 90 days of the end of each fiscal quarter on their reportable reimbursements.

(b) post the quarterly expense reports on a publicly available website.

(c) prepare an annual summary report to be filed with the Minister by September 30th of each year.

Procurement link
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland regularly advertises requests for proposals (RFPs) and tenders for a variety of projects and initiatives. This information is also posted on the Provincial Procurement Site.

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.
Approved Local Grants ~ December 2018

At the December 12th public council meeting, the Amherst Golf Club was granted $1,000 to provide a warming and resting station for snowmobilers.
Recreation & Physical Activity Strategy
Updated Strategy
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland’s recent mergers with the former Town of Springhill (2015), and the former Town of Parrsboro (2016) created the need to merge our three Recreation & Physical Activity Strategies.

This strategy was recently presented to Council and was adopted at the December 12th public council meeting.

The intent of this comprehensive strategy remains the same: to enhance the overall health of Cumberland County residents. 

Tax Sale Update
Our office has been very busy over the last six months. We completed a massive tax sale comprised of 106 accounts back on June 21 st and 22 nd . A total of 80 accounts sold at this sale. We are at the final stage with the 53 remaining accounts and should be receiving the recorded deeds back soon. Once received we can contact the successful bidders to collect their deeds.

The August 14, 2018 Tax Sale resulted in the sale of 3 accounts, and a total of 22 acounts sold at the October 16, 2018 Tax Sale. We should be receiving the recorded deeds back for both of these sales soon. 
The tax sale held on December 11, 2018 generated a lot of interest. The original list had a total of 52 accounts. Our office was down to 28 accounts on the date of the sale. Our office has been extremely fortunate to have Andy Carter conducting the Auctions for us to assist with the volume of accounts. He brings a level of excitement and professionalism to the auction and he keeps the bidding going – plus it is quite entertaining to listen to him.   

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 – again keep your eyes on the website as when we have the tax sale date established we will put it on the news feed. 
Mechanic Street Playground
Public Input Required
The playground on Mechanic street in Springhill was burned down in summer 2018, and we are making plans to rebuild.

We held an open house on December 10th, and we were looking for some ideas on what the community wants to see happening with the space.

Community feedback is essential, as our goal is to make this park more inter-generational and a draw to community members of all ages and abilities.

Fill out our survey to share your input.

Staff Spotlight
Betty-Anne Paris
Betty-Anne started working with the Town of Parrsboro in January of 1981 as a receptionist. She followed that by being added as Tax and Water Collector. 

Due to the merger in November 2016, Betty-Anne became an employee of the Municipality of Cumberland County. 

Betty-Anne has been a staple in the Parrsboro community for years, and is celebrating 38 years in municipal government this month! Pretty impressive! 

You can find Betty-Anne at our new temporary Service Centre at 4008 Eastern Ave. Parrsboro. There has been a lot of change in the past few years, but this move is a good one. Please drop by and see Betty-Anne, Kip, and Kirsten at our new location!  
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?

Emergency Preparedness
Be Prepared!
Being prepared before an emergency will reduce your feelings of helplessness and reliance on others. Being prepared will ensure your confidence and comfort when the out of the ordinary happens.
To get prepared you need to know the risks in our area, have a plan to deal with them, and have an emergency kit.
There are several resources to help you achieve this.  Your emergency management office can provide information, as well as the Red Cross and EMO Nova Scotia

Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. It will take you about 20 minutes to make your plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another, and discuss what you would do in different situations. To create your own plan, download our  Family Emergency Plan.
The Cumberland Regional Emergency Management office is available to provide presentations to your groups on emergency preparedness. For further information or help getting prepared please call 902 667 3746.

Grant Opportunities
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
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
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Pan-Canadian projects under the New Horizons for Seniors Program - Call for Concepts
Through this call for concepts process (CFC), we will fund initiatives that will support the development and implementation of collaborative approaches to increase the social inclusion of seniors . Social inclusion is the ability to fully participate in, contribute to and benefit from all aspects of society.

Eligible organizations can apply for grants ranging from $500,000 to $5 million for a project consisting of a 3 to 5 year collective impact initiative.

If you are successful in the first step of this application process, you will be invited to develop a full project proposal. At that time, you will be required to provide additional information and go into further details about your proposed concept, such as a well-articulated plan for funding collaborating organizations. Additional information and documents about the project will also be requested. Another document with specific instructions will be provided to those applicants.

  • Step 1 - Call for concepts: December 6, 2018 to January 21, 2019
  • Notification of decision on Step 1: Spring 2019
  • Step 2 - Full project proposal: Spring 2019
  • Anticipated project start date: Summer 2019

Canada Summer Jobs
Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

**New expanded eligibility now includes all youth aged 15-30, and is no longer restricted to students. This change has been made to complement the Government's renewal of the Youth Employment Strategy, announced in Budget 2018.

Deadline: January 25, 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

Student Summer Skill Incentive (SKILL)
The Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL) offers wage assistance to non-profit organizations that hire post-secondary students for summer jobs

SKILL helps registered charities and societies offer summer jobs to post-secondary students.

Eligible employers can hire students for terms of 8-14 weeks in the summer. You’ll receive a subsidy of $8.85 per hour for the wages you pay to your student employees .

Deadline: January 31, 2019

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

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
Home Services Nova Scotia
Home Services Nova Scotia is a new program designed to help older adults remain in their own homes and stay connected to their communities. Services include housekeeping, yard work, food preparation, companionship, and assistance with non-medical activities.

The program is available throughout Nova Scotia on a sliding payment scale. Call 211 to find an agency offering services in your region.
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.

Compass Group Canada Community Grants
Compass Group Canada has become a market leader in contract food service and support services through a simple recipe: great people, great service and great results. This easy-to-follow recipe serves millions across the nation, from serving delicious, nutritious meals at school cafeterias, corporate cafes, hospitals and remote camps to routine cleaning and maintenance services at your workplace and airports.

This funding will be made available to support educational programs that focus on healthy eating and food preparation for Nova Scotians who are living with mental illness.

Cold Weather Safety
Hot Safety Topic
Winter weather has arrived in much of the country. Do you know the signs of hypothermia, and what to do if you get frostbite? Read on to make sure you're ready for cold weather!

Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre
Events & Activities
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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
Use our online tax payment system:
Municipality of the County of Cumberland
1395 Blair Lake Road, Upper Nappan, NS B4H Canada
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