MAY 2017
Municipal Planning Strategy/Land Use By-Law Review
A Youth Photo Project - Plan Cumberland
Plan Cumberland (a project of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland) is inviting the youth of the Municipality to show us Cumberland County through their eyes. This project involves engaging youth in the municipal planning process in order to help inform the future direction of the Municipality.

To find out more information about this exciting initiative, or to submit your photos, please visit our website.
Pugwash Waterfront Development Design 
Public Open Houses 
May 9 & 10, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland is holding two Public Open Houses on the Pugwash Waterfront Development Design. The purpose of these open houses is to gather feedback from residents on the proposed Pugwash Waterfront and Multipurpose Centre & the proposed Pugwash Harbour Centre.
Event Information:
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 
Topic: Pugwash Waterfront and Multipurpose Centre
 
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Topic: Pugwash Harbour Centre
Both Public Open Houses will take place at the St. Thomas More Church Hall, 79 Church St., Pugwash from 6:00pm - 8:00pm (a brief presentation will be held at 6:15).

Municipal Volunteer Recognition Night 
Celebrating National Volunteer Week at the Municipality
In honour of National Volunteer Week, the Municipality of the County of Cumberland held a Volunteer Recognition Night on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The event brought together volunteers throughout the Municipality that were nominated by their volunteer organizations to recognize their contributions to their communities. A dinner was held and certificates were presented to each nominated individual.

The Municipality once again would like to thank the volunteers throughout the Municipality for the countless hours they dedicate to supporting and promoting their communities.
Springhill Downtown Infrastructure Renewal
Project Update
Infrastructure replacement and road paving to begin May 2017

This is a $5 million dollar project that will begin this spring and will include infrastructure replacement  and paving on streets from Church up to Princess Street. Many residents of Springhill will be driving on newly paved roads this year. The Clean Water, Waste Water Fund was approved last summer, with 50 per cent coming from the federal government, 25 per cent from the provincial government, and 25 per cent from the municipality.

Tenders for the project close Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 2:00pm. 
Low Income Tax Exemption  
Applications now available
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.

For more information please visit our website.
Grants to Organizations Report 2016/2017 
125 grants totalling $721,445.25 were disbursed to organizations throughout the Municipality
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland provided 125 grants to organizations for a total of $721,445.25 between April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. 

Organizations looking to receive grants for the 2017/2018 fiscal year are encouraged to visit Grants Program for information on how to apply for a municipal grant.
Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee Bulletin
What do practices and procedures do for me?
The Municipality's Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee has released their latest bulletin, "What do Practices and Procedures do for me?". This bulletin raises awareness of the importance of printed safe work practices and procedures in ensuring a safe work environment and their overall importance in an occupational health and safety program. For more information on fragrances in the workplace, please see the JOHSC Bulletin 17-04.
Artist Laurell Hamilton Opens Exhibition of Works at Joggins Fossil Centre 
Exhibit open April 22 to May 22
The Joggins Fossil Institute is pleased to invite the public to the opening reception of the exhibition Laurell Hamilton: Explorations in Acrylic on Saturday April 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Joggins Fossil Centre.
The exhibition Laurell Hamilton: Explorations in Acrylic contains 12 works in acrylic created between 2014 and 2017 in which the artist explores the use of textures, handling natural materials gathered locally, and renders subjects from nature with a focus on capturing special qualities of light and colour.
For more information please visit the Joggins Fossil Centre.
Council Session Dates 
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland Council will meet    during the month of May on the following dates:

May 3, 2017 at 6:30pm
May 17, 2017 at 6:00 or 6:30pm

Council Sessions are held at the Upper Nappan Service Centre Council Chambers. 
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.

Connect2 - Nova Scotia's Sustainable Transportation Grant Program
Connect2 aims to provide more options to communities to reduce their carbon footprint, and making walking, biking and using sustainable modes of transportation a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia.
 
Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response along with an application form will be provided within 48 hours confirming if your proposal is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 5.
 
Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Sustainable transportation projects focused on active transportation infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education and engagement, or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.    

Learn More
Community ACCESS-Ability Program
The Community ACCESS-Ability Program reflects the Government of Nova Scotia's commitment to persons with disabilities by providing equal opportunity and improved access to community facilities. This program offers cost-shared grants to community groups for accessibility related capital improvements.

 The grants cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment to a maximum of $10,000. The sponsoring organization must raise at least one-third of the funding from other sources. Organizations can receive funding for one project per year under the program.

Applications are accepted from  non-profit community organizations and  municipalities.

Key Dates
  • Applications will be accepted from April 1st to May 31st, 2017.
  • All projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 
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Co-op Education Incentive
The Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP) provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.

Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week. Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an "R&D Incentive" and may receive up to $10.00 per hour.
  • Fall 2017 CO-OP Term
    • Application available: April 10, 2017
    • Deadline: May 19, 2017
    • Program dates: September 5, 2017 to December 22, 2017
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Fundy Sport Fund
The Sport Fund supports projects that are intended to increase sustainable quality participation sport programs. This may include new programming or the expansion of existing programs. 

Local clubs and/or community sport organizations who are in good standing with their Provincial Sport Organization (PSO), and have their application endorsed by the President of the PSO are all eligible to apply.

For profit organizations, schools and educational institutions as well as governments are not eligible for the funds. They also  do not normally provide funding for:
  • Travel
  • Events
  • Generally funding is not usually awarded to groups for capital equipment expenditures
  • Coach or employee salaries
On average the Sports Fund grants between $200.00 - $5,000.00  per grant application. 

Deadline is May 31, 2017.

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Community ACCESS-Ability Program
The Community ACCESS-Ability Program reflects the Government of Nova Scotia's commitment to persons with disabilities by providing equal opportunity and improved access to community facilities. This program offers cost-shared grants to community groups for accessibility related capital improvements. 

The grants cover up to two-thirds of the direct and indirect costs of renovations, installations, and/or equipment to a maximum of $10,000. The sponsoring organization must raise at least one-third of the funding from other sources. Organizations can receive funding for one project per year under the program.

We accept applications from  non-profit community organizations and  municipalities.


 

Applications will be accepted from April 1st to May 31st, 2017.

All projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year, March 31st, 2018.


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Investors Group Community Coaching Grants
Are you hosting:
-An NCCP workshop?
-A coach developer training or evaluation event?
-a conference with an NCCP workshop?

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.
Eligible applicants can include:
  • Community schools
  • Community parks and recreation departments
  • Community sport clubs
  • Community leagues
  • Provincial/territorial coaching associations
  • Provincial/territorial sport organizations
  • National sport organizations
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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.
Opportunities 
Nominations Open for Recreation Nova Scotia Awards
The Recreation Nova Scotia (RNS) awards were initiated to pay tribute to those exceptional individuals, organizations, facilities and communities who, through their efforts and skills, made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of the recreation movement in Nova Scotia.

This year, the RNS Awards will take place Thursday, September 28th at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre. RNS is currently seeking nominations for all award categories!

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Bring Kids' Run Club to Your Community
Doctors Nova Scotia is pleased to be offering our long-standing physical activity program, Kids' Run Club (KRC), to sport organizations across the province. This free, non-competitive running program has traditionally been implemented by schools, but can also be adapted to groups of any size and for kids of all ages. K

RC is a great opportunity for sport clubs/teams to provide team-building experiences and multisport exposure, help kids develop fundamental movement skills, and improve their physical literacy and fitness. It's also fun! Program materials include running logs and finisher's prizes (drawstring bags or water bottles). The timing is perfect to use KRC to help your athletes train as a team for a spring fun run!  For more information, contact Kerry Copeland at 902-483-5640 or 
kerry.copeland@doctorsns.com  or check out the link below.

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Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council Member
Nova Scotia Health Authority has made a commitment to involve citizens in establishing priorities and making decisions that matter to them and impact their lives, our community and the sustainability of our health care system.

The Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council is committed to providing excellent care for the patients and families of our community. We are looking for volunteer Patient and Family Advisors to provide input to our Northern Zone Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement & Safety Council.

We are seeking three (3) community-minded individuals to bring a patient and/or family/caregiver point of view and voice to the meetings. No special knowledge or skills are needed. The ideal person is someone who can use their experience as a patient or family member/caregiver to help positively shape the care we provide. 

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Happenings in Cumberland County
Wallace Dandelion Festival
Saturday, 27-May-2017  
Where:  Wallace
When:   8:00AM All Day

A day for everyone to get out and celebrate the unofficial start of our summer season. Sales, food, and more. For more information please visit Wallace Dandelion Festival.
Fundy 55+ Games
Events include: Trail run, Timed walk, Cribbage, 45's, Shuffleboard, Washer Toss, Scrabble, Social Bridge, Golf, Darts, and Pickleball.
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 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.
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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