Grants to Organizations 2017-18
Grants to Organizations
To learn more about funds the Municipality of Cumberland granted to organizations from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 please follow the link. 

***For those looking to apply for a grant in 2019, please be advised that there WILL be an updated application form available in the coming months. Please ensure that you check our website for revised application and guidelines before applying.***

AMANS Workplace Wellness Award
Silver Award
Each year the Association of Municipal Administrators (AMANS) invites municipalities to apply for their annual Wellness Awards. The Wellness Awards recognize municipalities that have made an effort in creating wellness programs that promote and encourage healthy work environments, through increased productivity and awareness on employee wellness.

Municipalities could qualify for bronze, silver or gold level recognition. Submissions were judged based on commitment and effort to instill good, better and best practices and strategies in some or all of the following dimensions of wellness:
  1. Organizational health
  2. Physical well-being
  3. Mental/emotional health
  4. Health eating
  5. Social well-being
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has been graciously awarded with a Silver Workplace Wellness Award from the AMANS Wellness Committee for our ongoing support to employees.
Hot Topic - Work Clothes as Protective Equipment
JOHSC "Hot Topic" Bulletin 18-08

Protective Clothing is an essential part of your on-the-job safety.  Selecting the right clothing with the right fit, wearing it appropriately, and maintaining it properly are all covered in this months Hot Topic.`

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Tax Sale
Municipal Tax Sale
Notice is hereby given that the following properties will be sold at PUBLIC AUCTION by the Treasurer of the Municipality of the County of Cumberland on
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
unless, before the date of the tax sale, the total amounts as indicated are paid in full.  
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 a.m. and the sale will start at 10:00 a.m.

Pugwash Multipurpose Centre Summary
Preliminary Plan
Please find a link to the preliminary plan for the proposed Pugwash Multipurpose Centre below, as well as a summary of the current status.

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Cumberland GeoHub
Maps - Open Data - Collaboration
Welcome to our public platform of maps and geographic information for Cumberland County and surrounding area. Find our story maps, web apps, and raw geographic data available for you to explore, analyze, collaborate, and download for your own use. Citizens need information. Leaders need input. Let's work together to make our great community even better.

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Oxford Sinkhole Update
Sinkhole Update 
Please find an update on the Oxford Sinkhole attached.

Provided by Cumberland Regional Emergency Management Coordinator, Mike Johnson.

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Council Session Dates
Council session will be held in October on Wednesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 17th and will begin at 6 p.m.

Preparing for the Upcoming Cannabis Legislation
Due to the upcoming legalization of non-medical cannabis, the Municipality of the County of Cumberland has been developing policies and by-laws that will govern enforcement, public consumption, safety, and protection of persons against second-hand smoke. This legislation will govern both public consumption and define roles and responsibilities for dealing with suspected impairment in the workplace. In addition to municipal legislation, staff at the Municipality will be provided with training opportunities regarding cannabis use and workplace safety considerations, workplace responsibilities, and workplace safety best practices.
The Municipality will continue to communicate upcoming legislation to ensure awareness for both staff and the public.
Procurement Opportunities
Discover current procurement opportunities with the Municipality
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. You may access this site by visiting  NS Provincial Procurement Website.

To find out more about procurement opportunities with the Municipality, please visit our website.
Summer Play Days
Summer Play Days
During the month of July and August, the Municipality of Cumberland County teamed up with Maggie's Place, the three Community Health Boards, and Cumberland Snowmobile Club to host a series of "Summer Play Days", and we helped out with the Maggie's Place events called "Everything But the Kitchen Sink".  These events gave children the opportunity to play with loose parts (sticks, pipes, buckets, building materials, tires, duct tape, rope, etc.) and they were free to build, change, demolish, and create as they desired. These events were hosted in a variety of locations throughout the county, including River Hebert, Springhill, Parrsboro, Pugwash, Wentworth, and Advocate.

These events were a successful venture, with kids getting outside, playing and being physically active...and of course, having fun!
Communities In Bloom - Lion's Park, Springhill
STRATHCONA COUNTY, Alberta, September 29th, 2018 -
The Community of Springhill, NS received a special mention for Lions Park during the 2018 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Strathcona County, Alberta. The Community of Springhill participated in the 1,501 - 5,000 population (non-competitive)  category.

Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments; industry; businesses and the private sector - including volunteer efforts - in regards to the following criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Floral Displays. 

Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Susan Ellis and Tina Liu wrote:
"The Lions Park was built as the result of a devastating collapse of the former hockey arena. With provincial assistance, a new multipurpose sports park was created and is now home to an arena, ball diamonds, tennis court, basketball court, a natural play area, play structure and community garden.  It is a much used, much loved people place and the centre of sports activity in Springhill."

Within the actual context of climate changes and environmental concerns, communities involved in the program can be proud of their efforts, which provide real and meaningful environmental solutions and benefit all of society.
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, please visit  www.communitiesinbloom.ca
Grant Opportunities
Community Health Boards (CHBs) across the province are now accepting applications for wellness funds
Wellness Funds are available to non-profit community groups/organizations who have projects that address CHB community health plan priorities and use a population health-based approach in addressing the social determinants of health including healthy child development, education and literacy, poverty and food security, social support networks, coping skills, improved personal health and more. 

No project is too small as grants range anywhere from $250-$3,000. Funding is intended for new and innovative projects or enhancements to existing programs that meet an identified community need.

We encourage you to connect with your local CHB Coordinator to discuss your application - we are here to help!

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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.

Who can apply?
  • non-profit community organizations
  • municipalities
Deadline: Applications will be accepted from April 1st until the fund is fully spent.

Sport Fund
Formerly known as the Manulife Community Sport Grant and the Canada Games Sport Equipment Fund Grant, this grant is designed to support community sport organizations in their efforts to increase participation in sport. The fund will support projects that are intended to increase sustainable, quality participation-based sport programs.This may include the expansion of existing programs or new programs.

Following a regional funding model where the initiatives funded in a region are determined by a committee located within that region , the Sport Fund supports the growth of sport at the community level.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Happenings in Cumberland County

October 6th, 2018 MADD* Cumberland-Tantramar Road Rally

Its that time again! Get your Rally face on!
The Cumberland-Tantramar Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (madd*) is hosting the5th Road Rally on Saturday, October 6th 2018.
This is a family-friendly navigational rally for all ages. Any registered vehicle for the road can compete in this event. We have had transports, convertibles, jeeps and antique cars enter in previous years. Trophies will be presented for the best rally scores. There is a trophy for best dressed teams so have fun!
It will start and end at the Amherst Lions Club at 9 Electric Street, Amherst, the route however is TOP SECRET until you enter. There will be a silent auction held online in support of the Rally. For the rally, you could bring a pencil/pen/crayons and clipboard.
Registration is now open at a cost of $25 per vehicle (any number of people, minimum two required) which is a donation to madd* or register on the day of the event between 10:00 - 11:30 am; space is limited. The event will take place from Noon till about 4:00 p.m. 
Whats that? You do not know what a Road Rally is? Well....not to worry. It boils down to following a map, engaging your "Rally Team" (occupants in your vehicle) to look for obstacles and check points and compete in small challenges. We do most of the work for you...your goal is to not get lost! The teams with the best rally scores will take home trophies!

Local contacts for MADD and to register for the rally, contact any person below or arrived October 6th between 10 and 11 am.

Cst Tom Wood, Amherst Police Department

Cst Angela Downey
Cst Travise Dow, Cumberland RCMP 
MADD is committed to stopping impaired driving and to supporting victims of this violent crime. 

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 us .
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