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Apply For New Climate Change Capital Project Grants
We are proud to announce that FCM now offers grants of up to $1 million  for capital projects to help Canadian municipalities adapt to the new realities of climate change impacts and reduce GHG emissions. Grants are available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada. Apply today

Apply for FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards
Do you want your community to be recognized as a sustainability leader? Nominate your municipality for FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards! The awards celebrate the most innovative local sustainability projects from across the country in the following categories:
  • Asset management — New
  • Brownfields
  • Climate change — New
  • Energy
  • Sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design
  • Transportation
  • Waste
  • Water
Communities do not need to be members of FCM or have received funding from FCM in order to be eligible.  Eligible initiatives must be started or completed between January 1, 2016 and September 15, 2017.
Award winners receive local and national recognition and promotion for their initiatives, and the honour of presenting at FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference. Learn more and apply by September 15, 2017. 

CAMA's Member's Section is a service that is provided to members including six different categories:
Membership Directory:  This is a list of all members and their contact information by Province (available to members only).

Update Personal Information.   Did you know that you can access your own profile and make any changes to your contact information. This will assist the CAMA National Office in ensuring your information is current at all times.

Awards of Excellence & Best Practices:  This section will provide you with over 400 best practices in 42 different categories, submitted by your colleagues for the CAMA Awards of Excellence Program.  Also included in this section are some samples of Strategic Plans and a Council Communication and Implementation Policy.

Conference Presentations:  At the Annual CAMA Conference, the majority of our speakers permit the vidoetaping of their sessions.  Included in this section are the sessions since 2014 for your viewing.

Resources:  One of CAMA’s goals is to ensure that we are providing new and existing municipal administrators with information and a network, that assists them in their role; encourages the next generation of leaders; and, promotes the importance of the Professional Municipal Administrator.  A survey was undertaken by Insights West to find out what this audience thinks about local government.  CAMA and six other Provincial/Territorial Association partners are completing a toolkit to Recruit the Next Generation of Leaders in to a career in this field.  The executive summary of the Insights West research along with the full report can be found in this section. This report has some interesting insights which you may wish to pass along to your Human Resources Department’s when recruiting your own employees.

Sample Documents:  You will find some sample documents such as a CAO Employment Contract, a Widespread Illness Plan, and a Pension Portability Checklist.

Click here to log in to the Member's Section.
We are pleased to feature members of the 2017-2018 CAMA Board of Directors over the summer months:

Representative for Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island - Town of Windsor

Louis is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Windsor and has been in that position since June 2006.
Prior to that, he was a thirty year (30) employee of the Halifax Regional Municipality. Louis has been involved in a variety of different disciplines in his career with Halifax including traffic engineering, industrial engineering, project management during the G8 meeting of world leaders in Halifax, General Manager of Shared Services, Manager of Organization Development and Director of Human Resources.
He has broad experience and knowledge in governance and organizational issues and is a Past President of the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia and has been a Board Member on the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities serving two different terms.

His most recent accomplishment includes his work as Co-Chair of the Fiscal Review Committee, a joint partnership between the municipalities and the Province of Nova Scotia, whose mandate was to determine how provincial support to municipalities could best be allocated.

Louis is inspired by strategic initiatives, innovative thinking and leadership development. 

The Institute of Public Administration of Canada: Three days of Leadership, Policy Innovation and Sustainability in Charlottetown, PEI!
In the spirit of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, the theme of the conference is “Strong Foundations, Sustainable Futures.”
Conference participants will explore a number of sub-themes, including sustainability, policy innovation and leadership. Sustainability will be a key priority for all Canadians and their governments in the coming years. The conference will examine sustainability topics as they relate to the environment, energy, food and communities. Off-site tours will showcase Prince Edward Island’s progress in addressing these areas of interest.
Additionally, this conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience as well as further the dialogue on reconciliation and renewed relationships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit governments and organizations.   Learn more at:

Northern Sunrise County Wins National Municipal Environmental Award

Left to Right:  Marie-Hélène Lajoie, CAMA Past President; Peter Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer, Northern Sunrise County; Jean-Marc Nadeau, 2017 CAMA Awards Chair/CAMA Board Representative for Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Northern Sunrise County, AB has received national recognition for its Fire Hall Solar Project from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The County was presented with the 2017 CAMA Environmental Award, in the Under 20,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Gatineau, QC.  

CAMA is pleased to recognize the environmental excellence demonstrated by Northern Sunrise County with its solar project.  This project builds on the multi-use potential of municipal infrastructure to develop a project that makes economic, social and environmental sense. 

The County completed their unique solar power project at the St. Isidore / Three Creeks Fire Hall In November 2016.  Built from 88 solar panels, the 22.5 kilowatt project is one the largest of its kind at a Canadian fire hall.  The County expects to generate 29,497 kilowatt hours and prevent 17,698 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions every year. 

Northern Sunrise County is a rural municipality with a population of 1,891.  It is located beside Peace River, about 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.  

The system is grid-tied to three phase power using a string of micro inverters.  It serves the fire hall and feeds power into the local distribution network.  The panels can easily be adjusted to maximize sunlight during the year, allowing the $72,500 project, offset with a $16,325 grant from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, to pay for itself within seven years.  The County thanks the Government of Alberta for their support through the centre.

An active monitoring system lets County staff check how much power is being generated daily by each panel. Results have been positive to date and will rise significantly during spring and summer to meet the annual project targets.

For additional information on this project, contact Peter Thomas, CAO, 780-624-0013 or by email at [email protected]

  • Andrew Isbister, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Morinville, AB
  • Adam Turner, Chief Administrative Officer, Rural Municipality of Woodlands, MB
  • Lena Hutzcal, National Account Manager, Xpera Risk Mitigation and Investigation, BC
  • Alan Smith, General Manager, Economic Development, St. Thomas, ON
  • Melinda Stickney, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Armonstrong, BC
  • Brenda Otto, Economic Development Officer, Town of Stony Plain, AB
  • Cam Lockwood, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Watson Lake, YT
  • Troy Fleming, City Manager, City of Fort Saskatachewan, AB
  • Kola Oladimeji, Chief Financial Officer, Town of High River, AB
  • Lisa Reinders, Director of Community Services, Town of High River, AB
  • Nicole Chepil, Director of Corporate Services, Town of High River, AB
  • Rajat Sharma, General Manager, Finance & Corporate Services, CIty of Abbotsford, BC

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