e-Brief October 25, 2018

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) has contracted Transitional Solutions Inc. (TSI), a municipal consulting firm based in Edmonton, Alberta to support the development of a Political Acumen Toolkit for the CAMA membership. As you are aware, political acumen has been identified as an important attribute by CAMA members.  The project includes the creation of an online toolkit as well as an interactive online component that will foster mentorship among CAMA membership. To support this, we are currently soliciting input from all CAMA members. Your forthright feedback is critical to developing a toolkit that meets the needs of CAMA members across Canada.   We are looking forward to the launch of the toolkit at the 2019 CAMA Conference in May.

The survey was e-mailed to all members on October 18th and includes the link. Please e-mail Jennifer Goodine at [email protected] if you are unable to locate this e-mail and would like to participate.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Responses must be submitted by November 10, 2018.
Keeping up with emerging issues: Statistics Canada Modernization
Statistics Canada is undertaking a significant transformation and leading efforts to be more responsive to data needs by:
  • Moving beyond a survey-first approach with new methods and integrating data from a variety of existing sources
  • Making data easier to access and use by adopting new tools to analyze and visualize data
  • Enabling Canadians use data to make evidence-based decisions
The department is always looking for other methods and partners to complement traditional and new methodologies.  See the full article
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR Call for Applications for Municipal Capital Works and Investing in Canada Funding Programs
The Provincial Government is inviting applications for the 2019-20 municipal infrastructure programs. As of October 15, applications are being accepted for funding through the provincial Municipal Capital Works Program and the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.  Municipalities, local service districts, engineering consultants, regional service boards and Inuit community governments, non-profit organizations and other eligible recipients can submit applications by December 21, 2018. Information on submitting applications can be found at www.mae.gov.nl.ca/capital_works/proposed.html.

Under the three-year $100 million municipal infrastructure program, the Provincial Government has invested $10 million in each of the three years through the provincial Municipal Capital Works Program.  The Provincial Government is leveraging all available federal funding through phase two of the Investing in Canada Plan as announced on September 10. The plan allocates $555 million to Newfoundland and Labrador over 10 years under four funding streams: $302 million for green infrastructure; $39 million for community, culture and recreation; $109 million for public transit; and $104 million for rural and northern communities.  New cost share ratios under the Investing in Canada Plan were announced on October 4. These ratios will make it easier for communities to construct roads and build community centres, yet continue to prioritize investments in water, wastewater, disaster mitigation, and regional projects.  Through The Way Forward, the Provincial Government is taking action to strengthen the province's economic foundation, improve efficiency, and deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

CAMA is  pleased to announce our new partnership with muniSERV.ca.

muniSERV is Canada’s leading online platform to Connect Municipalities and the Businesses that Serve Them.   muniSERV provides a full suite of tools for municipalities – most of which are free.  We have partnered with muniSERV to offer these tools and resources to all CAMA members.  In less than a minute, CAMA members can join muniSERV for free and have access to the tools and to special discounts and savings on other unique services and programs they provide for all sizes of municipalities - all in one convenient location.   Watch the video or click here to learn more about muniSERV
Over the next few editions of e-Brief we will be featuring each service offered.  Today’s featured service is how to find a municipal consultant and professional services:

For CAMA Members: Are you looking for a municipal consultant for your projects, particularly those that fall below RFP thresholds?  Find Municipal Consultants or focused municipal services by category thru muniSERV and be sure to check back often as new professionals join almost daily.  There are currently almost 300 consultants offering a wide variety of professional and municipal services on this site.
Every member of your municipal team in every Department can register and use muniSERV to search and find the consultants and professional services they need.  Of course you still need to follow your own established procurement policies but this tool gives you more servicing options – and ultimately more competitive quotes.
For Consultants:  If you are a consultant, check out the muniSERV website to see how you can connect with municipalities in your target market.  By signing up this will
  • Save time looking for and finding work with municipalities.
  • Save money by marketing to multiple municipalities in one place - CAMA Sponsors receive membership & advertising discounts.
  • Get your own Search Engine Optimized online space and see your listing appear at the top of Google search results.
Submit a Session Idea for ICMA's 105th Annual Conference
ICMA Annual Conference attendees regularly face emerging and enduring challenges in the local government management profession. The 2019 Conference Planning Committee has chosen theme tracks that are based on overarching issues that are most important to managers at this time. Do you have great session ideas related to one or all of them? If so, yours might be a session that's perfect for the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, October 20-23, 2019.  The Call for Ideas for ICMA's 2019 Annual Conference is open to member and nonmembers. Members and nonmembers alike are welcome as conference speakers. There will be a separate Call for Speakers in April 2019; however, speaker suggestions are welcome with your session proposal.   Friday, November 9 is the last day to submit an idea!
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