NSFM believes our collective voice will have an impact leading to changes that better support our communities and our province. We work to bring our collective views together, to prioritize the areas of most concern, to develop meaningful resolutions and to organize events that reach out to other levels of government.
NSFM Advocacy Work
One of NSFM core functions is to advocate on behalf of Nova Scotia municipalities to the provincial and federal governments. To accomplish this, NSFM works with all municipalities and with the Association of Municipal Administrators (AMANS) to identify issues impacting on the ability of municipalities to serve their communities. Increasing effort is being placed on gathering data, documenting the effect these issues are having, and on finding solutions.
NSFM's priorities are fashioned by resolutions passed by the membership each Fall at the Annual General Meeting. The resolutions are submitted to the Province through the Department of Municipal Affairs and discussed at the Ministerial/NSFM Roundtable for response and respective action plans. These resolutions develop the focus for the NSFM Board of Directors and staff.
NSFM / DMA Partnership Framework
The relationship between the NSFM and DMA is crucial. In 2018, the NSFM and DMA signed a new Partnership Framework Agreement outlining consultation guidelines.