We Champion Advocacy
At NSFM, we hold firm to the belief that our united voice can drive impactful changes, enhancing the well-being of our communities and our province. Our efforts are dedicated to harmonizing our collective perspectives, identifying top-priority issues, putting forward recommendations, and orchestrating events that resonate with all levels of government.
New Committees & Priority Setting
In 2023, NSFM established five pivotal committees, each focusing on key areas of municipal interest:
- Climate Change
- Equity & Community Wellbeing
- Municipal Infrastructure
- Municipal Autonomy
- Public Safety
Advisory Committee Overview: a comprehensive guide
This guide is designed to help you actively engage with our five advisory committees: Public Safety, Climate Change, Municipal Infrastructure, Municipal Autonomy, and Equity and Community Wellbeing. These committees play a crucial role in shaping how NSFM represents the interests of its members. pdf Click Here (249 KB)
This practical how-to manual offers valuable insights into the objectives, functions, and collaborative opportunities within each committee. Crafted with the intent to empower your council, it aims to enable effective and meaningful contributions to NSFM's member-driven focus and advocacy goals.
We've recently concluded negotiations on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the province. This MOU clarifies the roles and responsibilities of each level of government and revisits crucial topics of mutual interest within the Service Exchange Renegotiation and Municipal Government Act Review Committee (SERMGAR).
Municipal Code of Conduct
Our Municipal Code of Conduct is a remarkable example of successful collaboration between the Province, NSFM, AMANS, and the Association of Nova Scotia Villages. We've collectively developed a regulatory framework with teeth. Our recommendations are now headed to the Province for inclusion in the Legislative Agenda. Upon approval, training and educational sessions will follow, along with a mandated 3-year check-up.
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
Our Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP) has transitioned into a formal piece of legislation with enacted regulations. It is now progressing with a January deadline in sight.
Presentation: pdf EPR for PPP Regulations: Implications For municipalities (847 KB) ; Video: Click Here