UNSM News--January-February 2018

Response from Minister Miller, regarding Deer Population

On January 22nd, 2018, President Geoff Stewart sent the Minister of Environment, the Honourable Margaret Miller, the UNSM Statement of Concern--Deer Population. pdf Click here to view that letter (312 KB) .  Her response, sent on February 8th, 2018, is available by clicking pdf here (621 KB) .

Job Competition for new UNSM Staff Position

Before the end of the week, UNSM will be advertising for a job competition for a new UNSM staff position. We are advertising on our website, the AMA list-serve and Career Beacon.  The competition will close March 16th, 2018. 

Letter to Minister of Finance, The Honourable Karen Casey

In advance of the Budget, President Stewart wrote to The Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Finance, on February 15, 2018.  To view a copy of that letter, click pdf here (146 KB)

President's Activities

For a list of the President's activities over the past months, click pdf here (61 KB) .

Other Announcements--January-February 2018

Centre for Local Prosperty Plans to Release a Two-Year Regional Study

Centre for Local Prosperity

Import Replacement:

Local Prosperity for Rural Atlantic Canada

Study release in Shelburne, Nova Scotia on Monday, February 26, 2018

NEWS RELEASE (Halifax, Nova Scotia) February 8, 2018. The Centre for Local Prosperity, a non-profit organization focused on local economic development, will be releasing a report from its two-year project on the economic value of Import Replacement as a development strategy for local communities in Atlantic Canada. The report will be launched at a town hall meeting in Shelburne, Nova Scotia from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Shelburne Firehall.

The project found that Atlantic Canada imported $11 billion more than it exported in 2012, with each of the region’s four provinces running a negative trade balance. Currently, the provinces have the highest trade deficit in the country, with four out of every ten dollars generated within the region leaking out of the region.

The project focused on identifying where the leakage was occurring and then explored if or how the deficit could be reduced by plugging the leaks through local import replacement strategies. Simply put, instead of importing some of their goods and services, communities could produce them through local ownership, finance and production, keeping more dollars in the region.

The results demonstrated that targeting a 10% increase in local production of imported goods and services across the region could add more than 43,000 new jobs, $2.6 billion in new wages, and $219 million in new tax revenue, and in due time, help grow the region’s GDP significantly.

The report provides practical guidance tools ranging from immediately actionable items to techniques for aggregating community wealth through co-operation, buy-local campaigns, local business support systems and the roles for both municipal and provincial governments. The report also shares examples of best practices from some communities actively engaged in import replacement projects.

Import replacement is an economic tool designed to complement exporting, to provide a more balanced and integrated approach to local economic development and sustainability. A community (or region) focused on import replacement would seek to produce goods and services that are currently imported in order to keep money circulating in the region. By developing local production, it would increase its capacity to meet the economic, social, and cultural needs of the people of the region from within the region, not in a spirit of isolationism but in a spirit of self-determination. Import replacement is not a substitution for exports, but a way of decreasing a region or community’s vulnerability to external pressures—a story the Atlantic Provinces know too well. Homegrown industries diversify and expand the local economy and they naturally begin to look toward export into regional, national, and global markets as they expand and grow.

The Centre for Local Prosperity partnered with Dr. Karen Foster, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie University, as well as Michael Shuman, an internationally respected expert on local economics. The research team reviewed regional macroeconomic data, and performed case study analyses of four representative regional communities - Shelburne, NS; Miramichi, NB; Burin Peninsula, NL; and Souris, PE.

Robert Cervelli, Executive Director of the Centre for Local Prosperity and coordinating author for the project says, “The results of this project clearly demonstrate that there is significant economic potential for small and rural communities to undertake a strategy tied to import replacement, and in fact that are a number of communities in our region already well on their way in this direction.”

Dr. Karen Foster, contributing author for the study says, “When small communities focus exclusively on exports, their economies are vulnerable to market shifts that are far beyond their control, and they miss out on sustainable, community-building opportunities to meet local demand with local production. Import replacement offers a more balanced and integrated approach to local economic development and sustainability.”

About the Centre for Local Prosperity (www.centreforlocalprosperity.ca): The Centre for Local Prosperity is a non-profit organization located in Nova Scotia, dedicated to promoting and inspiring practical blueprints for prosperous and healthy local economies. The Centre works alongside community groups, businesses and governments to identify opportunities and assess the risks in making the shift to a new economy, through the use of workshops, conferences, and targeted discussions.

For more information contact:

Centre for Local Prosperity
Robert Cervelli, Executive Director
Cell 902-222-4391
Gregory Heming, PhD, Senior Advisor, Contributing Author
Cell 902-955-1267
Dr. Karen Foster, Contributing Project Investigator
Cell 902-233-0912
Andy Horsnell, Chair
Cell 902-300-9725

Nova Scotia Macro Economic Outlook for 2018-201222

UNSM has partnered with CANMAC Economics to provide municipalities with economic projections for the province. A number of reports are release periodically through the year. We have just received the Macro Economic Outlook for 2018-2022. The report discusses export markets, fiscal and monetary policies, Nova Scotia demographic trends; major industry trends including government. Projections for male and female population growth, 15-24 years of age, 25-65 years of age and 65 years and older. Only males and females 65 years of age an older are expected to increase in population. Gross domestic product and labour force growth is expected to be slow and modest, respectively, leading to a decrease in the unemployment rate. Household incomes will grow slowly, with some growth coming from retirees receiving income transfer payments. Please see the Report for details (. 

Request for Expressions of Interest for the Environmental Damages Fund

The next deadline to submit a funding request through a new Expression of Interest process for the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is February 23, 2018. Funding is now available in the provinces of New Brunswick and Newfoundland & Labrador for projects focused on the proper management and control of fisheries or fish habitat or the conservation and protection of fish or fish habitat. Visit the EDF website for information on eligibility, applicable use restrictions, and how to apply for funding through an Expression of Interest process.

Information requests can be submitted by email at or by phone at 902-426-8521 or 1-800-663-5755 (toll-free). Program Officers are also available to provide advice on the funding request process and to discuss draft proposals.

Cherie Young
Acting Manager, Funding Programs, Atlantic - Québec Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Upcoming Workshops/ Events/Initiatives--January-February 2018

  • Safety Services Nova Scotia 36th Annual Workplace Safety Conference - April 9-10, 2018, Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax, NS
  • UNSM Spring Workshop - May 10–12, 2018, Mariners Centre, Yarmouth, NS
  • The Atlantic Active Transportation Summit -  May 23-24, 2018, Halifax Central Library, Halifax, NS
  • FCM Conference - May 31 - June 3, 2018, Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax, NS--We encourage you to take advantage of the Halifax location and attend the Conference.  It is a wonderful learning opportunity.  also watch for an e-mail regarding the opportunity to showcase your community and successes to the over 3,000 delegates, companions and exhibitors expected to attend. 

FCM Issues--January-February 2018

Applications Being Accepted for GMF’s Capital Project Funding

There is still time to apply for funding for capital projects from FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1, 2018.

FCM offers low-interest loans of up to $5 million, combined with grants, for Canadian municipalities to implement large-scale capital projects that demonstrate an innovative solution or approach to a municipal environmental issue.

Funding is available for projects related to:

• Energy efficiency and recovery
• Water quality and conservation
• Transportation and fuel efficiency
• Waste management and diversion

Learn more about eligibility and how to apply. Contact an FCM advisor to see if your project is eligible before you apply. We also provide funding for brownfield initiatives.

Funding is offered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and provided by the Government of Canada.

After March 1, the next deadline for capital project funding will be August 1, 2018.

E-News Bulletin--January-February 2018-In This Issue

In this issue:

  • UNSM News:
    • Response from Minister Miller, regarding Dee Population;
    • Job Competition for UNSM Policy Analyst;
    • Letter to Minister of Finance, in advance of the Budget;
    • President's Activities;
  • UNSM Board Report – January 26, 2018
  • Upcoming Workshops/Events/Initiatives
  • Provincial Issues:
    • Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Public Administration;
    • Order of Nova Scotia;
    • Guide to Planning Accessible Meetings and Events;
    • Parental Accommodations Committee
  • FCM: Applications Being Accepted for GMF's Capital Project Funding 
  • Other Announcements:
    • Centre for Local Prosperity Plans to Release a Two-Year Regional Study;
    • Nova Scotia Macro Economic Outlook for 2018-2022;
    • Request for Expressions of Interest for the Environmental Damages Fund