Public Resources

Procurement Opportunities

The Province of Nova Scotia’s Strategic Procurement Project issued 11 RFPs across Fleet, Information Technology and Office Products categories to achieve millions of dollars in savings for public sector entities which include municipal government. Belowis a list of those contracts that are currently available. They may be embarked on by contacting either the vendor directly or a designated consultant with Procurement Services as noted in the chart. Onboarding For New Contracts 2013 05 21 (222 kB)

CAO Policing Meeting Materials

Agenda CAO Meeting March 7 2013 (243.6 kB)

Summit On The Economics Of Policing (311.62 kB)

Special Constable (4.3 MB)

Modern Policing Challenges (678.79 kB)

CAOs - Kings RCMP Operational Overview (1.17 MB)

Contract Agreements (138.02 kB)

Kentville Police Service (1.17 MB)


Procurement Resources

Public Procurement Act (79 kB)

Public Proc Newsletter March 2012 (811 kB)



Department of Business - Review of Alternatives for Rural High Speed Internet (1.1 MB)

Department of Business - Nova Scotia Rural Internet: Jurisdictional review of plans in select emerging and developed markets (1.1 MB)

Phase II Final Report - Municipal Indicators (1 MB)

Provincial-Municipal Fiscal Review: Current State of Municipal Governments in Nova Scotia

Towns Task Force - Economic Development Sub-Committee Report

Towns Task Force - Regional Service Delivery Sub-Committee Report

Towns Task Force Land-Use Planning Sub-Committee Report

Municipal Property Tax Report 2014 - Executive Summary

Municipal Property Tax Report 2014 - Final Report


Capacity Building in Municipal Government Financial Management

The Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation (NSMFC) and the Association of Municipal Administrators of Nova Scotia (AMA) have formed a joint committee with the goal of developing best practices for financial management practices for use by municipalities in Nova Scotia.


The committee strives to be representative of all municipalities in the Province. It is comprised of finance professionals working in towns, regional and rural municipalities as well as representation from Department of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The committee uses recommended practices that have been developed by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and adapts them to fit to Nova Scotia legislation and practices.


The recommended practices are guidelines for municipalities that are interested in improving their financial management capacity. Municipalities can modify the implementation of the recommended practices in accordance with their size, population, staffing, economic resources etc.


Since 2003, the committee has developed 34 best practices.


MPA Research and Reports

Advocacy Strategies of Organized Local Government Groups: A Comparative Study


Salary Survey

The 2014 Salary Survey results are available to those municipalities who have completed the survey. To find out more about the AMANS Salary Survey call David Atchison at (902) 225-2288.

Emergency Management Advisory Board

The mandate of this Committee is to review the operation of local, regional and provincial EMO responses, and identify improvements. This group has been working on a report outlining a series of recommendations for implementation. The Emergency Measures Organization Report (183 kB).

Provincial Information

2016 Kilometrage Rates and Transportation Allowances (10.49 kB)


Municipal Advisor Reports

Volume 8 Issue 11 2014 Municipal Advisors Report

Volume 8 Issue 10 2013 Municipal Advisors Report

Vol 8 Issue 9 2013 Municipal Advisors Report

Volume 8 Issue 8 2013 Municipal Advisors Report

Vol 8 Issue 7 2013 Municipal Advisors Report

Municipal Advisor Report- January 2010 (418.5 kB)

Municipal Advisor Report October 2009 (408.3 kB)

Municipal Advisor Report November 2009 (445.8 kB)

Municipal Advisor Report December 2009 (457.1 kB)

Ivany Report

Ray Ivany Keynote - UNSM Fall Conference 2013

UNSM Ivany Report Workshop 2014-05-23--Bernie Miller

UNSM Ivany Report Workshop - 2014-05-23--Fred Morley

Other Resources

Bridgetown Audit Report (6MB)

2012 Municipal Elections Debriefing Workshop Notes (291kB)

Economic Summit Final Report 2012 (1 MB)

Voter Turnout 2012 (193 kB)

AMCTO Candidates Guide to Accessible Elections

AMCTO Clerks Guide to Accessible Elections

AMCTO Voters Guide to Accessible Elections