Federal Issues--July-August 2015

National Disaster Mitigation Program - Public Safety Canada has released the National Disaster Mitigation Program submission timelines for 2016-2017 projects.

In recognition of increasing disaster risks and costs, the 2014 federal budget earmarked $200 million over five years to establish the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) as part of the Government's commitment to build safer and more resilient communities. The NDMP will address rising flood risks and costs, and build the foundation for informed mitigation investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events in the future.

The NDMP was established in April 2015 to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians by:

  • Focusing investments on significant, recurring flood risk and costs; and
  • Advancing work to facilitate private residential insurance for overland flooding.

Provincial governments are the eligible recipients for funding under the NDMP. However, provincial authorities may collaborate with and redistribute funding to eligible entities, such as municipal governments, public sector bodies, private sector bodies, band councils, international non-government organizations or any combination of these entities.

To learn more about the National Disaster Mitigation Program, please visit the Public Safety Canada Website

2016-2017 Project Submission Timelines

  • Year 2 (2016-2017)
  • August 1st, 2015: Call for 2016-2017 proposals
  • October 8th, 2015: Individual project proposal submission deadline to Emergency Management Office
  • October 31, 2015: Individual project proposal submission deadline to Public Safety Canada
  • November 1st – 30, 2015: Public Safety Canada assessment of proposals
  • February – March 2016: Finalize negotiation and signature contribution agreements
  • ASAP: Funding Flows

For further information contact the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office by email or by phone 1 (902) 424-5620.

New Signage Reporting Requirements for Gas Tax Funding (GTF) Projects - Infrastructure Canada has requirements for signage reporting to aid in the recognition of federal contributions to GTF projects.   As such, the federal government requires a monthly signage report from the Province which tracks the installation of new signs on all municipal GTF projects.  As part of the terms of the Municipal Funding Agreement signed last year, each municipality agreed to inform the Province when projects signs were installed.  UNSM is assisting the Province in collecting this information, to help meet the requirements of the program and raise the profile of Nova Scotia’s GTF projects.  For more information, please call Hardy Stuckless at 424-2770.

Basically, the signage policy requires the following:

  • An Economic Action Plan Sign is required on all municipal projects, either fully or partially funded by GTF, if funding exceeds $20,000.  (exceptions include:   Active Transportation projects – the requirement is for project over $5,000 and Capacity Building projects - which do not require any signage)
  • All signs must be erected in a prominent location in the vicinity of the project. 
  • Signs are required to be visible for the duration of the project, as well as 30 days before and 30 days after construction ends.
  • Respecting the Official Languages Act, all signs must be bilingual.

More information on project signage requirements can be found in your Municipal Funding Agreement (schedule E, section 2, page 22).  Also, the Gas Tax Signage Policy and Installation Guide provides information on the production and installation of federal signs for GTF projects.  This guide and the graphic signage files can be found at 

For the Province’s monthly signage report to Infrastructure Canada, UNSM will seek to collect the following information from you for all signs installed since the previous report:

  • Name of your municipality
  • Project name
  • Project start date
  • Anticipated project completion date
  • Sign installation date

As you know, communications is important and by recognizing Infrastructure Canada’s support for GTF projects we will demonstrate the value of this federal funding to our municipalities.  UNSM will be in touch later this month to collect information for the next signage report.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Nielsen at UNSM ( or 902 423-8312).