Since 1960, the third week in May has been celebrated as National Public Works Week (NPWW). Across North America, the more than 30,000 members of APWA/CPWA in the United States and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.
Each year CPWA hosts an awards contest to recognize municipalities in Canada for their NPWW programs and events and all communities are invited to submit their activities. A panel of CPWA evaluators chooses winning entries based on criteria that include outreach, education, events held, staff involvement, political involvement, and creativity. Any municipality in Canada is eligible for nomination. The 2017 award categories included:
- First Time Entry: Any community submitting for the first time.
- Small Centres: Populations 75,000 and Under
- Medium Centres: Populations 75,001 - 250,000
- Large Centres/ Metro Centres: Populations 250,001 and over
The nomination period for 2017 has closed. Winners of the 2017 contest were announced August 28 at the CPWA Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2017 Public Works Expo (PWX)
in Orlando, Florida, and in APWA publications. Additionally, a designated representative of the public agency or municipality is presented a plaque at the municipal event of their choice (usually a town council meeting). The categories, criteria and nomination period for the 2018 contest will be announced in February 2018.
List of past award winners
For more information about the CPWA National Public Works Week Award contest, contact the CPWA staff