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 public outreach, education, political involvement, staff involvement, events held and creativity. Any municipality in Canada is eligible for nomination.
Due to the unprecedented closures and stay-at-home orders issued across the country to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPWA NPWW Awards have been cancelled for 2020. Though some communities are proceeding with scaled back and virtual NPWW activities, it will be difficult for municipalities and public works departments to conduct the kinds of events and activities that the CPWA NPWW Awards typically recognizes.
Now more than ever, it is critical to energize and educate the public about the importance of public works—planning, building, managing, and operating at the heart of local communities to improve quality of life each day. To that end, we've developed a Virtual NPWW How-To Guide, full of ideas that you can use to celebrate remotely with your communities. Don't forget to join in the fun on social media using the hashtag #NPWW!
We look forward to resuming the CPWA NPWW Awards to recognize and celebrate your efforts next year.
List of past award winners
For more information about the CPWA National Public Works Week Award contest, contact the CPWA staff.