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. The 2020 award categories:
- First Time Entry: Any community submitting for the first time.
- Community under 10,000: Any community with a population under 10,000.
- Community of 10,000 to 29,999: Any community with a population of 10,000 to 29,000.
- Community of 30,000 to 99,999: Any community with a population of 30,000 to 99,000.
- Community of 100,000 or more: Any community with a population of 100,000 or more.
The nomination period for the 2020 contest will open in May. Contest Criteria and nomination forms can be downloaded below:
Winners of the 2020 contest will be announced Monday, August 31, 2020 at the CPWA Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2020 Public Works Expo (PWX) in New Orleans, LA and in APWA publications. A designated representative of the public agency or municipality will be presented a plaque at the municipal event of their choice (usually a town council meeting).
List of past award winners
For more information about the CPWA National Public Works Week Award contest, contact the CPWA staff.