Community Government Management

What is the purpose of the program?

The purpose of the Community Management Program is to assist community government staff to develop knowledge and skills in the management and leadership fields.

What are the objectives of the program?

The Community Management Program has been designed to facilitate the work of leadership development by exploring ideas and practices that create shared vision, sustainable government and human services of the highest quality.  Participants will enjoy a variety of courses that cover topics ranging from communications, leadership, human resources, municipal law, financial management, strategic planning, essentials of community government management, capital and infrastructure planning, community development, tenders and contracts, and programs and services.

Why should I take the Community Management Training program?

Communities are undertaking greater responsibility and accountability of their programs and services and for the planning, financing, management and operation of capital assets. Upon successful completion, participants will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to work effectively as a Local Government Administrator (LGA), or senior official in a community government.

What do participants receive upon completion?

Upon successful completion of required courses participants receive a Certificate of Program Completion.

When and Where?

The School of Community Government develops an annual Calendar with dates and locations of annual course offerings.  Courses are delivered in various communities throughout the NWT on a rotational basis.   Some courses will soon be available online as e-Learning courses.

Courses Available

Climate Change

Course Description:
Climate change is one of the greatest threats facing our communities today. In the NWT, our elders and harvesters are telling us that we should be alarmed about what is happening to the land, the wildlife, and human health and culture. MACA’s online Climate Change module is a 10-hour course that looks at ways we can mitigate these changes by integrating climate change measures into municipal planning and decision making.

Community Development

Course Description:
This 8-week online eLearning course is an introduction to community development. It is for people who would like to learn more about how to identify and begin to plan for improvement projects in their community, It is recommended that you take this course before the Strategic Planning course.

Community Strategic Planning

Course Description:

Community leaders learn about improving the condition or their community. Topics include understanding change, understanding your community, the tools of participation, understanding the human component and ensuring a successful progression.

Human Resources, Planning and Development

Course Description:

This course introduces participants to human resources management from a community government perspective. Topics include human resource planning and job design, recruitment and development, employee relations and personnel administration.

Lands Administration

Course Description:
This is an 8-week online eLearning course. It combines the previous Lands I and II course. It provides students with understanding, knowledge and skills in the areas of municipal planning, procedures and documents that are integral in this process. It also examines the process of community based land use planning.


Course Description:
This 8-week online eLearning course is an introduction to leadership. You might have a formal leadership position, or be interested in learning more about leadership in preparation for future career goals. The classroom in this course consists of several people, all working at their own computers, and having conversations using the online discussion forums. You will also come together virtually online in webinars – 2 mandatory and 2 optional.

LGA Essentials (workshops)

Course Description:

Clarifies the legislated requirements and authorities of the SAO and discusses ‘must knows’ and ‘should knows’ that can be used to guide decisions and actions

Municipal Contracts, Tenders and Proposals

Course Description:

This course is designed to assist Senior Administrative Officers in managing and implementing contracts at the municipal level. Topics covered include: contracting framework, policy and regulations, the tendering process, the proposal process, contract Law, contract administration, risk management and ethics.

Municipal Finances

Course Description:

Is designed to provide Senior Administrative Officers with a comprehensive understanding of their financial responsibilities. Topics include Financial responsibilities of the Senior Administrative Officer/Role of SAO, Legal responsibilities within the financial responsibilities, reporting to council, government reports, government reports, government accounting entities and principles, establishing the budget and conducting variance analysis and goals of government accounting, yearend reporting completing the annual audit.

Municipal Law I

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the law effecting municipalities. The source and extent of municipal authority will be examined, as well as the limits placed on municipal powers by the Constitution and the common law. Topics addressed includes the election and operation of council, drafting, enacting and enforcing bylaws; reasons for bylaw invalidity, municipal contracts and tendering, and municipal liability.

Municipal Law II

Course Description:

This course expand on some of the topics introduced in Municipal Law l and deepens students understanding of legal concepts, system and practices associated with local authority administration. This includes a brief review of the source and extent of municipal authority, as well as the limits placed on municipal powers by the Constitution and the common law. Topics addressed include public access to municipally held information and privacy issues related to the information; contract law; municipal liability and risk management; finance and taxation; and municipal governments and land use.

Municipal Programs and Services

Course Description:

Discusses ways to plan, implement and evaluate programs and services. It will also assist the manager to identify the sources of influence in the community and the role of the local government manager in addressing conflicting demands. Topics include community dynamics and leadership, managing programs and services, the search for solutions and doing things differently.

Plan Build Maintain

Course Description:

This course will focuses on the fundamentals of community infrastructure reviews the roles and responsibilities of key community government staff including Local Government Administrator, Finance Officers and Works Foreman.

Planning at the Community Level

Course Description:

Working Together with Councils

Course Description:

This course is about how Councils work when Council members are: committed to the future of the community; have a clear, written understanding of their roles and responsibilities; and, are actively ‘listening’ to the residents they serve. Topics include characteristics of a well functioning council, basic principals followed by effective councils and monitoring and evaluating of councils.