The vision of the British Columbia Municipal Safety Association is to be the health and safety resource of choice.

Mission Statement

The central purpose of the BC Municipal Safety Association is to improve worker health and safety through the sharing of knowledge and resources within local government.


The principles governing BCMSA’s actions include the following:

  • Credible – remaining an accurate and knowledgeable information source
  • Responsive – addressing the issues affecting our members in a timely fashion
  • Customer focused – providing quality and cost-effective training programs and services to meet members’ needs
  • Innovative – setting the standard for health and safety solutions by embracing new ideas and technologies

Strategic Objectives

The BC Municipal Safety Association will improve worker health and safety by:

  • creating and delivering training and education programs throughout the year
  • reaching the maximum number of members by facilitating and/or delivering training programs throughout the Province
  • ensuring the Certificate of Recognition program is available to all its members
  • embarking on an aggressive marketing plan to become the resource of choice

The following important strategies will also be followed:

  • Collaborate with naturally aligned associations and capitalize on appropriate relationships
  • Review and redistribute previously developed programs, ensuring they are current and
    technically correct

Amended and confirmed by the Board of Directors, September 1, 2011


The BC Municipal Safety Association began in the early 90’s as a small group of municipal safety officers who wanted to share experiences, safety programs, safety horror stories, etc.   We have been registered under the Societies Act of BC, since October 1994.  For the first sixteen years we operated solely with volunteer help, and managed to create several training programs (see “Resources”) and several OH&S conferences.

In January 2009, the BCMSA hired an executive director, who will help the Association move forward with a number of projects to help employers improve the health and safety of workers in the local government sector, and to ultimately reduce costs through fewer injuries and lower assessment rates.  In May 2009, we were approved as the Certifying Partner under the WorkSafeBC Partners Program, and are now able to offer the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program for local government employers.  The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen became the first local government to achieve COR through the BCMSA.   For information on the Certificate of Recognition Program check out the tab on the top of the web page.

The BCMSA holds quarterly meetings to provide information and presentations on a variety of topics, and to provide members with the opportunity for sharing problems and programs.  For the schedule and agendas of upcoming meetings, see the Calendar of Events to the right of your screen.

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