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Municipal Administration Program (MAP)


Municipal Administration Program (MAP)

For 60 years, MAP has been providing the foundation that municipal professionals need in order to cope with the challenges and complexities of the rapidly evolving municipal environment. This program consists of four units and is a stand-a-lone Certificate Program. Although it is recommended that you register to take one unit at a time, we do leave the decision up to the individual. You are the best person to determine if you can commit to the curriculum and schedule for more than one unit during the same term. Successful completion of the four units within a three-year timeline, is one of the four elements of AMCTO's Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA) and MAP is also one pre-requisite for applying for AMCTO's Accreditation Programs (CMO or AMP).

Each year, AMCTO presents an award of excellence to the student who attains the highest cumulative mark upon completion of the four units of this program.

The AMCTO Board of Directors has approved the granting of exemptions for Units of MAP to graduates of relevant courses of study from accredited Canadian Universities - MAP Equivalency Assessment Application form.

Correspondence Offering - Registration closed August 9th for the Fall 2019 Term and we are no longer accepting late registrations. Set your calendar for December 1st, when registration will open for the Winter 2020 Term. Details will be posted by the end of November 2019.

Classroom Offering - details to register for the classes at the AMCTO Office are at the bottom of this page.

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, the instructor will circulate the specific agenda and materials 3 weeks before the first cass.

If your municipality is interested in offering this certificate program in a classroom environment, consider bringing the MAP Units in-house. Contact Jeanne Moon, Coordinator of Programs & Services.

MAP Unit 1 - Introduction to Local Government

Briefly traces the historical evolution of local government in Ontario, its adaptations to the pressures of growth and change, and the complex inter-governmental - and international - world in which local governments now operate. The rest of the unit mostly focuses on analyzing the external structure of local government.

MAP Unit 2 - Municipal Administrative Structure

Focuses on the internal structure and organization of local government in Ontario, the ever-challenging relations between councilors and staff, and the municipal policy-making process. It concludes with an introduction to the nature of municipal management that sets the tone for the remaining two units of the program.

MAP Unit 3 - Municipal Financial Management

Examines financial management in local government. The discussion covers the changes and trends in municipal expenditures and revenues. It also explains the general nature and features of municipal accounting as well as evaluates the changing nature of municipal financial reporting requirements. the unit includes topics such as accountability for public funds, tax and non-tax revenue sources, operating and capital expenditures, and asset management.


MAP Unit 4 - Management in the Municipality

Surveys many facets of management, including the management of people, resources and information. It concludes with a lesson on the potential strategic management for aligning a municipality and its resources to confront and address unfolding challenges (of the sort described in the first lesson of the program) - thus bringing us full circle.

Correspondence Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided through online access
Fee for each unit is $406.80 (360.00 + 46.80 HST #R106732936)

If you would like a hardcopy of the textbook, an additional fee applies - $446.35 (360.00 + 35.00 + 51.35 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

If you will not be registering online, forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page.

Challenging a MAP Unit

Applicants must have a minimum of five-years related municipal experience in a senior supervisory role and/or courses to receive approval to challenge any unit of MAP. Challenging any unit of MAP is an opportunity to receive credit for a specific MAP Unit without submitting assignments. Approved applicants will be required to submit a paper and write an exam for each unit. An overall minimum passing grade of 70% must be attained to gain credit for the specific MAP Unit you are challenging.

Challenge Fee with PDF version of textbook: $259.90 per unit (230.00 + 29.90 HST #R106732936)
Challenge Fee with PDF and Hardcopy of textbook: $299.45 per unit (230.00 + 35.00 + 34.45 HST #R106732936)

Those who meet the minimum requirements mentioned above and are interested in applying to challenge any MAP Unit, submit the MAP Challenge Application to Rosita Bourke.


Correspondence Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Claudia Biasutto. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.

MAP Classes in Mississauga

Classroom space is limited - Registering for the MAP Unit 1 classes will reserve your space for the MAP Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4 classes.

INSTRUCTOR: Patricia (Patty) Sinnamon, Dipl.M.M.
Patty has over 15 years' experience as a Municipal CAO/Clerk - full bio.

The topics that will be discussed in this program are located in the outlines posted above with the correspondence, MAP Unit descriptions and will be covering the same curriculum. Therefore, each unit will have a number of assignments and exam. However, the curriculum will be delivered differently, which may have a combination of in-class group assignments, homework assigned and the exam.

TUITION FEES PER UNIT: $587.60 ($520.00 + $67.60 HST #R106732936, includes unit materials provided through online access, refreshments and lunch each day of classes).

AMCTO Office - Boardroom
2680 Skymark Ave., Suite 610
Mississauga, ON L4W 5L6

Classroom Delivery Dates for each MAP Unit are from 9am to 4pm with sign-in at 8:30am each day.

MAP Unit 1 - Introduction to Local Government (five classes) Completed
March 7th, March 8th, March 21st, March 22nd and March 29th (2019)
Exam dates - April 5th, April 6th or April 8th (You will schedule one of these dates with the instructor after the classes start. It will be a 24-hour open book via emailed exam from the instructor)

MAP Unit 2 - Municipal Administrative Structure (four classes) Completed
May 9th, May 10th, May 23rd and May 24th (2019)
Exam dates - May 31st, June 1st or June 3rd (You will schedule one of these dates with the instructor after the classes start. It will be a 24-hour open book via emailed exam from the instructor)

MAP Unit 3 - Municipal Financial Management (five classes) Completed
September 12th, September 13th, September 26th, September 27th and October 4th (2019)
Exam dates - October 18th, October 19th and October 20th (You will schedule one of these dates with the instructor after the classes start. It will be a 24-hour open book via emailed exam from the instructor)

MAP Unit 4 - Management in the Municipality (five classes)
Registration closes Oct. 11th - limited spaces available. Contact Rosita Bourke to register.
November 7th, November 8th, November 21st, November 22nd and December 6th (2019)
Exam dates - December 13th, December 14th or December 16th (You will schedule one of these dates with the instructor after the classes start. It will be a 24-hour open book via emailed exam from the instructor)

Attendance is essential to this format of learning. Although there will be no opportunity for make-up assignments, it will be permitted that you may miss one class per unit with a 10% deduction from your overall unit grade.

Refund Policy:
All cancellations must be confirmed in writing to AMCTO to Claudia Biasutto. A refund levy of $113.00 per unit(100.00 + 13.00HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within Thirteen (13) business days or less of the event.