OMSSA-AMCTO Executive Diploma in Municipal Management (EDMM)


OMSSA is pleased to partner with the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) to bring the Executive Diploma in Municipal Management (EDMM) to OMSSA members.

This diploma program develops key management skills, focusing on the concepts and principles that guide management in the local government context. It is an established program offered by AMCTO, providing practical solutions to enhance key management skills and competencies in the municipal context.

The OMSSA-AMCTO partnership brings together a cohort specifically aligned towards discussing management best practices as they apply in the human services sector

Who should enrol

  • Supervisors and managers with at least 3 years municipal management experience.

  • Mid level Managers.

  • High potential staff being prepared for management roles.

  • Participants of the Human Services Leadership Program who can use this diploma towards completion of their leadership program competencies. 

Program Curriculum

This Diploma distills municipal management needs into 19 workshops, led by seasoned facilitators and practitioners with high levels of subject matter expertise. Following completion of the program workshops, participants are required to submit a final research report based on a chosen management area of key focus in human services. This report is the basis for their final evaluation. 

Learning Curriculum

Managing Organizational Performance

Best practice strategies on how to monitor, review, and improve services; develop and use performance measures as a management tool; and work with stakeholders and partners for effective service delivery. Participants will learn:

  • Models of management in the public sector, and approaches to understand and manage relations between elected and administrative branches of local government, and with provincial government.
  • Developing and using performance measures as a management tool.
    • Obtaining and using meaningful citizen input to improve performance.

Managing Money

Strategies to align budget decisions and resource allocations to strategic priorities and service outcomes; and tools for managing with a limited resource base. Participants will get:

  • An understanding of key municipal financial management processes, as well as important financial responsibilities such as annual budgets, capital asset accounting, risk management and more.
  • An understanding of how to achieve financial integrity in a manner that is meaningful to council and the public.

Managing People

Strategic issues such as staff development and performance management, succession planning; HR issues such as legislation and labour relations; and skills and tools in communication and media relations. Participants will learn:

  • How to develop effective HR policies addressing strategic HR issues such as workforce planning, staff attraction and retention, staff development, staff performance management, succession planning.
  • What tools to use for effective succession planning to combat the impending staff shortage.
  • Developing key skills to manage teams and managing staff using best practice strategies..

Program Evaluation

A concluding evaluation process is a fundamental part of any quality educational offering. Graduates of this cohort of the Program will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interrelated components of management with key focus on issues of importance in the human services sector.

Program participants are evaluated on the basis of a research report on municipal management submitted following completion of the curriculum. Participants must be present at no less than 16 out of the 19 workshops and must pass the Municipal Management Research Report with minimum grade of 70%.