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About Us ImageWe welcome members from the municipal sector, as well as IT & Communications organizations from across North America. We offer a variety of forums that encourage networking and business development, including large conferences, regional workshops, professional development training and social events.

MISA was founded on the concepts of sharing best practices, collaboration among peers and volunteerism.  These attributes remain fundamental to who we are and how we operate. Our chapters across Canada work closely together and guide the evolution of our national body, MISA/ASIM Canada. 

If you'd like to find out more about MISA/ASIM Canada, please refer to the "Contacts" tab above and reach out to your local chapter.  Or, go to the "Membership" tab above and explore the drop down menu for additional information and how to get involved.  Consider joining MISA - after all, we're in IT together

The five founding organizations of MISA/ASIM Canada are:

  • MISA BC
  • MISA Prairies
  • MISA Ontario
  • Réseau de l'Informatique Municipale du Québec
  • MISA Atlantic

  


  

Municipal Information Systems Association, British Columbia (MISA BC)

 

The BC Chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association (MISA) was formed in April 1994, with initial membership of more than 20 municipalities in British Columbia.

Today the chapter has about 70 municipal members and 30 associate members, and is incorporated as a not-for-profit society. Among its members are the territories of Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon. Details of membership and activities can be found at http://www.misa.bc.ca/.

MISA BC provides a forum for municipal IT professionals to exchange information with their peers who are involved in the evaluation, design, creation or acquisition, installation, implementation, maintenance and operation of municipal information systems.

Throughout the year, MISA BC sponsors spring and fall conferences and specialized events designed for MISA members and their colleagues to come together and share knowledge and solutions for the IT industry.

  • Annual General Meeting -- MISA BC holds a one-day annual general meeting each year usually in February or early March. The venue for this meeting is usually in the lower mainland. The AGM and associated business is held in the morning with information sessions delivered by local government in the afternoon.
  • Spring meeting -- MISA BC holds a spring conference each year that is hosted by a specific municipality. This meeting typically includes presentations delivered primarily by local government members.
  • Fall Conference -- MISA BC holds a three-day fall conference each year usually in September or October. Venue for this conference alternates between the lower mainland, Vancouver Island and the interior. Each conference has a theme and is composed of vendor exhibitors, presentations (following the theme) and social events.
  • Ad-hoc meetings -- Throughout the year meetings may be scheduled for the entire membership and/or special committees to deal with specific issues and initiatives.

 

 


 

 

Municipal Information Systems Association, Prairies (MISA Prairies)

 

MISA Prairies was originally conceived of in November 2002 as part of a larger initiative to create a national organization. MISA Prairies representatives subsequently met at MISA BC meetings and worked toward establishing a Prairies chapter. In September 2005 MISA Prairies had enough members to institute a more formal organization.

 

MISA Prairies represents municipalities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Prairies Chapter has 55 member municipalities and 20 associate members and it continues to grow each year.

 

MISA Prairies holds an annual conference and AGM in the spring.

 

 


 

 

Municipal Information Systems Association, Ontario (MISA Ontario)

 

MISA Ontario was established in the mid-1970s to assist municipal government representatives and others interested in the effective use of information technology to provide better and more cost-effective services to municipal taxpayers and clients.

 

As a not-for-profit incorporation, its objectives are:

  • To promote and provide leadership in the efficient and effective use of municipal information systems and technology;
  • To provide a forum for the interchange of information among municipal representatives, other levels of government, private industry and interested persons or groups, leading to the more efficient use of municipal information systems;
  • To facilitate strategic alliances between public and private sectors leading to the development of more effective municipal information systems;
  • To provide a formal interface between those working with municipal information systems and other levels of government for the purpose of exchanging information.

MISA Ontario has about 100 municipal members and 70 associate partners.

 

 

 

Réseau de l'Informatique Municipale du Québec (RIMQ)

 

RIMQ 's mission is to support the exchange and improvement of knowledge among information resource managers in Québec's municipalities in order to optimize the business processes of member municipalities seeking to better serve their citizens.

 

Formerly known as IMQ, RIMQ was founded in 1982. Its membership representatives are generally administrators involved in IT management.

RIMQ is composed of 47 member municipalities that represent nearly 70 per cent of Québec's population. The association also includes affiliated companies among major suppliers to the municipal sector.

RIMQ maintains close relationships with other associations such as the UMQ, COMAQ, ADGMQ and ADMQ.

Objectives

  • To develop and maintain a collective and individual collaborative network among organizations that are directly involved in the management of municipal information resources.
  • To promote an efficient and beneficial exchange of knowledge and experience through:
    • Seminars, workshops and roundtables;
    • The dissemination of information
  • To promote the sharing of:
    • Studies
    • Projects
    • Good practices.
  • To guide its members in implementing collaboration mechanisms such as partnerships to help them maximize their benefits.
  • To raise awareness about the strategic role that information resources play in organizations.
  • To influence government and associations in the development of policies, directives and practices pertaining to the processing of information resources in the municipal sector.

 

Concerns

  • The diversity of means available to municipalities (critical mass often lacking);
  • Information security issues arising from the electronic delivery of services.

Issues

  • Overall vision and long-term planning;
  • Positioning IT as a strategic component in the efficient delivery of services to citizens;
  • Increased flexibility in the delivery of optimal solutions, e.g. through the use of notices of intent (a tool available to government departments);
  • Implementation of best practices and service level management mechanisms, and use of management indicators to measure results;
  • Standardization of a legal framework for the sharing of services;
  • Delivery of electronic services:
    • Review of business processes
    • Electronic payments at reasonable rates
    • Funding of innovative projects
    • Cooperation between government levels and consolidation of efforts
For citizens, access to services based on the nature of services as opposed to the jurisdiction.

 

Municipal Information Systems Association, Atlantic Canada (MISA Atlantic)

 

MISA Atlantic has been in existence since 2003. Since then, there have been a number of informal meetings to share ideas and best practices with colleagues and peers. In 2013, representatives from several municipalities will get together to explore next steps in taking MISA Atlantic to the next level.