City of Laval wins UMQ award after major reorganization


The City of Laval won an Ovation Award (UMQ Award) for human resources, management and contract operations during the recent annual gathering of the Union des Municipalités du Québec (UMQ).

In November 2014, a partnership between Laval and the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) was formed to study and research the general reorganization of the City of Laval’s administration. The report on the endeavour was judged by the UMQ awards committee to be worthy of an Ovation Award.

ENAP study

“When were reorganizing our administration, we sought out input from experts in order to get a critical examination of our work,” said Mayor Marc Demers. “It turned out to be a good decision and the city has become an example to be followed as a result.

“Above being a revision of ways to do things, it’s also a change of culture that was introduced,” he added. “More important, though, our goal is to give confidence back to our citizens and to our employees. From what I see, that’s what this award is all about.”