In 2006, the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), formally the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, developed the Municipal Physical Activity Leadership (MPAL) program. The MPAL program is a cost-shared partnership between municipalities and the Department of Health & Wellness. A staff person, hired by the municipality, is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive physical activity strategy. The strategy's aim is to raise awareness and increase participation in structured and unstructured physical activity at a local level. Neighbouring municipalities can also partner to create a common strategy and pool resources.