FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. Our members include more than 2,100 municipalities of all sizes, from Canada's cities and rural communities, to northern communities and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Together, they represent more than 92 percent of all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Municipal leaders from across Canada assemble each year to set FCM policy on key issues.

Canadian municipalities came together in 1901 as the Union of Canadian Municipalities (UCM). The Dominion Conference of Mayors was established in 1935 and by 1937 the two national bodies joined as the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities—renamed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in 1976.

Today, we advocate for municipalities to be sure their citizens' needs are reflected in federal policies and programs. Year after year, our work benefits every municipal government and taxpayer in Canada, and our programming delivers tools that help municipalities tackle local challenges.

FCM makes communities stronger

FCM brings together more than 2,000 municipalities of all sizes—representing more than 92 percent of Canadians. Together with our members, we’ve secured historic gains at the federal level—empowering local leaders to build better lives.

Board of Directors

FCM's Board of Directors comprises of elected municipal officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized communities throughout Canada.

FCM’s Rural Forum

FCM’s Rural Forum is the national voice for rural municipalities. The forum advocates for rural communities and act as a conduit between rural members and FCM.

Green Municipal Fund Council

Learn about the Green Municipal Fund Council and its members. These leaders from the federal, municipal and environmental sectors are champions of environmental sustainability.


This page highlights the benefits of FCM membership, what FCM has achieved for members—and how to join.

Work with us

Learn what makes us an outstanding employer, and search our current job opportunities.

FCM partners

As a benefit to our members, FCM works with a wide variety of corporate partners across Canada. These organizations provide a range of services, content and resources that can help build better lives in their communities.

Corporate resources

FCM is an open, democratic organization. We voluntarily share our financial statements, bylaws and other corporate information to help you gain a clear understanding of our composition, activities and governance framework.


In 2010, FCM launched the FCM Awards of Excellence to recognize and celebrate excellence in municipal leadership and practice, both in Canada and abroad. Award categories range from innovation in sustainable practices to involvement in international municipal cooperation.

Jack Layton Fellowship

FCM's Jack Layton Fellowship Program honours and celebrates Jack Layton's legacy by engaging young Canadians in politics.

Canada by the Book

Canada by the Book is a legacy project started in 2013 which consists of donating books to a public library or school in the host city where FCM Board Meetings are held.
Legal Defense Fund

Our Legal Defense Fund covers our costs when we represent members' interests in federal cases and policies that affect municipalities across Canada.

Looking for funding opportunities?

We may be able to fund part of your innovative, sustainability-related municipal project. We fund plans, studies, pilot projects, capital projects and more.

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