FCM's Jack Layton Fellowship Program honours and celebrates Jack Layton's legacy by engaging young Canadians in politics.
Each year the program provides an opportunity for community-minded leaders to turn their good ideas into real action and real change.
The issues local governments address each day are important to all Canadians, yet young Canadians are becoming more disengaged with politics at all levels of government.
Reaching out to these young people and finding ways to engage them in contributing to the cities and communities we all want is critical.
About Jack and FCM
Jack Layton was a long-time City Councillor in Toronto, before he became leader of the federal New Democratic Party in 2003. He was an active leader in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), serving as President in 2001. This fellowship has been created to honor Mr. Layton’s contributions to Canada’s cities and communities.
FCM is the national voice for Canadian municipalities and is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable local governments.
During his two decades dedicated to public service, Mr. Layton believed that ideas, no matter how small or odd-sounding, are something to be explored, nurtured and developed, and that grass roots, community-based initiatives, with proper support, can result in real change. This fellowship program is built on and is a reflection of these beliefs.
The FCM Jack Layton Fellowship Program will provide an opportunity for up to 3 community-minded leaders to turn their good ideas into real action and real change. Specifically, the Fellowship will seed, support and develop good ideas that engage Canadians in public policy and civic participation at a local level.