Welcome to municipal engagement on a global scale. Since 1987, our international programming has helped Canadian municipal elected officials and staff share knowledge and build relationships with their counterparts in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.

Our peer-to-peer approach helps global partners learn how to foster lasting economic development, empower local governments and encourage civic participation. The end goals are more accountable local governments, stronger local economies and increased environmental sustainability.

Global Affairs Canada funds these initiatives, which give Canada's local elected officials and municipal staff opportunities to hone intercultural communication and project management skills while forging lasting business ties. These programs also help Canada contribute to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, a worldwide call to end poverty, protect our environment and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Watch for upcoming calls for individual and municipal expertise in various fields.

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Focus areas
Themes that guide us

Our work is centred around core focus areas like infrastructure, affordable housing and ​climate and environment. We do advocacy and policy work in these areas and also have relevant programs with resources, training, support and sometimes funding. Browse our focus areas to find information that fits your needs.

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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FCM’s international programs are funded by Global Affairs Canada.

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