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Election 2019: Let’s empower local governments
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Federal Election 2019 is a pivotal opportunity to modernize how governments work together to serve Canadians. Local leaders are the closest to people’s daily challenges. They are building better lives, and with modernized tools and a seat at the nation-building table, they’ll be ready to do so much more.

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Rural challenges, national opportunity

Rural challenges, national opportunity

Published: May 2018 - PDF (4.2 MB)

Rural challenges, national opportunities

Shaping the future of rural Canada

Small-town friendliness. Vast landscapes. A quieter way of life. These are some of the reasons that people are drawn to smaller communities. And as online connectivity expands, rural Canada is becoming more appealing to businesses. 

In our report, Rural challenges, national opportunity: shaping the future of rural Canadawe showcase the successes and potential of Canada's smaller communities.

Rural communities help drive Canada's economy, but they also face unique challenges that need tailor-made policy and resource solutions. Our report shows how tackling these local challenges, from coast to coast to coast, is how we'll build this country. Throughout, we profile rural communities that are already showing tremendous resilience and ingenuity in leading the way.

The future of Canada will only get brighter if the federal government empowers rural municipalities with transformative tools that are adaptable to local needs. This will help build Canada, impacting people living in communities of all sizes.

FCM: rural advocates

FCM's Rural Forum continues to set an ambitious agenda for our federal advocacy. And in recent years, FCM has delivered unprecedented gains - including major rural-specific federal funding for infrastructure and other major projects. But there is more work to be done.

That's why FCM continues to work with the federal government to champion rural issues. We are working to build a "rural lens" into all federal policies and programs, to ensure we have the tools to build more sustainable and prosperous rural communities nationwide.

Rural challenges are national opportunities

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released a report today that details the important contribution rural municipalities make and outlines the unique challenges they face. The comprehensive report titled Rural Challenges, national opportunity - Shaping the future of rural Canada includes recommendations encouraging the federal government to tackle these challenges head-on and raise Canadians' quality of life nationwide. 

"When it comes to providing the infrastructure necessary to support a strong economy and high quality of life, rural governments are faced with two key problems-the challenge of serving dispersed communities and the limits of their fiscal and administrative capacity," said FCM's Rural Forum Chair, Ray Orb. 

Today's report provides recommendations to address the realities rural municipalities face. Key recommendations of this report include:

  • Applying a 'rural lens' to all federal policies and programs aimed at empowering smaller communities to better support local needs.
  • Designing future rural infrastructure programs that provide long-term predictable funding with flexibility to account for rural realities.
  • Committing long-term predictable resources to expanding broadband internet access in rural, northern and remote communities.

"This report tells the story of the significant contribution rural municipalities make to the nation's economy, but it also highlights the fiscal squeeze they face due to low population densities and the exodus of younger generations," added Orb. "But as a key driver of economic growth, we know that investing in rural Canada means building a better country for everyone."

FCM is leading the way in advocating for new tools that empower rural communities to build tomorrow's Canada and has secured unprecedented federal investment in recent years.

The full report is available here.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. 

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Big City Mayors meet in Halifax, focus on Tools for Cities

Canada’s Big City Mayors met today in Halifax to discuss how to build on recent progress in the federal-municipal partnership and ensure cities have the right tools to tackle future national challenges.

“From the breakthrough National Housing Strategy and the transformative federal infrastructure plan, Canada’s big cities are driving the national agenda and delivering outcomes like never before,” said newly re-elected Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) chair and Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “Today’s meeting was a critical next step for our federal-municipal partnership, not just to help entrench and build on these important gains, but to set our sights on expanding on new tools for cities.”

A key part of the mayors’ agenda was hosting Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. During their meeting, Minister Sohi provided the mayors with an update on how the Investing in Canada plan was progressing nation-wide, while the mayors offered feedback on the roll out of local infrastructure projects.

Also discussed was the Edmonton Declaration (PDF), which calls on mayors from around the world to ramp up their leadership in driving urgent, evidence-based action on climate change. While cities account for a large amount of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, they are also leading the way on solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

“With the challenges of growth and climate change in front of us, mayors know we need new tools to tackle these national priorities,” added Iveson. “But as we’ve seen, remarkable progress is possible when you start with local solutions and a strong federal-municipal partnership. And as we continue to build that partnership, we’re building strong cities and a more livable, inclusive and sustainable Canada.”

The meeting of FCM’s Big City Mayors Caucus kicked off FCM’s four-day Annual Conference dedicated to exploring, strengthening and re-imagining the tools local governments need to build tomorrow’s Canada. 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice of municipal governments, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of the Canadian population. Its Big-City Mayors' Caucus brings together 22 of Canada's largest cities.

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Canadian Mayors champion economy and trade in Washington, D.C.

"Canadian and U.S. mayors are leading conversations about building liveable, competitive cities that will support talent, investment and growth. Canadian mayors leave Washington today confident that our American counterparts share our deep appreciation for the important relationship between our two countries toward our shared priorities.

Whether it was mayor-to-mayor meetings at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, talks with thought leaders on the North American Free Trade Agreement at the Wilson Centre Canada Institute or engaging in trade discussions with Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton, we are building relationships across borders to attract investment and promote local business abroad.

On both sides of the border, the mutual benefits of a strong and fair economic partnership between Canada and the United States are clear. Our free and fair trade partnership is critical to building globally competitive cities and a prosperous future.

The United States has no closer friend, ally or partner than Canada. We enjoy the longest-standing, most peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship in the world - a partnership that has long been a model. Canadian mayors are working to make it even stronger."

Don Iveson is Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Edmonton. FCM is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canada's population.
 

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FCM applauds Supreme Court decision on Windsor v. Canadian Transit Company

This morning, in a dispute between the City of Windsor and the Canadian Transit Company, the federally regulated corporation that operates the international bridge crossing between Windsor and Detroit (Corporation of the City of Windsor v. Canadian Transit Company), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that issues relating to the application of municipal bylaws to federal undertakings should be decided by the Superior Courts of each province, not by the Federal Court of Canada.

FCM intervened in this case at Windsor's request and is pleased by this outcome. As stated by the Court, resolving federal-municipal jurisdictional questions in Superior Courts is not only in keeping with the Constitution, but it guarantees greater access to justice for municipalities and community groups across the country by ensuring that such cases are heard locally.

This case relates to CTC's attempt to have the Federal Court of Canada decide whether Windsor's property standards bylaw applied to its 114 derelict properties. Windsor was of the view that this matter should be decided locally by the Ontario Superior Court, as has been the case for all federal-municipal jurisdictional disputes since Confederation. The matter can now proceed to Superior Court in Windsor to determine the real issue at play: whether the property standards bylaw applies to the CTC's properties and whether the CTC has violated these bylaws.

FCM supported the argument that the Federal Court does not have jurisdiction over issues of this type and that these must be decided in the local courthouse by a Superior Court Justice. FCM will continue to defend the constitutional rights of local governments to enact and enforce bylaws that protect the interest of their residents by making legal interventions on issues of broad national interest to Canada's municipalities.

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Public transit
Transportation

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Published: September 2017 - PDF (1.7 MB)

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Transforming Canadian housing through local innovation

Safe, affordable housing is the bedrock of livable, competitive cities—and of the stronger Canada we all aspire to build. Yet our cities are grappling with a serious housing crisis. As low and moderate-income households increasingly struggle to both pay the rent and feed the kids, this crisis is throttling human and economic potential from coast to coast to coast. Unprecedented housing market pressures, particularly in big cities, pose an unparalleled threat to our future economic prosperity.

These frontline realities inform these recommendations for the design of the National Housing Strategy. They are intended to ensure the strategy meets today’s urgent needs while simultaneously building a new social and affordable housing system for the 21st century—one that enables both social and geographic mobility among Canadians.

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Published: September 2017 - PDF (1.7 MB)

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Transforming Canadian housing through local innovation

Safe, affordable housing is the bedrock of livable, competitive cities—and of the stronger Canada we all aspire to build. Yet our cities are grappling with a serious housing crisis. As low and moderate-income households increasingly struggle to both pay the rent and feed the kids, this crisis is throttling human and economic potential from coast to coast to coast. Unprecedented housing market pressures, particularly in big cities, pose an unparalleled threat to our future economic prosperity.

These frontline realities inform these recommendations for the design of the National Housing Strategy. They are intended to ensure the strategy meets today’s urgent needs while simultaneously building a new social and affordable housing system for the 21st century—one that enables both social and geographic mobility among Canadians.

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Published: September 2017 - PDF (1.7 MB)

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Transforming Canadian housing through local innovation

Safe, affordable housing is the bedrock of livable, competitive cities—and of the stronger Canada we all aspire to build. Yet our cities are grappling with a serious housing crisis. As low and moderate-income households increasingly struggle to both pay the rent and feed the kids, this crisis is throttling human and economic potential from coast to coast to coast. Unprecedented housing market pressures, particularly in big cities, pose an unparalleled threat to our future economic prosperity.

These frontline realities inform these recommendations for the design of the National Housing Strategy. They are intended to ensure the strategy meets today’s urgent needs while simultaneously building a new social and affordable housing system for the 21st century—one that enables both social and geographic mobility among Canadians.

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Published: September 2017 - PDF (1.7 MB)

National Housing Strategy: Getting it right

Transforming Canadian housing through local innovation

Safe, affordable housing is the bedrock of livable, competitive cities—and of the stronger Canada we all aspire to build. Yet our cities are grappling with a serious housing crisis. As low and moderate-income households increasingly struggle to both pay the rent and feed the kids, this crisis is throttling human and economic potential from coast to coast to coast. Unprecedented housing market pressures, particularly in big cities, pose an unparalleled threat to our future economic prosperity.

These frontline realities inform these recommendations for the design of the National Housing Strategy. They are intended to ensure the strategy meets today’s urgent needs while simultaneously building a new social and affordable housing system for the 21st century—one that enables both social and geographic mobility among Canadians.

Diverse Voices: Tools and Practices to Support all Women

Diverse Voices: Tools and Practices to Support all WomenWomen are consistently underrepresented in leadership positions across the political and professional spheres, filling only 26 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons, Provincial and Municipal governments.

Diverse Voices: Tools and Practices to Support all Women explores how municipalities across Canada can work to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the leadership gap. Using examples from select municipalities, it provides resources and tools for local action to support women as leaders and agents of change.

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