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Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Published: 2018 - PDF (0.75 MB)

Our cities and communities are where non-medical cannabis will be produced, sold and consumed—and the proposed legislation places municipalities on the front lines of keeping Canadians safe and well served.

FCM recognizes the Budget 2017 commitment of $81 million over 5 years that is being made available to provinces and territories to support police training and other capacity building related to enforcement. This type of program could be scaled up to better reflect policing costs, start-up and ongoing, particularly where excise tax revenue is lower than anticipated.

Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Cannabis Excise Tax Submission

Published: 2018 - PDF (0.75 MB)

Our cities and communities are where non-medical cannabis will be produced, sold and consumed—and the proposed legislation places municipalities on the front lines of keeping Canadians safe and well served.

FCM recognizes the Budget 2017 commitment of $81 million over 5 years that is being made available to provinces and territories to support police training and other capacity building related to enforcement. This type of program could be scaled up to better reflect policing costs, start-up and ongoing, particularly where excise tax revenue is lower than anticipated.

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Published: 2009 - PDF (0.25 MB)

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Municipalities can play a key role in helping Canada meet commitments for both significant and long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Municipal leadership in this area is already contributing substantial and cost-effective GHG emission reductions in every region of the country.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities asked EnviroEconomics to summarize what municipalities have accomplished in terms of reducing GHG emissions and to estimate the potential for municipalities to achieve future emission reductions.

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Published: 2009 - PDF (0.25 MB)

Act Locally: The Municipal Role in Fighting Climate Change

Municipalities can play a key role in helping Canada meet commitments for both significant and long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. Municipal leadership in this area is already contributing substantial and cost-effective GHG emission reductions in every region of the country.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities asked EnviroEconomics to summarize what municipalities have accomplished in terms of reducing GHG emissions and to estimate the potential for municipalities to achieve future emission reductions.

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

Published: 2011 - PDF (0.19 MB)

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

This project measures the impact on the economy of additional spending on infrastructure. Estimates include “multiplier” effects that account for linkages from the construction industry to all others, and the extent to which additional wage and business incomes induce further spending. Included in this is an examination of the “fiscal offsets” to different orders of government of investment in local infrastructure.

In this respect, this project updates earlier studies for FCM and others, including the federal Treasury Board. As a new focus, this project considers the relative economic impacts of funding infrastructure investments from different revenue bases (e.g. income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes).

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

Published: 2011 - PDF (0.19 MB)

Municipal Infrastructure Macroeconomic Impacts

This project measures the impact on the economy of additional spending on infrastructure. Estimates include “multiplier” effects that account for linkages from the construction industry to all others, and the extent to which additional wage and business incomes induce further spending. Included in this is an examination of the “fiscal offsets” to different orders of government of investment in local infrastructure.

In this respect, this project updates earlier studies for FCM and others, including the federal Treasury Board. As a new focus, this project considers the relative economic impacts of funding infrastructure investments from different revenue bases (e.g. income taxes, sales taxes, and property taxes).

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Published: 2014 - PDF (1.6 MB)

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Broadband has the power to transform Rural Canada. Connectivity is now as important as roads and bridges to the sustainability of rural and remote communities, and to the success of rural institutions and organizations. The so-called ‘broadband gap’ remains a reality throughout Rural Canada, with lower average speeds compared to urban centres, and with limited connectivity in the most remote regions.

In 2014, FCM contracted Nordicity to research and report on the state of broadband connectivity in rural and remote communities throughout Canada.

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Published: 2014 - PDF (1.6 MB)

Broadband Access in Rural Canada

Broadband has the power to transform Rural Canada. Connectivity is now as important as roads and bridges to the sustainability of rural and remote communities, and to the success of rural institutions and organizations. The so-called ‘broadband gap’ remains a reality throughout Rural Canada, with lower average speeds compared to urban centres, and with limited connectivity in the most remote regions.

In 2014, FCM contracted Nordicity to research and report on the state of broadband connectivity in rural and remote communities throughout Canada.

City-led economic development and entrepreneurship: The story of Mr. Ngan

City-led economic development and entrepreneurship: The story of Mr. NganThis article is part of a series written to highlight some of the success stories from FCM’s Municipal Partners for Economic Development (MPED) program. MPED projects seeks to improve local governance and economic policy development around the world while, at the same time, emphasizing the importance of gender equality and environmental sustainability. From 2011 to 2014, the Township of Langley, Canada, worked with the City of Hà T˜ınh, Vietnam, to support and improve local economic development (LED) in Hà T˜ınh.

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Building tomorrow’s Canada: Municipal leaders meet with federal, provincial and territorial infrastructure ministers

"For the third consecutive year, municipal leaders sat down today with Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial infrastructure ministers. This meeting reflects what Canadians want to see more of: orders of government working together to build tomorrow’s Canada.

“At last year’s meeting, we shaped the design and roll-out of the largest federal infrastructure investment Canadians have seen in a generation. Since then, provinces and territories have been finalizing bilateral agreements with Ottawa that empower local governments with tools to move projects forward. Today, we discussed what needs to happen next to ensure the transformational outcomes that Canadians expect in communities nationwide.

“Strong collaboration among orders of government is vital. Federal investments rely on provincial-territorial intake processes to get local projects moving, and we discussed engaging municipalities from the outset to get this right. With processes that work, we’ll be ready to deliver the next wave of public transit expansions. We’ll be ready to upgrade water, wastewater and road systems in communities of all sizes. We’ll be ready to scale up green innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt our communities to the effects of a changing climate.

“Important conversations are underway in this country about how orders of government work together. Today was a positive step forward as we grow our relationship to better serve Canadians, and I thank Minister Champagne and our provincial-territorial colleagues for a productive dialogue. We focused on how to make the most of commitments on the table, but we also discussed new opportunities that we can seize together.

“Local solutions are the key to many national, provincial and territorial challenges. As the order of government closest to people’s lives, municipalities bring an approach that is informed, collaborative and focused on real outcomes. Local governments will continue engaging regionally through our provincial and territorial municipal associations, and federally through FCM—to achieve the transformative progress Canadians deserve.”

Vicki-May Hamm is President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Magog, QC. 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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