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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.

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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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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Municipalities team up to tackle climate change: FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network announces 19 new member communities

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are proud to announce the participants in the Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN). For the network’s next two-year cycle, 19 communities from across Canada will take an active role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the potential effects of climate change — by using cutting-edge strategies to manage their assets more efficiently and sustainably.

Participating communities will strengthen their asset management capacity by collaborating and sharing knowledge with a network of peers working toward similar goals. Each network member will develop or refresh an asset management policy or strategy to align with their community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

CAMN offers peer-learning opportunities, training, and $1.6 million in grant funding to help Canadian municipalities integrate climate change and sustainability goals systematically into decision-making about infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, and water and sanitation systems.

By embedding climate goals into their asset management planning, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

Participating communities:

  • Alberta - County of Grande Prairie No. 1, City of Wetaskiwin
  • British Columbia - Capital Regional District, Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of New Westminster, District of North Vancouver, City of Prince George, District of Summerland
  • Manitoba - City of Selkirk
  • New Brunswick  - City of Saint John
  • Newfoundland & Labrador - City of Corner Brook
  • Northwest Territories - City of Yellowknife
  • Ontario - City of Guelph, Town of Halton Hills, City of Kenora, City of Kitchener, City of Toronto, City of Thunder Bay
  • Saskatchewan - City of Saskatoon

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Quotes

These municipalities will lead the way in finding efficient and innovative ways to plan, build, and maintain infrastructure. The expertise and knowledge shared by this network will help communities across Canada reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Canadian municipalities are fighting climate change with innovative local solutions. And working together to share information and results will help them design even more successful initiatives in the future. Tapping into this local expertise and scaling up these local solutions across the country is vital to meeting Canada’s national climate goals.
— Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

Quick facts

  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to support and encourage Canadian municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program offers Canadian municipalities additional funding and training opportunities related to asset management and infrastructure planning.
  • Both programs are delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Related Information

FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network
FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan

Contacts

Francine Pressault
Media Relations Advisor, Programs
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6399
fpressault@fcm.ca

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
T. 613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Infrastructure Canada
T. 613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

Climate change
Environment

Municipalities team up to tackle climate change: FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network announces 19 new member communities

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are proud to announce the participants in the Climate and Asset Management Network (CAMN). For the network’s next two-year cycle, 19 communities from across Canada will take an active role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the potential effects of climate change — by using cutting-edge strategies to manage their assets more efficiently and sustainably.

Participating communities will strengthen their asset management capacity by collaborating and sharing knowledge with a network of peers working toward similar goals. Each network member will develop or refresh an asset management policy or strategy to align with their community’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change.

CAMN offers peer-learning opportunities, training, and $1.6 million in grant funding to help Canadian municipalities integrate climate change and sustainability goals systematically into decision-making about infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, and water and sanitation systems.

By embedding climate goals into their asset management planning, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long term.

Participating communities:

  • Alberta - County of Grande Prairie No. 1, City of Wetaskiwin
  • British Columbia - Capital Regional District, Cowichan Valley Regional District, City of New Westminster, District of North Vancouver, City of Prince George, District of Summerland
  • Manitoba - City of Selkirk
  • New Brunswick  - City of Saint John
  • Newfoundland & Labrador - City of Corner Brook
  • Northwest Territories - City of Yellowknife
  • Ontario - City of Guelph, Town of Halton Hills, City of Kenora, City of Kitchener, City of Toronto, City of Thunder Bay
  • Saskatchewan - City of Saskatoon

CAMN is available through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Quotes

These municipalities will lead the way in finding efficient and innovative ways to plan, build, and maintain infrastructure. The expertise and knowledge shared by this network will help communities across Canada reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

Canadian municipalities are fighting climate change with innovative local solutions. And working together to share information and results will help them design even more successful initiatives in the future. Tapping into this local expertise and scaling up these local solutions across the country is vital to meeting Canada’s national climate goals.
— Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

Quick facts

  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a five-year, $75-million program designed to support and encourage Canadian municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program offers Canadian municipalities additional funding and training opportunities related to asset management and infrastructure planning.
  • Both programs are delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

Related Information

FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network
FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan

Contacts

Francine Pressault
Media Relations Advisor, Programs
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
T. 613-907-6399
fpressault@fcm.ca

Brook Simpson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
T. 613-219-0149
brook.simpson@canada.ca

Infrastructure Canada
T. 613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
media@infc.gc.ca
Twitter: @INFC_eng
Web: Infrastructure Canada

Climate change
Environment

Rural challenges, national opportunities

Rural challenges, national opportunities

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.

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Explore these key areas to find out how we’re helping to build stronger communities—and a better Canada.
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Resources

This library contains reports, toolkits, recommendations and other resources that are designed to help you address challenges in your community.

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Funding

We’ve got you covered with the right type of funding, from plans and studies, to pilots, capital projects and more.

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Focus areas

Learn how we’re working with local governments of all sizes to tackle national and global challenges.

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Programs

Increasing sustainability and enhancing the quality of life for people across Canada and around the world.

Canadian municipalities benefit with FCM

FCM works on behalf of 2,000+ member municipalities to shape the national agenda, and delivers tools that empower local governments. Together, we are building stronger communities—and a better Canada.

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