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Webinar recording: How to build partnerships to help revitalize your brownfields

Learn from the City of Nanaimo's experience in reviving its downtown and waterfront

Downtown waterfronts are at the heart of many Canadian communities. For many, waterfronts were once bustling engines of a past industrial economy; some now sit vacant — void of the productivity that once supported their communities. Often derelict and sometimes contaminated, these brownfield sites create barriers between citizens and their waterfronts — and there are often challenges for redeveloping these sites. 

Watch this webinar to find out how municipalities can work through partnerships to move beyond these barriers. Speakers will describe how partnerships have been central to efforts in the City of Nanaimo, BC, in reconnecting its shoreline and downtown communities. Since 2000, the city has collaborated with local businesses, property owners, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, the Government of Canada and the Province of BC. FCM's Green Municipal Fund has supported Nanaimo's brownfield redevelopment strategy to help guide this progress.

You'll learn:

  • How visioning and planning has set Nanaimo's course toward implementing successful brownfield redevelopment initiatives
  • How strong partnerships with stakeholders are vital to brownfield redevelopment
  • How the city set its risk tolerance in acquiring a contaminated site  

Speakers

  • Bill Corsan, Manager, Real Estate — City of Nanaimo, BC
  • Darren Moss, Chair of Planning, Design & Development Committee — Downtown Nanaimo BIA, and Professional Engineer, Tectonica

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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.

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.

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).

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