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FCM’s programs and advocacy help secure new tools that empower municipalities to build stronger communities of all sizes. Explore below to find out what’s new with us.

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).

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.

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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