Mayor Charles Pender joined several municipal leaders from across the country last week to support a historic effort to show the Federal Government that the key to building a better Canada with Budget 2017 lies in empowering cities and communities of all sizes.
On behalf of City Council, Mayor Pender met with fellow Board members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Whistler, British Columbia. Their meeting follows two years of unprecedented dialogue between FCM and senior federal officials, cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister.
Throughout the meetings, Mayor Pender sent a clear message: municipal leaders are ready to deliver cost-effective local solutions to national challenges—including jobs, growth; sustainability; emission reductions; and local priorities of green spaces, roads, bridges and wastewater.
“The road to a better Canada can be found within our communities,” said Mayor Pender. “We have local solutions to building a better future, strengthening communities; supporting a municipal sustainability strategy that will help improve the long-term viability of municipalities; and spurring economic growth—if this budget delivers the right tools.”
FCM’s recommendations for Budget 2017 include modernize cost-sharing and predictable and long-term public funding as a general principle for infrastructure investment—empowering local governments to plan, consult, tap expertise and drive projects forward. Additional recommendations include major investments to tackle Canada’s housing crisis; support to launch the next era of public transit—with reasonable cost-sharing. The municipal leaders are also calling on the federal government to support local green innovation and to implement a plan to spark economic growth in rural, remote and northern communities.
“When municipal leaders have a seat at the nation-building table, we bring a local perspective and local solutions and it is all Canadians who benefit,” said Mayor Pender.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government, with nearly 2,000 members representing 91 per cent of the Canadian population.
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