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The federal government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced funding for 72 initiatives in communities across Canada through three funding programs: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF). Through Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, communities…

December 13, 2017 @ 7:33am

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced 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…

December 04, 2017 @ 3:28pm

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative to help local governments strengthen their infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. FCM has awarded $3.6 million to 22 partner organizations from across the country to design and deliver local asset…

September 29, 2017 @ 7:10am

ReNew Canada publisher Todd Latham joined 26 other government leaders and association representatives from eleven provincial and territorial asset management Communities of Practice (CoP) in Edmonton last week for a national workshop designed to develop a collaborative framework among the various organizations. The in-person, three-day meeting which was facilitated by…

September 18, 2017 @ 6:51am

The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of infrastructure…

June 13, 2017 @ 6:17am

The City of Hamilton announced that it has received a $175,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that will be used towards funding a key phase in the Hamilton Bayfront Industrial Area Strategy: the review of brownfield redevelopment opportunities. The FCM's Green Municipal Fund grant will support a…

June 08, 2017 @ 6:50am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities have launched two new programs to address climate change in communities and to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by the FCM,…

February 02, 2017 @ 9:00am

On January 20th, Canada's big-city mayors urged Prime Minister Trudeau to use his government's next budget to launch a new era of public transit and to tackle Canada's housing affordability crisis head-on. "Our discussion with the Prime Minister today focused on the budget — as really a once-in-a-generation opportunity both…

January 23, 2017 @ 11:57am

The upcoming federal budget can improve Canadians' quality of life for years to come - if it empowers municipalities to connect national infrastructure investment to pressing local needs. That's the message from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as it releases Seizing the Moment, its recommendations for the 2017 federal…

January 17, 2017 @ 7:15am

Fresh off a four-day marathon of meetings on Parliament Hill, municipal leaders say they found an emerging consensus among parliamentarians - that municipalities will need to play a central role to make the landmark federal infrastructure plan work for Canadians. "The federal government's infrastructure plan is really a huge opportunity…

November 28, 2016 @ 7:28am

Today in Saskatoon, FCM President (and Rick Mercer impersonator) Berry Vrbanovic, with help from FCM CEO Brock Carleton, launched a campaign to advocate for municipal infrastructure as the federal government starts planning its next funding program. When Building Canada expires in 2014, there will be a new infrastructure plan (according…

June 03, 2012 @ 9:27am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is again rallying for a bigger share of tax revenues. A report released today reminds upper-tier governments that cities are being left to fund significant investments solely through property taxes. Municipalities collect just eight cents of every tax dollar paid in Canada, but they build…

May 30, 2012 @ 7:43am

Another austere budget to match Ontario's recently tabled budget, Canada's Economic Action Plan for 2012 aims to "enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations, programs and services" as part of a plan to balance the budget and reduce debt. The first thing to go? Pennies. The federal government is…

March 29, 2012 @ 2:51pm

The City of Vancouver is launching an $800,000 pilot program to expand electric charging stations across the city. Up to 67 charging stations will be installed in various spots around the city by the end of 2013. This on the heels of Quebec's announcement that it will install 120 public charging…

February 23, 2012 @ 7:47am

“High-quality infrastructure is essential to keep our economy strong,” said CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Brock Carleton said at a meeting of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance last December Carleton was one of a handful of representatives who spoke at the second day of hearings over…

January 05, 2012 @ 12:05pm

Earlier this week, the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented a position paper to the federal government calling for a National Infrastructure Strategy--it's a call that's been made before. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has long argued that the federal government needs to support infrastructure investment by developing a…

November 03, 2011 @ 10:50am

The Standing Committee on Transit, Infrastructure and Communities is meeting today in Ottawa to discuss a National Public Transit Strategy--something that came up in a ReNew Canada roundtable held this September. During that roundtable, Toronto Transit Commission's Anna Pace said, “We need a federal government that recognizes that transit is hugely important to the…

October 03, 2011 @ 6:17am

This morning, the Toronto Board of Trade (TBOT) released its latest, Reaching Top Speed, adding to the mounting pile of evidence gridlock is an economic drain. Carol Wilding, president and CEO of TBOT said at a media availability this morning, “Numerous independent studies confirm that our economy is being negatively…

June 28, 2011 @ 8:32am

If you missed FCM's annual AGM in Halifax over the last few days, you may not know that Berry Vrbanovic is FCM's new president. It now falls to him (taking over from former prez, Hans Cunningham) to comment on what our feds are up to. He may have something to…

June 06, 2011 @ 7:45am

Visible from Route 90 just north of Eilat, Israel’s resort city on the tip of the Red Sea, Aora-Solar’s golden 30-metre stem is topped with a striking, glowing bulb. Perched in the sand at Kibbutz Samar, the tower is surrounded by a field of mirrors—together, the components of this unit…

May 01, 2011 @ 10:39am

Using gridlock and lengthening commute times as a springboard, big city mayors are asking the federal parties to make a national transportation strategy an election issue. FCM is pushing the cause with a website devote solely to the campaign with a "live" ticker showing how much time and money is…

April 18, 2011 @ 7:23am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), through its Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is increasing loan and grant amounts for municipal capital projects, as well as broader eligibility requirements for municipal environmental projects in Canada. The GMF loan and grant limits for capital projects has been increased from a $4 million low-interest…

November 30, 2010 @ 3:16pm

A few days after Prime Minister Harper finished a five-day northern tour the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) released its report with key recommendations for the feds on Canada’s Northern Strategy which currently doesn’t address the estimated $400-million infrastructure deficit up north. The report, called On the Front Lines of…

September 01, 2010 @ 10:17am

As the federal government considers open the door to foreign investment in Canada’s telecommunications sector, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is worried about how that could affect municipal taxpayers. “Existing legislation already undermines the ability of municipal governments to manage our roads and recover costs, this costs taxpayers millions,”…

June 23, 2010 @ 8:49am

As a prelude to FCM's annual conference and expo this week, the  Big City Mayor’s Caucus (BCMC) held a press conference yesterday to talk about how Canadian governments can tackle the infrastructure deficit. In a word: partnerships. The  mayors called for partnership among all three levels of government. Caucus Chair and…

May 28, 2010 @ 4:51am

Harper’s recent cabinet shuffle makes Stockwell Day Canada’s new president of the Treasury Board, which means the stimulus spending spree is winding down (though some argue almost no money has flowed, the most recent report on the Action Plan shows that 97 per cent of stimulus funding has been spent).…

January 20, 2010 @ 8:45am

During  a speech to the Union des municipalités du Québec at its annual session in Gatineau, Jean Perrault, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $2.1 million for sustainable development projects in 14 Quebec municipalities. "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a…

May 15, 2009 @ 10:45am

Reactions abound this morning as Canada's think tanks, economists, boards and associations respond to Budget 2009. This morning on Breakfast Television (even us media types need to watch something while making our coffee!) Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (from a Tim Horton's, no less) said he wishes Toronto Mayor David…

January 28, 2009 @ 8:43am

Leading up to federal budget announcements, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has added its voice to the crowds, releasing a report that lists more than 1,000 infrastructure projects that would be ready to go as early as this spring if federal funding is made available. "Last October, we released…

January 15, 2009 @ 7:44am

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is advocating infrastructure spending as a "recession-busting" tool. A study by economic forecasting firm, Informetrica Ltd., released today by FCM, compares the stimulus impact of $1 billion in tax cuts (personal and excise tax) to the same amount in accelerated infrastructure investment. The study…

November 06, 2008 @ 1:33pm

Today, FCM President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., issued the following statement on the federal election result: "On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the new Government of Canada, and all those elected to serve in the next Parliament.…

October 15, 2008 @ 12:13pm

Transit leaders from across Canada today called on federal party leaders to pledge increased funding for transit during the current federal election campaign. The call to action was supported by the release of an economic study that analyzed the optimal supply and demand for urban transit in Canada. "This economic…

September 16, 2008 @ 9:32am

Yet another study has confirmed that Canada's infrastructure is in trouble, and that the country's competitiveness and productivity depends on increased investment in our public infrastructure. According to a new study, "Infrastructure Investment: The Foundation of Canadian Competitiveness," released by the Institute for Research on Public Policy, investment in public…

August 22, 2008 @ 7:31am