MNL Congratulates Federal Candidates, Looks Forward to Working Toward Common Goals
For Immediate Release – September 22, 2021
St. John’s – Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, on behalf of the Board of Directors, membership and staff, congratulates the successful candidates in the 2021 federal election and thanks all candidates for their efforts and willingness to engage in public service. MNL looks forward to a continued federal and municipal working relationship to build stronger, healthier communities.
Municipalities are the level of government closest to people. They own 62% of infrastructure in our communities, and they deliver programs and services directly to residents. Municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador will face infrastructure and funding challenges in the coming years and solutions are needed.
The one-time doubling of the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly the Gas Tax Fund) directly benefits communities in need of infrastructure upgrades. MNL will continue to advocate for a permanent doubling of this infrastructure fund.
As Newfoundland and Labrador municipalities transition to recovering from COVID-19’s impact, MNL is optimistic that this federal government remains committed to assisting communities in their recovery efforts.
Climate change, and the increasingly variable and severe weather it creates, brings significant cost challenges to municipalities. MNL looks forward to working with federal partners to encourage investment in municipal climate resilience through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, and its accessibility to all municipalities, regardless of size.
“We see this election as an opportunity for renewal and continued focus on what matters – supporting our municipalities and the people in them. Municipal issues are federal issues. We look forward to working with the new government to ensure that we build sustainable, affordable, supportive, and safe communities for the future.” – Amy Coady-Davis, President, MNL.
Communications and Marketing Officer, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
Director of Advocacy, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador