MNL makes big push ahead of critical federal budget

Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
March 22, 2017


Budget 2017 needs to empower communities in Newfoundland and Labrador

President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL), Mayor Karen Oldford joined municipal leaders from across the country this week to cap 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.

President Oldford met with fellow Board members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Whistler, BC, on the eve of next week’s critical federal budget. Their meeting follows two years of unprecedented dialogue between FCM and senior federal officials, cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. At every step, President Oldford has delivered a clear message: municipal leaders are ready to deliver cost-effective local solutions to national challenges—including jobs, growth and emission reductions.

“The road to a better Canada runs through our communities,” said President Oldford. “It’s in our communities where we can shorten commutes, build more affordable housing and spur economic growth—if this budget delivers the right tools.”

FCM’s rural recommendations for Budget 2017 include ensuring that the Rural and Northern Communities Fund supports local priorities, like roads, bridges to septic system upgrades. They include applying a rural lens to infrastructure investments so that rural communities can access funding to meet their unique needs. And they include closing the broadband gap and fixing Canada’s housing crisis to build more livable rural communities. Lastly, the municipal leaders are 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, it’s Canadians who benefit,” said President Oldford.

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.


About MNL
Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 as an umbrella organization mandated to represent and support local government in Newfoundland and Labrador. MNL represents the 276 incorporated municipalities in the province that service 89 per cent of the population and their more than 2,000 leaders.


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