MNL President attends FCM Board of Directors to map out nation-building priorities for the year ahead
September 25, 2017
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador President Karen Oldford was joined by municipal leaders from across the country in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to discuss how imminent decisions on the federal government’s national infrastructure plan and National Housing Strategy can transform cities and communities across Canada.
The federal government’s new $81 billion Phase 2 infrastructure plan recognizes that investing in local infrastructure unlocks productive potential for workers, businesses and community members. From expanding public transit, roads networks and water systems, to building more climate–resilient communities, to supporting the priorities of rural, remote and northern communities – designed and delivered right, this commitment can build a better Canada and a better Newfoundland and Labrador.
“FCM has a critical year ahead to consolidate gains made for municipalities in Budget 2017 as the upcoming Integrated Bilateral Agreement negotiations for Phase 2 spending gets underway between the federal government, provinces and territories,” said Oldford. “Key to moving transformative projects forward, we’ll need to see full and fair cost-sharing by all orders of government.”
Also on the agenda was the upcoming National Housing Strategy. Budget 2017 set aside $15 billion to support the Strategy – the first of its kind in over 20 years – but the details of how that funding will be rolled out are critical.
“The National Housing Strategy has the potential to transform Canada’s housing system, but the federal government needs to get this right. That means focusing on fundamentals, not quick fixes. That means repairing social housing, so vulnerable Canadians won’t see their homes shuttered. That means leveraging our local expertise to build new affordable homes that fit long-range community plans. This is the message we’re driving home,” added Oldford.
Across Canada, in communities large and small, urban and rural, municipalities are the order of government closest to people’s lives. Their local solutions are helping tackle national challenges—from growth and productivity to climate change—and are building a more livable, competitive Canada.
FCM is the national voice of municipal government in Canada. Its Board of Directors represents communities of all sizes from coast to coast to coast.