NL delegates travel to Ottawa this week for FCM’s Annual Conference.


St. John’s — More than 1,700 mayors, councillors, and other municipal representatives from coast to coast to coast will gather in Ottawa from June 1-4 for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Annual Conference.

President Karen Oldford is attending on behalf of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) and will wrap up her term as Chair of the Atlantic Regional Caucus. MNL Vice President, Mayor Tony Keats of Dover and Avalon Director, Mayor Wayne Power of Placentia are also in attendance.

This year’s conference showcases Canada’s cities and communities — where the best of this country unfolds. They’re where we work, live and raise our children. As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation and reflects upon the challenges and opportunities that got us here, local governments are also taking on the role of shaping Canada’s future.

Municipal leaders across the country are determined to tackle 21st century challenges like climate change. It’s the municipal governments who will forge better relations with Indigenous peoples, build hubs of innovation, beacons of sustainability and centres of diversity.

To recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, FCM President Clark Somerville will host an interactive discussion with rural leaders from across the country to highlight how their communities have responded to emerging challenges and opportunities in Rural Canada. Panelists will present the innovative solutions they’re implementing to grow their local economies and will demonstrate how rural communities are helping to shape the next 150 years of Canada.

The conference will also explore overcoming barriers to elect more female local officials, as well delegates can take advantage of child-minding services that will be provided, for the first time, in 2017.

On Sunday, June 4, FCM will hold elections for a new President and Board of Directors. These municipal leaders from across Canada will play a crucial, frontlines role in the year ahead as FCM continues to build the solid municipal-federal relationship necessary to bolster the economy, develop great communities, and make life better for all Canadians

FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.