The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2013: Opening a New Chapter examines how effective FCM's shift in intergovernmental strategy has been in modernizing federal-municipal relations, and how it has increased the capacity of local governments to manage their growing agenda.
The report calls for a re-invention of the federal-municipal relationship. Three things need to occur:
- The federal government must explicitly recognize the role of cities and communities in national prosperity, the challenges they face, and the national interest in vibrant, competitive and safe communities.
- Such political recognition must be made tangible through a formal and transparent framework to guide federal policy development and program interventions and create clear accountabilities.
- Most important, this political recognition and framework must lead to the collaborative development of policies and programs that focus on those issues that remain unaddressed under outdated policies and jurisdictional obstacles.
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