Federal Budget 2013
On March 21, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tabled the 2013 federal budget in Parliament.
The 2013 budget delivers significant gains for Canadian municipalities.
- It entrenches the principle of predictable, long-term investments in infrastructure.
- It reaffirms the role of the federal government in addressing the challenges of housing affordability and homelessness.
- It recognizes the importance of a continued partnership with the municipal sector.
Most significant is the FCM-delivered index of the Gas Tax Fund. The Minister of Finance said in the budget speech that "on the advice of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Gas Tax Fund...will be indexed and therefore will increase over time."
We value the partnership we have built with the federal government and we are confident this budget points the way to continued progress in addressing the challenges our municipalities continue to face.
The GTF index is included in legislation that is now before the House (see Division 18 of Bill C-60). It will likely be passed before Parliament recesses for the summer.
Meanwhile, we are preparing for discussions with federal officials on the design of the BCF program. FCM staff will be working with members, with the provincial and territorial municipal associations, and with other stakeholders on our strategy to ensure the gains indicated in the budget become reality.
More information on Budget 2013
- News release: Statement by FCM president in response to the federal budget
- FCM Analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget
- FCM's proposal for a long-term infrastructure plan: The Road to Jobs and Growth: Solving Canada's Municipal Infrastructure Challenge
- What people are saying about Budget 2013