The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) maintains a comprehensive advocacy agenda around the broad spectrum of issues affecting cities and communities.
All issues are discussed across our membership at FCM meetings and conferences.
Current issues include Immigrant Settlement, Municipal Rights of Way and Trade Agreements.
Getting immigration policy right has never been more crucial to the success of Canadians, Canada and the communities we live in. With a quickly aging population and low birth rates, 100% of our new labour growth will come from new immigrants within the next five years.
Canada's property taxpayers subsidize telecommunications companies by more than $107 million a year. That's how much municipal governments pay so these for-profit companies can dig up our streets and use public rights-of-way without paying the full cost.
Recent trade agreements, for the first time ever, will include "sub-national procurement", which refers to such municipal activities as the purchasing of supplies, the contracting of infrastructure projects and the delivery of municipal services like solid waste and water distribution.