Haïti, five years later
For the past five years, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) and the city of Montreal, with support from the Government of Canada, have been working together to develop a unified response on the part of all Canadian municipalities to the earthquake that devastated Haiti. Together, we helped rebuild a basic municipal structure, particularly in the Palmes region. We are now tackling taxation, a top priority for Haiti's central government. The country's municipalities currently have no taxation structure to generate revenues and deliver essential services such as access to drinking water and waste collection. Our municipal specialists are working with Haitian experts to conduct an extensive survey of buildings, the results of which will be used to develop a fair and transparent taxation system. Such a system will provide municipalities with stable revenue and enable them to meet the needs of their residents.
The Maison des collectivités territoriales opens in Haiti - A new institution supported by the Haiti-Canada Municipal Cooperation Program
The Maison des collectivités territoriales brings the country's three largest federations of elected local government officials together under one roof. This new institution will help Haitian municipalities build credible and effective local governments through improved devolution of powers and resources to local authorities. Read the press release.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is proud to renew its commitment to Haiti's local governments
On March 13, the partners in the Haiti-Canada Municipal Cooperation Project launched the second project phase (MCP2), during a ceremony at program headquarters in Port-au-Prince. FCM President Claude Dauphin, City of Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, and UMQ First Vice-President Suzanne Roy joined Haitian Minister of the Interior and Territorial Communities David Bazile in signing a memorandum of understanding outlining their renewed collaboration. Read the press release.