Through unprecedented influence and access to key decision-makers in every federal party, FCM is securing historic progress for municipalities of all sizes—elevating the role of local governments and empowering local leaders to build better lives. 

  • $4.3 billion in federal emergency operating support for municipalities of all sizes through the Safe Restart Agreement to keep frontline services going strong through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Canada’s first-ever national housing strategy, as well as the $2.5 billion Rapid Housing Initiative to urgently house vulnerable Canadians.
  • The $2.75 billion Universal Broadband Fund to bring high-speed connectivity to more rural, remote and northern communities.
  • The permanent and indexed Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly the federal Gas Tax Fund)—direct, predictable funding for municipalities of all sizes—as well as one-time increases to the fund in Budget 2019 and Budget 2021.
  • A strengthened seat at the table through unprecedented engagement with senior decision-makers in every federal party—including the Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, and opposition leaders.
  • Historic 10-year federal funding commitments to support key municipal infrastructure—from disaster mitigation and climate adaptation projects to wastewater system upgrades to renewed cultural and recreation facilities.
  • Regional economic development ministers in the federal cabinet who come from the regions they are appointed to represent—a key FCM recommendation. 
  • The $2 billion rural and northern infrastructure fund, with higher federal contributions and commitments to streamline project administration.
  • Landmark new investments in public transit and rural transportation—including a new permanent transit fund that will create jobs, shorten communities, and help get Canada to net-zero emissions.
  • Election 2021 commitments from every federal party on key local priorities—from affordable housing to climate resilience to universal broadband. 
  • Trusted national and international programs that build capacity on climate innovation, asset management, gender parity, and more—including FCM’s sector-leading Green Municipal Fund.
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