FCM’s Big City Mayors Caucus meets with federal Ministers to begin consultation on Phase 2 infrastructure funding (02/06/2016)
Winnipeg — The mayors of Canada's largest cities today met with federal Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Families, Children and Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos to discuss design considerations for the next phase of federal infrastructure programs.
The meetings mark the start of substantive consultations between the two orders of government on the remaining $48.1 billion in infrastructure funding to be allocated in budget 2017.
"We are very encouraged by these conversations and this approach to meaningful engagement with cities," said Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton and Chair of the BCMC.
"Federal-municipal partnership is key to getting these programs right so that we can build out transit, improve affordable housing and tackle climate change." The Mayors focused their conversation with Minister Sohi on the need for a funding mechanism that is predictable, sustainable and long-term to enable strategic and long-term planning at the local level.
"We agreed that by working together we can design a program that provides cities with funding certainty to move forward with strategic projects while delivering measurable benefits towards shared goals such as addressing climate change and strengthening the economy," said Mayor Iveson.
The Mayors also met with Minister Duclos to discuss the National Housing Strategy and the importance of a significant commitment to affordable and social housing in the next phase of federal infrastructure programs.
"Investments in housing in the first phase of the federal program provided some important short-term measures, but much more will need to be done in this next phase to address the impact of expiring federal investments in social housing," said Mayor Iveson.
Cities are essential partners in the successful implementation and design of federal infrastructure programs to deliver on key national priorities. FCM welcomes and is encouraged by the federal government's commitment to continued engagement at the conference.
Tomorrow, Minister Sohi will also meet with FCM's leadership and a cross-section of rural, small and mid-sized municipalities.
Several additional Ministers also are participating in sessions at the conference. FCM is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.