Municipal leaders ready to strengthen Halton Region's economy and build a better Canada

Municipal leaders ready to strengthen Halton Region's economy and build a better Canada

Release Date: Mar 8, 2016

Returning from a Board of Directors meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Regional Councillor and Vice Present of FCM, Clark Somerville said that the March 22 federal budget will be an important turning point for local communities like Halton.

More than 100 mayors and councillors from across Canada met in Sherbrooke, QC, where the federal budget was a key topic of discussion. The municipal leaders emerged more united than ever to address national challenges by working closely with the federal government to build a strong Canada.

Local leaders representing municipalities of all sizes met in Sherbrooke to discuss FCM’s pre-budget submission, Rising to the Moment, and its companion piece, A Thriving Rural Canada. Together, these documents provide a blueprint to turn the federal government’s bold election commitments into real action for Canadians. 

“Our communities are in the best position to determine which infrastructure investments will serve our residents, now and in the long-term,” said Clark Somerville. “Whether we’re talking about affordable housing, maintaining and building good roads, or fighting climate change, we are ready to work closely with our federal partners to build great hometowns.”

During the meeting, municipal colleagues welcomed Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement of $75 million to expand the municipal role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Board applauded the leadership of the federal government in addressing climate change, and confirmed that municipal leaders are equally committed to addressing a slow economy and improving the quality of life of Canadians.

Halton Region has taken steps to ensure Halton's priorities figure prominently in the upcoming federal budget. "Halton Region has been advocating for a Strong Halton, highlighting to our MPs and the Minister of Finance, through our federal budget submission, the issues that are important to our residents," commented Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“Canadians expect all levels of government to work together on their behalf with one common goal, which is building a better Canada,” said Councillor Somerville. “Canadian municipalities are ready to make the strategic infrastructure investments this country needs.”

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The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at


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