Halton Regional Councillors attend FCM Board of Directors Meeting to map out nation-building priorities for the year ahead

Halton Regional Councillors attend FCM Board of Directors Meeting to map out nation-building priorities for the year ahead

Release Date: Sep 26, 2017

Halton Regional Councillors Clark Somerville and Blair Lancaster were joined by municipal leaders from across the country in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to discuss how imminent decisions on the federal government’s national infrastructure plan and National Housing Strategy can transform communities across Canada.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government in Canada. Its Board of Directors represents communities of all sizes from coast to coast to coast and their interests to the Federal government.

The federal government’s new $81 billion Phase 2 infrastructure plan recognizes that investing in local infrastructure unlocks productive potential for workers, businesses and community members. From expanding public transit, roads networks and water systems, to building more climate–resilient communities, to supporting the priorities of rural communities - designed and delivered right, this commitment can build a better Canada and a better Halton.

“FCM has a critical year ahead to consolidate gains made for municipalities in Budget 2017 as the upcoming Integrated Bilateral Agreement negotiations for Phase 2 spending gets underway between the federal government, provinces and territories,” said Councillor Clark Somerville. “In order to move projects forward, we’ll need to see fair cost-sharing by all orders of government.”

Also on the agenda was the upcoming National Housing Strategy. Budget 2017 set aside $15 billion to support the Strategy, but the details of how that funding will be rolled out still outstanding.

“The National Housing Strategy is an important component to Canada’s housing system, and it’s essential that the federal government focus on fundamentals such as repairing social housing”, said Councillor Blair Lancaster. “Leveraging our local expertise to build new affordable homes that fit long-range community plans is the message that we are trying to deliver.”

Across Canada, in communities large and small, urban and rural, municipalities are the level of government closest to people’s lives. Their local solutions are helping tackle national challenges—from growth and productivity to climate change—and are building a more livable, competitive Canada.

“I am pleased that we have Regional representation on the FCM Board of Directors, to further advocate for Halton and for the issues that are important to our community, to the Federal government,” said Regional Chair Gary Carr.

For more information on Halton Region’s advocacy issues, visit halton.ca/advocacy.

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, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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