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Municipal Government Act Proclaimed

On December 23, the new Municipal Government Act came into force. This modern legislation replaces three outdated acts; the Charlottetown Area Municipalities Act, the City of Summerside Act, and the Municipalities Act.   The new legislation will provide broader powers, increased flexibility and greater clarity for municipal governments, and will address gaps that existed in the old legislation.  At the same time, it will strengthen accountability and transparency. 

New Municipal Funding Agreement Announced

New Municipal Funding Agreement is signed on December 6, 2017.
Back row from left: Summerside Mayor Bill Martin, Souris Mayor Steve O'Brien, Cornwall Mayor Minerva McCourt, Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee
Front row from left: Hon. Allen Raoch, Minister of Finance, FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall, Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment

On December 6, 2017 a new agreement on municipal funding for PEI was signed in Charlottetown.  Under the five-year agreement municipalities that provide streets and/or police will receive tax credits for streets/police and base funding.  The base credit will be available to other municipalities as they meet the requirements for towns under the new Municipal Government Act.  A planning credit will be provided to all municipalities that provide land use planning.

Equalization will be calculated according to the formula for 2018, with farm property excluded from the calculation.  Equalization will be increased annually according to the average increase in municipal assessments until the next census. The Provincial Infrastructure Fund has been replaced with the Municipal Capital Expenditures Grant program, which provides a grant equivalent to 10 percent of capital expenditures.

The new arrangements include top up funding  to ensure that no municipality receives less funding over the five year period of the agreement.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact FPEIM Executive Director John Dewey.  A press release and backgrounder from the province is available here.

FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting Held in Montague

The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its Semi-Annual Meeting in Montague on Saturday Novmber 4, 2017.  The meeting, held at the Montague Curling Club, was intended to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Town of Montague's incorporation

The meeting was attended by aproximately 115 delegates from across the province.  Along with the regular FPEIM business, those attending heard presentations on the Coastal Communities Adaptation Toolkit, Procurement Opportunities for Municipalities, Cannabis Legalization Implications, the Smart Cities Challenge, the Status of the Municipal Government Act Implementation, and the PEI Population Action Plan.

Host Montague Mayor Richard Collins receives thanks from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall Some of the delegates at FPEIM's 2017 Semi-Annual Meeting


Sample bylaws

Municipal Affairs has released several sample bylaws to help municipalities prepare for the proclamation of the Municipal Government Act.  The bylaws can be found here.

Cannabis legalization primer

FCM has developed a cannabis legalization primer to help municipalities address cannabis legalization locally.

Ending Poverty Starts Locally

In July, FCM released the report Ending Poverty Starts Locally which outlines municipal recommendations for a Canadian povery reduction strategy.

Infrastructure Phase II

The Investing in Canada Plan will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years.  It will invest in the following area:  public transit; green infrastructure; social infrastructure; trade and transportation; and infrastructure in rural and northern communities.

More information can be found in a letter than Minister Sohi sent to Minister Biggar on July 6, 2017.

FCM Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP)

Municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Applications for capital project funding will be accepted year round.  Details about the program and funding opportunities are available at FCM Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

FCM Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund finances capital projects that improve air, water and soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The eligibility criteria are flexible so you can determine the best ways to achieve your environmental goals. 

The deadline to apply for the Green Municipal Fund is August 1, 2017.

CAMA CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit

The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators recently developed a CAO Performance Evaluation Toolkit.  Check it out here.

FPEIM President attends Local Government Summit

FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall joined his association colleagues across the country in discussions about the future of municipal governments at the second annual Local Government Summit.  The Summit was held on June 1, 2017, in Ottawa, in advance of a conference for provincial and territorial minister of municipal affairs scheduled for July in Regina.

Building Codes Act Receives First Reading

The Building Codes Act has received first reading by the PEI Legislature.  It can be found here.

FCM says Federal budget a game-changer for municipalities

FCM says that Federal Budget 2017 is a game-changer for cities and communities.  Budget 2017 includes these key recommendations put forward by FCM and Canada's municipal leaders:

  • a transformational transit plan
  • significant housing investment
  • growth plan for rural Canada
  • support for local green innovation.

To learn more, read FCM's budget response.

 More information on Budget 2017 can be found here.

Climate Change Mitigation Recommendations Report

The Government of Prince Edward Island understands the need for all provinces and territories in Canada to play their part to mitigate or reduce the harmful impacts of climate change.  For more information, check out the PEI Climate Change Mitigation Strategy Recommendations.

Apply today for new climate change grants

Is your municipality looking for ways to take action on climate change? New funding from FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program can help. You can now apply for up to $175,000 for plans and studies to prepare for the realities of climate change, including colder winters, hotter summers, extreme storms and droughts, and take steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is offered through FCM and funded by the Government of Canada. Learn more and apply today.


Draft Water Act

The province of PEI has released the draft water act.  Public consultation is now open.  Public meetings will be held and submissions can be made online.  Online submissions will be accepted until April 18, 2017.

FPEIM Releases Restructuring Toolkit


FCM releases pre-budget submission

FCM recently released Seizing the Moment which contains its recommendations on the 2017 federal Budget.  FCM recommends the following in the document:

  • Fixing Canada's housing crisis
  • Revolutionizing Canadian transit
  • Scaling up local green innovation.

FCM's press release can be viewed here.

Municipal Government Act

Replacing the outdated acts governing municipalities with modern legislation has been one of the Federation's top priorities for many years. The Municipal Government Act was passed on December 15, 2016, which was the last day of the 2016 fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly.  The Act will be proclaimed after the regulations have been completed, which is expected to take several months.

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