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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.

2017 FPEIM Annual Meeting

Check out the preliminary agenda for the 2017 FPEIM annual meeting.  The meeting will be hosted by the City of Charlottetown on Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Rodd Charlottetown.

FPEIM Releases Restructuring Toolkit

The Fdederation of PEI Municipalities has Released "BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE: A GUIDE FOR MUNICIPAL RESTRUCTURING".  

Municipalities across PEI are facing more and more challenges in providing even a basic level of service to their communities. At the same time, federal and provincial government standards are changing and local residents’ expectations about having a local voice in government are growing.

The new Municipal Government Act introduces broader powers for municipalities along with stronger accountability measures and other new requirements. Many of these new requirements respond to changing public expectations.

As they face existing challenges and these new requirements, many municipal councils will recognize that they are not sustainable and need to consider estructuring.  This Toolkit is designed to assist these municipalities to begin the process.

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.

Crime Prevention and Policing Service Model Review

The Crime Prevention and Police Service Model Review was released on December 13, 2016.  The news release can be found here

A background document can be found here.

A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

The final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation can be found here.

Municipal Government Act in the Legislature

The Municipal Government Act is currently being discussed in the Legislature.  The proposed Act can be found here.

Municipal Leaders Talk Infrastructure on Parliament Hill

Town of Cornwall Councillor Irene Dawson was recently on Parliament Hill to discuss local infrastructure with Federal politicians.   Dawson was there representing PEI as member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Please read the full news release here.

FPEIM makes presentation to the Standing Committee on Communities, Land and Environment

On November 9, 2016, the FPEIM Executive was invited to make a presentation to the Standing Committee on Communities, Land and Environment on municipal restructuring. 

Federation Applauds Increased Infrastructure Spending

In a news release, the Federation of PEI Municipalities President Bruce MacDougall applauded the increase in infrastructure spending announced in the federal government's fall fiscal update.

FPEIM Vice-President Diane Griffin Appointed to Senate

On October 27, 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that FPEIM Vice-President Cities/Towns Diane Griffin had been appointed to the Canadian Senate to represent Prince Edward Island.  FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall and the entire Board of Directors extend their congratulations to Diane.  "A big loss for PEI Municipalities," said President MacDougall of the appointment, "but a tremendous gain for the Senate!"


FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting 2016

Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Summerside Mayor Bill Martin and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall at 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting

Over 100 delegates were registered for the Federation of PEI Municipalities Semi-Annual Meeting, held on October 22, 2016 at Credit Union Place in Summerside.  The business of the Federation was dealt with early in the morning session.  Delegates also heard an address by the Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.   The morning concluded with presentations on Charlottetown's Youth Retention Initiative and an introduction to a Toolkit for Municipal Restructuring that is being developed by FPEIM. 
After a buffet lunch, delegates were entertained by Island storyteller Dennis King.
The afternoon sessions resumed on a more serious note with a presentation by Todd Dupuis, Executive Director of Environment on Climate Change Mitigation Strategy.
The Draft Municipal Government Act was the focus for the remainder of the day.  The meeting heard an update on the status of the draft legislation from Samantha Murphy, Manager, Municipal Affairs.  FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall followed with a presentation on some of the suggestions the Federation has made to improve the draft legislation.  The day concluded with a round table discussion among the delegates of the Draft Municipal Government Act.

Delegates at FPEIM's 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting, Credit Union Place, Summerside, October 22, 2016.

National Disaster Mitigation Program

The deadline to apply for the National Disaster Mitigation Program is October 31, 2016.  Funding is available for risk assessments, flood mapping, mitigation planning and investments in non-structural and small-scale structural mitigation projects.  Please visit the Public Safety Canada website for more information.

FPEIM Board of Directors Meets With Minister

FPEIM Board of Directors with Hon. Robert Mitchell (seated, second from right)

The Board of Directors of the Federation of PEI Municipalities held its annual meeting with Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.  The meeting was held on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Inn on the Hill in Charlottetown.  This scheduled annual event provides a forum for a free, open  and informal exchange on issues identified by the Federation.  The format allows the Minister to update FPEIM on the current status of progress on these issues.
The topics addressed during this meeting included municipal finances, the Draft Municipal Government Act, province wide Municipal Incorporation, consultation between the Federation and the Provincial Government and changes to the planning appeals process.  Both Minister Mitchell and FPEIM  President Bruce MacDougall expressed the thought that the meeting was a valuable exercise and that they can continue to work closely together on the many issues that are before them.

New Municipal Government Act Overview

The Municipal Affairs Section of the Department of Communities, Land and Environment have created several information sheets to highlight many of the changes included in the proposed Act.

Municipal Government Act Consultations

The Department of Communities, Land and Environment issued a news release to announce formal consultations on the the proposed new Municipal Government Act.  Information sheets have been prepared on a dozen topics to highlight many of the changes included in the proposed Act.  That information is now available on the Department's Municipal Government Act web page.   The Department will be arranging meetings with municipalities as part of the consultation process and comments can be made by municipalities and the public through the feedback button on the web page.  The province has also prepared a short video.

Read FPEIM's
news release here.

Semi-Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 22, 2016

FPEIM's 2016 Semi-Annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 22.  It will be hosted by the City of Summerside and held at Credit Union Place.  The tentative agenda can be found here

Canada and PEI Reach Agreement Under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs

On August 3, 2016, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $112 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs – the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund – and supported by provincial government infrastructure programs. The federal government is providing up to 50% of funding for the projects supported through these programs. The provincial government and municipalities provide the balance of funding.

Further details on the announcement are available here.

Have your say on Canada's Infrastructure plan!

The Government of Canada is inviting you to share your ideas on community, green, public transit, and social infrastructure. Visit anytime between July 20 and mid-September to share your thoughts and ideas.

 Your input will help contribute to the development of Phase 2 of the Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan, which will help shape the future of Canada’s infrastructure.


Additional Funding for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

The federal government has released details regarding an additional $150 million for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Fund. The additional funding will support projects under two common themes: a clean-growth economy or a better future for indigenous peoples.   The program will provide up to 50 per cent of funding to provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments, Aboriginal organizations and non-profit organizations to renovate, expand or rehabilitate community and cultural infrastructure, including trails and bike paths. Projects must be completed by March 2018, although preference may be given to projects that can be completed by the end of the 2017 construction season.
More information on the intake and selection process for eligible projects is available through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

2016 Municipal Achievement Award

The Town of Stratford was the recipient of the Municipal Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Federation of PEI Municipalities held in St. Peter’s Bay on April 25, 2016.  The Federation established the Municipal Achievement Award to recognize municipalities that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life of residents. 

Members of the Stratford Town Council accept the 2016 Municipal Achievement Award from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall

More details on the Award Presentation are available here.

2016 Bruce H. Yeo Award

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has honoured Wade Williams, the late Deputy Mayor of Georgetown.  The Federation presented its Bruce H. Yeo Memorial Award to the late municipal official at its 59th Annual Meeting, held in St. Peter’s Bay on April 25, 2016.  The award was established in memory of FPEIM’s first president, to recognize outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island.  

FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall presents the 2016 Bruce H. Yeo Award to Cathy Williams, widow of the late Wade Williams

More Details on the award presentation are available here.

New Revenue Framework Expected for 2017

Municipalities and the Province of PEI are working on a new revenue framework expected to be in place for 2017.  See media release.

Informing the Future: The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card

The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card was released today.  The report can be found on FCM's website here.

FPEIM makes presentation on the Water Act

FPEIM recently made a presentation to the Environmental Advisory Council on the proposed adoption of a Water Act.  The presentaiton can be found here.

Three Rivers Area releases study

Seven municipalities in Kings County commissioned a study to examine the potential benefits of a regional approach to local governance.  The report "Stronger Together:  Building a Sustainable Future for the Three Rivers Region" has been released, but the municipalities emphasize in a news release that the real work is just beginning.

Minister Mitchell makes statement on municipal viability

On November 26th, the Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment issued a statement on municipal viability.  An excerpt from the PEI Legislative Assembly Hansard can be found here.  FPEIM responded to the statement with a media release.

FPEIM holds semi-annual meeting

The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its semi annual meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2015.  There were lots of great discussions on topics such as the building code, water act consultations, municipal boundaries, and communications.  The President's report can be found here.

FCM's response to the Federal election

FCM has issued a press release following the Federal election.  They have also released the document election campaign by the numbers.

Mandate letter for the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment

To enhance the transparency and accountability of government, Ministerial mandate letters have been posted online.  These letters outline the strategic priorities of each department.  The mandate letter for the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment can be found here.

FPEIM Board meet with Minister Mitchell

The FPEIM Board met with the Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment on October 15, 2015. 

FPEIM Board and Minister Mitchell

Councillor Brent Gallant, Summerside; Deputy Mayor Rodney Mann, Kensington; President Bruce MacDougall, Summerside; Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment; Vice-Chairperson Peter Vriends, North Shore; Councillor Stephen Gould, New Haven-Riverdale; Councillor Diane Griffin, Stratford; Mayor David MacDonald, Souris; Councillor Gwen Wyand, Resort Municipality; and Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Charlottetown

State of Rural Canada Report

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation released its State of Rural Canada Report.  To reach the chapter on PEI, click here.  For the full report, click here.

Province to Engage Municipalities on New Revenue Model

The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced its intention to engage municipalities to develop a new provincial revenue model that is predictable and enables the delivery of appropriate local services to Island cities, towns and communities.

“Government is committed to working together with Island municipalities to arrive at a revenue model that is predictable and reflects the levels of service provided to residents,” said Finance Minister Allen Roach. “Greater predictability in the amount of provincial revenue will assist municipalities at budget time to deliver the best services and infrastructure to Islanders in a cost-efficient manner.”

The announcement was made in a press release on September 16, 2015.

Province Invites Islanders to Participate in Creation of Water Act

The Government of Prince Edward Island has invited the public to contribute to the development of a Water Act. The Environmental Advisory Council will host consultations for the proposed Water Act and report back to the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.

More details are available hereA copy of the press release is available here.

FPEIM is preparring its own submission as part of the consultation process.  If you wish to have input into the FPEIM submission please feel free to contact us.

Town of Stratford launches Global Government Project

The Town of Stratford has launched a new initiative to improve governance locally, regionally and globally.  For more information, check out the news release and the website.

The proposal for the project can be found here.

New Report Highlights Water Priorities for Sustainable and Resilient Communities in Canada

The Canadian Water Network's (CWN) has issued a report that leads the national discussion on what municipalities need, want and can address in order to collectively move forward as sustainable water communities.  More information can be found on the CWN website.

FCM calls for a national leaders debate

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is calling for a national leaders debate.  A petition calling for this can be signed here.  More information can be found here.

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.  Information on this can be found here.

New FCM report on the housing crisis

FCM has issued a new report on the growing housing crisis in Canada.  The report is available at the following link:

Built to Last: Strengthening the Foundations of Housing in Canada


The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its 2015 Annual Meeting on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Linkletter Community Center.  The packed house of delegates heard from Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell.  Other speakers included PC Leader Rob Lantz, FCM President Brad Woodside, Go!PEI's Francois Caron and Dr. Adam Fenech of the UPEI Climate Lab.

Premier Wade MacLauchlan addresses the 2015 FPEIM AGM while Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall look on.

Read media reports from CBC and The Guardian.


Blueprint for Cities

FCM calls for the federal government to invest in cities.  Visit their new website and endorse the Blueprint for Cities.

FPEIM launches new website -

FPEIM has launched a new website - to build awareness of the need to strengthen municipalities.  The news release can be found here.

FPEIM Provides Information on Municipal Issues to all Provincial Candidates

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has provided information on municipal issues to all candidates standing for election in the May 4, 2015 Provincial Election.  A package highlighting key issues has been sent to each candidate.

FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show

The FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Edmonton, Alberta from June 5-8.  This conference is the largest pan-Canadian gathering of elected municipal leaders.

FPEIM Calls on Political Parties To Focus on Strengthening Municipalities

The Federation of PEI Municipalities is calling on all of PEI’s political parties to make the strengthening of Island municipalities a key part of their 2015 election platforms.

FPEIM Executive members meet with Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan (top left); Conservative Leader Rob Lantz (top right); Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker (bottom left); and NDP Leader Mike Redmond (bottom right)  during 2015 Provincial Election campaign. 

A copy of FPEIM's Election 2015 news release is available here.  Diane Griffin, Vice-President of Cities/Towns, FPEIM submitted an opinion letter to The Guardian. 


Strengthening Canada Through our Hometowns

FCM has delivered recommendations for Budget 2015 to the Federal Minister of Finance in its submission, Strengthening Canada through our Hometowns.

Removing Barriers to Young Women's Participation in Local Governments

In honor of International Women Day, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched The Head Start Guide to encourage young women’s participation in local government.
"Women make an invaluable contribution and our communities and our country cannot afford to miss out on the insights and expertise of half its citizens," said Brad Woodside, President of FCM.
Share FCM's guide and toolkit with all the amazing women that are part of your network!

Mayors of Canada's Big Cities call on federal parties to spell out a serious plan for building Canada's future through its cities

The mayors of Canada's biggest cities made a united call today for a new focus from federal political parties on building Canada's future through its cities.  The press release can be found  here.  Check out FCM's website for more information.

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