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Provincial Infratructure Fund Cut

PEI’s 2016 Budget has slashed a $1.8 million Provincial Infrastructure Fund and Island municipalities and their residents will bear the brunt of this unexpected action. 

FPEIM's media release can be found here.

 


2016 Federal Budget

FPEIM President, Bruce MacDougall joined FCM and municipalities across the country in applauding Budget 2016 as good news for municipalities.  Read more

 


2016 FPEIM annual meeting

The 2016 FPEIM annual meeting will be hosted by the Community of St. Peter's Bay at the St. Peter's Bay Complex.  A call for resolutions, nominations for board position and nominations for awards can be found here.


FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting - November 14, 2015

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has scheduled its 2015 Semi-Annual Meeting for Saturday November 14, 2015.  The Meeting will be hosted by the community of Tignish and will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No 6, 221 Phillip St., Tignish.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The agenda and registration information will be available shortly.


June is Recreation Month

June is Recreation Month in PEI!.  Check out Go!PEI's website for more details.


FCM responds to Federal Budget 2015

FCM has released this statement and analysis of the federal budget.


Change in Date for FPEIM 2015 Annual Meting

With the expectation that the originally scheduled date of April 27, 2015 will fall in the midst of a provincial election campaign, FPEIM's Board of Directors has changed the date to Monday, May 25, 2015.  The location remains the same: the Linkletter Community Center.

A registration form is available here.


Municipal Orientation 2015 a success

The full day session was well attended on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Andre Daigle, Droit Juris Law, Centre for Excellence in Governance spoke about Roles & Responsibilities for the morning.  Delegates heard from Perlene Morrison, Partner, Stewart McKelvey, on Conflict of Interest & Liability in the afternoon.  Rob Philpott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Summerside, made a presentation on Municipal Finance.

Delegates at the Municipal Orientation Session 2015


FPEIM Holds Semi-Annual Meeting

The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its successful 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting on Saturday November 29, 2014 at the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village.

Delegates at the 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting

Delegates were addressed by both PEI Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Wes Sheridan and Egmont M.P. and National Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Hon. Gail Shea.  Presentations covered such topics as the Report of the Task Force on Land Use Policy, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Hometown Proud initiative, FPEIM's Communication Strategy, Crime Stoppers and Municipal Opportunities for Tourism Development.

Vice-President Diane Griffin delivered the President's Report at the meeting.  The report can be found here.


FCM launches Hometown Proud Campaign

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has  launched its #HOMETOWNPROUD campaign. FCM’s goal with this campaign is to enlist the support of Canadians to start a conversation about hometowns and offer solutions to hometown issues.
The campaign launched on Tuesday, November 18, and kicked-off with a contest to encourage Canadians to share their stories and photos. Through the support of Air Canada, the winner of the contest will win two tickets to bring a loved one home. The contest runs until January 13, 2015.


FCM asks that you support the launch of the campaign in three ways:

  • Register for the campaign on the website (hometownproud.fcm.ca) and share your hometown proud story and photo.
  • Tweet about the campaign to your followers today, and beyond.
  • Make use of the tools available on he website to help promote the Hometown Proud Campaign in your hometowns.

FCM will be announcing weekly contest finalists based on votes. Please watch the site at hometownproud.fcm.ca .


Sustainable Growth Management and Service Provision Strategy

A Sustainable Growth Management and Service Provision Strategy has been completed for the Town of O'Leary. The study area includes the Town of O’Leary and the surrounding unincorporated properties that share a common interest in the quality and affordability of regional and municipal services.  A copy of the report is available by clicking here.

 


FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting November 29

The Federation of PEI Municipalities Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday November 29, 2014.  Abram-Village is this year's host municipality.

The brochure with a tentative agenda and registration form is available here.


Statement by FCM President following the release of the final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

Mayor Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently released a statement regarding the announcement of the Canada-EU trade agreement.  This statement can be found here.  FCM has ensured that the final agreement would be consistent with their seven principles on free and fair international trade by working closely with the federal governemnt, particularly the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, during Canada's negotiations with the E.U.   More information about the Canada-EU trade agreement can be found here.


FPEIM Congratulates Communities on Amalgamation

The Federation of PEI Municipalities has congratulated the councils of Bedeque and Central Bedeque on their decision to amalgamate the two communities.  In a press release, President Bruce MacDougall noted that the Federation met with the councils when they first began talking about this idea, and he was impressed with the dialogue that took place.  "The councils were looking at what would be best for residents in the long-term, and I commend them for moving ahead," he said.   "We need strong, sustainable municipalities across the Island, and these councils have taken an important step forward." 

Read the full news release here.

A news report in the Charlottetown Guardian is available here.


Municipal Elections November 3, 2014

 

Prince Edward Island municipalities elect new Councils on Monday November 3, 2014.

Visit the PEI Department of Municipal Affairs Municipal Elections 2014 website for further information.


Heritage Builds Resilience: Heritage Canada The National Trust Conference 2014, Charlottetown, October 2 to 4, 2014

Heritage Builds Resilience: The Heritage Canada The National Trust Annual Conference, in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP|ACECP), and in collaboration with PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation is being held in Charlottetown from October 2 - 4, 2014 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Further details are available here.

A separate Fundraising Workshop, Strategies for Fundraising: Sustaining Heritage, Museum, Arts and Culture Organizations, is being held on October 1-2 in conjunction with the Conference.   Details about the Workshop are available here.


CHRA Launches Report:

The Canadian Housing and Renewal Aassociation has  released a significant new report, the cornerstone of the “Housing For All: Social housing for people in need” campaign. The Report initiates a call on the federal government to reinvest in social housing to ensure it is available, protected and eventually expanded for the low-income individuals and families in communities across Canada who cannot afford other housing options. A copy of the report is available here or visit the houing4all.ca website.


Report of the Task Force on Land Use Policy

The Province has released the Report of the Task Force on Land Use Policy.  The news release can be found here.  FPEIM's submission to the Task Force can be found here.


Province of PEI to Introduce a Water Act

The Department of Environment, Labour and Justice has announced that it will introduce a water act.  A copy of the news release can be found here.


Gas Tax Fund Agreement Signed

 On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Member of Parliament for Egmont, and Robert Vessey, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, signed an agreement for the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund.  The Province issued a press release and the agreement can be found here.


FCM Launches Campaign on Hometown Champions

One of the key messages at FCM's recent annual conference was the need for more hometown champions.  For more information or to sign up, please check out FCM's website.


Robert Hughes Elected as President of CAMA

FPEIM congratulates Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Stratford, on being elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) at the association’s recent annual general meeting in Niagara Falls, ON.

CAMA is a national, non-profit association open to municipal Chief Administrative Officers/Managers and senior appointed officials.  The organization has approximately 500 members from all parts of Canada.  This is the first time someone from PEI has held this position.

 FPEIM's press release can be found here.


FCM Elects New Board

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) held its annual conference in Niagara Falls recently.  At this meeting, Mayor Bradley Woodside was elected President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. 

Councillor Irene Dawson, Town of Cornwall, was elected as one of PEI's representatives on the FCM Board.  The other FCM Board seat is reserved for the FPEIM President. 

Congratulations to all newly elected Board members.  A list of the 2014-2015 FCM Board can be found here.


FPEIM Holds 57th Annual Meeting

The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its very successful 57th Annual Meeting on April 28, 2014 at the Lt. Col. E.W. Johnstone Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 in Kensington.  With in excess of 130 registered it was one of the best attend Annual Meetings in recent history.

FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall shares a golden moment with Keynote Speaker, two time Olymic Gold Medallist Heather Moyse

For many, the highlight of the day was an inspirational address by Keynote Speaker, two time Olympic Gold Medallist Heather Moyse.  The meeting also heard from the Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Claude Dauphin, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Hon. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance Energy and Municipal Affairs; and Hon. Steven Myers, Leader of the Official Opposition.  Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of PDeputy Mayor Stu MacFadyenEI delivered the Luncheon Address.  There were sessions that provided an Infrastructure Update, Asset Management for Municipalities and an overview of the PEI Fire Services Report.  Nine of our ten Provincial Cabinet Ministers took part in the Cabinet Ministers' Forum to close a busy day.

The 2014 Bruce Yeo Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island was presented to Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen of the City of Charlottetown.

 


AGM 2014 Presentations Available

Copies of the presentations made to FPEIM's 2014 Annual meeting, held in Kensington on April 28, 2014 are now available on this website in .pd format.  Click here.


FCM Sustainable Communities Awards

The 2015 call for applications for FCM Sustainable Communities Awards is now open. Find out if your municipality and project are eligible and apply now!  The deadline to apply is June 16, 2014.


New Building Canada Fund

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Government of Canada launched the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) a $14 billion, 10 year plan to invest in provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.  The news release is available by clicking here and the Infrastructure Canada website is available here


2014 FPEIM Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2014 FPEIM annual meeting.  An agenda has been released.  The deadline for registration is Friday, April 18, 2014.  The meeting will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the  Lt. Col. E.W. Johnstone Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9, hosted by the Town of Kensington.  The resolutions committee report and constitution committee report will be discussed at the meeting.  


RBC Learn to Play Grant Program

Information on the RBC Learn to Play Grant program can be found on the website.  The deadline to apply for a program grant is May 16, 2014.


FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show

This year's FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Niagara Falls.  To receive the earlybird discount, you must register by 11:59 pm EST on April 14, 2014.  More information on the conference can be found here.


PEI Environmental Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the PEI Environmental Awards until May 1, 2014.  For more information, check out the website.


National Volunteer Week April 6-12

National Volunteer Week is April 6-12.  The Federation of PEI Municipalities salutes the countless volunteers that make our cities, towns and communities better places to live, work and play.

Visit the National Volunteer Week website here.


PEI Fire Services Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis

The PEI Fire Services Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis has been released.  A copy of this report can be found here.


FCM's Analysis of the New Building Canada Fund

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced an analysis of the New Building Canada Fund, explaining its implications for cities and communities.  The Prime Minister’s announcement on February 13, 2014 brought cities and communities closer to accessing new infrastructure funding by April 1.  Still,  FCM has concerns with some details of the New Building Canada Fund and how it can be used to meet local needs over its ten-year duration.

A copy of FCM's analysis is available here.


FCM's Analysis of Federal Budget 2014

The Government of Canada tabled the 2014 budget in Parliament on February 11, 2014.  Read the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' budget analysis here.


Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch

FCM has launched a national campaign calling on all orders of government in Canada to focus on the high cost of housing, the most urgent financial issue facing Canadians.  To view the news release click here.  For additional information visit the Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch website.

 The FPEIM Board adopted a resolution at the November Board meeting and sent a letter to Honourable Jason Kenney.  The letter and resolution can be found here.


FCM Sustainable Communities Conference - Registration Now Open

Canada’s most popular municipal sustainability conference is back with new ideas, new energy and a new venue with a distinctly Atlantic flavour in 2014 — and we’re looking forward to seeing you there. Join us at the 2014 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show (SCC) from February 11 – 13 in Charlottetown, PE!

 

Click here for more details.


FCM statement on the 2013 Speech from the Throne

Following the presentation of the 2013 speech from the throne on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2013, Federation of Canadian Municipalities  President Claude Dauphin issued this statement summarizing FCM’s assessment of the speech and its implications for our priority issues.

 


Letter to the Prime Minister from FCM President

The federal government is preparing the speech from the throne that will open the next session of Parliament.  In this letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Claude Dauphin  outlines FCM's priorities for the government to consider.

 


Funding Announcement: Youth Justice Fund

The Department of Justice Canada is accepting proposals under the Youth Justice Fund, Guns, Gangs and Drugs component for new project proposals to respond to youth  involved in the justice system and involved in, or vulnerable to, gun, gang and drug activities.

 

For more details, click here.


FPEIM Holds Bylaw Workshop

 

Thirty-five registered participants took part in a full day Bylaw Workshop on Wednesday September 18, 2013.  The session, organized by the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities, was held at the newly renovated Miltonvale Park Community Centre.

The workshop was presented by André Daigle, of the Law Firm of Chaisson & Roy.

The session focussed on the essential elements for a municipality to consider before adopting a by-law, as well as what must be done afterwards. Examples and discussions were draw from case law and some of the more common Island bylaws, such as unsightly premises, building, noise and animal control.


FCM and Canada's Democracy Week

As part of the 2013 Jack Layton Fellowship Program,the  Federation of Canadian Municipalities  is partnering with Elections Canada on Canada's Democracy Week, an annual event to increase civic engagement among youth. Canada's Democracy Week is September 16-23, 2013 and this year's theme is "Connect With Democracy."


FCM is sponsoring the main prize for Canada's Democracy Week's National Democracy Challenge, a contest for youth to demonstrate their commitment to democratic engagement. The contest runs from September 16 to November 16, 2013. FCM is offering the winner a trip for two to FCM's 2014 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Niagara Falls.


Details are avilable on FCM's website.


Task Force on Land Use Policy has launched an on-line survey

The Task Force on Land Use Policy has launched an on-line survey (http://www.gov.pe.ca/landandlocalgovernance/survey) to better understand public opinion about land use in Prince Edward Island.

 

This is a great opportunity to tell the Task Force how you feel about land use as it relates to water quality issues, protecting resource lands and natural areas, preserving landscapes and building sustainable communities.  The input from the survey will provide the Task Force with a greater understanding of public opinion on these issues as it establishes a new direction for land use in the province.

 

The Task Force held a series of public consultations earlier this year. It will be continuing these consultations this fall, with a final report to government in January. Provincial land use policies will set the direction for how land is used and how development takes place in Prince Edward Island.

 

The survey is available on-line at http://www.gov.pe.ca/landandlocalgovernance/survey.  Paper copies of the survey can be obtained by contacting the Municipal Affairs and Provincial Planning Division at (902) 620-3558 or landuse@gov.pe.ca

 


FCM Green Municipal Fund Update

Is your municipality planning for a more sustainable future? You may be eligible for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund. Grants are available for:   

  • Sustainable neighbourhood action plans targeting energy, waste and water management, land use and sustainable transportation.
  • Community brownfield action plans to identify priority redevelopment zones and opportunities.
  • Greenhouse gas reduction plans to take action on climate change.

GMF grants cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000. Applications for plans are reviewed in a non-competitive process against established criteria.  GMF funding is available to all municipal governments and their partners in eligible projects. In 2013–2014, FCM aims to approve a total of $6 million in grants for eligible plans, studies and tests.
 
Visit FCM's website for more information on GMF funding for plans, or contact them at gmf@fcm.ca.


E-learning opportunity: Adapting your infrastructure to climate change

FCM and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) have developed an e-learning course to help municipal staff and service providers learn about adapting critical infrastructure to severe weather and a changing climate.  For additional information, visit the FCM website.

 


Union of Quebec Municipalities Issues Appeal for Lac-Megantic

Mayor Éric Forest of Rimouski, president of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ),has issued an appeal to the entire municipal sector for solidarity in helping the town of Lac-Mégantic and its residents rebuild their community in the wake of the tragedy caused by the July 5 derailment and explosion of an oil tanker train.

Read the entire appeal here.


Letter to the Editor - Federal Workforce Reduction

FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall's Letter to the Editor on the issue of Federal Workforce Reduction was published in The Guardian on Saturday June 29, 2013.

A presentation on the issue was made at FPEIM's Semi-Annual Meeting held in North Rustico in January 2013.


FCM Releases The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2013: Opening a New Chapter

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities released The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2013: Opening a New Chapter at its 2013 Annual Conference. The report calls for a new strategic federal-municipal partnership.  For the executive summary click here.


Statement by FPEIM President in Response to Minister's Comment

A statement from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall in response  to comments reported in the Guardian and the Journal Pioneer on May 4.

Click here to see full press release.


First Municipal Wastewater Quarterly Reports Due May 15

Municipalities are reminde they must submit their first quarterly report under the new Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations by May 15, 2013. Reporting deadlines are available on the Environment Canada website. All reports should be submitted through the Effluent Regulatory Reporting Information System (ERRIS). Reporting entities must create an account to upload information.

FCM's overview is available here.


Charlottetown Mayor Recognized with Canadian Sport Tourism Award

City of Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee was recognized by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) as the recipient of its 2013 CSTA President’s Award during its annual Sport Events Congress in held Ottawa.   Read further details here.


Statement by FCM president in response to the federal budget

The statement released by FCM President Karen Leibovici in response to the tabling of the federal budget and FCM's budget analysis are available at the following links:


Summerside Wins Sustainablity Award

The Canadian Federation of Municipalities honoured the City of Summerside on Thursday February 14, for its energy initiatives with a Sustainable Community Award at the 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show held in Windsor, Ontario.

Summerside received the award for its wind farm and Smart Grid Meter Pilot Program.

View a video on the Summerside Program here.

FCM's 2014  Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show will be held in Charlottetown.


Municipal Orientation Sessions Continue

 

Participants at the first Municipal Orientation 2013 Session held on Feb. 2, 2013 at the North Shore Community Centre.

The first of two Municipal Orientation 2013 Sessions was held on Saturday February 2 at the North Shore Community Centre.  Over eighty delegates were registered for this session.

The second of the two sessions is scheduled for Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Linkletter Community Centre.  The sessions are jointly hosted by FPEIM and the Municipal Affairs Branch.

 


FCM Releases New Toolkits for Mentoring Young Women Interested in Municipal Affairs

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Women in Local Government Program has announced the publication of toolkits for the Protégé Program. These guides and templates can now be accessed and used by any municipality wanting to increase women’s participation in municipal government by starting a mentorship program for young women in their communities.


Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals

On February 6, 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. To celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years of service, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was announced as a way to recognize outstanding Canadians. The medals provided an opportunity to honour exceptional Canadians for their contributions to their fellow citizens, to our communities and to our country.

The Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities was granted the privilege of nominating six recipients of ths unique honour and to recognize outstanding municipal leaders.

On October 30, 2012 the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island presented five of the medals at historic Government House in Charlottetown.  The sixth medal was presented by FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall to David Campbell who was unable to attend the ceremony at Government House.

From left: Basil Stewart, Gwen Wyand, Bruce MacDougall, the Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Irene Dawson, Stan Campbell (Missing from photo: David Campbell)


From left: David Campbell, Bruce MacDougall


FCM Releases Video - Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge

 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has posted a new video about the importance of municipal infrastructure on their Infrastructure Challenge Blog. Take a look at the video, share it with members of your community, and encourage them to use the Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge website to send a message to Members of Parliament. As the blog says, more correspondence about infrastructure that MPs receive from Canadians, the more influence FCM’s campaign will have.


Municipal Leaders Meet With MPs

Federation of PEI Municipalities President, Bruce MacDougall, joined more than 100 other municipal leaders from across the country for meetings with Members of Parliament, to continue the dialogue about a new long-term infrastructure plan.  The meetings were part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) meetings in Ottawa which ran from November 20 to 23, 2012.

Read FPEIM's Press Release on the meeting here.


FPEIM asks Federal Government to Take Another Look at EI Reform

FPEIM President Bruce Macdougall issued a press release on November 15, 2012 as part of FPEIM's efforts to convince the Federal Government to reconsider some of the announced reforms to the Employment Insurance Progrm.  President MacDougall has written to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development to express the Federation's concerns.

Read the press release here and the letter to the Minister here.


FCM's Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge

Federation of Canadian Municipalities has launched The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge as the next phase of the Federation's efforts to make sure the new long-term infrastructure plan is part of the 2013 federal budget, and that it meets the needs of our cities and communities.

For more information on the challenge visit the Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge website.


Report card on Municiapl Infrastructure

On September 11, 2012, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities released a report card on the state of Canada's core municipal infrastructure. The report card shows that core infrastructure like roads and water systems are at risk,” The FCM news release reports that without immediate improvement and ongoing maintenance, the cost of fixing or replacing the assets studied will explode over the next decade.  Further details and the full report card are available at www.canadainfrastructure.ca .


FPEIM Expresses Concern Over Federal Job Cuts

The Board of Directors of FPEIM has passed a resolution expressing concern that  Federal Workforce Reductions will have a disproportianate effect on the Province of PEI.  These concerns have been included in a letter to Prime Minister Harper.


New Wastewater Regulations

The federal government has released new regulations for wastewater system effluent.   The Federation of Canadian Municipalities estimates the costs for municipalities to adhere to the new regulations will exceed $20 billion. Municipalities have said that the federal government's new long-term infrastructure plan - now in development - must include funding programs to pay for the wastewater system upgrades necessitated by the new regulations.

Read FCM release: National Funding Plan Needed to Meet New Federal Wastewater Regulations

Read Environment Canada's release.

Read the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations

 


Land Use Policy Task Force

Minister Sheridan has announced the members of the Land Use Policy Task Force. They are Janice Harper (Charlottetown), Carol Horne (Charlottetown), Paul Gallant (Souris West) and Marvyn Webster (Kelvin Grove). John Handrahan (Tignish) will serve as chair. The Task Force and the Environmental Advisory Council will hold joint consultations on the protection and management of our natural resources. For additional information visit the Land and Local Governance section of the provincial website.

 

 


FPEIM Takes Part in Infrastructure Round Table

Bruce MacDougall, President of the Federation of PEI Municipalities took part in discussions held in Charlottetown on July 29, 2012 that were intended to assist in the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan.  The Honourable Denis Lebel, Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities was in Charlottetown to gather input from stakeholders.  Minister Lebel was joined by the Honourable Gail Shea, PEI’s representative in the Federal Cabinet and the Honourable Robert Vessey, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Renewal.

FPEIM's Press Release on the meeting can be read here.
 



FPEIM Emergency Resolution Adopted at FCM Annual Conference

An Emergency Resolution on the Reinstatement of the Community Access Program, submitted by the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities, was adopted at the recent Annual Conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities held in Saskatoon.


FCM unveils new annual report on the State of Canada's Cities and Communities

 FCM President Berry Vrbanovic recently spoke to the Economic Club about how our cities and communities are faring as Canada continues its economic recovery. FCM used the occasion to unveil a new report, The State of Canada’s Cities and Communities 2012 http://www.fcm.ca/Documents/members_only/844_Full_report_%20EN.pdfPresident Vrbanovic hosted a national press conference after the Economic Club speech to officially release the report http://fcm.ca/home/issues/infrastructure.htm, and take questions from the media.

 


Toolkit for Municipalities, Organizations and Citizens - Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination

 The Canadian Commission for UNESCO has made available a new publication entitled "Toolkit for Municipalities, Organizations and Citizens - Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD)" Copies of the Toolkit can be downloaded free of charge at: www.ccmard-ccmcrd.ca

 


Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities

Holland College, Charlottetown, PEI, August 21- 24, 2012

Atlantic Summer Institute (ASI) presents Inspiration to Action: Leadership for Active Communities - three days focusing on comprehensive training to foster leadership for active communities.


FPEIM Writes Minister Regarding HST

The April 18, 2012 Provincial Budget announced that a Harmonized Sales Tax will be introduced as of April 1, 2013.  

In the period leading up to the Budget, FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall had written to Minister Wes Sheridan outling some issues of concern to the  Federation of PEI Municipalities.


LightSavers Canada

LightSavers Canada,  a consortium of municipalities and other partners, will help governments, public institutions, and private companies that own or manage lighting assets learn from each other about energy-saving Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and smart controls

Details available here.


Province renews RCMP contract

The Province of PEI has reached an agreement with Public Safety Canada to renew Prince Edward Island’s RCMP provincial policing contract for another 20 years.  For more information, see the news release.


FPEIM Responds to Cut to Municipal Grants

FPEIM issued a press release today in response to Minister Sheridan's announcement on cuts to municipal grants. 


Task Force on Land Use Policies

The Province of PEI has announced that it is establishing a Task Force on Land Use Policies.  The Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Hon. Wes Sheridan is asking interested, community-minded people to put their names forward for the task force. 

View the Press Release here.

View Terms of Reference for the Task Force here.


Communities in Bloom

FPEIM congratulates PEI municipalities on their success in the Communities in Bloom 17th National Symposium and Awards held in Quebec City .  The City of Charlottetown was awarded the Communities in Bloom International Challenge Award - Large Category.  The City of Summerside was awarded the National Prize in the 10,001 to 20,000 population category.  The Town of Souris and the Community of Tignish were also recognized for receiving five blooms in the Up to 1,500 category.  For more results, please visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca/.  


Action Plan for a New Local Governance System in New Brunswick

Earlier this week, the Government of New Brunswick released its Action Plan for a new Local Governance System in New Brunswick. The link to the report is:

www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/lg-gl/pdf/ActionPlanLocalGovernance.pdf


Process for Long Term Infrastructure Plan Announced

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced details of a process to develop a long-term infrastructure plan.

For more information, please visit FCM’s Infrastructure page . There, you will find our statement, as well as links to the Infrastructure Canada website, which has details of the November 30 announcement.


FCM Publishes Affordable Housing Guide

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, through its national program, Affordability and Choice Today (ACT), has published a new guide called  Housing Affordability and Choice: A Compendium of ACT Solutions.

The guide showcases the best Canadian municipal project ideas for tackling regulatory change, to increase affordable housing options. Funded by ACT, these innovative projects have great potential for wide replication. The guide also outlines project barriers, changes implemented and the results.


Charlottetown and Summerside Awarded Communities in Bloom Honours

The City of Charlottetown was awarded the International Challenge Award — Large Category  at the 17th Communities in Bloom National Symposium and Awards held in Quebec City. The International Challenge involves winners from different national programs competing  based on population categories.

The City of Summerside was awarded the National Prize in the 10,001 to 20,000 population category.

A complete list of the 2011 winners is available here.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the promotion of green spaces in community settings.

 


Infrastructure a major concern across Canada, poll shows

Infrastructure and health care shared top spot as the most important local issue identified by thousands of Canadians polled by Ipsos Reid recently. These issues placed ahead of the economy, taxes and crime. The poll was conducted for Global News.  

These findings corroborate the results of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2008 and 2009 polling. Moreover, the findings reinforce FCM’s work to develop a long-term infrastructure  plan with the federal governmentDarrell Bricker of Ipsos Reid says infrastructure issues are ‘plaguing cities right across the country.’ Bricker  attributes the problem to a mix of growing urban populations and dwindling government funding. ‘That means infrastructure becomes the responsibility of the municipalities – and they just don’t have the tax base to address the issue.’

 


FCM Launches Redesigned Website

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched its newly redesigned website

The new fcm.ca puts cities and communities from every corner of the country in the spotlight.

With this site, FCM tells the story of its members in a way that connects with all Canadians. It reflects the role of municipalities in everyday life, their importance to citizens young and old, and their impact on the social and economic fabric of Canada.

The new fcm.ca shows how municipalities come together through FCM to speak with one strong voice, overcome common challenges and influence federal policies and programs.  It will feature frequent updates on key issues, FCM’s advocacy activities  and  national and international programs.

 


CSCE Announces Award for Governmental Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure

Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)  has announced a new Award for Governmental Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure. This Award will be given annually to a public sector entity that has shown particular leadership, through a project or program, in the area of sustainable infrastructure. The first Award will be presented at the CSCE annual conference in Edmonton in June of 2012.

Instructions for application are provided on the CSCE website. Applications close December 15, 2011 for this year’s Award.

 


Public Letter from Hon. Ed Fast to FCM President

Read a public letter from the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, to the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in response to FCM's seven principles for fair trade and the ongoing Canadian - European Union (EU) trade negotiations.


FCM Collection of Green Municipal Bylaws Keeps on Growing!

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' project to capture and share excellent green policies, bylaws and procedures from large and small municipalities across Canada continues to grow.

Communities from coast to coast to coast have continued to share their efforts and the collection now boasts almost 170 excellent green bylaws.

Find out how more and more Canadian Communities are going green in the expanded Municipal Sustainable Bylaw Collection.


Federal Parties speak directly to Canada's Municipalities

In response to a call from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), federal parties are speaking directly to the more than 20,000 Mayors and Councillors across Canada about the future of the federal municipal partnership and the issues facing cities and communities.

The videos, now available on www.fcm.ca/election2011, feature messages to municipal leaders from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Jack Layton, John Baird on behalf of Conservative leader Stephen Harper and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.


New Sustainable Communities Toolkit

Bring smart growth home with the Canada Green Building Council’s Sustainable Communities Toolkit. Originally developed in 2006 with support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as the Green Building Toolkit, the updated toolkit reflects the evolution from green buildings to green communities.  It equips owners of public sector buildings with the information they need to address climate change and infrastructure challenges through green bilding policies and programs.

The 248-page toolkit offers up-to-date information on:  community planning, natural environment, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, and energy.

The toolkit is available free of charge to municipal governments and their partners.

Download and complete the order form and get your electronic copy within 24 hours!


FCM Statements on Federal Party Platforms

Hans Cunningham, President of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, has issued statements on the platforms of each of the four major national political parties for the May 2, 2011 Election.

The statements confine themselves to items related to or of interest to municipal governments only and can be viewed at:

 


FCM 2011 Federal Election Platform

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has released its 2011 Federal Election Platform.

FCM’s platform, Strong Cities, Strong Communities, Strong Canada, contains practical and affordable solutions to protect communities and build on recent investments as the budget outlook improves.

The platform focuses on five key priority areas: infrastructure; transportation and public transit; rural, remote and northern Canada; policing and community safety; and housing.

A copy of the complete platform is available at: FCM 2011 Election Platform

 


FCM Analysis of Budget 2011-12

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities  has produced an analysis of the 2011-12 Federal  Budget.  This analysis is in relation to FCM’s primary advocacy objectives and key policy positions and is now available on line:

  http://www.fcm.ca/CMFiles/FCM_Analysis_of_Federal_Budget_2011.pdf 

The analysis of the budget confines itself to items related to or of interest to municipal governments only.


Municipal Viability Self-Assessment Toolkit

The Municipal Viability Self-Assessment Toolkit present by Gordon Smith from CBCL Ltd. at the Semiannual meeting can be found here.


Gas Tax Fund supports development of municipal educational toolkit



Municipalities across Prince Edward   Island will benefit from new resources   developed by FPEIM thanks to an investment from the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island. Visit the resources section of this website to access new tools and resources.  (Photo: Ministers Sheridan and Shea discuss the project with President Bruce MacDougall at the Semiannual meeting on Nov. 27, 2010.)


The news release about the project can be found here.

 


Municipalities Applaud Stimulus Deadline Extension

The Government of Canada has extended the deadline to complete infrastructure stimulus projects to October 31, 2011. To view the FCM news release click here. To view the Government of Canada news release click here.


FCM's Green Municipal Fund Doubles Funding

Gas Tax Fund supports FPEIM project to develop new resources for municipal governments. To view the news release click here.


Municipal Emergency Management Guide

The Municipal Emergency Management Guide has been created by the PEI Office of Public Safety to assist municipalities to develop comprehensive emergency management programs. 


CMHC - A Guide for Canadian Municipalities for the Development of a Housing Action Plan

The attached outlines the Guide and what's included.  It directs those interested to the website, where the contact information for their local representatives can be found.


FPEIM Calls on Federal Government to Abandon New Approach to Census

FPEIM has called upon the Government of Canada to continue to use the mandatory long-form questionnaire for the Census.  A copy of the press release can be found here and the letter to Minister Clement can be found here.


Federal government opens dialogue with municipalities on wastewater regulations

More information can be found in FCM's news release, here.


Report of the Commission on Land and Local Governance Released

The report of the Commission on Land and Local Governance was released on January 7, 2010.  The report can be found here.

FPEIM's submission to the Commission "Strong Local Government for All Islanders" is available here.


FCM releases report

A new report has been released by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) that shows how the federal government can partner with municipalties on cost-effective, community-based projects to jump-start its national climate change strategy.  The report can be found here.


FCM Green Municipal Fund

The FCM Green Municipal Fund recently released comprehensive research reports on issues, trends, emerging technologies, and current and best practices in four sectors of municipal activity.  Energy, Planning, Transportation, and Water are the topics of these reports.


Model Code of Conduct

Under the Building Municipal Capacity project, FPEIM has developed a Model Code of Conduct for Municipalities. This Code of Conduct can be modified to suite the needs of your municipality. The Code of Conduct can be found here in Microsoft Word.


 




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