The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of Canadian municipal governments, dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal governments. FCM represents the interests of all municipalities on policy and program matters within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada’s largest cities, small urban and rural communities.
The president and vice-presidents of FCM are elected by member municipalities and serve on the FCM Executive Committee. The current FCM President is Joanne Vanderheyden, Mayor, Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc and Councillor, Middlesex County.
As the national voice of local government, the FCM has access to federal decision-making processes and is consulted by the federal government on many issues. FCM reinforces and advances Toronto’s position regarding the need for federal revenue sharing and a national policy agenda for urban issues.
FCM’s advocacy efforts have contributed to initiatives such as:
FCM also contributes funding through programs such as the Green Municipal Fund, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program. Between 2001 and August 2020, the City, its agencies and corporations, and community organizations in Toronto have received over $8.6 million of funding from FCM programs.
The City of Toronto is a long-standing member of FCM and is its largest member.
The FCM has a 75 member National Board of Directors, including 16 representatives from Ontario. City Council has appointed Deputy Mayor Bailão and Councillor Lai as Toronto’s representatives on the FCM Board of Directors to the Annual Meeting in June 2022.
The FCM Board of Directors annually establishes standing committees and forums to advance issues of interest to FCM members, facilitate debate, and provide the FCM Board with recommendations on priority policy and program issues. These committees are comprised of both Board members and other municipal elected officials. Committee appointments are based on municipal preferences and experience, as well as the need to balance regional, community size and gender representation on each committee.
For the 2020-2021 term, FCM has ten standing committees and forums.
Toronto City Councillors sit on the following:
|Board of Directors||Deputy Mayor Bailão
|Anti-Racism & Equity||Councillor Bradford|
|Community Safety & Crime Prevention||Councillor Lai
|Conference Planning||Councillor Lai|
|Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development||Councillor Bradford
|Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government||Deputy Mayor Bailão
|International Relations||Councillor Lai
|Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements||Councillor Ainslie
|Municipal Infrastructure & Transportation Policy||Councillor Bradford
|Social-Economic Development||Deputy Mayor Bailão (Chair)
The City of Toronto is also a member of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC), a national body that represents 22 of the largest cities in Canada. BCMC provides a forum for the mayors of Canada’s largest cities to conduct national advocacy on common issues of importance. The BCMC is currently chaired by Mike Savage, Mayor of the City of Halifax.
BCMC meets two to three times per year.
The Strategic and Corporate Policy Division within the City Manager’s Office provides logistical and policy support for Toronto’s involvement in FCM.
For more information, please contact Karen Jones, A/Director, Corporate Intergovernmental and Agency Relations at email@example.com or 416-397-4429.