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 Bill Karsten, Councillor from Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia.

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:

  • a revitalized federal-municipal partnership that’s secured important federal commitments on a wide range of municipal priorities;
  • an unprecedented federal infrastructure plan that includes transformative federal investments in public transit, community, culture and recreation and green infrastructure;
  • a breakthrough National Housing Strategy that reflects recommendations developed with Toronto and other cities to tackle Canada’s housing crisis;
  • the introduction of the Federal Gas Tax Fund—totalling $2.1 billion annually—and legislation making the fund permanent in 2011. The City of Toronto currently receives $166 million annually;
  • an increase in the GST rebate to 100% for municipalities, totaling $700 million nation-wide. The value of the federal GST rebate for the City of Toronto in 2014 was $104.8 million;

FCM also contributes funding through programs such as the Green Municipal Fund, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program. The City has received $7.16 million in grants between 2000 and 2017.

The City of Toronto is also involved in FCM’s Partnerships for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance (PLEDDG) program in Ukraine.

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. The City of Toronto has two permanent seats on the Board. City Council has appointed Deputy Mayor Bailão and Councillor Colle as Toronto’s representatives on the FCM Board of Directors from June 2019 to June 2020.

The FCM Board of Directors meets three times per year.

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 2019-2020 term, FCM has ten standing committees and forums.

Toronto City Councillors sit on the following:

Committee Members
Board of Directors Deputy Mayor Bailão

Councillor Colle

Community Safety & Crime Prevention Councillor Lai

Councillor Bradford

Conference Planning Deputy Mayor Bailão
Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development Councillor Colle

Councillor Perruzza

Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government Councillor Lai
International Relations Councillor Lai

Councillor Bradford

Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements Deputy Mayor Bailão

Councillor Ainslie

Municipal  Infrastructure & Transportation Policy Councillor Colle (Vice-Chair)

Councillor Perruzza

Social-Economic Development Deputy Mayor Bailão (Chair)

Councillor Ainslie

 

Each year, FCM holds a conference and trade show, the largest conference held annually for Canadian municipal leaders. Toronto last hosted in 2010 and will again be hosting in 2020 from June 4-June 7, 2020.

 

The 2019 Annual General Conference and Trade Show took place from May 30-June 2, 2019 in Quebec City.

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 Don Iveson, Mayor of the City of Edmonton.

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 Sandra Rodriguez, Director, Corporate Intergovernmental and Agency Relations at sandra.rodriguez@toronto.ca or 416-392-3832.