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:

  • securing important federal commitments including the $8.6 billion federal/provincial/territorial Safe Restart Agreement which provided emergency operating funding for municipalities, and the $2.5 billion federal Rapid Housing Initiative for new affordable housing.
  • the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan (ICIP) that includes transformative federal investments in public transit, community, culture and recreation and green infrastructure.
  • the 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 $2.2 billion annually—and legislation making the fund permanent in 2011. The City of Toronto currently receives $174 million annually.

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 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 2020-2021 term, FCM has ten standing committees and forums.

Toronto City Councillors sit on the following:

Committee Members
Board of Directors Deputy Mayor Bailão

Councillor Lai

Anti-Racism & Equity Councillor Bradford
Community Safety & Crime Prevention Councillor Lai

Councillor Perruzza

Conference Planning Councillor Lai
Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development Councillor Bradford

Councillor Perruzza

Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government Deputy Mayor Bailão

Councillor Lai

Councillor Mantas

International Relations Councillor Lai

Councillor Mantas

Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements Councillor Ainslie

Councillor Mantas

Municipal Infrastructure & Transportation Policy Councillor Bradford

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 2023.

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