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 advocates for municipalities to ensure their citizens’ needs are reflected in federal policies and programs. 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 Executive Committee.

 

 

As the national voice of local government, 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. The City of Toronto is a long-standing member of FCM and is its largest member.

FCM also contributes funding through programs such as the Green Municipal Fund, Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program.

City Council appoints City Councillors as Toronto’s representatives on the FCM Board of Directors. The Council-appointed board members will be confirmed following the start of 2022-2026 Council term. The FCM Board of Directors meets quarterly.

 

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.

Toronto’s representatives on FCM’s Standing Committees and Forums will be confirmed following the start of the 2022-26 Council term.

 

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 23 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.

Intergovernmental & Agency Relations 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, Intergovernmental and Agency Relations at karen.jones@toronto.ca or 416-397-4429.