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 Jenny Gerbasi, Deputy Mayor of the City of Winnipeg.

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, affordable housing 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 $159.8 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 Councillor Colle and Councillor Kelly as Toronto’s representatives on the FCM Board of Directors from June 2017 to June 2018.

2017-18 Board Meetings (and summaries):

  • Wood Buffalo, AB (September 12–15, 2017)
  • Ottawa, ON (November 21–24, 2017)
  • Laval, QC (March 6–9, 2018)

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 2017-2018 term, FCM has ten standing committees and forums.

Toronto Councillors sit on the following standing committees:

Committee
Community Safety & Crime Prevention Councillor Thompson
Conference Planning Councillor Fragedakis
Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development Councillor Kelly

Councillor Layton

Councillor Mammoliti

Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government Councillor Fragedakis

Councillor Thompson

International Relations Councillor Mammoliti

Councillor Thompson

Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements Councillor Colle
Municipal  Infrastructure & Transportation Policy Councillor Colle

Councillor Fragedakis

Social-Economic Development Councillor Kelly

Councillor Layton

 

Each year, FCM holds a conference and trade show, the largest conference held annually for Canadian municipal leaders. Toronto last hosted in 2010 and has again been selected as host city for 2020.

The 2018 Annual General Conference and Trade Show will take place from May 31-June 1, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The City of Toronto is also a member of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC), a national body that represents the 22 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.  BCMC’s three main priorities include partnership, housing, public transit and climate change.  The BCMC is currently chaired by Mayor Don Iveson from the City of Edmonton.

BCMC meets two to three times per year. In 2017, the BCMC met on January 20 and June 1 in Ottawa and on November 30 in Toronto for the Big City Economic Summit.

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 416-397-3832.