Federation of Canadian Municipalities
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 Clark Somerville, a Local/Regional Councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region, Ontario.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has access to federal decision-making processes and is consulted by the federal government on many issues. FCM is able to reinforce and advance 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 which includes transformative federal investments in public transit, affordable housing and green infrastructure;
- A federal commitment to a National Housing Strategy to tackle Canada’s housing crisis;
- The introduction of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund—totalling $2 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 the Green Municipal Fund to support green initiatives in Toronto. The City has received $6.7 million in grants between 2000 and 2010.
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. Council has appointed Deputy Mayor McConnell and Councillor Colle as Toronto’s representatives on the FCM Board of Directors from June 2016 to June 2017.
2016-17 Board Meetings (and summaries):
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 2016/2017 year, FCM has ten standing committees and forums.
Toronto Councillors sit on the following standing committees:
|Community Safety & Crime Prevention||Councillor Carroll
|Conference Planning||Deputy Mayor McConnell|
|Environmental Issues & Sustainable Development||Councillor Layton
|Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government||Deputy Mayor McConnell
|International Relations||Councillor Mammoliti
|Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements||Deputy Mayor McConnell
|Municipal Infrastructure & Transportation Policy||Councillor Colle
|Rural Forum||Councillor Mammoliti|
|Social-Economic Development||Deputy Mayor McConnell (Vice-Chair)
The 2017 Annual General Conference and Trade Show will take place from June 1–4, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario.
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 2016, the BCMC met on February 4-5 in Ottawa, on June 2 in Edmonton, on September 29-30 for the Toronto Housing Summit, and on October 19 in Ottawa.
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 Fiona Murray, Director, Corporate Intergovernmental and Agency Relations at email@example.com or 416-397-5214.