Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 12

5 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 11 O p e n i n g L i n e s PARTNERS FOR CANADA’S RECOVERY Local solutions for national challenges A s the 44th Parliament begins its work, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently presented a vision for Canada’s recovery to new and returning members of Parliament. Municipal leaders are putting forward local solutions to pressing national challenges—to drive the inclusive, sustainable recovery Canadians need and deserve. “From affordable housing to climate change and public transit, we know what’s needed and what works on the ground,” said FCM President Joanne Vanderheyden. “This is the moment to learn from the pandemic and come out stronger than ever on the other side. Our solutions build on our federal-municipal partnership to drive Canada’s recovery in communities of all sizes—the places where people live, work and raise their families. Canadians want their political leaders to deliver results they can see and feel in their daily lives, and that’s what local governments do best.” The document, titled Partners for Canada’s Recovery, puts forward nonpartisan local solutions that create jobs and tackle some of Canada’s biggest recovery challenges. They include: • Tackling the housing affordability crisis, including by prioritizing the launch of the Housing Accelerator Fund, protecting our residents from “renoviction,” preserving