Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 10

11 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 10 MUNICIPAL LEADERS READY TOWORK WITH NEW FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO BUILD CANADA’S RECOVERY OPENING L INES FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) President Joanne Vanderheyden issued the following statement at the conclusion of the September 20-24 online meeting of FCM’s Board of Directors, comprised of municipal leaders from communities of all sizes and regions across Canada. “After an intense federal election campaign, Canadians want their political leaders to work together to build a strong and inclusive recovery. And this week’s meetings of FCM’s national Board of Directors showcased local leaders’ essential role and readiness to do just that. Municipalities build bridges to get things done; it’s how we operate. So as a new minority parliament takes shape, we’re reaching out to help drive the recovery Canadians deserve—in the cities and communities where they live, work and raise their families. “During the campaign, FCM put forward constructive frontline solutions and municipal officials reaffirmed during this Board meeting their desire to move swiftly on commitments that can earn support in Parliament, build better lives in our communities, and create the good jobs our country needs. These include a $4 billion municipal Housing Accelerator Fund; permanent and predictable investments in public transit and rural mobility—while helping transit systems get through the pandemic;