FCM--February 2017

FCM's Announces New Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is designed to help municipalities address challenges relating to climate change. This $75-million dollar program includes the following components:

  • Grants for plans and studies (available in March 2017): Grants of up to $175,000 to help municipalities develop options for reducing GHG emissions and adapting to projected changes in climate
  • Climate and Asset Management Network (available in March 2017): A professional network that provides training and grant funding to enable municipalities to integrate climate change considerations into asset management and infrastructure decisions
  • Funding for partner organizations (available in the spring of 2017): To provide support to groups of municipalities to develop plans, studies or other strategies to reduce GHG emissions or adapt to climate change impacts
  • Funding for demonstration projects (available in the spring of 2017): To implement climate change initiatives on a small scale; funding will be available for up to 80 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $1 million
  • Transition 2050 (available in the fall of 2017): Training and funding to support a collaborative network of municipalities committed to reducing GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050
  • Staff support grants (available in the fall of 2017): Grant funding to supplement salaries for existing municipal staff to implement climate change programs and projects.

For more information about the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, visit FCM’s website: http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/municipalities-for-climate-innovation-program-/municipalities-for-climate-innovation-program.htm

FCM’s Announces New Municipal Asset Management Program

FCM's Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million dollar program designed to help municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. This training and funding program includes the following components:

  • Training (available in the spring 2017): Training and professional development opportunities delivered by FCM and partner organizations to help municipalities assess their current capacity to implement strategic asset management practices, and identify and address gaps in competencies and systems
  • Funding (available in the spring 2017): Grants to help municipalities adopt sound asset management practices, such as gaining support from municipal leaders, collecting data to assess existing infrastructure, developing governance models, and implementing plans and processes
  • Knowledge sharing (available in 2017 and 2018): Opportunities to share knowledge with other municipal professionals and leaders from across Canada to help carry out successful asset management practices for years to come

For more information on the Municipal Asset Management Program, visit FCM’s website: http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/municipal-asset-management-program-/municipal-asset-management-program.htm.

FCM is Hosting a Free Webinar to Preview its New Climate and Asset Management Network

To learn how your municipality can build on its foundation of asset management and take action on climate change, FCM is offering a webinar on March 7, from 2 – 3 pm. The webinar will outline the benefits of joining FCM's new Climate and Asset Management Network.

The Climate and Asset Management Network provides a combination of peer-learning opportunities, grant funding and training to help municipalities better integrate climate and sustainability considerations into asset management approaches. As a participant, you can benefit from funding of up to $175,000 for your municipality and participate in workshops and knowledge-sharing activities with members across Canada.

To find out more or to register for the March 7 webinar, click here.


Connect to Innovate Rural Broadband Program - Application Deadline Extension

The application deadline for the Connect to Innovate rural broadband program has been extended from March 13, 2017, to April 20, 2017.

Prior to launching Connect to Innovate, extensive consultations about the program's parameters, including the amount of time applicants would require to apply, were held across the country. Recently, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada received feedback from communities indicating that more time was needed to prepare applications given the complexity of their projects and the number of partners involved.

For more information, contact:

Sylvie Delaquis
Corporate Secretary | CEO's Office
T. 613-907-6245

Opioid Crisis - Mayors Launch Task Force, Engage Federal Ministers

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Big City Mayors' Caucus launched a task force to tackle an epidemic of fentanyl overdose deaths, announcing plans to meet with the federal ministers responsible for health and public safety.

The Mayors' Task Force on the Opioid Crisis has two main objectives. First, to share frontline experiences and best practices among cities addressing the crisis. Second, to work with all orders of government to better coordinate a full national response. The task force convenes mayors of 12 cities: Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton, London, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

"Cities are dealing with the fentanyl opioid crisis on the front lines, but the tragedy is escalating and we're at a breaking point," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, chair of the task force. "We urgently need a nationwide emergency response as opioid addiction devastates families and communities and overdose deaths reach an even more horrific toll. In Vancouver, our front-line workers are tireless in their heroic efforts to save lives, but the intensity of overdose response is overwhelming."

As a first step, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale have agreed to meet with the Task Force in the near future. This invitation will also be extended to provinces and territories. The federal government has responded with the launch of its Opioid Action Plan and has committed to a comprehensive and collaborative response to this crisis, Cities are ready to contribute their frontline perspectives and facilitate effective communication among orders of government.

"We need strong leadership from federal and provincial governments to coordinate with cities and urgently invest in the solutions to stop the epidemic, including addictions treatment, supportive housing, prevention and drug policy reform," said Robertson.

Fentanyl-related overdose deaths are spiralling in Canadian cities, with Vancouver on the leading edge. There were 914 overdose deaths in BC in 2016, with 142 in December alone. In Calgary, firefighters have been trained to administer the overdose-revival drug naloxone and have had to do so roughly once a day for the last month. First responders are already burning out as the crisis escalates, compounding the need for urgent action.