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FCM Sustainable Communities Awards

The 2015 call for applications for FCM Sustainable Communities Awards is now open. Find out if your municipality and project are eligible and apply now!  The deadline to apply is June 16, 2014.

Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards

Do you know an individual that makes a difference in their community and deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award?  Nominations will be accepted until May 9, 2014.  Check out the website for more information.

New Building Canada Fund

On Friday, March 28, 2014, the Government of Canada launched the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF) a $14 billion, 10 year plan to invest in provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure.  The news release is available by clicking here and the Infrastructure Canada website is available here

2014 FPEIM Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2014 FPEIM annual meeting.  An agenda has been released.  The deadline for registration is Friday, April 18, 2014.  The meeting will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014, at the  Lt. Col. E.W. Johnstone Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9, hosted by the Town of Kensington.  The resolutions committee report and constitution committee report will be discussed at the meeting.  

RBC Learn to Play Grant Program

Information on the RBC Learn to Play Grant program can be found on the website.  The deadline to apply for a program grant is May 16, 2014.

FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show

This year's FCM Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Niagara Falls.  To receive the earlybird discount, you must register by 11:59 pm EST on April 14, 2014.  More information on the conference can be found here.

PEI Environmental Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the PEI Environmental Awards until May 1, 2014.  For more information, check out the website.

National Volunteer Week April 6-12

National Volunteer Week is April 6-12.  The Federation of PEI Municipalities salutes the countless volunteers that make our cities, towns and communities better places to live, work and play.

Visit the National Volunteer Week website here.

PEI Fire Services Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis

The PEI Fire Services Environmental Scan and Gap Analysis has been released.  A copy of this report can be found here.

FCM's Analysis of the New Building Canada Fund

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has produced an analysis of the New Building Canada Fund, explaining its implications for cities and communities.  The Prime Minister’s announcement on February 13, 2014 brought cities and communities closer to accessing new infrastructure funding by April 1.  Still,  FCM has concerns with some details of the New Building Canada Fund and how it can be used to meet local needs over its ten-year duration.

A copy of FCM's analysis is available here.

FCM's Analysis of Federal Budget 2014

The Government of Canada tabled the 2014 budget in Parliament on February 11, 2014.  Read the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' budget analysis here.

2014 FPEIM Annual Meeting

Please reserve the date April 28, 2014, for FPEIM's 57th annual meeting.  The Town of Kensington will be hosting the meeting at the Lt. Col. E.W. Johnstone Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9.  Resolutions and award nominations are now being accepted.  4:00 pm on Friday, March 14, 2014, is the deadline for resolutions, and award nominations will be accepted until Monday, March 31, 2014.  For more information, click here.

Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch

FCM has launched a national campaign calling on all orders of government in Canada to focus on the high cost of housing, the most urgent financial issue facing Canadians.  To view the news release click here.  For additional information visit the Fixing Canada's Housing Crunch website.

 The FPEIM Board adopted a resolution at the November Board meeting and sent a letter to Honourable Jason Kenney.  The letter and resolution can be found here.

FCM statement on the 2013 Speech from the Throne

Following the presentation of the 2013 speech from the throne on Wednesday evening, October 16, 2013, Federation of Canadian Municipalities  President Claude Dauphin issued this statement summarizing FCM’s assessment of the speech and its implications for our priority issues.


Letter to the Prime Minister from FCM President

The federal government is preparing the speech from the throne that will open the next session of Parliament.  In this letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Federation of Canadian Municipalities President Claude Dauphin  outlines FCM's priorities for the government to consider.


Funding Announcement: Youth Justice Fund

The Department of Justice Canada is accepting proposals under the Youth Justice Fund, Guns, Gangs and Drugs component for new project proposals to respond to youth  involved in the justice system and involved in, or vulnerable to, gun, gang and drug activities.


For more details, click here.

FPEIM Holds Bylaw Workshop


Thirty-five registered participants took part in a full day Bylaw Workshop on Wednesday September 18, 2013.  The session, organized by the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities, was held at the newly renovated Miltonvale Park Community Centre.

The workshop was presented by André Daigle, of the Law Firm of Chaisson & Roy.

The session focussed on the essential elements for a municipality to consider before adopting a by-law, as well as what must be done afterwards. Examples and discussions were draw from case law and some of the more common Island bylaws, such as unsightly premises, building, noise and animal control.

FCM and Canada's Democracy Week

As part of the 2013 Jack Layton Fellowship Program,the  Federation of Canadian Municipalities  is partnering with Elections Canada on Canada's Democracy Week, an annual event to increase civic engagement among youth. Canada's Democracy Week is September 16-23, 2013 and this year's theme is "Connect With Democracy."

FCM is sponsoring the main prize for Canada's Democracy Week's National Democracy Challenge, a contest for youth to demonstrate their commitment to democratic engagement. The contest runs from September 16 to November 16, 2013. FCM is offering the winner a trip for two to FCM's 2014 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Niagara Falls.

Details are avilable on FCM's website.

Task Force on Land Use Policy has launched an on-line survey

The Task Force on Land Use Policy has launched an on-line survey ( to better understand public opinion about land use in Prince Edward Island.


This is a great opportunity to tell the Task Force how you feel about land use as it relates to water quality issues, protecting resource lands and natural areas, preserving landscapes and building sustainable communities.  The input from the survey will provide the Task Force with a greater understanding of public opinion on these issues as it establishes a new direction for land use in the province.


The Task Force held a series of public consultations earlier this year. It will be continuing these consultations this fall, with a final report to government in January. Provincial land use policies will set the direction for how land is used and how development takes place in Prince Edward Island.


The survey is available on-line at  Paper copies of the survey can be obtained by contacting the Municipal Affairs and Provincial Planning Division at (902) 620-3558 or


FCM Green Municipal Fund Update

Is your municipality planning for a more sustainable future? You may be eligible for a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund. Grants are available for:   

  • Sustainable neighbourhood action plans targeting energy, waste and water management, land use and sustainable transportation.
  • Community brownfield action plans to identify priority redevelopment zones and opportunities.
  • Greenhouse gas reduction plans to take action on climate change.

GMF grants cover up to 50 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $175,000. Applications for plans are reviewed in a non-competitive process against established criteria.  GMF funding is available to all municipal governments and their partners in eligible projects. In 2013–2014, FCM aims to approve a total of $6 million in grants for eligible plans, studies and tests.
Visit FCM's website for more information on GMF funding for plans, or contact them at

E-learning opportunity: Adapting your infrastructure to climate change

FCM and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) have developed an e-learning course to help municipal staff and service providers learn about adapting critical infrastructure to severe weather and a changing climate.  For additional information, visit the FCM website.


Union of Quebec Municipalities Issues Appeal for Lac-Megantic

Mayor Éric Forest of Rimouski, president of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UMQ),has issued an appeal to the entire municipal sector for solidarity in helping the town of Lac-Mégantic and its residents rebuild their community in the wake of the tragedy caused by the July 5 derailment and explosion of an oil tanker train.

Read the entire appeal here.

Letter to the Editor - Federal Workforce Reduction

FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall's Letter to the Editor on the issue of Federal Workforce Reduction was published in The Guardian on Saturday June 29, 2013.

A presentation on the issue was made at FPEIM's Semi-Annual Meeting held in North Rustico in January 2013.

FCM Releases The State of Canada's Ciities and Communities 2013: Opening a New Chapter

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities released The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2013: Opening a New Chapter at its 2013 Annual Conference. The report calls for a new strategic federal-municipal partnership.  For the executive summary click here.

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