Municipalities across PEI are facing more and more challenges in providing even a basic level of service to their communities. At the same time, federal and provincial government standards are changing and local residents’ expectations about having a local voice in government are growing.
The new Municipal Government Act introduces broader powers for municipalities along with stronger accountability measures and other new requirements. Many of these new requirements respond to changing public expectations.
As they face existing challenges and these new requirements, many municipal councils will recognize that they are not sustainable and need to consider estructuring. This Toolkit is designed to assist these municipalities to begin the process.
FCM releases pre-budget submission
FCM recently released Seizing the Moment which contains its recommendations on the 2017 federal Budget. FCM recommends the following in the document:
Replacing the outdated acts governing municipalities with modern legislation has been one of the Federation's top priorities for many years. The Municipal Government Act was passed on December 15, 2016, which was the last day of the 2016 fall sitting of the Legislative Assembly. The Act will be proclaimed after the regulations have been completed, which is expected to take several months.
Crime Prevention and Policing Service Model Review
The Crime Prevention and Police Service Model Review was released on December 13, 2016. The news release can be found here.
A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada
The final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation can be found here.
Municipal Government Act in the Legislature
The Municipal Government Act is currently being discussed in the Legislature. The proposed Act can be found here.
Municipal Leaders Talk Infrastructure on Parliament Hill
Town of Cornwall Councillor Irene Dawson was recently on Parliament Hill to discuss local infrastructure with Federal politicians.Dawson was there representing PEI as member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
In a news release, the Federation of PEI Municipalities President Bruce MacDougall applauded the increase in infrastructure spending announced in the federal government's fall fiscal update.
FPEIM Vice-President Diane Griffin Appointed to Senate
On October 27, 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that FPEIM Vice-President Cities/Towns Diane Griffin had been appointed to the Canadian Senate to represent Prince Edward Island. FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall and the entire Board of Directors extend their congratulations to Diane. "A big loss for PEI Municipalities," said President MacDougall of the appointment, "but a tremendous gain for the Senate!"
FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting 2016
Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, Summerside Mayor Bill Martin and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall at 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting
Over 100 delegates were registered for the Federation of PEI Municipalities Semi-Annual Meeting, held on October 22, 2016 at Credit Union Place in Summerside. The business of the Federation was dealt with early in the morning session. Delegates also heard an address by the Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment. The morning concluded with presentations on Charlottetown's Youth Retention Initiative and an introduction to a Toolkit for Municipal Restructuring that is being developed by FPEIM.
After a buffet lunch, delegates were entertained by Island storyteller Dennis King.
The afternoon sessions resumed on a more serious note with a presentation by Todd Dupuis, Executive Director of Environment on Climate Change Mitigation Strategy.
The Draft Municipal Government Act was the focus for the remainder of the day. The meeting heard an update on the status of the draft legislation from Samantha Murphy, Manager, Municipal Affairs. FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall followed with a presentation on some of the suggestions the Federation has made to improve the draft legislation. The day concluded with a round table discussion among the delegates of the Draft Municipal Government Act.
Delegates at FPEIM's 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting, Credit Union Place, Summerside, October 22, 2016.
FPEIM Board of Directors with Hon. Robert Mitchell (seated, second from right)
The Board of Directors of the Federation of PEI Municipalities held its annual meeting with Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment. The meeting was held on Wednesday September 28, 2016 at the Inn on the Hill in Charlottetown. This scheduled annual event provides a forum for a free, open and informal exchange on issues identified by the Federation. The format allows the Minister to update FPEIM on the current status of progress on these issues.
The topics addressed during this meeting included municipal finances, the Draft Municipal Government Act, province wide Municipal Incorporation, consultation between the Federation and the Provincial Government and changes to the planning appeals process. Both Minister Mitchell and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall expressed the thought that the meeting was a valuable exercise and that they can continue to work closely together on the many issues that are before them.
New Municipal Government Act Overview
The Municipal Affairs Section of the Department of Communities, Land and Environment have created several information sheets to highlight many of the changes included in the proposed Act.
Municipal Government Act Consultations
The Department of Communities, Land and Environment issued a news release to announce formal consultations on the the proposed new Municipal Government Act. Information sheets have been prepared on a dozen topics to highlight many of the changes included in the proposed Act. That information is now available on the Department's Municipal Government Act web page. The Department will be arranging meetings with municipalities as part of the consultation process and comments can be made by municipalities and the public through the feedback button on the web page. The province has also prepared a short video.
Semi-Annual Meeting Scheduled for October 22, 2016
FPEIM's 2016 Semi-Annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday October 22. It will be hosted by the City of Summerside and held at Credit Union Place. The tentative agenda can be found here.
Canada and PEI Reach Agreement Under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs
On August 3, 2016, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $112 million in combined funding available under two new federal programs – the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund – and supported by provincial government infrastructure programs. The federal government is providing up to 50% of funding for the projects supported through these programs. The provincial government and municipalities provide the balance of funding.
Further details on the announcement are available here.
Have your say on Canada's Infrastructure plan!
The Government of Canada is inviting you to share your ideas on community, green, public transit, and social infrastructure. Visit infraconsults.ca anytime between July 20 and mid-September to share your thoughts and ideas.
Your input will help contribute to the development of Phase 2 of the Government of Canada’s infrastructure plan, which will help shape the future of Canada’s infrastructure.
Additional Funding for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
The federal government has released details regarding an additional $150 million for the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Fund. The additional funding will support projects under two common themes: a clean-growth economy or a better future for indigenous peoples. The program will provide up to 50 per cent of funding to provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments, Aboriginal organizations and non-profit organizations to renovate, expand or rehabilitate community and cultural infrastructure, including trails and bike paths. Projects must be completed by March 2018, although preference may be given to projects that can be completed by the end of the 2017 construction season.
The Town of Stratford was the recipient of the Municipal Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Federation of PEI Municipalities held in St. Peter’s Bay on April 25, 2016. The Federation established the Municipal Achievement Award to recognize municipalities that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life of residents.
Members of the Stratford Town Council accept the 2016 Municipal Achievement Award from FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall
More details on the Award Presentation are available here.
2016 Bruce H. Yeo Award
The Federation of PEI Municipalities has honoured Wade Williams, the late Deputy Mayor of Georgetown. The Federation presented its Bruce H. Yeo Memorial Award to the late municipal official at its 59th Annual Meeting, held in St. Peter’s Bay on April 25, 2016. The award was established in memory of FPEIM’s first president, to recognize outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island.
FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall presents the 2016 Bruce H. Yeo Award to Cathy Williams, widow of the late Wade Williams
More Details on the award presentation are available here.
New Revenue Framework Expected for 2017
Municipalities and the Province of PEI are working on a new revenue framework expected to be in place for 2017. See media release.
Informing the Future: The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card
The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card was released today. The report can be found on FCM's website here.
FPEIM makes presentation on the Water Act
FPEIM recently made a presentation to the Environmental Advisory Council on the proposed adoption of a Water Act. The presentaiton can be found here.
Minister Mitchell makes statement on municipal viability
On November 26th, the Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment issued a statement on municipal viability. An excerpt from the PEI Legislative Assembly Hansard can be found here. FPEIM responded to the statement with a media release.
FPEIM holds semi-annual meeting
The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its semi annual meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2015. There were lots of great discussions on topics such as the building code, water act consultations, municipal boundaries, and communications. The President's report can be found here.
Mandate letter for the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment
To enhance the transparency and accountability of government, Ministerial mandate letters have been posted online. These letters outline the strategic priorities of each department. The mandate letter for the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment can be found here.
FPEIM Board meet with Minister Mitchell
The FPEIM Board met with the Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment on October 15, 2015.
Councillor Brent Gallant, Summerside; Deputy Mayor Rodney Mann, Kensington; President Bruce MacDougall, Summerside; Honourable Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment; Vice-Chairperson Peter Vriends, North Shore; Councillor Stephen Gould, New Haven-Riverdale; Councillor Diane Griffin, Stratford; Mayor David MacDonald, Souris; Councillor Gwen Wyand, Resort Municipality; and Councillor Mitchell Tweel, Charlottetown
State of Rural Canada Report
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation released its State of Rural Canada Report. To reach the chapter on PEI, click here. For the full report, click here.
Province to Engage Municipalities on New Revenue Model
The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced its intention to engage municipalities to develop a new provincial revenue model that is predictable and enables the delivery of appropriate local services to Island cities, towns and communities.
“Government is committed to working together with Island municipalities to arrive at a revenue model that is predictable and reflects the levels of service provided to residents,” said Finance Minister Allen Roach. “Greater predictability in the amount of provincial revenue will assist municipalities at budget time to deliver the best services and infrastructure to Islanders in a cost-efficient manner.”
Province Invites Islanders to Participate in Creation of Water Act
The Government of Prince Edward Island has invited the public to contribute to the development of a Water Act. The Environmental Advisory Council will host consultations for the proposed Water Act and report back to the Minister of Communities, Land and Environment.
More details are available here. A copy of the press release is available here.
FPEIM is preparring its own submission as part of the consultation process. If you wish to have input into the FPEIM submission please feel free to contact us.
Town of Stratford launches Global Government Project
The Town of Stratford has launched a new initiative to improve governance locally, regionally and globally. For more information, check out the news release and the website.
New Report Highlights Water Priorities for Sustainable and Resilient Communities in Canada
The Canadian Water Network's (CWN) has issued a report that leads the national discussion on what municipalities need, want and can address in order to collectively move forward as sustainable water communities. More information can be found on the CWN website.
FCM calls for a national leaders debate
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is calling for a national leaders debate. A petition calling for this can be signed here. More information can be found here.
Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
Municipalities are eligible to apply for funding under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Information on this can be found here.
New FCM report on the housing crisis
FCM has issued a new report on the growing housing crisis in Canada. The report is available at the following link:
The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its 2015 Annual Meeting on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Linkletter Community Center. The packed house of delegates heard from Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Minister of Communities, Land and Environment Robert Mitchell. Other speakers included PC Leader Rob Lantz, FCM President Brad Woodside, Go!PEI's Francois Caron and Dr. Adam Fenech of the UPEI Climate Lab.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan addresses the 2015 FPEIM AGM while Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment and FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall look on.
FCM calls for the federal government to invest in cities. Visit their new website and endorse the Blueprint for Cities.
FPEIM launches new website - BuildPEICommunities.ca
FPEIM has launched a new website - BuildPEICommunities.ca to build awareness of the need to strengthen municipalities. The news release can be found here.
FPEIM Provides Information on Municipal Issues to all Provincial Candidates
The Federation of PEI Municipalities has provided information on municipal issues to all candidates standing for election in the May 4, 2015 Provincial Election. A package highlighting key issues has been sent to each candidate.
FPEIM Calls on Political Parties To Focus on Strengthening Municipalities
The Federation of PEI Municipalities is calling on all of PEI’s political parties to make the strengthening of Island municipalities a key part of their 2015 election platforms.
FPEIM Executive members meet with Liberal Leader Wade MacLauchlan (top left); Conservative Leader Rob Lantz (top right); Green Party Leader Peter Bevan-Baker (bottom left); and NDP Leader Mike Redmond (bottom right) during 2015 Provincial Election campaign.
A copy of FPEIM's Election 2015 news release is available here. Diane Griffin, Vice-President of Cities/Towns, FPEIM submitted an opinion letter to The Guardian.
Removing Barriers to Young Women's Participation in Local Governments
In honor of International Women Day, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities launched The Head Start Guide to encourage young women’s participation in local government.
"Women make an invaluable contribution and our communities and our country cannot afford to miss out on the insights and expertise of half its citizens," said Brad Woodside, President of FCM.
Share FCM's guide and toolkit with all the amazing women that are part of your network!
Mayors of Canada's Big Cities call on federal parties to spell out a serious plan for building Canada's future through its cities
The mayors of Canada's biggest cities made a united call today for a new focus from federal political parties on building Canada's future through its cities. The press release can be found here. Check out FCM's website for more information.