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 Press release is available here.
Change in Date for FPEIM 2015 Annual Meting
With the expectation that the originally scheduled date of April 27, 2015 will fall in the midst of a provincial election campaign, FPEIM's Board of Directors has changed the date to Monday, May 25, 2015. The location remains the same: the Linkletter Community Center.
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.
Municipal Orientation 2015 a success
The full day session was well attended on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Andre Daigle, Droit Juris Law, Centre for Excellence in Governance spoke about Roles & Responsibilities for the morning. Delegates heard from Perlene Morrison, Partner, Stewart McKelvey, on Conflict of Interest & Liability in the afternoon. Rob Philpott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Summerside, made a presentation on Municipal Finance.
FPEIM Holds Semi-Annual Meeting
The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its successful 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting on Saturday November 29, 2014 at the Centre Expo-Festival in Abram-Village.
Delegates at the 2014 Semi-Annual Meeting
Delegates were addressed by both PEI Minister of Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs, the Hon. Wes Sheridan and Egmont M.P. and National Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Hon. Gail Shea. Presentations covered such topics as the Report of the Task Force on Land Use Policy, The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Hometown Proud initiative, FPEIM's Communication Strategy, Crime Stoppers and Municipal Opportunities for Tourism Development.
Vice-President Diane Griffin delivered the President's Report at the meeting. The report can be found here.
FCM launches Hometown Proud Campaign
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has launched its#HOMETOWNPROUD campaign. FCM’s goal with this campaign is to enlist the support of Canadians to start a conversation about hometowns and offer solutions to hometown issues.
The campaign launched on Tuesday, November 18, and kicked-off with a contest to encourage Canadians to share their stories and photos. Through the support of Air Canada, the winner of the contest will win two tickets to bring a loved one home. The contest runs until January 13, 2015.
FCM asks that you support the launch of the campaign in three ways:
Register for the campaign on the website (hometownproud.fcm.ca) and share your hometown proud story and photo.
Tweet about the campaign to your followers today, and beyond.
Make use of the tools available on he website to help promote the Hometown Proud Campaign in your hometowns.
FCM will be announcing weekly contest finalists based on votes. Please watch the site at hometownproud.fcm.ca .
Sustainable Growth Management and Service Provision Strategy
A Sustainable Growth Management and Service Provision Strategy has been completed for the Town of O'Leary. The study area includes the Town of O’Leary and the surrounding unincorporated properties that share a common interest in the quality and affordability of regional and municipal services. A copy of the report is available by clicking here.
Statement by FCM President following the release of the final text of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)
Mayor Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently released a statement regarding the announcement of the Canada-EU trade agreement. This statement can be found here. FCM has ensured that the final agreement would be consistent with their seven principles on free and fair international trade by working closely with the federal governemnt, particularly the Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, during Canada's negotiations with the E.U. More information about the Canada-EU trade agreement can be found here.
FPEIM Congratulates Communities on Amalgamation
The Federation of PEI Municipalities has congratulated the councils of Bedeque and Central Bedeque on their decision to amalgamate the two communities. In a press release, President Bruce MacDougall noted that the Federation met with the councils when they first began talking about this idea, and he was impressed with the dialogue that took place. "The councils were looking at what would be best for residents in the long-term, and I commend them for moving ahead," he said. "We need strong, sustainable municipalities across the Island, and these councils have taken an important step forward."
A news report in the Charlottetown Guardian is available here.
CHRA Launches Report:
The Canadian Housing and Renewal Aassociation has released a significant new report, the cornerstone of the “Housing For All: Social housing for people in need” campaign. The Report initiates a call on the federal government to reinvest in social housing to ensure it is available, protected and eventually expanded for the low-income individuals and families in communities across Canada who cannot afford other housing options. A copy of the report is available here or visit the houing4all.ca website.
The Department of Environment, Labour and Justice has announced that it will introduce a water act. A copy of the news release can be found here.
Gas Tax Fund Agreement Signed
On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Member of Parliament for Egmont, and Robert Vessey, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, signed an agreement for the renewed federal Gas Tax Fund. The Province issued a press release and the agreement can be found here.
Robert Hughes Elected as President of CAMA
FPEIM congratulates Robert Hughes, Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Stratford, on being elected President of the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) at the association’s recent annual general meeting in Niagara Falls, ON.
CAMA is a national, non-profit association open to municipal Chief Administrative Officers/Managers and senior appointed officials.The organization has approximately 500 members from all parts of Canada. This is the first time someone from PEI has held this position.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) held its annual conference in Niagara Falls recently. At this meeting, Mayor Bradley Woodside was elected President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Councillor Irene Dawson, Town of Cornwall, was elected as one of PEI's representatives on the FCM Board. The other FCM Board seat is reserved for the FPEIM President.
Congratulations to all newly elected Board members. A list of the 2014-2015 FCM Board can be found here.
FPEIM Holds 57th Annual Meeting
The Federation of PEI Municipalities held its very successful 57th Annual Meeting on April 28, 2014 at the Lt. Col. E.W. Johnstone Royal Canadian Legion Branch #9 in Kensington. With in excess of 130 registered it was one of the best attend Annual Meetings in recent history.
FPEIM President Bruce MacDougall shares a golden moment with Keynote Speaker, two time Olymic Gold Medallist Heather Moyse
For many, the highlight of the day was an inspirational address by Keynote Speaker, two time Olympic Gold Medallist Heather Moyse. The meeting also heard from the Hon. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans; Claude Dauphin, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Hon. Wes Sheridan, Minister of Finance Energy and Municipal Affairs; and Hon. Steven Myers, Leader of the Official Opposition. Hon. Robert Ghiz, Premier of PEI delivered the Luncheon Address. There were sessions that provided an Infrastructure Update, Asset Management for Municipalities and an overview of the PEI Fire Services Report. Nine of our ten Provincial Cabinet Ministers took part in the Cabinet Ministers' Forum to close a busy day.
The 2014 Bruce Yeo Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to municipal government in Prince Edward Island was presented to Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen of the City of Charlottetown.
AGM 2014 Presentations Available
Copies of the presentations made to FPEIM's 2014 Annual meeting, held in Kensington on April 28, 2014 are now available on this website in .pd format. Click here.
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.
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.
PEI Environmental Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the PEI Environmental Awards until May 1, 2014. For more information, check out the website.
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.
The Government of Canada tabled the 2014 budget in Parliament on February 11, 2014. Read the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' budget analysis 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.