Federation of municipalities wants help to get infrastructure program started

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The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is calling on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to design a new generation of cost-shared programs this fall to strengthen the country's local economic foundations.

The federation's board of directors issued a statement Saturday after meeting in St. John's, N.L., to discuss a variety of issues.

They also want improved rail safety after the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., in July when a train carrying crude oil jumped the tracks, exploded, and destroyed part of the town.

The federation's president, Claude Dauphin, says communities need to receive a fair and predictable share of new funding to address a growing need to improve infrastructure.

"The federal budget promised longer-term investments in the local roads, transit, water and wastewater systems that support our national economy, and now it's time to turn that promise into reality," said Dauphin, who is the mayor of Lachine, Que.

In its last budget, the federal government promised $14 billion over 10 years in its Building Canada Fund to support projects across the country.

Municipalities also want more action on housing, arguing that as new home construction tails off as fewer Canadians are able to enter the housing market, the federal government can create jobs and support growth by working with local governments to boost rental housing construction.

The federation's board of directors consists of more than 100 municipal leaders representing more than 2,000 communities across the country.

 

Organizations: Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Building Canada Fund

Geographic location: St. John's, Lac-Megantic, Lachine, Que

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  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    September 07, 2013 - 17:30

    The Canadian Infrastructure Program is just a sham, a ruse, to keep the peasants thinking that our tax money is being spent responsibly. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is they have no intention of building up the infrastructure of a crumbling and failed civilization. The powers that be didn't think we would still be here at this point in time. All they are doing now is band-aids instead of cures. They are using that infrastructure money as a form of welfare to the provinces to fool us into thinking that the economy is not ready to collapse. God saw fit to give me eyes and a brain and these are the things I see.