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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JANUARY 11, 2010

FCM TO HELP PROVIDE BASIC SERVICES IN HAITIAN MUNICIPALITIES HIT HARD BY 2010 EARTHQUAKE


MONTREAL – Today, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the City of Montreal and l’Union des Municipalités du Quebec (UMQ) signed an agreement with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), to help rebuild five Haitian municipalities severely affected by the 2010 earthquake.



“We’re proud to join Canada’s rebuilding efforts in Haiti and help communities provide essential services,” said FCM President Hans Cunningham.



Haiti's core infrastructure services were devastated by the earthquake. By contributing their expertise, Canadians municipalities will help their Haitian counterparts provide clean water, maintain roads and bridges, and rebuild public buildings.



The agreement will invest $7.2 million through the Municipal Cooperation Program (MCP), over a little more than 2 years. The MCP will provide financial and technical support to the City of Port-au-Prince and four communities of the des Palmes region.



“There is no easy fix to last year's terrible tragedy, but we are hopeful that building new partnerships - with Haiti and among our own governments - can help the country recover,” said Cunningham.



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For more information, please contact:

FCM Media at (613) 907-6395

· The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM represents close to 90 per cent of the Canadian population – more than 1,900 municipal governments across the country.





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Le 11 janvier 2011



LA FCM AIDERA À ASSURER LES SERVICES DE BASE DANS LES MUNICIPALITÉS HAÏTIENNES DUREMENT

TOUCHÉES PAR LE SÉISME DE 2010



MONTRÉAL - Aujourd'hui, la Fédération canadienne des municipalités (FCM), en collaboration avec la Ville de Montréal et l'Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ), a signé une entente avec l'Agence canadienne de développement international (ACDI), en vue d’aider à rebâtir cinq municipalités haïtiennes durement touchées par le séisme de 2010.



«Nous sommes fiers d’appuyer les efforts de reconstruction du Canada en Haïti et d'aider les collectivités à assurer les services essentiels», a déclaré le président de la FCM, Hans Cunningham.



Les infrastructures de base d'Haïti ont été détruites par le séisme. En contribuant leur expertise, les municipalités canadiennes aideront leurs homologues haïtiens à offrir de l'eau potable, des routes et des ponts, et à reconstruire les édifices publics.



L'entente prévoit un investissement de 7,2 millions de dollars par le biais du Programme de coopération municipale (PCM), pour une durée d’un peu plus de deux ans. Le PCM offrira une aide financière et un soutien technique à la Ville de Port-au-Prince et à quatre collectivités dans la région des Palmes.



«Il n'y a pas de solution facile à la terrible tragédie de l'an dernier, mais nous espérons que l'établissement de nouveaux partenariats, avec Haïti et entre nos gouvernements, aidera le pays à se remettre sur pied», a conclu M. Cunningham.



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FCM Médias au (623) 907-6395



*La Fédération canadienne des municipalités (FCM) est la voix nationale des gouvernements municipaux depuis 1901. Elle représente près de 90 p. cent de la population du Canada, soit plus de 1 900 gouvernements municipaux au pays.




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 2, 2010

MUNICIPALITIES APPLAUD STIMULUS DEADLINE EXTENSION



OTTAWA – The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) welcomed today’s announcement that the federal government has extended the completion date for infrastructure stimulus projects.

“We applaud the federal government for standing by its stimulus partners,” said FCM President Hans Cunningham. “Municipalities have worked flat out to keep 90 per cent of projects on schedule. Now they’ll have one more construction season to turn every last stimulus dollar into a job.”

FCM has called on the federal government to support the small percentage of communities requiring flexibility on the March 31, 2011 completion date. Today the federal government responded by extending the deadline to October 31, 2011, for stimulus projects funded by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program; the Building Canada Fund; the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund; and the Recreational Infrastructure Canada Program.

“The Economic Action Plan was a partnership between governments to protect Canadians during a global crisis – and that partnership has delivered results,” said Cunningham. “Municipalities are co-funding $10 billion worth of stimulus projects that will keep 100,000 Canadians on the job and supporting their families.”

Under the Economic Action Plan, more than 20,000 projects have been completed or are under way to repair Canada’s aging roads and water systems, and to provide affordable housing.

“As the stimulus program winds down, we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our federal, provincial and territorial governments, to protect the gains we’ve made and prepare for the future,” said Cunningham.
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For more information, please contact:

FCM Media at (613) 907-6395

* The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM represents close to 90 per cent of the Canadian population – more than 1,900 municipal governments across the country.

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COMMITMENT ON FUNDING FOR  NEW FEDERAL WASTEWATER RULES NEEDED, SAY ATLANTIC MAYORS

Saint John, November 4, 2010 – The Atlantic Mayors Congress (AMC) today called on the federal government to use Budget 2011 to spell out its plans for funding proposed new federal wastewater regulations that could cost Atlantic Canadian municipalities and property taxpayers over 2 billion dollars. 

The Mayors were responding to reports from representatives of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) that detailed the impact of the regulations on municipalities and property taxpayers.

“We all understand the importance of treating wastewater but our property taxpayers can’t shoulder the cost alone,” said AMC Chair, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly. “The bill in Atlantic Canada alone could top two billion dollars—we need a commitment that all governments, starting with Ottawa, are ready to pay their share.”

According to figures from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the regulations could cost Atlantic Canadian municipalities close to two billion dollars. That figure would almost double if the regulations were to require municipalities to eliminate combined sewer overflows. This is particularly troubling for Atlantic Canadian municipalities which are among the oldest in the country and therefore are more likely to have combined sewer overflows.

The regulations, announced last spring by Environment minister Prentice, were developed over a six-year period and were endorsed in February 2009 by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME). If adopted, they will create national standards for some 3,500 wastewater facilities, most of which are in need of repair and upgrading, according to the CCME.The mayors also urged the federal government to quickly meet with municipal representative as well as provincial ministers of the Environment to begin work on a national plan to cost-share these national wastewater upgrades. 

“The uncertainty around funding will become a planning millstone for many municipalities. Other important multi-year capital investments may have to be postponed," added Mayor Kelly.  “That’s why we need the federal government and the provinces to make this a priority.”

A major 2007 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) study set the national municipal infrastructure deficit at $123 billion. The study also revealed “sub-deficits,” in various classes of infrastructure with water and wastewater systems needing $31 billion--before these new regulations.

Municipalities build and repair over half of Canada’s infrastructure, and virtually all of its water and sewage systems. At the same time, municipalities continue to receive just eight cents of every tax dollar collected in Canada, with the other 92 cents going to federal, provincial, and territorial governments.
 

For more information: Massimo Bergamini

613 290 5317 or

mbergamini.com

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Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik welcomes municipal leaders from across the country to the city of Iqaluit.

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