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New Federal Infrastructure Program must meet Municipal needs says Councillor Hector

September 9, 2013 -

Strengthening local economics must be the top priority for federal, provincial and territorial governments as they design a new generation of cost-shared funding programs this fall. That was the message Kingston City Councillor and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board member, Dorothy Hector brought back from the FCM board meeting last week in St. John's.

"Kingston needs a fair and predictable share of new federal funding to address our growing infrastructure needs," said Councillor Hector. "The federal budget promised longer-term investments in the local roads, transit, water and wastewater systems that support our national economy, and we need to work together to make that a reality."

To meet the Budget 2013 commitment and ensure new programs will be up and running before the 2014 construction season, board members agreed that governments must act quickly to set priorities and sign funding agreements for the new 10-year, $14 billion Building Canada Fund.

FCM board members also emphasized the importance of taking action to strengthen Canada's housing system. The federal government must also follow through on its pledge to work with FCM on the design of new affordable housing programs.

While in St. John's, board members also endorsed national recommendations for improving rail safety in the wake of the Lac Mégantic disaster, and called for closer collaboration with local governments.

"The lesson of this year's budget was simple: governments working together should be the rule, not the exception," said FCM president Claude Dauphin. "It's time to expand cooperation among all orders of government so that we can strengthen our economy, keep our communities safe, and prepare our country for the future."

More than 100 municipal leaders from across Canada sit on FCM`s Board of Directors and Standing Committees, representing more than 2,000 member communities across the country. Councillor Hector is Vice Chair of the Standing Committee for Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development, and a member of the Standing Committee on International Relations and the Joint Committee of FCM, Correction Services of Canada, Public Safety and the Parole Board.

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