The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) programs address the following concerns:
- Green initiatives:
- Green Municipal Fund: $550M fund by the Government of Canada to support municipal efforts to improve air, water and soil quality
- Affordable housing
- Affordable housing units by removing a significant number of regulatory barriers.
- Women in local government
- The United Nations defines 30 per cent as the minimal percentage of women required for government to reflect women’s concerns.
- Women represent 16 per cent of mayors and 25 per cent of councilors in Canada, for an average of 24 per cent.
- In absolute terms, of 23,821 elected officials, 5,734 are women.
- Based on current statistics, Canada would need 1,412 more women in elected office today to reach the 30 per cent target.
- That means increasing the number of women in municipal government by roughly 100 every year for the next 15 years.
- FCM wants to help close this gender gap.
- Climate protection
- Partnering with First Nations communities
- Service agreement partnerships between First Nations communities and adjacent municipalities.
Also, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities programs provide an opportunity for Canadian municipalities to share know-how and resources domestically as well as overseas through international development initiatives.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainability Conference & Trade Show is FCM’s annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show, which provides municipal leaders with proven solutions for sustainable community development.
Recently, the City of Charlottetown in Prince Edward Island, Canada, was officially awarded the hosting rights to the 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainability Conference & Trade Show, wherein Charlottetown will receive:
- the opportunity to also showcase their own sustainability initiatives
- over 500 delegates
- over 50 exhibitors (private sector and government departments)
- displays of innovation and successes in Sustainability and Sustainable Community Development from across Canada
- senior federal government elected officials
- and opinion makers from across Canada
- many tourism and economic benefits
Please note the dates for the 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainability Conference & Trade Show in Charlottetown are to be confirmed.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Charlottetown to host FCM Sustainability Conference in 2014
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, March 13, 2012 – The City of Charlottetown was officially awarded the hosting rights to the 2014 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainability Conference & Trade Show during recent FCM’s Board of Director meetings in Kitchener, Ontario.
Mayor Clifford Lee and Wayne Long, Events Development Officer for the City of Charlottetown, attended the meetings to make their final pitch to host the national conference. “We are very excited to have earned the confidence of FCM and right to host its Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show. We look forward to welcoming the hundreds of delegates and vendors from across Canada to our city and providing a setting where we can collectively continue to lead the way toward sustainable communities and a green economy,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “This conference also presents a unique opportunity for our city to showcase our own sustainability initiatives while learning from other communities and experts allowing us to continue moving toward becoming a more sustainable city,” added Mayor Lee.
Each year the FCM holds its annual Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show. This is the premier event focused on Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation for municipal government in Canada. The event attracts over 500 delegates, over 50 exhibitors (private sector and government departments), senior federal government elected officials, and opinion makers from across Canada to the Host City each year. The event provides the opportunity for municipal leaders to learn from colleagues and experts, share their own knowledge and experiences and participate in local tours that showcase innovation and successes in Sustainability and Sustainable Community Development from across Canada. Hosting the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show is an honour and a privilege, and a milestone for an individual municipality’s history.
“Hosting FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show will allow Charlottetown, and PEI, to be more engaged and feel part of the greater FCM family, while enjoying the many tourism and economic benefits that come with hosting this event,” said Stu MacFadyen, Deputy Mayor and Chair of Advanced Planning, Priorities and Special Events Committee. “It’s an important national conference that we have the capacity to host with success, offering a great opportunity for the FCM to connect with the entire nation in a city where great things happen.”
Dates for the 2014 national conference are to be confirmed.
In February 2010, the City of Charlottetown adopted an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The ICSP provides the City with a long term, forward thinking strategic plan. This plan was developed in consultation with the community to support the realization of the community’s sustainability objectives for its environmental, economic, social and cultural dimensions. The goal of many of the activities highlighted in this portfolio is to contribute to a healthier, more vibrant and sustainable city with a resilient economy for future generations.
For more information about the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and their national conferences, visit www.fcm.ca.
For more information about the City of Charlottetown’s Sustainability In Action plan, visit www.charlottetown.ca.
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