Long-Term Federal Funding for Municipal Infrastructure Critical
KANANASKIS, Alberta – July 12, 2012 – Provincial and Territorial Ministers Responsible for Local Government today renewed their commitment to work together to support strong and viable communities.
Ministers met to share information and ideas on key issues affecting municipalities across Canada, and learn from each other’s experiences and successes. Discussions occurred on topics such as municipal funding, service viability, and accountability. Ministers also discussed the importance of municipal infrastructure, and its contribution to strong communities, economic prosperity and job creation.
“Since 2010, the Ministers Responsible for Local Government in Canada have worked closely to ensure that the federal government commits to new long-term infrastructure funding, recognizing it as necessary for the health of our economy and our communities,” said Doug Griffiths, Alberta’s Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the 2012 chair of the provincial-territorial Ministers Responsible for Local Government. “Now that we have created momentum we believe that it is critical that the new federal plan be developed collaboratively while also respecting provincial/territorial jurisdiction.”
The Ministers reiterated this message during a discussion with The Honourable Steven Fletcher, federal Minister of State for Transport. In particular, Ministers reinforced to Minister Fletcher that the design of any future federal funding plan for municipal infrastructure must address three key elements:
“Stable, predictable and adequate long-term infrastructure funding is essential for vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities, not only in the North, but in all of Canada," incoming chair and Yukon's Community Services Minister Elaine Taylor added. "We appreciate the recent years of federal support and investment in infrastructure from coast to coast to coast, and look forward to a new federal infrastructure plan that best meets local needs and priorities through flexible funding”.
The Ministers also heard from Mayor Karina Pillay-Kinnee of Slave Lake about disaster response following the devastating wildfires in 2011 and from Mayor Melissa Blake of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo on managing rapid growth.
The next annual meeting of Ministers Responsible for Local Government will be held July 9-11, 2013 in Whitehorse, Yukon.
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Sandi Walker, Communications
Alberta Municipal Affairs
PRINCIPLES UNDERLYING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES
Provincial and Territorial Meeting of Ministers responsible for Local Government
Québec City — September 16-17, 2004
Respect for provincial and territorial fields of jurisdiction
Federal government initiatives must respect provincial and territorial jurisdiction over municipal matters and their legislative authority in this realm. In this spirit: