Welcoming the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to Halton

From September 13 to 16, Halton Region will host the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board Meeting.

FCM is the national voice of municipal governments, improving the quality of life in Canada by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. Its members work with the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and other federal leaders to represent the priorities of almost 2,000 Canadian municipalities. In doing so, they highlight the need to align federal and local priorities based on the principle that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.

This week’s Board Meeting in Halton will assemble FCM’s Board of Directors, comprised of nearly 100 elected municipal officials from across the country. It provides a valuable opportunity for us to join other municipalities in highlighting priority issues facing our community and others like it, advocating on behalf of all Canadians for policies that will positively impact millions of residents.

Halton is strongly represented on the national stage—Regional Councillor Clark Somerville of Halton Hills was elected President of FCM in June, and has been a strong representative of Halton in FCM for several years. I am confident that his leadership, strategic perspectives and collaborative approach will greatly contribute to this meeting’s success. A strong Halton helps build a strong Canada, and the FCM Board Meeting will ensure that the voices of all Canadians are heard.

Our work with FCM is just one way that Regional Council and staff advocate on your behalf to help maintain a high quality of life for all people of Halton, today and into the future. The Region continues to advocate to the Provincial and Federal governments for long-term, predictable funding and legislative amendments on issues facing the region through our Advocating for a Strong Halton campaign. To learn more, please visit halton.ca/advocacy.

As we welcome the FCM delegates arriving in Halton, I would like to thank them for their service and dedication to Canadian communities. By working together with our friends and neighbours nationwide to achieve our common goals, we help keep our country a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.