Close to 2,000 of Canada's municipal leaders gathered May 30–June 2 at the 77th Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) annual conference in Ontario’s Niagara Region.
They had opportunities to learn from experts, attend workshops on a variety of issues and network with colleagues. There was a lot of discussion on how to influence the federal government to ensure that Canadians have the quality of life they deserve and enabling the innovation that creates jobs and growth in this country.
“From investing in our roads, bridges, transit and water system to making sure all Canadians have a decent place to live,” said County of Kings Warden Diana Brothers. “We know many of the solutions lie in strengthening our hometowns and their ability to be innovative and responsive.”
Much of the discussion during the conference revolved around the frontline role municipalities play in delivering key services to Canadians.
Delegates also had the opportunity to hear from and influence speakers, representing all parties, including three leaders of opposition parties (Liberals, NDP and the Green Party) and two federal ministers.
“We are leaving the Niagara Region with a united message that a strong Canada begins with strong hometowns,” said Coun. Wayne Atwater, who attended the conference as a FCM board member. “These are the services Canadians rely on and we know that they want to see all levels of government cooperate to make our hometowns stronger.”