RDCK rep in Ottawa

RDCK Director takes local infrastructure priorities to Parliament

Silverton—RDCK Director and Village of Silverton Councillor Leah Main took local priorities directly to Parliament last week, as part of a delegation of municipal leaders from across Canada. Led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, they scheduled 150 meetings with parliamentarians November 24– 26, to guide the design of Phase 2 of the federal plan to invest in transit, social and green infrastructure.

“This infrastructure plan has tremendous potential to boost our economy and quality of life here in the Village of Silverton and the Regional District of Central Kootenay,” said Director Main. “But to unlock that potential, the federal government needs to get the programs right, and we’re here to ensure they improve lives here and across the country.”

Leah met with five MPs from BC ridings, including both Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski, making the case that the federal infrastructure plan should be based on local input and knowledge.

Municipalities deliver cost-effective solutions to local needs in ways that tackle national challenges—like creating jobs and reducing GHG emissions. To bring that strength to Phase 2, they are urging Ottawa to provide the predictable allocations communities need to plan, tap local know-how and move forward.  They say cost-sharing should be modernized so local fiscal limits don’t block progress.  They also recommend dedicating most of the Social Infrastructure Fund to affordable housing.

“Ottawa just committed billions to rural and northern infrastructure needs specifically. If they get those program details right, we can look forward to better roads and bridges, better water and waste systems, more affordable housing, and a boost for our economy and quality of life,” said Director Main.  Rural communities will not be limited to applying for Phase 2 funding under the rural stream - they will still be eligible to apply under the other programs that will be announced in Budget 2017.

The federal government’s recent Fall Economic Statement expanded its Phase 2 infrastructure commitment to $81 billion over 11 years, while announcing dedicated support for smaller and remote communities. Program details for Phase 2 are expected no later than Budget 2017.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ 2,000 member communities represent more than 90 per cent of Canada’s population. Director Main serves as a member on FCM’s Board of Directors.

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To arrange interviews with Director Main, please contact her at 250-551-6173 or email leahmain@rdck.bc.ca

From left, MP Mel Arnold, RDCK Director Leah Main,FCM Staff Lead Robin Goldstein, Chair of North Okanagan Regional District Rhona Martin, and Victoria Councillor/Chair of FCM BC Caucus Chris Coleman – Main was in Ottawa to meet with several MPs to lobby for policies, programs and infrastructure FUNDING for municipalities, prior to the sitting government 2017 Budget announcements in the new year.

Four local politicians spent time this past week in Ottawa, working with various federal politicians, ministries and agencies on issues of great local importance,
Wendy Booth, front left (Regional Dist. of East Kootenay, 1st V-P of UBCM) and Leah Main, front right (RDCK) attended FCM’s Board Meeting and Advocacy Week. They each attended multiple meetings with MPs and Senators to articulate the needs of local governments particularly in relation to the upcoming Federal Budget 2017, which will contain major announcements on infrastructure funding that will apply directly to local governments.
Nakusp Mayor/RDCK Chair Karen Hamling, back left, and Nelson Mayor Deb Kozak, back right, were in the Capitol giving input into Columbia River Treaty negotiation preparations. They met with numerous agencies and officials who will formulate Canada’s position regarding continuation of the Columbia River Treaty.
High powered goings-on for four women politicians from small BC interior communities!

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