Strengthening the Regional District of Central Kootenay strengthens Canada

Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) Director Leah Main met with other municipal leaders from across Canada this week to discuss how federal infrastructure investments can benefit all communities.

As a board member for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Director Main champions local issues and solutions to help shape the national policy agenda of the municipal sector. At its September 13-16 meeting in Oakville, Ontario, the FCM board united behind a plan to ensure all communities will benefit from the $48 billion Phase 2 federal infrastructure fund.

Municipalities are calling on the federal government to empower local decision-makers to drive forward the most strategic investments in transit and green infrastructure. They are also urging strong action to tackle the housing crisis, and to bolster rural Canada with an enhanced Small Communities fund.

“People throughout the RDCK know we need to invest in housing, transit, water and wastewater infrastructure. Strengthening communities and regions like ours is how we strengthen Canada,” said Director Main after the meeting in Oakville. “Think about it: When we do green retrofits on local buildings such as community halls, that creates local jobs, lowers energy bills and assists in Canada’s reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

Municipal leaders acknowledged the vital importance of the federal government’s decision to grow its contribution to 50 per cent of costs. Sharing their Phase 1 experiences across the country, they agreed that a successful Phase 2 will require an ongoing 50 per cent federal share, with provinces partnering with no less than their traditional one-third share. They also agreed that Phase 2 should streamline investment in green and transit infrastructure as stable, predictable allocations for municipalities.

“There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, and local governments understand the needs within their communities best. With predictable federal transfers, we can plan long-term, pull in local expertise, and move cost-effective projects forward quickly.” 

The FCM Board members will continue to engage with local MPs and key ministers to advance a strong municipal-federal partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the people of the Regional District of Central Kootenay, and all Canadians.

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Chris Coleman, Sav Dhaliwal, Garth Frizzell, Bob Long, Leah Main, Rhona Martin and Al Richmond - part of the BC Caucus on FCM Board - at the September 13-16 Board Meeting in Oakville, Ontario.

For further information, please contact:
Leah Main
FCM Board Member/Director for the Village of Silverton
Phone: (250) 551-6173
LeahMain@rdck.bc.ca

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