Seizing the moment for northern and remote communities
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recommendations for federal budget 2017
With unprecedented long-term infrastructure investment promised and poised to be committed, the upcoming federal budget has the potential to transform this country.
To unlock that potential, this investment must benefit Canadians from coast to coast to coast. That includes nearly 150,000 people living in our three territories, Labrador, and northern regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
Northern and remote communities are integral to Canada’s social, economic and environmental fabric. In 2017, any genuine nation-building must support their economic diversification and growth in the face of unique challenges of climate, geography, high costs and sparse population.
On January 17, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities released Seizing the moment—our 2017 federal budget recommendations. This companion booklet highlights how this moment must include northern and remote communities in every region.