Prime Minister Commits to Give Municipalities Control Over Infrastructure Spending

Speaking at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference in Winnipeg last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that decisions about where to spend federal infrastructure funding would be left in the hands of municipalities. According to the Prime Minister, the federal government will focus on setting overall objectives, like climate change and economic growth. Some municipal officials are advocating for a transfer system that is similar to the federal gas tax. However, a report released last week by the Auditor General’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development was critical of the government’s monitoring of gas tax disbursements.

For more:

Globe and Mail, “Infrastructure decisions will be left in the hands of cities: Trudeau” 

Auditor General of Canada, Federal Support for Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure 

FCM wraps up Annual Conference with the election of a new President and a commitment to build a stronger Canada 

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