FQM joins forces with Quebec Minister
The Federation quebecoise des municipalites (FQM) will be collaborating with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Martin Coiteux, to ask for more flexibility regarding the leftover funds from the New Building Canada Fund. Although many Canadian provinces have spent a large portion of the attributed sums, Quebec has spent only $175 million.
“The FQM will join forces with the Minister and other partners from the municipal world in order to ask for more flexibility on the part of the federal government when it comes to infrastructure,” commented Richard Lehoux, president of the FQM. “We recognize that progress has been made, but it’s not enough.”
In the Morneau budget, the federal government widened the application process for the New Building Canada Fund to make it easier for municipalities to use the money. However, the government still does not allow municipal administrations to use the money for the maintenance of existing infrastructures. “The repairing of actual installations is the priority for a large majority of the elected officials of smaller communities. To properly manage the public coffers, it is essential to maintain existing infrastructures before jumping into the construction of new buildings or in changing the vocation of structures that weren’t designed to hold the activities of municipalities,” said Mr. Lehoux.