For Immediate Release
September 6th, 2016
Mayor Crombie to Attend Federal-Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Ministers’ Meeting
Mississauga – This multilevel-governance meeting is an important opportunity for municipal leaders to work closely with our provincial and federal counterparts to shape government programs and investments that will go toward municipal priorities, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said as she prepared to depart for Edmonton to attend a federal-provincial-territorial Ministers’ meeting on infrastructure.
This is the first time that mayors have been invited to an FPT meeting, making this an historic opportunity for Canadian municipalities to be part of the discussion about where and how federal infrastructure funds are spent.
Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has convened this FPT meeting and is working in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to bring a municipal perspective to the meetings. Mayor Crombie was invited to be part of a delegation of participants from across Canada who will:
- Discuss ongoing progress in meeting the infrastructure needs of communities;
- Seek views on outcomes and priorities for Phase 2 of the Trudeau government’s infrastructure plan; and
- Discuss how to work together effectively to implement this next phase.
Beyond infrastructure and transit, meeting discussions will also focus on housing, social infrastructure, funding mechanisms, along with climate change and green infrastructure. Mayor Crombie will present on climate change mitigation.
“Let me reiterate once again how encouraged I am that the Trudeau government has committed to investing bold and unprecedented funding to support Canadian cities, like Mississauga,” Mayor Crombie said.
“At the City of Mississauga, we are anticipating a federal government investment of nearly $59 million from The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) agreement between the Wynne and Trudeau governments. Council will work to ensure this investment goes toward important priorities like expanding and safeguarding public transit and infrastructure.”
City-building is nation-building, Mayor Crombie added, and the Trudeau government continues to usher in a new era of productive, sincere and meaningful co-operation with local government leaders and all levels of government to the benefit of all Canadians.
“I look forward to a series of productive meetings and discussions with government officials and thought leaders from across Canada,” Mayor Crombie concluded.