Canadian Municipalities Want a New Deal

Canadian cities are lobbying for a new relationship with the federal government.

Canadian municipalities have had all sorts of federal and provincial programs "downloaded" onto them in recent years, without any corresponding increase in tax revenues. According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, there is a "a $60-billion gap between the cost of programs municipalities must deliver, and what they can afford." A group of big-city mayors met recently in Toronto to discuss how to make municipal funding "more predictable and reliable." Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray wants municipalities to "have a cut of the federal gasoline tax and a cut of provincial sales tax revenue." Given the new political climate, with a more "city-friendly" prime minister, these dreams may be moving closer to reality.

Thanks to Zvi Leve

Full Story: Chase the bouncing Loonie: Cities vie for a new deal


Prepare for the AICP* Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs is the only comprehensive ranking and listing of graduate urban planning programs available.
Starting at $24.95
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.