Presentation to the Standing Committee on Communities, Land and Environment
Presented on November 8, 2016.
On behalf of the Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities, thank you for initiating a dialogue on annexation and amalgamation and for inviting the Federation to present its views on this important topic.
In Canada, and in developed countries around the world, it is increasingly understood that there is an important link between the strength of local governments, and regional and national prosperity.
Citizens rely on municipalities to deliver local services that make cities, towns and communities attractive places to live, work and play. Through long-term comprehensive planning, modern infrastructure and amenities, and the delivery of a broad range of services, municipal governments play a fundamental role in creating conditions for economic growth.
Unfortunately, Prince Edward Island cannot reach its potential without transformative changes to address outdated municipal boundaries. Municipal leaders have known this for a long time and, through the Federation, have been calling for change.
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