Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[EQ] The State of Canada's Cities and Communities 2012

The State of Canada’s Cities and Communities 2012

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Ottawa, Ontario Canada – 2012

Available online PDF [65p.] at: http://bit.ly/KxmnHt

The investments of the last few years have clearly benefited our communities and our country. In addition to fighting the recession, they have made it possible for local governments to make some of their most urgent, but previously unfunded, infrastructure investments.

What is less clear, however, is how much we have done to fix the underlying causes that led to years of decline in our cities and communities. If we want recent progress to be more than a temporary pause in a downward spiral – if we want it to be the start of a lasting turnaround in our cities and communities – then we need to make sure we are doing more than treating the symptoms of a deeper sickness.

That is the purpose of this report: to help us understand the underlying health of Canada’s cities and communities in 2012. Given the scope and complexity of the question, this report does not pretend to be comprehensive or to give the last word on the issue. It is just one contribution to an important and pressing conversation.

The report is structured in two parts:

-. Part One reviews the underlying causes of the growing challenges that have played out in Canada’s cities and communities during the past two-and-a-half decades. It looks at the progress Canada has made in addressing these issues in recent years, and examines current trends to see where our cities and communities are headed and what new challenges they will face.

- Part Two looks at the state of intergovernmental cooperation in Canada, and reviews the progress Canada has made on that front over the years

Table of Contents


Part 1: Investing in Our Communities

Chapter 1: State of Municipal Finances

Chapter 2: State of Federal Investments

Part 2: Working Together for Canadians

Chapter 3: State of the Partnership: Towards a Seat at the Table

Chapter 4: State of Policing and Public Safety

Chapter 5: State of Affordable Housing (by the Quality of Life Reporting System

Chapter 6: State of the Environment: Cities and Communities Acting Locally



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