Re: Support for Canada’s Municipalities facing severe financial impact of COVID-19
Dear Prime Minister:
During this critical transition period for the Canadian economy, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) and the Business Council of Canada (BCC) have collaborated to provide a national viewpoint on the immediate crisis faced by our cities and the businesses that operate in them.
Founded in 2015, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) is a coalition of CEOs of nine of Canada’s largest urban Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade coast-to-coast: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax. Representing half of Canada’s GDP and population, the CGCC is a strong voice for national policies that build competitive and sustainable urban economies.
Founded in 1976, the Business Council of Canada is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization representing business leaders in every region and sector of the country. The Council’s member companies employ 1.7 million Canadians, contribute the largest share of federal corporate taxes, and are responsible for most of Canada’s exports, corporate philanthropy, and private sector investments in research and development. Through supply chain partnerships, service contracts and mentoring programs, Business Council members support many hundreds of thousands of small businesses and entrepreneurs in communities of all sizes, in every part of Canada.
We appreciate your announcement on June 1st, accelerating this year’s federal funding to cities. It clearly recognizes the crisis currently facing municipalities across the country. While this money will help with short term liquidity issues, it is not new money and does not address operating costs and the crisis of non-recoverable losses being faced by municipalities of all sizes.
As cities and businesses begin re-opening across Canada, it is our joint view that a national approach would be beneficial. We would ask that your government consider these principles as you look to build additional programs that directly aide in the broader recovery effort of our cities, our municipalities and our businesses.
While we appreciate the early efforts of the Federal Government to support businesses and the municipal infrastructure that allows them to operate, we hope, as advocate organizations for businesses of all sizes across Canada, that your government considers taking a broader, more collaborative view as outlined in the principles brought forward here. Never have businesses and local governments needed to collaborate as they do now, and never has the economy needed these groups to jointly thrive, enabling the Canadian economy to return to a position of growth and stability.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you wish to discuss further.