Municipal leaders unveil bold vision for a prosperous Western Canada
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’
Western Economic Solutions Taskforce (WEST
) released its Opportunity and Prosperity: the Future of Western Canada Report
, which highlights challenges that western communities are facing. It also presents WEST’s vision on how western innovation and resourcefulness can protect and create jobs, support Canada’s transition to net-zero emissions, and help drive national prosperity for decades to come. The report outlines recommendations that would have immediate and long-term impact, including:
- Establishing national utility corridors pre-approved for the development of transportation, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure.
- Improving federal impact assessments to improve municipalities’ ability to participate in federal reviews, as well as increase consultation with Indigenous communities.
- Improving rail safety with increased funding to enable municipalities to comply with federal regulations.
- Supporting energy communities as part of the “just transition” to net- zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
RMA President Paul McLauchlin serves as co-chair of the WEST Taskforce. Please contact President McLauchlin
with any questions or to discuss the report further.
Manager of Policy & Advocacy