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FPEIM Newsletter August 2019
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Election 2019
Election 2019 is an opportunity to modernize how governments work together.  The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is taking its story to all political parties on topics that matter like the Gas Tax Fund, rural priorities, public transit, housing affordability and disaster mitigation. 

There is one tool that transfers funds directly to municipalities of all sizes, empowering them to meet local needs: the Gas Tax Fund. It’s direct, effective and predictable. 

In Election 2019, FCM is calling on all parties to commit to a permanent doubling of the Gas Tax Fund —with a predictable annual growth rate that better reflects Canada’s long-term economic growth and rising construction costs.

In addition, FCM is asking all parties to build a "rural lens" into the heart of the federal government—bringing rural realities to the table, and modernizing federal tools to empower rural leaders to build better lives. 

Modern public transit takes long-term planning and investment.  FCM  is calling on all parties to establish a permanent federal funding mechanism, allocating funds directly to transit systems.. This mechanism will support the continuous growth of the transit Canadians rely on and lower greenhouse gas emissions. 
FPEIM Informal Meeting with the Honourable Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities
The Federation of PEI Municipalities Board of Directors had an informal meeting with the Honourable Jamie Fox, Minister of Fisheries and Communities at the Old School House in Victoria by the Sea.
PEI Building Codes Act Regulations Released for Consultation.
Deadline September 6th, 2019
The Department of Agriculture and Land will be holding municipal consultations on the draft Building Codes Act Regulations during the last week of August as follows.
 
Building Codes Act Regulation Municipal Consultations
Location Date Time
North River Fire Hall, Cornwall Monday, August 26 2:00 pm
Kaylee Hall, Poole’s Corner Tuesday, August 27 2:00 pm
Mill River Resort, Woodstock Thursday, August 29 2:00 pm
 
The above consultations will be followed by public consultations at the same venues at 7:00 pm.  The Department is also available to answer questions.  For additional information visit: 
www.princeedwardisland.ca/buildingcoderegs.  The Department has also produced a plain language version of key points in the Building Codes Act Regulations

Please send to John Dewey, Executive Director of FPEIM jdewey@fpeim.ca or call 902-566-1493 with any comments or recommended changes you have on the draft regulations, as FPEIM will be submitting comments to the Department.
Rural Growth Initiative Programs
Rural and Regional Development, a division of the Department of Fisheries and Communities (DFC), supports incorporated non-profit organizations and municipalities through the Rural Growth Initiative (RGI).  The RGI was launched in July of 2018 and thus far has supported 113 projects across Prince Edward Island. 

The Rural Growth Initiative has four programs:
  • Inclusive Communities Program- Supports rural population growth through activities that foster a culture of community inclusiveness for newcomer retention.  Contribution of 50% of project costs up to a maximum of $2500.
  • Economic Growth Program- Supports economic growth through investments in activities that cultivate entrepreneurialism and enhance the impact of strategic economic development plans. Contribution of 50% of project costs up to a maximum of $50,000.
  • Community Capacity Building Program - Increases the strategic capacity of rural communities to identify solutions for complex problems by providing support to develop strategic or organizational plans and to increase overall organizational capacity.  Contribution of 50% of project costs up to a maximum of $20,000.
  • Community Revitalization Program - Supports the enhancement of culture and society by providing funding to non-profit organizations and municipalities to invest in new or existing infrastructure that are important for maintaining rural culture, society, and economic development. Contribution of 50% of project costs up to a maximum of $100,000.
For more information, please contact your local Community Development Officer
West Prince Ellen Rennie 902-853-0104
East Prince/Central Queens Kellie Mulligan 902-887-3975
Evangeline (Bilingual) Giselle Bernard 902-854-3680
Southern Kings/Queens Sonia Dixon 902-838-0618
Eastern Kings Chris Blaisdell 902-687-7083
E-Mail: RGPR-CPRMR@gov.pe.ca
https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/rural-and-regional-development
Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure and Awareness Programs
Natural Resources Canada just launched a Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative that PEI Municipalities can apply to by September 20th, 2019. More information here  
Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program - The first Request for Proposals (RFP) focuses on Public Places and On-Street and is now open for applications until September 18th, 2019  
 
FPEIM is assisting in the process of a group funding application.  If your municipality is interested in having 1 or more Electric vehicle charging units in a public space please contact FPEIM by calling 902-566-1493 or email: tallen@fpeim.ca 
New Procurement Services for FPEIM Members 
FPEIM is working to establish a procurement program for its members, in partnership with Rural Municipalities of Alberta.  The goods available through the program have been publicly tendered, through the Canadian MERX system, to meet trade agreement requirements.  Products can be obtained through local suppliers, if available.
 
The service is expected to be available in October; however, FPEIM will be able to access program prices for major equipment purchases beforehand.  If you have immediate plans to purchase equipment, please call 902-566-1493.
Sustainable Communities Keynote Speaker Video
Video of Keynote Speaker on Sustainable Communities from our Annual General Meeting.
The Healthy Neighbourhoods Data Challenge
Identify and create novel data sets, data sources, and analytical methodologies to better understand the physical environment so that we can design healthier neighbourhoods. Meet the challenge and the top 5 will win $10,000 - deadline is October 24th.  Phase 2 prize is $50,000. Click here for more information.
Save the Date - 2019 PEI Health Promotion Conference
The Power of Community: Together we can!
"Strengthening collaboration and mobilization for healthy communities"
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Charlottetown, PE (Venue TBA)
Save the Date - FPEIM Semi-Annual Meeting

Water Act Regulations Consultation

The public is invited to provide input on new draft regulations under the Water Act. These regulations will control water extraction and outline how much water can be drawn from wells, watercourses and wetlands. Public consultations are open until October 2nd, 2019. For details of the regulations:
Take the Cannabis Survey
You are invited to take a simple survey on cannabis – and be entered for a chance to win an iPad or a Confederation Bridge pass. www.princeedwardisland.ca/cannabissurvey
 
Any Islander 16 or over can take part. The purpose of the survey is to measure Islanders attitudes toward cannabis, their current use of cannabis, and their knowledge of low-risk cannabis use.
 
The survey results will help the Chief Public Health Office on PEI monitor the impact of federal cannabis legislation and guide public health and safety programs and services.
 
The survey will take between 5 to 20 minutes. Click on the link 
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