Canada�s Urban Challenges

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					Towards a Canadian Urban Strategy



   Framework for Government of Canada
       Involvement in Urban Affairs
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Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002
Canada’s Urban Challenges
    Economic competitiveness
    Environmental degradation
    Decay of urban infrastructure
    Inadequacy of transportation systems
    Housing
    Meeting the needs of vulnerable groups



Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002
Why is this happening?
    Municipalities lack sufficient own-source revenues
      – reliance on property tax revenues
      – property taxes usually regressive
      – no tolerance for tax increases

    Uncoordinated policy & program delivery
      – Canada’s three levels of government not coordinating efforts
      – policy/program agendas differ, varying interests in urban issues
      – often top-down priorities




Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002
Why is this happening?
    Downloading
      – municipal governments face growing responsibilities with inadequate support
    Reduced fiscal transfers
      – federal/provincial transfers increasingly conditional
      – delivery in isolation
    Fragmented & incomplete information base
      – insufficient research foundation
      – existing urban research often issue- or city-specific
      – access and affordability major obstacles


Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002
What is needed?
    Canada needs a clear national urban strategy
    Capacity must accompany responsibilities
    Use existing resources better
    Strategic investments are essential
    Meaningful inter-governmental consultations
    Enhance knowledge base
    Cabinet Minister to coordinate Government of Canada’s
     urban activities

Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002
CIP is prepared to help
    The Canadian Institute of Planners can support the
     Government of Canada’s efforts by:
      – facilitating the creation of the national urban strategy
      – contributing advice to the design and delivery of policies, programs and projects
      – coordinating and making accessible urban-oriented research
      – acting as an advisory body or sounding board for federal decision-makers
      – monitoring and evaluating the performance of the national urban strategy in
        partnership with the Government of Canada



Prime Minister's Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues – March 11, 2002

				
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