Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM, (in French) Fédération canadienne des municipalités) is an advocacy group representing over 2000 Canadian municipalities. It is an organization with no formal power but significant ability to influence debate and policy, as it is a main national lobby group of mayors, councillors and other elected municipal officials. It negotiates with the Government of Canada's departments and agencies on behalf of municipalities, and administers a number of funds.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Fédération canadienne des municipalités
FormationMarch 18, 1937 (March 18, 1937)
Merger of
  • Union of Canadian Municipalities
  • Dominion Conference of Mayors
TypeLocal government organization
Legal statusNon-profit corporation
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Region served
Official languages
English, French
Key people
  • Vicky-May Hamm, President
  • Bill Karsten, First Vice-President
  • Garth Frizzell, Second Vice-President
  • Yolaine Kirliw, Third Vice-President
  • Jenny Gerbasi, Past President
  • Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer
Formerly called
Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities


In 1901, the Union of Canadian Municipalities was formed to represent the interests of municipal governments. Another association, the Dominion Conference of Mayors was established in 1935.[1] In 1937, these two associations were amalgamated into the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities which in 1976 would be renamed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.[2]

FCM was instrumental in negotiating the federal government's 2005 "New Deal for Cities" programme,[3] under which Canadian federal gasoline taxes are remitted to municipalities.[4]


• Delivering $2 billion each year to municipalities from a permanent federal Gas Tax Fund. Over the next 20 years, this gas tax transfer will be worth $40 billion to cities and communities.

• Successfully advocating for significant federal funding towards the $123-billion municipal infrastructure deficit. In the 2009 budget, the federal government committed more than $12 billion over two years in new and accelerated infrastructure funding to municipal priorities.

Sustainable development

• FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF) provides below-market loans and grants, as well as education and training services to support municipal initiatives that improve air, water and soil quality, and protect the climate. This programme was established by the Chrétien government in 2001 with $100 million "to stimulate investment in innovative municipal infrastructure", and "to support municipal government action to cut pollution, reduce greenhouse gases and improve quality of life".[2]

Global engagement

• Since 1987, FCM's international department has helped more than 200 Canadian municipalities and associations engage in development cooperation in more than 40 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.

List of FCM Presidents

No. Year[lower-alpha 1] Name Office Community Province
11937Edward Joseph CraggMayorHalifaxNova Scotia
21938J. E. Stanley LewisMayorOttawaOntario
31943Adhémar RaynaultMayorMontrealQuebec
41944Frederick J. ConboyMayorTorontoOntario
51945[lower-alpha 2]Robert Hood SaundersMayorTorontoOntario
61945Jonathan Webster CornettMayorVancouverBritish Columbia
71946Garnet CoulterMayorWinnipegManitoba
81947Ray T. ForbesMayorFrederictonNew Brunswick
91948Lucien-Hubert BorneMayorQuebec CityQuebec
101949George C. MacLeanMayorSaint BonifaceManitoba
111950Pierre-Horace BoivinMayorGranbyQuebec
121951Percy E. GeorgeMayorVictoriaBritish Columbia
131951[lower-alpha 3]G. C. MillerAldermanVictoriaBritish Columbia
141952Archibald J. MasonMayorSpringhillNova Scotia
151952[lower-alpha 4]Joseph-Omer AsselinCouncillorMontrealQuebec
161953[lower-alpha 5]Donald Hugh MackayMayorCalgaryAlberta
171955J. David StewartMayorCharlottetownPrince Edward Island
181956William HawrelakMayorEdmontonAlberta
191957Lloyd Douglas JacksonMayorHamiltonOntario
201958Harry MewsMayorSt. John'sNewfoundland and Labrador
211959Robert SimpsonMayorArnpriorOntario
221960Sidney BuckwoldMayorSaskatoonSaskatchewan
231961Percy B. ScurrahMayorVictoriaBritish Columbia
(1 of 2)
1961[lower-alpha 6]Chaim KushnerMayorWest KildonanManitoba
251962Joseph-Alfred MongrainMayorTrois-RivièresQuebec
261963Irvin William AkerleyMayorDartmouthNova Scotia
271963[lower-alpha 7]Beth WoodsMayorNew WestminsterBritish Columbia
(2 of 2)
1963[lower-alpha 8]Chaim KushnerMayorWest KildonanManitoba
281964Charles Augustus VaughanMayorHalifaxNova Scotia
291965Victor CoppsMayorHamiltonOntario
301966William RathieMayorVancouverBritish Columbia
311966[lower-alpha 9]Reginald DawsonMayorMount RoyalQuebec
321967Vincent DantzerMayorEdmontonAlberta
331968Albert CampbellMayorScarboroughOntario
341969Allan O'BrienMayorHalifaxNova Scotia
351970Ivor DentMayorEdmontonAlberta
361971Marcel D'AmourMayorHullQuebec
371972Bud BirdMayorFrederictonNew Brunswick
381973Bernie WolfeCouncillorWinnipegManitoba
391974Paul GodfreyChairmanMetropolitan TorontoOntario
401975Dan MunroeMayorGlace BayNova Scotia
411976Jack VolrichMayorVancouverBritish Columbia
421978Paul-Olivier TrépanierMayorGranbyQuebec
431979Cec PurvesMayorEdmontonAlberta
441980Dennis FlynnMayorEtobicokeOntario
451981Daniel BrownlowMayorDartmouthNova Scotia
461982Jean PelletierMayorQuebec CityQuebec
471983Ted BradyMayorCarlyleSaskatchewan
481984Doreen LawsonAldermanBurnabyBritish Columbia
491985Ron CromwellAldermanHalifaxNova Scotia
501986Richard GilbertCouncillorTorontoOntario
511987Jean CorbeilMayorAnjouQuebec
521988George CuffMayorSpruce GroveAlberta
531989George FergusonMayorAbbotsfordBritish Columbia
541990Ray O'NeillCouncillorSt. John'sNewfoundland and Labrador
551991Doreen QuirkCouncillorMarkhamOntario
561992Margaret DelisleMayorSilleryQuebec
571993Ron HayterMayorEdmontonAlberta
581994Laurence MawhinneyMayorLunenburgNova Scotia
591995John LesMayorChilliwackBritish Columbia
601996Bryon WilfertCouncillorRichmond HillOntario
611997Jae EadieDeputy MayorWinnipegManitoba
611998Claude CantinDeputy MayorQuebec CityQuebec
621999Sam SynardDeputy MayorMarystownNewfoundland and Labrador
632000Joanne MonaghanCouncillorKitimatBritish Columbia
642001Jack LaytonCouncillorTorontoOntario
652002John SchmalAldermanCalgaryAlberta
662003Yves DucharmeMayorGatineauQuebec
672004Ann MacLeanMayorNew GlasgowNova Scotia
682005Michael ColemanMayorDuncanBritish Columbia
692005[lower-alpha 10]Gloria KovachCouncillorGuelphOntario
702006[lower-alpha 11]Gord SteevesCouncillorWinnipegManitoba
712008Jean PerraultMayorSherbrookeQuebec
722009Basil StewartMayorSummersidePrince Edward Island
732010Hans CunninghamDirectorCentral KootenayBritish Columbia
742011Berry VrbanovicCouncillorKitchenerOntario
752012Karen LeiboviciCouncillorEdmontonAlberta
762013Claude DauphinMayorLachineQuebec
772014Brad WoodsideMayorFrederictonNew Brunswick
772015Raymond LouieCouncillorVancouverBritish Columbia
772016Clark SomervilleRegional CouncillorHalton HillsOntario
772017Jenny GerbasiCouncillorWinnipegManitoba
772018Vicki-May HammMayorMagogQuebec

See also


  1. Year elected or appointed.
  2. Appointed to replace Frederick J. Conboy in 1944 or 1945.
  3. Appointed to replace Percy E. George in 1951 or 1952.
  4. Appointed to replace Archibald J. Mason in 1952 or 1953. Went on to be elected to his own term in 1953.
  5. Appointed to replace Joseph-Omer Asselin in 1953 or 1954. Went on to be elected to his own term in 1954.
  6. Appointed to replace Percy B. Scurrah in 1961 or 1962.
  7. Appointed to replace Irvin William Akerley in 1963 or 1964.
  8. Appointed to replace Beth Woods in 1963 or 1964.
  9. Appointed to replace William Rathie in 1966 or 1967.
  10. Appointed to replace Michael Coleman in 2005 or 2006.
  11. Appointed to replace Gloria Kovach in 2006 or 2007. Went on to be elected to his own term in 2007.


  1. UBCM: The First Century: Union of British Columbia Municipalities. Granville Island. 2006. ISBN 1-894694-39-2. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  2. Stevenson, Don; Gilbert, Richard (2005-12-22). Coping with Canadian federalism: the case of the Federation of Canadian municipalities (PDF). Canadian Public Administration. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  3. G+M oped by Jack Diamond: "New deal for cities critical", 3 Dec 2003
  4. "Government on track to deliver New Deal for Cities and Communities". Infrastructure Canada. 2005-02-01. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-09. see also Department of Finance archives "A New Deal for Canada's Communities"


  • Deutsch, John (1976). Tri-Level Task Force on Public Finance in Canada. Report of the Tri-Level Task Force on Public Finance. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada.
  • "FCM Past Presidents". Federation of Canadian Municipalities. June 2, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
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