Advocacy for Infrastructure & Community Safety Costs

UBCM’s Executive was in Victoria last week to raise awareness of key policy priorities with Members of the Legislative Assembly. Over two days, Executive members met with 32 MLAs from all parties, including 14 ministers, the leader of the Official Opposition, and both caucus chairs.  Meetings focused on strategic investments in infrastructure and community safety costs.

On infrastructure, the Executive sought a provincial commitment to maintain at a minimum its traditional 33% funding for those local government infrastructure projects with 50% federal cost sharing.  For community safety costs, the Executive called for a reversal of the provincial decision on transferring the costs of DNA analysis services to local governments, as well as a commitment to enhance communication and collaboration between the Province and local governments on all future policing decisions.  A call was also made to conduct a review of the arbitration process within essential services labour relations agreements, and collaborate in proposing changes that would mitigate the cost pressures of arbitrated settlements.

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