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Poll Results - Role of Municipalities in Canadians' Lives


Canadians trust municipal governments most to deliver better quality of life

Canadians believe municipalities are best at understanding local challenges, finding solutions, planning for the future and improving quality of life. That is what we found out after working with Abacus Data in the spring to survey more than 5,000 Canadians.

In short, Canadians agree with us that a more direct relationship between municipalities and the federal government will result in better, faster, more efficient solutions to local challenges.

Some highlights:

  • 61% of Canadians say that municipal governments best understand the challenges that residents are facing
     
  • 61% of Canadians believe that municipal governments are best placed to find solutions to community problems
     
  • Most Canadians feel that the federal and municipal government would benefit from more direct communication
     
  • 82% of Canadian say federal and municipal governments do not talk to each other enough when it comes to making decisions that affect their communities
     
  • Nearly half of Canadians don’t think municipalities have enough resources to maintain and build infrastructure (48%)

As FCM members know, municipal governments are closest to people’s daily lives. Our communities are where Canadians live, work and raise their families. We understand people’s daily hopes and challenges, and we build solutions that work. As we approach Election 2019, FCM will work to spread the message that a more direct relationship between municipalities and the federal government will result in better, faster, more efficient solutions to local challenges.
 

READ MORE ABOUT WHAT CANADIANS TOLD US IN OUR POLL WITH ABACUS DATA