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CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave, Courtenay

We respectfully acknowledge that the land we gather on is Unceded
territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.

A delegation by Julia Tait proposing amendments to business by-laws to enhance accessibility for visually impaired individuals. 

The delegate is requesting that the City take on the task of painting steps in public areas like the library, Art Gallery, stairs between Filberg and Native Sons, and the Sid Williams Theatre; and suggests a revision of City bylaws for privately owned spaces, enabling companies to conduct painting and maintenance without explicit permission.

A delegation by Rhonda Posegate, a resident at 3120 Dove Creek Place, will address Council about ongoing disruptive activities near the exhibition grounds. These include late-night gatherings, street racing, and fireworks aimed at horses.

The delegate is requesting the relocation of two cement barriers to block vehicle access and installing speed bumps to deter speeding.

WHEREAS, Canada is experiencing record population growth, having welcomed 1.25 million new Canadians last year alone; and

WHEREAS, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) indicates we need to build 3.5 million additional homes by 2030, and expand the municipal infrastructure to accommodate this growth; and

WHEREAS, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has estimated that the required municipal infrastructure cost averages in the range of $107,000 per unit and Statistics Canada estimates the cost to upgrade existing municipal infrastructure in the $170 billion range; and

WHEREAS, Non-residential construction inflation has risen by 29% since 2020 and municipalities face soaring infrastructure costs without corresponding revenue growth and, unlike federal/provincial revenue, municipal tax revenue has not kept pace in recent years with inflation, economic growth or population growth; and

WHEREAS, Municipalities face federal funding gap as the 10-year Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program has come to an end, the Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF) is being renegotiated and the Permanent Public Transit Fund is set to start in 2026; and

WHEREAS, The CCBF, formerly known as the federal Gas Tax Fund, provides over $2.4 billion annual capital funding to municipalities through a predictable allocation mechanism, and municipalities of all sizes use the CCBF to deliver results for Canadians by building/renewing critical core infrastructure, including water infrastructure, local roads, public transit and cultural and recreational facilities; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the City of Courtenay write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser advocating that the federal government:

  • work with agreement signatories and municipalities to maintain the CCBF as a source of direct, predictable, long-term funding for local infrastructure priorities; 
  • commit to the next generation of infrastructure programs, including a new program for water and wastewater infrastructure and an increase to the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund; and 
  • convene provinces, territories and municipalities to negotiate a “Municipal Growth Framework” to modernize the way municipalities are funded to facilitate Canada’s long-term growth.

WHEREAS the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) represents the interests of member municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction; 

WHEREAS FCM’s Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials from all regions and sizes of communities to form a broad base of support and provide FCM with the united voice required to carry the municipal message to the federal government; 

WHEREAS FCM’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in conjunction with the Annual Conference and Trade Show, June, followed by the election of FCM’s Board of Directors; and

WHEREAS the UBCM-FCM Small Communities Travel fund is under review, it currently covers airfare, hotel accommodation and ground transportation expenses related to attending FCM Board and Standing Committee meetings (other than the Annual Conference and Trade Show;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council of the City of Courtenay endorse Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton to stand for re-election on FCM’s Board of Directors for the period starting in May 2024 and ending June 2025; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City assume all costs associated with Councillor Will Cole-Hamilton attending FCM’s Board of Directors meetings that are not covered by the UBCM-FCM Small Communities travel fund.

In accordance with the Community Charter and the City of Courtenay Council Procedure Bylaw No. 2730, 2013, Councillor Morin has requested that Council reconsider the request from Comox Valley for Palestine, originally presented in the April 10th, 2024 Council Meeting, to Appear as a Delegation to Council.

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