FCM Travel Fund

Year
2019
Category
Selected Issues
NCLGA Ref#
R32
UBCM Ref#
B177

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive

Details

Whereas FCM elected and appointed officials representing their Provinces or Territories attend Meetings of the Board and Standing Committee meetings each year, with their local governments covering travel expenses incurred; 

And whereas some local governments do not have the funding available to cover the travel expenses for an elected official to participate as a Board or Standing Committee member and therefore may not nominate a capable individual as their local representative:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM request FCM to include a fee for reimbursement of travel expenses in their annual dues paid by all member municipalities to support Local Government Elected and appointed directors who attend FCM Board and Standing Committee meetings to ensure an equal representation on Meetings of the Board and Standing Committees from communities big and small.

Responses

The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on FCM to include a fee for reimbursement of travel expenses in their annual dues paid by all member municipalities to support Local Government Elected and appointed directors who attend FCM Board and Standing Committee meetings to ensure an equal representation on Meetings of the Board and Standing Committees from communities big and small.

Presently the UBCM-FCM Small Communities Travel Fund, administered by UBCM, is funded by BC members of FCM that voluntarily pay a separate fee to support the FCM travel fund that covers the travel costs of elected officials who have been elected or appointed to the FCM Board or its associated Standing Committees.  Only communities under 55,000 population are eligible to access the fund recognizing that smaller communities may not otherwise have the financial resources to support their elected officials to attend FCM Board or committee meetings.  As well a community must also contribute to the Fund in order to access it.  The Fund covers airfare, hotel accommodation and mileage, parking and ground transportation.

It is not clear from the enactment clause what the sponsor wishes to change about the existing travel fund; and based on the enactment clause only “member municipalities” are being asked to pay a fee as part of their annual dues, would regional districts be exempt?

North Central Local Government Association