As partners committed to a strong recovery for the Manitoba and Canadian economies, the AMBM and its 15 member municipal governments are proud to release their Municipal Economic Recovery Strategy 2021-2024.
The Strategy includes $259.3 million in infrastructure investments (sustainable development, tourism and digital economy), $11.6 million in economic development and entrepreneurship, and the establishment of a $70 million endowment fund for infrastructure that will contribute to the development of Manitoba’s Francophone communities.
AMBM President Ivan Normandeau explains: “Our municipalities are resilient and strong. In collaboration with the federal and provincial governments, and with the support of the AMBM and its affiliates, we will stimulate a robust exit from this crisis and rebuild prosperous communities together.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on society as a whole. But its greatest impact has been on the most vulnerable communities, including Manitoba’s Francophone and bilingual communities. Municipalities are the order of government closest to Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs), so it is critical that they receive special attention in the post-pandemic economic recovery.
This Strategy is based on the vision and priorities of the members of the AMBM. It proposes concrete actions and interventions that are consistent with the economic recovery plans of the governments of Manitoba and Canada.
Municipalities own 60% of the critical infrastructure that supports the economy. According to the Conference Board of Canada, every dollar invested in local infrastructure adds between $1.20 and $1.60 to Canada’s real GDP. “We are ready to take action and put in place the winning conditions to stimulate the investment needed to implement our strategy by advocating for a three-way partnership between all three orders of government,” said Justin Johnson, AMBM CEO.
The Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (AMBM) is the voice of bilingual municipal leadership in the province of Manitoba. It represents 15 local governments committed to providing services in both official languages to their citizens. Manitoba’s bilingual municipal leadership is also at the helm of the AMBM Group, a consortium of three complementary organizations: the AMBM, the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM) and Eco-West Canada (EWC), which has specialized in the green economy since 2008. These three complementary organizations actively contribute to the development, vitality and sustainability of the province’s Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs), including the French-speaking Métis.
Information: Office of the Chief Executive Officer (O-CEO), 204-289-4077, [email protected].