Council represents City at annual UBCM Convention
September 19, 2023
City of Fort St. John Council and Chief Administrative Officer are in Vancouver this week for the annual Union of BC Municipalities Convention. This week-long convention brings together local governments to learn best practices from each other and lobby the provincial government through policy and formal resolution sessions and meetings.
This year, the City of Fort St. John submitted three resolutions for consideration regarding, registering fees on title to increase transparency, creating an economic immigration program that provides local governments the ability to streamline and approve foreign workers, and additional addiction treatment capacity in rural and remote communities.
Additionally, the City will meet with several Cabinet Ministers and Shadow Ministers during one-on-one meetings to discuss local issues, including:
- Overdose Prevention Site
- Decriminalization of drugs and safety in public places
- Addiction treatment and prevention programs in rural and remote communities
- Foreign worker programs
- RCMP funding and tax fairness considerations and issues
- Additional classroom space for middle schools in School District 60
- Funding and value of post-secondary education in northern and Indigenous communities
- Update on the Taylor Bridge project
- Boulevard maintenance and highway responsibilities
- Alaska Highway intersection safety
- Update on the Blueberry River First Nation decision
- Local area service and latecomer fees registered on title
- Hosting provincial sporting events in the province
- Viable housing projects
By attending these conventions and maintaining membership with the North Central Local Government Association, Union of BC Municipalities, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City is committed to addressing a wide range of local issues and collaborating with other levels of government to improve the quality of life of our residents.