Municipalities want Premier Legault to deliver on tax transfer promise

At the annual general meeting of the Union of Quebec Municipalities (UQM), members unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a new fiscal partnership with the Legault government. That would include a transfer of one percentage point of the Québec Sales Tax (QST) to municipalities. 

Last May, then candidate-for-Premier François Legault committed to transferring part of the QST to Quebec municipalities, which would diversify their revenue and break a fiscal imbalance the organization says has developed between Québec and local governments in recent years. 
 
In a statement to media, the UMQ said it will meet with Quebec Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Andrée Laforest. Discussions are expected to focus on a new Québec-municipalities fiscal pact to support municipal initiatives for infrastructure and to fight or adapt to the consequences of climate change and extreme weather events. 

A recent study conducted by the Adgeco Group, with participation of Ouranos, estimated the costs of climate change adaptation will be in the neighbourhood of $2 billion over the next five years for Quebec's ten largest cities - double that for all Quebec municipalities.

Municpalities also unanimously adopted a new Gender Equality Policy - the first in the Union's history. This policy, entitled On the Move for Parity (in French only), seeks to strengthen municipal democracy by promoting the full participation of women in the UQM and to allow the Union to become a model for cities by promoting best practices in this area.