FCM to release report on the social safety net and the role of municipal

OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - A new report by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) looking at Canada's fraying social safety net and the role of municipal governments will be released March 24, 2010, during a conference call at 11:00 a.m.

(All times Eastern Daylight Time).

FCM CEO Brock Carlton and technical staff will be on hand to brief media.

An embargoed version of the report entitled, "Mending Canada's Social Safety Net: The role of municipal governments," will be posted on FCM's website (www.fcm.ca) at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The final report will be posted to our website at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

    WHAT:    Release and briefing, via conference call, of FCM's Report on
             the social safety net and the role of municipal governments

    WHEN:    Report Posting on FCM website - March 24, 2010, 10:00 a.m. (EDT)
             Release and Briefing - March 24 2010, 11:00 - 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

    WHO:     Comment - FCM CEO Brock Carlton,
             Technical Briefing - Michel Frojmovic, report author

    HOW:     To participate in the briefing, dial 1-866-219-7782 and provide
             access code 682038 at the prompt.

    NOTE:    Please do not call in and put the line on hold. If you wish to
             leave the call, please terminate the connection.

About the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS)

Developed by FCM, the Quality of Life Reporting System (QOLRS) measures, monitors and reports on the quality of life on 24 Canadian urban municipalities:

        1.  Vancouver, British Columbia
        2.  Surrey, British Columbia
        3.  Calgary, Alberta
        4.  Edmonton, Alberta
        5.  Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
        6.  Regina, Saskatchewan
        7.  Winnipeg, Manitoba
        8.  London, Ontario
        9.  Sudbury, Ontario
        10. Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario
        11. Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario
        12. Hamilton, Ontario
        13. Region of Halton, Ontario
        14. Region of Peel, Ontario
        15. Region of York, Ontario
        16. Toronto, Ontario
        17. Region of Durham, Ontario
        18. Ottawa, Ontario
        19. Gatineau, Québec
        20. Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), Québec
        21. Laval, Québec
        22. Communauté métropolitaine de Québec (CMQ), Québec
        23. Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
        24. Windsor, Ontario

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With more than 1,775 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

SOURCE Federation of Canadian Municipalities

For further information: For further information: Eric Collard, (613) 907-6211 or e-mail ecollard@fcm.ca

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