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The Living Tree: Contemporary Issues in Canadian Federalism Series

The role of municipalities within Federalism

Ji Yoon Han, Tomas Hachard, Enid Slack and Kennedy Stewart March 14, 2023

How do municipalities fit into Canada’s federal structure? How do cities manage policy aims with limited revenue-raising powers? On this episode of the podcast, we explore the relationship between municipal and federal, provincial and territorial governments.

Moderated by Tomas Hachard, independent researcher, author and former manager programmes and research for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG), our conversation on municipalities¬†features Enid Slack, Director at IMFG, and Kennedy Stewart, Director at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Public Policy Research and the former mayor of Vancouver.

This episode was recorded during an online event held by the Canada School of Public Service and is the fifth installment of a partnership between the school and the IRPP’s Centre for Excellence.

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