On the Road to Fiscal Autonomy: Forms of Alternative Financing of the Property Taxes of the Municipalities of Quebec

Today, cities are still claiming alternative sources of revenue from property taxes to support the expenses of their many responsibilities. In order to participate in the dialogue on municipal taxation, this report provides an understanding of the sources of revenue of local governments in different countries. It is intended to reveal alternatives to property taxes that Quebec municipalities depend on economically unsustainable.

Report produced for the Institute of Alternative Policies in Montreal and written by Stéphanie Gagnon-Laberge. 

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IPAM Report on the Management and Development Plan

Last September, the council of the agglomeration of the City of Montreal presented its draft of the Management and Development Plan (SAD). Considering the importance of this document for the future of Montreal, on the 22nd September IPAM organised a round table for reflecting, with its partners, on the draft of the Plan and the elements that must be changed or added in order to respond to the present and future issues of the Montreal agglomeration. The discussion, the minutes of which can be found in the Annex, was rich in debate and allowed the identification of priorities for the IPAM community. This report is inspired by such reflections from the round table as well as from discussions that were had afterwards within IPAM.

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Minutes of the IPAM Round Table of September 22, 2014 on the Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD)

At the invitation of the Institute for Policy Alternatives Montreal (IPAM), thirty Montreal participants gathered on Sept. 22, 2014, in order to discuss the draft of the Montréal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (SAD), the adoption of which is expected in late December 2014.

In the form of open discussion, the exchange allowed participants from diverse backgrounds to compare their perception of the situation and their ideas. The discussion focused on what to prioritize, monitoring mechanisms and the means to realize that which is envisioned in the document. The role of SAD and its relationship with the PMAD and the urban planning that Montreal and related cities will have subsequently produced were also explored. It is expected that the discussions which took place at the round table will feed everyone’s reflections as part of the public consultations planned in the Fall.

Read (in French) the  minutes of the IPAM Round Table of 22 September 2014

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Montreal Urban Agglomeration Land Use and Development Plan (Draft – September 2014)


The Regional Plan sets guidelines for the agglomeration’s physical organization accompanied by a regional vision of its development. It helps guide development choices and decisions for all the agglomeration’s municipalities.

The Plan is built on the concept of sustainable development aimed at improving everyone’s life quality, in line with three primary objectives:

  • Promoting an excellent living environment.
  • Fuelling vitality of the Urban Agglomeration and its central core.
  • Enhancing areas of interest.
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urban.studies@mcgill Seminar Series

The School of Urban Planning is hosting a seminar series entitled urban.studies@mcgill. The list of speakers for the Fall is attached.

The seminars take place on Fridays at 12:15 P.M., in Macdonald-Harrington 420.

To come :

Nov. 8. Charles Small on the geography of ethnicity and race

Nov. 15. Bruno Marot on the politics of development in Beirut

Nov. 22. Daniel Galland on metropolitan governance in Copenhagen

Nov. 29. Dimitri Roussopoulos on democracy after the Nov. 3 elections

Dec. 6. Christian Krelling on alternative fuels for public transit in Delhi

Plan de développement de Montréal : Compte rendu de la table ronde et mémoire par l’IPAM

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L’IPAM est fière de publier son mémoire conjointement avec SUP McGill au sujet du projet de Plan de développement de Montréal.

L’IPAM et l’École d’urbanisme de l’Université McGill saluent l’effort de taille que la Ville et ses professionnels ont fourni pour élaborer le PPDM. Ils reconnaissant la valeur du document en tant que synthèse de politiques et plans adoptés dnas les années récentes et en tant que cadre de référence pour des initiatives futures. Mais nous sommes d’avis que le document actuel doit être amélioré aux palier certaines faiblesses importantes.

Vous trouverez dans les documents suivants les diverses recommandations de l’IPAM et ses partenaires.

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SUP + IPAM : Mémoire sur le projet de plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)

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Compte rendu de la table ronde de l’IPAM sur le Plan de développement de Montréal (PDF)

Invitation: August 21st 2013 – Montréal Development Plan (In French)

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L’Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM) est heureux de vous inviter à une table-ronde ayant pour sujet le Plan de développement de Montréal.

Cette rencontre se tiendra dans les bureaux de Rayside Labossière, au 1215 rue Ontario est (Montréal), le mercredi 21 août 2013, de 17h à 19h, dans un contexte informel de type « 5 à 7 ».

Comme vous n’êtes pas sans savoir, Montréal adoptera prochainement son Plan de développement, lequel  fait suite au Plan métropolitain d’aménagement et de développement (PMAD) et auquel s’arrimera le prochain Plan d’urbanisme. Étant donné l’importance de ce document, qui définit la vision pour le Montréal de demain, l’IPAM croit important d’offrir aux membres de la société civile, aux élaborateurs du Plan et aux élus une occasion de partager leurs idées et réflexions sur le sujet. Loin de vouloir se substituer à la démarche de l’Office de consultation publique de Montréal (OCPM), l’objectif de la rencontre est d’échanger librement pour enrichir notre compréhension collective des enjeux et des éléments de vision porteurs, en plus de permettre aux parties prenantes du développement montréalais de se connaître et de comparer leur point de vue.

Deux principales questions seront traitées :

  • Les éléments forts du Plan qui constituent la base de réflexion et à partir desquels travailler
  • Les aspects à ajouter, à bonifier ou à corriger pour réaliser un Plan à l’image de Montréal

Afin de maximiser le temps de discussion, prenez note qu’aucune présentation du Plan de développement ne sera faite en introduction. Le Plan et tous les documents liés à la consultation sont disponibles sur le site de la Ville de Montréal et sur le site de l’OCPM :

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=7717,84077570&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

http://www.ocpm.qc.ca/pdm

Les places étant limitées, nous vous serions gré de confirmer votre présence le plus rapidement possible au ron@rayside.qc.ca

Au plaisir de compter parmi nous  le 21 août.

Ron Rayside, secrétaire de l’IPAM

World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

International Summit of Cooperatives 2012

To the members of UCLG
To the Secretaries General
To the Vice-Presidents of United Cities and Local Governments
For information: To the Presidency

CIRCULAR 35/2012
Barcelona, 9 October 2012

SAVE THE DATE: 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Celebrating 100 years of the international municipal movement


Dear members,

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is pleased to announce the 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders 4th UCLG World Congress.

Delegations from over 100 countries around the world are expected at the Summit, which will bring together leaders of local and regional governments, international organizations, public and private sectors, financial institutions and civil society.

The Summit is envisaged to be a unique opportunity to present and discuss concrete local solutions to world challenges. It will also be the occasion to define policy, shape action and set future strategic goals for the new international development agenda.

The specific perspective of local and regional governments deriving from their proximity to citizens is crucial to the sustainability and implementation of good governance mechanisms.

These mechanisms should lead to both more equal societies and transparent and participative governments.

Local and regional governments: Imagine Society and Build Democracy!

Date: 1-4 October 2013
Venue: Rabat, Morocco
Theme: “Imagine Society, Build Democracy

Organized by UCLG and Hosted by the City of Rabat, the Moroccan Government
Follow us at: www.uclg.org/Rabat2013

Sincerely,
The UCLG World Secretariat

Please click on the link below to access the following document:
World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders: save the date

A Celebration of 65 Years of UrbanPlanning Education at McGill and in Canada (Faculty of Engineering)

General information:
Description: 8:30 a.m. Registration, light breakfast
9:00 a.m. Words of welcome

9:15 a.m. Lecture: The Trials & Ttribulations of Planning

Under the authority of Me. Marc-André LeChasseur, prosecutors and defense lawyers will, with the assistance of a group of expert witnesses, conduct the (bilingual) trial of urban planning in front of a jury made up of the audience.

Expert witnesses will include prominent members of the profession and of academia.

12:15 p.m. Luncheon

Keynote speaker: Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal.

2:30 p.m. Forum on the Future of Montreal
Hosted by the School of Urban Planning and the Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM), this meeting will bring together mem-bers of civil society, professionals, students and academics to discuss possible improvements to the City’s Plan de développement.

Refreshments will be served

NOTE:

6:30 pm. Free Public Lecture by Andrew Altman at (Macdonald-Harrington Bldg., Room G-10).

This presentation, supported by the Brenda and Samuel Gewurz Fund in Urban Design, will feature the head of the London Olympic Legacy Corporation, former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia and former Planning Director for Washington D.C., who will reflect on twenty years of leadership in public-sector planning.

Details: For questions about the events themselves, please send an e-mail to organisers.urbanplanning@mcgill.ca
Date/Time: Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location(s): McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 0E5
CANADA
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RSVP/Pre-Register: September 8, 2012 to November 2, 2012
Contact: •  Event Registrar
Phone: 514-398-1248
Email: RsvpEngineeringElu.alumni@mcgill.ca

Canada’s delegation of the 6th World Urban Forum

Aborginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC)
Elizabeth Tromp, Assistant Deputy Minister,
John Gordon, National Director  Urban Aboriginal Strategy   
CMHC

Carmen Foglietta, Manager International Relations
Doug Pollard, Senior Analyst  International Relations 
CIDA:

Simon Snoxell, Senior Policy Analyst 
IDRC

Veronnique McKinnon, Senior researcher Governance, Security and Justice program
Marcus Gottsbacher,  Senior researcher Governance, Security and Justice program

Rooftops Canada:

Barry Pinsky, Executive Director

Huairou Commission :

Marnie Tamaki, Member Huairou /GROOTS INtl
Canadian Institute of Planners: 

Andrea Gabor, President
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM:) 

Lise Bucher, Chair of standing committee International relations
Elena Pierce, Governance ,Policy and Networks officer 
Canadian Urban Institute

Andrew Farncombe, VP International Partnerships
Glenn Miller VP  Education and Research
Fred Eisenberger, President and CEO
Jeff Evanson, Head of Urban Solutions practice
Lisa Kavilcchia 
Quebec

M. John MacKay, Président directeur général, Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ)
M. Sébastien Olivier, Conseiller, Direction des affaires intergouvernementales et autochtones, SHQ
Mme Daniela Renosto, Déléguée du Québec à Rome
Mme Lucie Deschênes, Direction des organisations internationales, Ministère des relations internationales (MRI), Québec
Ville de Montréal – TBD but might include one of the following
M. Massimo Iezzoni, Directeur général, Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal
M. Stéphane Ricci, Adjoint au Directeur de la Culture et du Patrimoine, Responsable du Quartier des spectacles, Ville de Montréal
M. Amara Ouerghi, Conseiller spécial, Réseaux multilatéraux, Direction des Affaires institutionnelles, Ville de Montréal
Autres organismes :
Mme Kathryn Travers, Directrice des programmes, Femmes et villes international, Montréal
M. Dimitri Roussopoulos, membre du Comité exécutif, Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal (IPAM)
M. Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Directeur, Chaire UNESCO en paysage et en environnement, Université de Montréal <