41st Atlantic Mayors Congress meeting Charlottetown

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ATLANTIC MAYORS’ CONGRESS OCTOBER 22 – 23, 2021
CITY OF CHARLOTTETOWN
DELTA PRINCE EDWARD CONVENTION CENTRE 18 QUEEN STREET, CHARLOTTETOWN, PE

Mayor Philip Brown, City of Charlottetown Mayor George Andrews, Happy Valley – Goose Bay Mayor Dawn Arnold, City of Moncton
Pierre Beaule, Ex. Dir., Cities of New Brunswick Mayor Christine Blair, County of Colchester
Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, District of Lunenburg Mayor Roger Caissie, Town of Shediac
Mayor Rowan Caseley, Town of Kensington
Mayor Ian Comeau, City of Campbellton
Mayor Percy Farwell, Town of Gander
Warden Linda Gregory, District of Digby
Mayor Dave Kogon, Town of Amherst
Mayor Adam Lordon, City of Miramichi
Bruce MacDougall, Federation of PEI Municipalities Dan Murphy, Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick Mayor Peter Muttart, County of Kings
Mayor Steve Ogden, Town of Cornwall
Deputy Mayor Tim Outhit, City of Halifax
Mayor Craig Scott, Town of Torbay, NL
Mayor Basil Stewart, City of Summerside
Deputy Mayor Geoff Stewart, County of Colchester

Matt Kerrigan Atlantic Mayors Congress Wayne Long, City of Charlottetown
Laurel Lea, City of Charlottetown
Doug Dumais, City of Charlottetown Charlotte Nicholson, City of Charlottetown Tracey McLean, City of Charlottetown Cindy MacMillan, City of Charlottetown

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1) WelcomeRemarks,HostMayorPhilipBrown

Mayor Brown welcomed everyone to Charlottetown. He was pleased to be hosting the 20th anniversary of the Atlantic Mayors’ Congress (AMC). Mayor Brown indicated that he is looking forward to achieving goals by collaborating and communicating effectively with the municipalities involved in the Congress. He further indicated that there will be several presentations over the next two days with the Economic Summit presentation on Saturday morning.

Opening prayer conducted by Julie Pellissier-Lush, Poet Laureate for PEI.

2) AdoptionoftheAgenda(PreviouslyCirculated)

There being no additions or deletions, it was moved by Bruce MacDougall and seconded by Mayor Carolyn Bolivar- Getson that the agenda be approved as circulated. Carried.
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It was noted that the last meeting which took place in Summerside, PEI was virtual and more of a roundtable format; therefore, there are no minutes to adopt.

4) Presentations(Day1)

a) ProvinceHouseHistoricDistrict–MasterDevelopmentPlan
Bruce MacDougall introduced and welcomed Aaron Hansen, Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC). Mr. Hansen thanked Mr. MacDougall and the AMC for the opportunity to present. Mr. Hansen noted that CADC’s mandate is to provide innovation, investment, and expertise for individual projects of economic and social benefit that government or the private sector is not prepared to execute alone.

Mr. Hansen noted that Province House Historic District is perfectly situated to develop into a premier destination of choice for residents and visitors year-round. The design envisions ways in which the District can become a vibrant, bustling centre of cultural and economic activity; a celebration of the City’s rich history and first-class arts and entertainment scene.

In October 2020, in-person workshops were held in Charlottetown – one dedicated for business owners and one for interested members of the public; a heritage walkabout of the District and extensive interviews were conducted with key stakeholders identified by CADC. Key points raised during the business workshop included street trees, improved landscaping, safer transit stop, sidewalk improvements, year- round activities and shared streets on Richmond and Sydney Streets. Key points raised during the public workshop included reduced surface parking, accessible access to Confederation Centre of the Arts, improved pedestrian circulation, attractive water feature(s), winter activities with warm/sheltered areas and flexible seating. Mr. Hansen spoke to and depicted additional areas of the project such as project origins, background & insights, methodology & inspiration, the plan and next steps.

Following a brief Q&A, Mr. MacDougall thanked Mr. Hansen and offered him a token of appreciation.

Presentation attached as Appendix “A“.

b) FederationofCanadianMunicipalities(FCM)Update

Mayor Christine Blair introduced Geoff Stewart, 3rd Vice President of FCM and Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester, NS.

Mr. Stewart thanked Mayor Blair and began his update speaking to the challenges facing all municipalities brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the last federal election, FCM made it quite clear that local governments are essential partners in building Canada’s post- pandemic recovery. Federation priorities include national challenges such as job creation, climate change, the housing crisis, access to universal broadband and transit. He noted that in the weeks and months ahead, FCM will collaborate closely with all federal parties to build on the significant gains which have been made thus far.

Mr. Stewart noted that FCM is urging the federal government to appoint a regional economic development minister for every region and ensure that appointee is from his/her respective region. He encouraged all to reach out to their MP and local media and voice that Canada’s recovery must be rooted in cities and communities of all sizes.

In closing, he noted that municipal leaders want governments to put divisive politics aside and work together to make life better. Municipalities deliver concrete results which make local governments essential partners in driving the strong, inclusive and sustainable recovery needed.

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c) Round Table Session

10:21 am – Intermission

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Mayor Philip Brown, City of Charlottetown – The Covid-19 pandemic has forced municipalities to alter how they operate, what are the priorities and how to plan for the future. The City of Charlottetown has focused on environmental and sustainable practices – addition of two (2) electric vehicles to the City fleet, installation of electric charging stations throughout the city and PACE partnership (SWITCH program funded by FCM). There has been significant economic and population growth and with that comes a development boom; building permit activity increased by $22,000,000 from December 2019 to the end of December 2020 (total of $180,000,000). Also, the City is constantly seeking opportunity to invest in recreational infrastructure (replacement of the Simmons Sports Arena).

Mayor Craig Scott, Town of Torbay – He reported of a $10,000,000 new community centre project which just opened, full renovations of town hall, development of a climate change action plan, reopened meetings to the public, municipal elections that recently took place and partnered with the Town of Bay Roberts on a garden tourism project.

Dan Murphy, Union of the Municipalities of New Brunswick – his group has been busy with municipal reform but should be completed within the next two months. He noted on a MOU which was signed with provincial associations in PEI, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and looking to host an education series for members over the next year.

Mayor George Andrews, Happy Valley- Goose Bay – significant projects in progress: Muskrat Falls scheduled to be completed in the new year, Five Wind Goose Bay (Department of Defense), Boise Bay which is a northern mining site owned by Valet from Brazil and Gull Island project to come in the near future. He added that there were no significant economic opportunities from Muskrat Falls as most of the employees were “fly in” and “fly out” but they are revaluating ways on how the community can capitalize from these large projects.

Mayor Adam Lordon, City of Miramichi – Municipal elections were held in May 2021 and the new Council recently adopted a four-year strategic plan, an active transportation and trails plan and a climate adaption plan. He noted that the City was the first municipality in New Brunswick to declare September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as a holiday. Incentives have been created which has led to 350 units being built with 10% being affordable and 72 dorm style units (30 affordable) have been created in a former nursing home for students and temporary foreign works. Completed an $8 million redo of the downtown Station Wharf and opened the first dog park in the community.

Mayor Steve Ogden, Town of Stratford – In collaboration with the City of Charlottetown with respect to transit, wastewater treatment and the PACE Program. Large projects in progress include the waterfront park ($12.5 M), a community campus (170 acres) comprised of a high school, recreational infrastructure, and expansion of the business park.

Mayor Christine Blair, County of Colchester – she spoke to several initiatives such as rural broadband internet, UNESCO Global Geo Park designated on July 10, 2020 (1 of 5 in Canada), Debert Business Park and Airport, Carbon Free Colchester and Solar Colchester (financing for residents).

Mayor Rowan Caseley, Town of Kensington – recently secured 70 acres of land to develop a business park; development permits have doubled in the last two years and major upgrades to the town’s water and sewer treatment facility are ongoing.

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the windmill farm, new hotel under construction at the Credit Union Place arena, Provincial government recently announced a $20 million health centre for Summerside, $5.5 million Dome under construction which is a legacy of the 2023 Canada Games and a new fire hall is being proposed.

Mayor Peter Muttart, County of Kings – noted on initiatives such as a climate action and recreation plans, intermunicipal service agreements and active transportation trails which span over 100 km.

Geoff Stewart, Deputy Mayor of County of Colchester – noted on concerns related to the significant cost of policing (RCMP), Canada Community Build Fund – let MPs know and advocate to have this fund continue, in perpetuity, Zero Plastic Waste – FCM continues to review progress on plastic waste issues and provides input/feedback to Environment & Climate Change Canada. FCM also called on all parties to invest $500 million annually for 20 years in municipal water and wastewater infrastructure.

Mayor Dawn Arnold, City of Moncton – noted on five (5) pillars 1) Environment – part of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change 2) Urban Growth Strategy – working on municipal plan 3) Economy – significant increase in building permits (yr. to date $221 million) 4) Culture & Heritage – i.e., Avenir Centre and 5) Social – as a municipality, invested $6 million into affordable housing.

Linda Gregory, Warden for the District of Digby – working with the Port Association on expansion, affordable housing project is underway, residential housing sales are hot but affordable housing stock is low, green energy projects in progress.

Bruce MacDougall, FPEIM – he noted that 63% of PEI is unincorporated and a revenue sharing program (MOU) will be extended for a year (ready in four months); FPEIM semi annual meeting to be held November 6, 2021.

Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, District of Lunenburg – she noted that following the last election, her Council is entirely new (nine women & two men). Broadband internet installation underway; however, some issues getting the labour force to carry out the projects in Nova Scotia, announcement next week indicating that the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg is going to be debt free, exploring public transit and transit connectivity with Bridgewater and possibly HRM, building a new water tower, in the process with partnering with a developer from Halifax for 300 – 500 affordable housing units and another 500 affordable units with another development in Osprey Village, implementing a way-finding strategy, moved into a new municipal building in October 2020, LaHave River Straight Pipe project is in its third year and many other environmental initiatives in the works.

Mayor Percy Farwell, Town of Gander – the town’s service area is 45,000 to 50,000 people but the town’s population is ~12,000. Have challenges for land development as the town is bordered by the Gander Lake watershed and land owned by the Government of Canada as part of the airport infrastructure, new $35 million wastewater treatment facility, new $7 million track and field facility.

Deputy Mayor Tim Outhit, City of Halifax – since the last municipal election, his Council has seven (7) new members which are women. Halifax has encountered record growth, low tax increase, operating surpluses; passed the Integrated Mobility Plan, Regional Plan, Rapid Transit Plan, HalifAct Plan for Climate Change, finalizing the Cogswell interchange which will redevelop the downtown expressways.

Challenges – growth, demands from residents for parks, active transportation and request to not raise taxes, rising construction costs, labour and trade shortages, affordable housing and transit.

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Mayor Ian Comeau, City of Campbellton – noted that the service area is 35,000 to 40,000 people, population is increasing; recent closure of the J.C. Van Horne Bridge for repair work has had an economic impact on the area, concerned with the cost of policing (RCMP) in 2022.

Mayor Dave Kogon, Town of Amherst – noted that due to the town’s location, the closure of the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Amherst was negatively impacted (40% of retails sales in the community come from NB). Last municipal election, Council has five out of six new Councillors, looking to develop a large multiuse community centre to replace current centre; plans to expand the industrial park; green initiatives in progress – solar garden and three municipal buildings going solar. Continue to struggle with healthcare recruitment.

Pierre Beaule, Ex. Dir., Cities of New Brunswick – He noted that Adam Lordon, Dawn Arnold and Ian Comeau are members of the board as well. Priorities for this group are social issues which includes affordable housing, homelessness, addiction, mental health, etc. Engaged in a process for municipality reform (White Paper) and should be released mid/end of November 2021.

Mayor Roger Caissie, Town of Shediac – solar panels installed on the town’s multifunctional centre, solar farm construction underway, Ecocentre (interpretive centre) to open in July 2022, launched a new arts festival in fall 2021 called Le Festival Hom’Art, 50% increase in building permits over the last year, concentrating on affordable housing by creating a committee and study.

Mayor Philip Brown thanked everyone for their input and asked Matt Kerrigan if the issues and or commonalities raised during the roundtable could be ranked and incorporated into the minutes. Mr. Kerrigan indicated that this could be done as a side report.

Lunch (11:58 am)

d) EventAtlantic

Stefanie Turner, Engagement & Support Coordinator at Event Atlantic was introduced and an overview of the organization was provided. Ms. Turner indicated that Event Atlantic represents the needs of diverse event hosting industry stakeholders in Atlantic Canada. Members include representatives of tourism, sport, arts, culture and creative industries; economic development; municipal, provincial and federal governments; industry suppliers; marketing partners; and others.

Progress made from 2015 to 2020 include founding partnerships, successful collaborations, membership launch and one (1) staff position; working collaboratively on initiatives throughout the pandemic; held the 2021 Event Atlantic Excellence Awards; the Board and staff recognized the need and timeliness of a roadmap for the next three years so a new 2021-2024 Strategic Plan was developed. Ms. Turner elaborated on Event Atlantic’s Strategic Plan – vision, mission, core values and goals.

In closing, Ms. Turner thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present and recommended that key municipal funded event/tourism stakeholders attain a membership with the Event Atlantic Society. She also suggested that a resolution be considered to request that Federal and Provincial governments provide the continuation of funding to Event Atlantic to support the delivery of key objectives in the new Strategic Plan. Following a brief Q&A, Mayor Craig thanked Ms. Turner and offered her a token of appreciation.

Presentation attached as Appendix “B.”
Brief Intermission – Group Photo

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e) Short-termRentals(STRs)–ARegulatoryFramework

Mayor Dave Kogon introduced and welcomed Robert Zilke, Planner II City of Charlottetown. Mr. Zilke thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present. He indicated that his presentation would concentrate of regulatory framework and data sets.

Mr. Zilke led with the impacts (pro & con) of STRs on communities and continued with comprehensive information related to key facts such as assessing the market, listing types, revenue distribution, platforms used, provincial compliance rate, impact on Charlottetown’s housing market including affordable housing, home sharers vs. commercial operators, etc. He then presented five (5) scenarios and provided descriptions for all. Other areas Mr. Zilke concentrated on related to guiding principles, licensing, key regulatory points, and enforcement.

In response to a question raised regarding a bylaws/policies specific to short-term rentals, Mr. Zilke indicated that the City of Charlottetown is working to create a licensing bylaw and summary conviction bylaw.

Mr. Zilke recommended that the Congress consider a resolution whereby companies like Airbnb be petitioned to remit the hotel tax which has been done in other jurisdictions such as Toronto and Vancouver:

Whereas the hotel levy collected by municipalities supports infrastructure and programs that benefit the entire community,

And, Whereas at the present time the levy is lost when short term rentals are managed by commercial enterprises that do not collect this levy,

Therefore, Be it resolved that Atlantic Mayors Congress petition all commercial entities engaged in Short Term Rentals collect and remit to municipalities in which properties are located the surcharge levied for room rentals at hotels.

Following a brief Q&A, Mayor Kogon thanked Mr. Zilke and offered him a token of appreciation.

Presentation attached as Appendix “C”

f) Housing and Affordable Housing Initiatives (Virtual)

Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson introduced and welcomed Marina Sloutsky, Affordable Housing Outreach Specialist with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Ms. Sloutsky began her presentation which is primarily to determine how municipalities can respond to the housing needs of their residents; review municipal tools or best practices on potential strategics around affordable housing. Areas touched on related to policy, financial and regulatory tools for affordable housing and a National Housing Strategy (NHS).

Policy Tools
Enabled by Provincial Statute, the OCP is the highest-level policy document; Developed through community consultation; Represents the future vision and direction for your municipality;
Strong housing policies with clear goals and direction cascade down to all other plans and policies. Housing Strategy – Engage with stakeholders, determine community housing need, set targets, define actions and align with other programs.

Financial Tools – Land-Based Contributions & Exemptions/Waivers

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Donation/Discount of Land or Facilities, Below Market Land Leases, Temporary Uses on City Owned Land, Community Land Trusts and Land Banking. Tax Credits/Exemptions, Tax Increment Financing and Waiving or Reduction of Development Fees and Charges.

Regulatory Tools – Flexible Zoning By-Law, Increasing Density/Infill development, Accessory Dwelling Units, Lower Minimum Unit Sizes, Permissive Development Standards (e.g: parking), Up-Zoning/Pre-Zoning and Mixed-use Zoning.

Ms. Sloutsky then spoke of the NHS Program noting areas such as SEED Funding, National Housing, Co-investment Fund, Federal Lands Initiative, Rental Construction Financing Initiative and Innovation in Affordable Housing. She provided details related to the Shelters and Transitional Housing for Women and Children Fleeing Violence program – 2021 budget announced $250 million to support the construction, repair and operating costs of an estimated 560 units of transitional and shelter spaces for women and children. She mentioned recently announced housing projects in Antigonish, NS, Paquetville, NB, Summerside, PEI and St. John’s, NL.

In response to a question raised regarding the Federal Lands Initiative, Ms. Sloutsky indicated the initiative looks at the transfer of federally owned land; when land becomes available, someone would apply with a project which would have the most impact on the community and the land would be allocated for very little to no cost. She further indicated information on these available lands, can be accessed from the CMHC website.

Mayor Brown thanked Ms. Sloutsky for her presentation.

Presentation attached as Appendix “D”.

g) PEI’s Bioscience Industry: Unlimited Opportunity

Mayor Percy Farwell introduced and welcomed Rory Francis, CEO of PEI BioAlliance. Mr. Francis thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present.

Mr. Francis indicated that the bioscience sector contributes to growth in both export sales and immigration/population, retention of youth and provides high paying jobs. As the PEI Bio sector is a critical component of PEI’s path to a prosperous future, he noted that a five-year Strategic Plan was recently completed. In 2020, the PEI bio sector seen considerable growth – $364 M in private sector revenue, $61 M in investment attraction, $100 M in new equipment/ facilities, 61 bioscience companies, 2,200 employees and seven (7) research organizations.

Mr. Francis then spoke more to the Strategic Plan 2025 highlighting areas of collaboration with government, financial institutions, companies and the academic and research community. He further noted that their priority initiatives are infrastructure, skilled human resources and business attraction and incubation. Mr. Francis provided details with respect to the CASTL program (Canadian Alliance for Skills and Training in Life Sciences) – the program provides world-class technical skills development and training in life sciences specializing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing for Canada. He also noted on a bioscience incubator, Emergence, which accelerates the growth of Atlantic Canadian start-ups and early-stage companies moving from ideation to commercialization; five core pillars include mentorship, acceleration, advisement, investment and connection.


Mayor Percy thanked Mr. Francis for his presentation and offered him a token of appreciation. Presentation attached as Appendix “E”.

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Mayor Brown indicated that Mayor Carolyn Bolivar- Getson had to leave the meeting.

h) TruthBeforeReconciliation

Mayor Steve Ogden introduced and welcomed Jenene Wooldridge, Executive Director, L’nuey. Ms. Wooldridge thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present.

Ms. Wooldridge indicated that L’nuey’s role is to advance the rights and aspirations of the Mi’kmaq in PEI and asked each municipality to take the time to understand the need to pursue reconciliation. She spoke of peace and friendship treaties signed by the Crown and Mi’kmaq in the 1700’s; those treaties were to recognize two (2) governing nations – Mi’kmaq and the Crown. She added that the Mi’kmaq upheld their obligations with respect to these treaties but was never honoured by the Crown; their land was taken away and the disastrous program to wipe out their culture began.

Ms. Wooldridge spoke passionately to the issue of residential schools in Canada and the devasting, long-lasting affects of these institutions on Indigenous Canadians. She stressed it is time that all recognize the truth so the process of healing can begin. She indicated that action is needed for real change to happen. She appealed to the Congress, as government representatives, that they have the ability to make decisions which benefit society.

With regard to the Truth and Reconciliation Report and it’s 94 recommendations, she asked the Congress to focus on #57 – A Call to Action for Municipalities whereby providing education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

Following encouraging comments and a brief Q&A, Mayor Ogden thanked Ms. Wooldridge and offered her a token of appreciation.

Presentation attached as Appendix “F”.

i) Economic Development Micro-Summit Presentation

Wayne Long, Event Development Officer with the City of Charlottetown, provided a brief overview of the item noting that economic professionals from the Atlantic region met yesterday and this morning. He introduced Dee Enright, Micro-Summit facilitator, and asked her to begin the presentation.

Ms. Enright noted that the purpose of the session was to identify ideas and priorities for moving forward from the pandemic and its impacts. The group started with nine (9) priorities and the goal was to present at least four (4) ideas that were examined and prioritized. She noted that all jurisdictions provided input on the priorities and ranked those priorities as follows:

1) LabourForceDevelopment

Problems identified – labour shortages, businesses not able to operate at full capacity, lack of skilled trade workers, competitive wages and businesses may relocate.

Solutions – diversity and inclusion training with business community, employee sharing, additional education for employers (wages, benefits, health & safety), high school graduate retention, upskilling/onboarding and experiential learning.

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Barriers Encountered – less talk more action, collaboration with all groups and better understanding of gaps.

2) PopulationGrowth

Problems identified – Atlantic Canada’s current population 2.3 million, by 2040 reach 5 million, hope to drop median age to 41 (CDN average).

Solutions – youth retention and repatriation, connector programs, hidden job market, education on opportunity, employer education, fertility rate growth – cost of living, grow family size, childcare subsidies, communication to public about the issue – change resistant, international immigration streamline (unskilled) and communities looking attractive to new people.

Barriers Encountered – – industry/association accreditation, geographical stickiness, better data, capacity & coordination, time & process and demystification.

3) Housing

Problems identified – collaboration among all levels of government and education on impact of housing gap.

Solutions – 1) research, inventory of assets, environment scan of best practices 2) partnership – identifying collaboration and leveraging funds (multi-level government) and 3) innovation – global warming, community inclusion, solar energy.

Barriers Encountered – lack of flexibility/close minded thinking, single solution response, short term – needs to go on and bylaws/policies updates, covenants.

4) BusinessDevelopment

Problems Identified – lack of forum & process for consistent communication between stakeholders, lack of/difficulty accessing research and data, entrepreneurs aging/ lack of new ones, business owners’ consideration of climate change, not enough expansion of existing businesses, difficulty engaging the work force, lack of reliable rural internet and predictable supply chain.

Solutions – liaison/navigator for businesses – communication government sharing and engaging, grassroots organizations, better sharing of data between stakeholders, high school engagement and education – entrepreneurship, community opportunities and funding, updated bylaws/policies, wages, quality of life and funding.

Barriers Encountered – disconnects in collaboration, red tape/transparency, lack of vision/ strategy for long term growth and antiquated bylaws.

After each topic, Q&A took place with some open and honest dialogue among the group. Day One concluded at 4:38 PM

Presentations (Day 2 – October 23, 2021)

Mayor Craig Scott of Torbay, NL indicated that the next Atlantic Mayors’ Congress will be hosted by the Town of Torbay May 26-28, 2022, and he looks forward to seeing everyone. Mayor Torbay then played a promotional video depicting Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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j) Summerside, PEI – “Delivering Results, Not Promises” Draft Minutes – October 22 – 23, Mayor Basil Stewart provided a summary of the solar farm, which is under construction in 2021 Summerside, PEI; he then introduced Mike Thususka, Economic Development Director with the
City of Summerside. Mr. Thususka thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present

regarding developing an economic development innovation ecosystem in Summerside.

Mr. Thususka first spoke to the municipality’s utility achievements which include the wind farm, deployment of a smart grid, energy saving initiatives, heat pump storage technology and AI in utility operations, first in world for a solar/battery smart storage demonstration project and led PEI with EV charging infrastructure. Mr. Thususka went into further detail on the Smart Storage Demonstration Project which is the first of its kind in Canada; total area of 78.8 acres keeping in mind that only 45 meters away from the south side of the site is sensitive wetlands.

He noted on the RFP approach concentrating on local business, research and development and post secondary collaboration. Spinoffs from the Sunbank include $21 million on incremental GDP on PEI, 200 + full time equivalent jobs for project construction, labour income boost by approximately $10 million, increased taxation revenue of over $3 million and an increase of $7 million on local business services.

In closing and following a brief Q&A, Mayor Brown thanked Mr. Thususka.

Presentation attached as Appendix “G”

J) Colliers Project Leaders – Bringing Certainty to Project Outcomes

Mayor Roger Caissie introduced and welcomed Colliers Project Leaders to the meeting. Stephen Vaslet, Vice President – Atlantic Canada, thanked Mayor Caisse. He noted that Colliers have partnered with Aspen Kemp Associates (AKA) as the project delivery manager for the new Summerside Solar Farm, opened an office in Charlottetown and recently awarded the mental health and addiction facility in Charlottetown. Mr. Vaslet introduced Alain Gregoire, Vice President, Infrastructure in Atlantic Canada and Janice Kennedy, Infrastructure Services Lead in Atlantic Canada

Mr. Vaslet indicated that Colliers has been in business for over 30 years with thirty offices across Canada (four offices in Atlantic Canada), worked on over 15,000 public and private sector projects and is an ISO 9001 Certified company.

Mr. Gregoire then continued noting on factors for project successes such as sound governance, budgets/financing, stakeholder engagement, resource planning and risk management. Mr. Gregoire provided further details on current industry and project challenges faced by both public and private sectors.

In closing, Mr. Gregoire stressed four (4) points regarding positive project outcomes 1) develop a mutual understanding of success 2) plan your project 3) appropriate allocation of risk and resources and 4) understand your contract documents.

Following comments and a brief Q&A, Mayor Caissie thanked the presenters and offered them a token of appreciation.

Mayor Craig Scott left the meeting. Presentation attached as Appendix “H”

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k) The Future of Solid Waste Disposal in Amherst, Oxford and County of Cumberland

Mayor Brown introduced and welcomed Mayor Dave Kogan. Mayor Kogon thanked the Congress for the opportunity to present.

Mayor Kogon indicated that a deal taking place this month (Oct 2021), will see the Cumberland Central landfill be purchased by GFL Environmental Inc.; the landfill is located in Little Forks, owned and operated by the Towns of Amherst and Oxford and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland; however, in recent years there have been economic challenges with decreasing volumes/increase costs.

In Spring 2020, a steering committee was formed and with the aid of Cox & Palmer, guiding principles were developed to begin negotiations; he briefly reviewed these principles with the Congress. He indicated that an RFP was issued in July 2020 to evaluate the market for private owner/operator. Key points included cash purchase w/25-year operating agreement, royalties, staff retention, affordable tipping fees and divestment of environmental liabilities.

August 2020, three (3) proposals received; two (2) being compliant with conditions of RFP. September 2020, steering committee chose GFL Environmental Inc. as the preferred option and negotiations soon began. He also noted that an independent financial analysis was conducted, and it confirmed that municipalities could not afford to operate the landfill; new environmental permit requirements meant an investment of $6.8 million to bring the landfill into compliance.

Several agreements, such as asset purchase for the facility, water resource benefits, septage asset purchase and septage receiving and pre-testing, were reached. June 2021, Amherst, Oxford and Municipality of Cumberland councils unanimously approve the sale of the landfill to GFL Environmental Inc. Mayor Kogon further noted that when the deal officially closes, the following will take affect: $3 million purchase price, 5% royalty, employee retention, offload all environmental liabilities and tipping fees fixed to CPI, new government taxes or levies.

Following a brief Q&A, Mayor Brown thanked Mr. Kogon for the presentation. Presentation attached as Appendix “I”
5) AtlanticMayors’CongressFinancialReportandNominationReport

Matt Kerrigan spoke to the item noting that it was suggested at a previous Atlantic Mayors’ Congress that there be outside accountability as an organization with respect to financial reporting. One of the requirements is to provide the financials each year and notify of any changes with the Board of Directors. Mr. Kerrigan presented the Statement of Income and Expenditures and the Balance Sheet for the AMC (Sept 30, 2020).

Moved and seconded to accept the financial report as presented. Carried. Mr. Kerrigan then asked Mayor Basil Stewart to give the nominating report.

Nomination Committee: Basil Stewart, Christine Blair and Craig Scott Newfoundland/Labrador – Percy Farwell replaces Craig Scott
New Brunswick – Roger Cassie replaces Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin Nova Scotia – Dave Kogon replaces Bill Mills

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Mayor Brown suggested a resolution in support of regional transit which was referred to by Mike Cassidy, Operator of Maritime Bus, during Friday evening’s reception. Mr. Kerrigan indicated that this would be correspondence of moral support from the AMC as opposed to a resolution.

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Mayor Brown quoted Mike Thususka in saying, “don’t be afraid to ask for more for your community.” It is an important reminder as a Congress when faced with challenges or faced with new initiatives or projects, we should not be afraid to ask for more for our community; ask for help from other communities so you can get more in turn for your community. He thanked everyone who attended, presented and participated. He extended gratitude to the staff, recorders, economic development personnel, all Mayors and the Delta Hotel.

The meeting adjourned at 12:17 PM.

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