COVID-19 has challenged cities across the country like never before. Cities have adapted to respond to the needs of their residents and proven themselves as invaluable partners to the provincial and federal governments in the fight against the virus. But many cities – particularly those with transit systems – also face significant budget shortfalls, putting at risk their ability to deliver essential services and to contribute to the COVID-19 recovery. How has COVID-19 impacted municipal finances? What do municipal governments from coast to coast need to build back stronger after COVID-19? How can we address and overcome the constraints and barriers that have historically limited effective intergovernmental and inter-sectoral collaboration?
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Dr. Enid Slack is the Director of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) at the School of Cities at the University of Toronto. IMFG focuses on the fiscal health and governance challenges facing cities and city-regions in Canada and around the world. Enid has been working on municipal finance and governance issues for 40 years and consults with governments and international agencies such as the World Bank, IMF, UN Habitat, Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the International Growth Centre (at Oxford and LSE). Enid has written several books and articles on property taxes, intergovernmental transfers, municipal infrastructure finance, and metropolitan governance. Recent co-edited books include Funding the Canadian City and Is Your City Healthy? Measuring Urban Fiscal Health. In 2012, Enid was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on cities.
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