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Program at a Glance

The unique and virtual Executive Leadership Program in Municipal Intergovernmental Affairs will help municipal leaders to understand and develop effective strategies in dealing with the federal and provincial governments.

Municipal leaders face a changing environment. The growth and importance of urban issues is stretching traditional municipal roles, responsibilities and budgets. At the same time, relationships with other orders of government are becoming more important and more complex.

The traditional intergovernmental relationships between the federal government and the provinces and the municipalities are well understood. For municipalities, the intergovernmental landscape is changing.

The interactions between the federal government and municipalities are increasing as we move into a post-covid world and priorities merge in critical areas such as infrastructure, transit, immigration, climate change and innovation.  Increasingly, municipal priorities are federal priorities. At the same time, there is a new relationship emerging between provinces and municipalities.

To be effective in this new world, municipal leaders need to understand how these changes are affecting the relationships between the three orders of government, and develop up-to-date strategies to deal with them.

This program will be completely offered in a virtual environment; however, going virtual doesn't mean you have to lose the value of face-to-face learning. Unlike traditional e-learning courses, this program is highly interactive and based on instructor-led learning.

Cohort 3 Launch Date: June, 2021

Who Should Attend?

Senior Municipal public servants looking to understand and develop effective strategies in dealing with the federal and provincial governments.

Program Objectives:

Participants will cultivate effective strategies for dealing with federal and provincial governments in these unprecedented times. Participants will:

  • Learn how and why the federal and provincial governments operate the way they do
  • Develop strategies and tools to deal more effectively with other orders of government
  • Understand the new realities facing all orders of government and explore a path forward
  • Engage in virtual interactive learning discussions based on real issues

Participants will learn about:

  • Municipal intergovernmental priorities
  • Provincial-municipal relations
  • Federal-municipal relations
  • Priorities and culture of other orders of government.
  • Effective strategies for engaging with federal and provincial officials

Building on the IOG’s unique experience, participants will benefit from virtual interactions with senior federal and provincial officials and other experts.

Virtual Format

Cohort 3 will consist of six modules. There will be two sessions per week every other week.

Time: 1:00PM EST - 4:00PM EST

Cohort 3 Dates:

June, 2021


Cost is $3,900 per participant. As a registered not-for-profit charity, the IOG does not charge HST.

To Register

Send an email to registration@iog.ca with the following information:

Subject: Executive Leadership Program in Municipal Intergovernmental Affairs

  • Name
  • Organization and position
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • City/Province

For further information contact:

Brad Graham Vice President, Toronto bgraham@iog.ca 416 300-6083