Canada's mayors are ready to deliver if Ottawa provides the tools

by Steve Randall13 Feb 2020

Mayors from some of Canada’s biggest cities met with the federal government last week and sent a clear message: “invest in cities and we’ll deliver.”

The city leaders met with the government to propose measures that will ensure that Ottawa delivers on election promises to facilitate faster commutes, more affordable housing and other concrete outcomes for Canadians.

This first budget is a litmus test for this Parliament,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, who chairs the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). “This is where the new government needs to show it can get things done for Canadians. That includes working with municipal governments to deliver real results on the ground.”

Housing and transit

Among the matters discussed with government ministers including PM Justin Trudeau were a program to preserve lower-cost market rental housing, while making it more energy-efficient—and growing the National Housing Strategy to build more affordable housing for Indigenous Canadians and people living with mental illness and substance use.

They also discussed climate change adaptation and transit expansion.

“Our message is that when Ottawa invests in municipalities, we deliver for Canadians. We’re ready to deliver faster commutes, more affordable housing and a richer quality of life—and by doing that, we’ll deliver the climate progress that our federal partners stressed today. This is about deepening our municipal-federal partnership to get more done,” said Iveson.

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