Ontario’s Big City Mayors urge for continuation of the Safe Restart Agreement
December 6, 2021 – Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) met last week to discuss the pressing issues facing municipalities, including building more affordable housing, COVID-19 recovery, child care and climate change. The meeting was hosted by Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie.At the
Ontario’s Big City Mayors Call for Proof of Vaccination and Childcare Plan
August 13, 2021 – Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) are urging the province to establish a COVID-19 proof of vaccination system. Around the world, certified vaccination records are helping businesses and event spaces to safely open while encouraging more people to get vaccinated. This
Ontario’s Big City Mayors welcome investment priorities in the federal 2021 budget
April 19, 2021 – Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) caucus is pleased to see today’s federal budget focused on addressing large-scale policy priorities like housing affordability and childcare while also investing in municipal infrastructure priorities.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors applaud Province for 2021 budget
March 24, 2021 – The Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) caucus is pleased to see today’s provincial budget invest in Ontarians, Ontario businesses and Ontario municipalities. Provincial and federal support has been essential to ensuring Ontarians continue to receive the day-to-day services they rely on, as Ontario’s municipalities have faced significant losses in revenue since the beginning of the pandemic.
Ontario Government Supports Ontario Cities
Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) are encouraged by today’s announcement from the provincial government. The additional $500 million in COVID-19 relief funding for municipalities is vital to ensuring our cities can continue providing essential services to residents.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors address Ontario budget priorities, support vaccination roll-out
February 19, 2021 – Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) met to discuss updates on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Taskforce and continued municipal advocacy efforts through the provincial budgeting process.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors start 2021 focusing on pandemic, worker protection and recovery efforts
January 15, 2021 – At its first meeting of the year this morning, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) discussed municipal efforts to assist the provincially-led vaccination roll-out, to support the province-wide lockdown, and reduce employee health risks.
Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer identifies $2.4 billion gap in municipal budgets for 2021
December 11, 2021 – Today, Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer, Peter Weltman identified a $2.4 billion shortfall in funding needed to maintain current municipal service levels and tax rates.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors call for relief, recovery as they respond to second wave of COVID-19
October 15, 2020 – Mayors of Ontario’s 29 largest cities met with provincial and federal ministers via video conference today to press the need for investment in infrastructure and municipal operating funding for 2021, as communities continue to respond and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Ontario Mayors and Regional Chairs discuss recovery with federal and provincial ministers
August 12, 2020 – The path to economic and social recovery from COVID-19 was the focus of the annual joint meeting of Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO) and Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM), formerly known as the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors encouraged by federal and provincial governments’ agreement to bring emergency funding to municipalities
July 16, 2020 – Ontario’s Big City Mayors are encouraged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge of $19 billion for the provinces and territories to support a safe restart of the Canadian economy, which includes the provision of funds for municipalities to assist in mitigating the unprecedented financial impacts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario Mayors and Chairs issue emergency call for financial support
July 6, 2020 – Today, Mayors and Chairs from across Ontario, represented by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, the Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario, and the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario, met to discuss the COVID-19 financial emergency.
“Do it now:” Ontario’s Big City Mayors press federal and provincial governments for emergency funding for municipalities
June 5, 2020 – The Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met this morning for further discussion about the growing financial and service delivery challenges municipalities face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors urge provincial and federal governments to provide relief for municipalities
May 14, 2020 – Ontario’s big city mayors are calling on the federal and provincial governments to provide immediate financial support to municipalities as they face unprecedented economic challenges due to COVID-19.
Ontario’s Big City Mayors discuss post-COVID recovery with federal and provincial ministers
May 8, 2020 – Ontario’s big city mayors are urging the governments of Ontario and Canada to continue to work in partnership with municipalities to address the economic impacts of COVID-19, and to plan for post-pandemic recovery and reform.