Media Room

May 2022

OBCM Meets with Ontario Party Leaders, Discuss Election Priorities and Support for Municipal Sector May 6, 2022

Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) welcomed four Provincial Party Leaders to Friday’s meeting to discuss key municipal priorities. OBCM was joined by Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Doug Ford, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath, Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca,

April 2022

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Respond to the Province’s 2022 Budget Apr 28, 2022

April 29, 2022, GUELPH – Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) would like to thank Premier Doug Ford and Minister Bethlenfalvy for the 2022 Ontario Budget: Ontario’s Plan to Build.During the budget consultation process, OBCM urged the government of Ontario to support the municipal

March 2022

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Respond to Province’s New Housing Legislation Mar 30, 2022

GUELPH, March 30, 2022 - As municipalities continue to find solutions to Ontario’s housing crisis, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) would like to thank Premier Doug Ford and Minister Steve Clark for their continuing efforts on this critical issue for our communities."Portions of

February 2022

Addressing Housing Affordability Requires Municipal Partnerships To Get To 1.5 Million New Homes Feb 25, 2022

February 25, 2022 - Ontario’s Big City Mayors met today to discuss housing affordability and supply, the provincial election, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.The Caucus also unanimously passed a motion in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty in these unprecedented times, along with motions to

A Statement from Ontario's Big City Mayors urging all orders of government to work together to end the convoy protests Feb 11, 2022

BARRIE, ON, Feb. 11, 2022 “ Ontario’s Big City Mayors yesterday unanimously supported the following motion:Ontario’s Big City Mayors stand in solidarity with the Mayors of impacted cities and condemn the irresponsible and damaging actions of the convoy protestors.  OBCM

Statement: Ontario’s Big City Mayors caucus responds to the Report of the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Feb 8, 2022

Ontario is in the midst of a housing crisis, and all levels of government need to identify barriers to increasing a supply of homes that meet the needs of residents across the province.OBCM has received the report of the Task Force.  We are pleased to see that many of the recommendations

January 2022

Housing Summit Statement from Ontario’s Big City Mayors Chair, Mayor Lehman on Ontario Housing Affordability Summit Jan 19, 2022

January 19, 2022 - Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) met with the Premier and Minister of MunicipalAffairs and Housing Steve Clark, at a joint provincial-municipal Housing Affordability Summit today. Otherattendees included the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the Mayors

Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) met to discuss their support for a safe return to in-person learning, COVID-19 issues being faced by municipalities, and to prepare for the upcoming provincial Housing Summit.  Jan 18, 2022

January 11, 2021 �“ Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) met to discuss their support for a safe return to in-person learning, COVID-19 issues being faced by municipalities, and to prepare for the upcoming provincial Housing Summit.  At the meeting, OBCM unanimously

Ontario’s Big City Mayors participation in the Ontario Housing Affordability Summit and Media Availability Jan 18, 2022

The Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) caucus is participating in the Premier’s Housing Summit on January 19th with Premier Ford and Minister Clark.  After the meeting, OBCM Chair Jeff Lehman will be available to speak with media.Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022Summit: 8:00am

December 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Condemn Quebec’s Bill 21, Reaffirm commitment to tri-partite efforts to address housing with Provincial and Federal partners, Address the spread of the Omicron variant Dec 17, 2021

December 17, 2021- At their recent meeting, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) voted unanimously in opposition to Quebec’s Bill 21, the law that bans public sector workers from wearing religious symbols. In a motion brought forward by Mayor Guthrie, OBCM condemned the bill for its