Media Room

January 2022

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

Ontario’s Big City Mayors urge for continuation of the Safe Restart Agreement Dec 9, 2021

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

November 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Continue Progress with New Executive Director, First In-Person Meeting Nov 30, 2021

November 3, 2021 – In late October, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) held its first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic. The event was hosted by the Mayor of Burlington, Marianne Meed Ward. The OBCM was delighted to be able to safely gather once again. The return of in

August 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors Call for Proof of Vaccination and Childcare Plan Aug 13, 2021

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

July 2021

Chair's 2021 Caucus Address Jul 22, 2021

Members of OBCM –After more than a year, we are in the last days of an extraordinary time.  Every resident in each one of our cities has been affected by a global pandemic which has changed our social, economic, and personal well-being. We’ve learned a lot of lessons.&

June 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors ask Ontarians to take action for a fairer, more just province Jun 23, 2021

June 22, 2021 –At their recent meeting, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) made a joint statement calling on all levels of government to address Islamophobia and racism in all forms in our communities across Ontario and Canada. Our caucus condemns the racist and Islamophobic terrorist

Ontario’s Big City Mayors call for action on ambitious mental health and addictions plan Jun 21, 2021

June 18, 2021 �“ Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) are joining mental health leaders and Chiefs of Police in calling for the decriminalization of controlled substances and the continued creation and funding of Mental Health Crisis Response Units. These units combine trained mental health

May 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors focus on improving mental health and addictions services May 29, 2021

May 28, 2021 �“ The Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) Mental Health Working Committee presented draft recommendations to support and complement the Province’s Road to Wellness plan which seeks to improve mental health and addictions services across Ontario. Committee co-chairs Mayor Marianne Meed Ward of Burlington and Mayor Darrin Canniff of Chatham-Kent have led discussions with the working committee over the past several weeks to develop actionable policies to fill service gaps, address wait times, and strengthen prevention efforts.