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March 2021

Ontario Government Supports Ontario Cities Mar 4, 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors welcome provincial relief to municipalities

February 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors address Ontario budget priorities, support vaccination roll-out Feb 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.

January 2021

Ontario’s Big City Mayors start 2021 focusing on pandemic, worker protection and recovery efforts Jan 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.

December 2020

Ontario’s Financial Accountability Officer identifies $2.4 billion gap in municipal budgets for 2021 Dec 11, 2020

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. The report, titled An Overview of Municipal Budgets and an Estimate of the Financial Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, offers a comprehensive analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted municipal budgets.

November 2020

Jeff Lehman and Bonnie Crombie named Chair and Vice Chair of Ontario’s Big City Mayors for 2021-22 Nov 27, 2020

At its final meeting of the term this morning, Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM) confirmed Mayor of Barrie Jeff Lehman as its Chair for the next two years. Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie was named Vice Chair. OBCM also approved a number of motions to advance key public policy positions and to strengthen the organization internally.

October 2020

Ontario’s Big City Mayors call for relief, recovery as they respond to second wave of COVID-19 Oct 15, 2020

Mayors of Ontario’s 29 largest cities met with provincial and federal ministers via videoconference 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.

August 2020

Ontario Mayors and Regional Chairs discuss recovery with federal and provincial ministers Aug 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.

Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus launches a new name: Ontario’s Big City Mayors Aug 10, 2020

The Mayors of Ontario’s 29 biggest cities, formerly known as the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), has changed its name to Ontario’s Big City Mayors (OBCM).

July 2020

Ontario’s Big City Mayors encouraged by federal and provincial governments’ agreement to bring emergency funding to municipalities Jul 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 Jul 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. Ontario municipalities are speaking with one voice to deliver one important message: Our residents cannot wait any longer.