Wednesday proved to be a busy day in Ottawa for the mayors of Canada’s 22 biggest cities.
The group gathered for the Big City Mayors’ Caucus, and discussed issues like infrastructure spending for rapid transit, climate change and fighting poverty.
London’s Mayor Matt Brown was there and said the city has a strong business case for its rapid transit plans and we should feel positive about the posibility of receiving federal funding.
“Certainly aligns very well with the priorities of the federal government, we’ll learn more about phase two funding by the end of the year, which I think is exciting, and of course we have an ask in already for the phase one funding and we can anticipate hearing back from them in the near future,” said Brown.
He is optimistic about London’s chances of receiving the needed funding.
“We heard loudly and clearly that transformative projects in mid-size cities are a priority for the government, and I can tell you that SHIFT has been very well received,” said Brown. “We have a strong business case, we’re anticipating details of that phase two infrastructure funding, which would provide the bulk of the funding at the federal level that is necessary to move forward with that project to be released by the end of the year.”
Brown also introduced London’s plan to end poverty in the city within a generation.