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Ontario government invests $150 million in homeless shelters, long-term housing

The Ontario government is investing $150 million in additional support to municipalities and Urban Indigenous communities to protect vulnerable people from issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement made by Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford earlier today.  The »

Economy, Politics, Society

Ottawa to fast-track $2.2B to help municipalities hit hard by pandemic

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed Monday to accelerate the delivery of $2.2 billion in federal cash transfers to municipalities through the federal Gas Tax Fund to help cash-strapped communities deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics

Climate change: are cities ready?

A new study looked at some 63 of the most populous municipalities across the country, and evaluated their plans to cope with climate change. Dave Guyadeen (PhD, MCIP, RPP) is lead author of the study, He is an assistant professor »

Economy, Politics, Society

Housing is increasingly unaffordable, say cities

“The high cost of housing in Canada is the most urgent financial issue facing Canadians today,” says the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in a news release. It says polling numbers show “one third of families are struggling to pay for »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics, Society

Cities urged to take natural assets into account

A multi-stakeholder initiative is helping Canadian municipalities pay attention to the services that are provided by nature and, where possible, use or upgrade them instead of building expensive infrastructure. Brooks and rivers are some of the useful, natural assets being »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics

Ontario and Quebec municipalities join forces on climate change

Municipal leaders from Ontario and Quebec joined forces in Ottawa Wednesday to demand proper funding for climate change initiatives by local governments as Canada’s federal and provincial leaders head to the Paris UN Climate Conference. Gary McNamara, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Suzanne Roy, »