FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2017
Big-city mayors meet to press affordable housing solutions
OTTAWA — Canada’s affordable housing crisis and public transit expansions will top the agenda at Friday’s full-day meeting of the Big-City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
Last November’s Economic Statement committed $81-billion over 11 years for Phase 2 of the federal government’s infrastructure program, with details expected in the upcoming budget. Big-city mayors say this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix the housing crisis — by carving out $12.6 billion over eight years from the already-promised Social Infrastructure Fund.
In addition to meeting with senior federal officials, the mayors will host an open session with housing stakeholders from across Canada:
- Andy Broderick, VanCity
- Stéphan Corriveau, Réseau québécois des OSBL d'habitation
- Jeff Morrison, Canadian Housing & Renewal Association
- Tim Richter, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
- Nick Sidor, Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada
- Noah Zon, Maytree Canada
Friday’s meeting comes on the heels of Monday’s release of FCM’s pre-budget submission. Seizing the Moment, which includes detailed recommendations to fix the housing crisis, expand public transit systems, and scale up local green innovation.
EVENT: FCM Big City Mayors’ Caucus meeting
January 20, 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Adam Room, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa
Mayors’ media availability: 10:00 a.m
Housing stakeholders: 11:00 a.m – 12:30 pm (open to media)
More information: Michael FitzPatrick, Media Relations, 613-907-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org