Toronto’s Mayor will be one of 22 Canadian mayors meeting in Ottawa for “The Big City Mayor’s Meeting” this week.
It is expected they will couch a wide range of issues to the federal government including infrastructure, public safety and climate change.
But for John Tory, one of Toronto’s main priorities will be getting help for the ongoing processing and resettling of thousands of Syrian refugees.
“Toronto has ended up being the first Canadian home to many of these families and we welcome them with open arms. Tory said. “But we also need to make sure that the federal government is at our side to ensure that housing and other support services are being extended in a timely and effective manner.”
Tory also plans on asking for a lot of help when it comes to infrastructure projects in the city but admits it is doubtful he will get any kind of dollar figure from Ottawa. “They’re still working on the precise details of how that money comes out” Tory noted.
Also high on the list of Toronto’s priorities will be social housing.
Tory is hoping the federal government will invest one-third of the amount of the repair back log that officials with Toronto Community Housing Corporation are currently dealing with. “Which started at two billion dollars” Tory said. “So that number is fairly self-explanatory and I’ll be looking as soon as possible for a commitment to start investing in that area which they said they are likely to do.”
The Big City Mayors’ Caucus meets two or three times a year to discuss shared issues.