On February 4-5, 2016 Mayor Matt Brown and Deputy Mayor Maureen Cassidy will join colleagues from Canada’s largest cities for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Big City Mayor’s Caucus (BCMC) in Ottawa. The group will be meeting with federal ministers to continue the conversation of how all governments can work together to improve the quality of life of all Canadians.
The BCMC is comprised of mayors from the 21 largest cities in Canada. The mayors will be meeting with federal ministers to discuss ways to boost the troubled Canadian economy – through strategic infrastructure investments and smart investments into affordable housing. The BCMC mayors will also continue their ongoing efforts on other significant national issues, such as the coordination of Syrian newcomers to Canada.
Mayor Brown will be meeting with key ministers to share more details about Shift, London’s Rapid Transit Initiative – a transformative investment for the economy and quality of life for Londoners and the 2.5 million Ontarians in southwestern Ontario.
“Shift will change the way we move across the city and it will change the way we grow – more inward and upwards towards a more efficient and sustainable future,” Mayor Brown said. “This is an opportunity for all levels of government to work together to launch a program that will transform London and Southwestern Ontario.”
The planned 22-km transit system will connect many of London’s key institutions and integrate with other transportation modes including rail, air, and active transportation networks. Rapid transit is built into the City’s long-term plans including the draft London Plan, Transportation Master Plan and the Downtown London Plan.
For more information on Shift, Our Rapid Transit Initiative visit www.shiftlondon.ca.