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Newsletter: January 29, 2016

On Tuesday, January 26, more than 1,300 Londoners came together for my second State of the City Address at the London Convention Centre.

You can read the complete State of the City address here or watch video clips of the speech here .

Thank you to everyone who attended the event in person and to those who followed along on social media. This week, I would like to share some highlights from that speech:

I talked about initiatives including City Council’s four-year Strategic PlanMulti Year Budgeting and the Community Economic Road Map and highlighted local success stories like Big Blue Bubble, Arcane, Ramsden Industries and Microcad. I talked about how over the past 12 months, small, medium and large businesses have created more than 9,000 jobs in our city.

Our Council is committed to a more respectful discourse and we are all working together to build a better city for all.

I focused on how the London PlanRapid Transit , (Click here to view Rapid Transit Video), and Back to the River will turn London into a more vibrant and dynamic city.

I was pleased to announce the following projects, initiative and events that are moving our city forward:

  • Fanshawe College’s $16.2 million Canadian Centre for Product Validation will open this Spring.

  • Construction for Western University’s $30 million Interdisciplinary Research Building is underway and it is slated to open late 2017 as is a $41 million, 130,000 square foot new building for Western’s nursing program.

  • The London Economic Development Corporation is launching London Inc., a portal to support small businesses, startups and entrepreneurial ventures.

  • London will host an airshow for the first time in over a decade. More details at

  • I shared some great news from Pillar Nonprofit Network. Their community bond to support Innovation Works has sold out. This represents more than $1 million in investment by organizations and individuals

The one thing I enjoy the most about State of the City, is the opportunity to reflect and then set the course for the year.  It is a chance to share our collective vision, talk about big ideas and call on our community to act.  

I want to thank you all your support, for continuing to sharing your valuable insight and most of all for holding us to account. London's time is now and we’re committed to building a prosperous future for every citizen of this great community.



Mayor Matt Brown



Mayor Matt Brown with Jeff McCoun, President-Elect, London Chamber of Commerce, Stuart Cottrell of Deloitte and Paul Way, President, London Chamber of Commerce at Mayor Matt Brown's second State of the City address on January 26, 2016 at the London Convention Centre


More than 1,300 Londoners attended Mayor Matt Brown's second State of the City address on January 26, 2016 at the London Convention Centre.

Celebrating Londoners

  • Congratulations to the 2014-15 Public History graduates, who have received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for their book, This Hour of Trial and Sorrow: The Great War Letters of the Leonard Family

Around London

  • MP Irene Mathyssen’s 10-year anniversary celebration with Councillor Salih, Councillor Morgan, Councillor Park and Councillor Zaifman
  • National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Empowerment Tour with Councillor Salih
  • London Chinese New Year Celebration with Councillors Squire, Van Holst and Usher.
  • State of the City Address


Mayor Matt Brown addressing the gathering at the annual State of the City event on January 26, 2016 at the London Convention Centre.

London in the Headlines

Council Briefs

  • Council approved a request from the BMO Centre (the London Optimist Sports Centre) for one time funding of $800,000 towards a $7.8 million expansion of the indoor soccer facility
  • The expansion will allow for the closure of the club’s temporary dome on Cuddy Boulevard, allowing this site to be returned to the City as industrial land. It is estimated that this site could be sold for $572,000 based on current rates
  • Council approved changes to by-laws and zoning in the Wickerson Road area. The City will enter into an agreement with Boler Mountain so the City can connect open space pathways and trails linking the neighbourhoods, and allow Boler to build maintenance access from Wickerson, which would be a safer option than the current access point on Southdale Road
  • Council endorsed additional protections of a property 179-181 King Street, designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and within the Downtown Heritage Conservation District. The protection requires that the front portion of the property, including the street-facing façade, be maintained. If it is somehow demolished, any future building must be built to the same proportions as the heritage structure that is protected.  The majority of the site remains developable. In 2015 the owner filed a demolition permit application
  • Council endorsed zoning changes for 3493 Colonel Talbot Road (at Park Road) which will permit the development of a proposed residential development expected to include a mix of building heights and densities and including 172 detached homes. It is the first major project under the Southwest Area Plan

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