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Mayor Paterson attends first meeting of Ontario big city mayors

December 15, 2014 -

Mayors reaffirm advocacy priorities for 2015

On December 11, Mayor Bryan Paterson attended the first meeting of the Ontario Big City Mayors' caucus to discuss the priorities of Ontario's largest cities.

"This is a group of 27 mayors from the biggest cities in Ontario with populations over 100,000 facing a lot of the same issues: infrastructure deficits, lack of funding for affordable housing and increased pressure on our residential tax base," said Mayor Paterson. "As a new Mayor, this meeting was a great opportunity to hear the priorities of other big cities and how we can work together to get some traction with the provincial and federal governments on these priorities."

The Mayors met to discuss the direction of the group and to reaffirm their advocacy priorities for 2015. These priorities include:

  1. Reducing gridlock and investing in transit and transportation
  2. Job creation
  3. Investing in affordable housing
  4. Creating a sustainable system for emergency services costs

"I look forward to working with my counterparts in other cities to advocate on many of the issues important to Kingston," said Paterson. "This is another step in advancing our smart city agenda – we have some big priorities to tackle and collectively we can accomplish a great deal."

This was the first meeting of Ontario's Big City Mayors since the October municipal election. Ontario's Big City Mayors represent 67 per cent of Ontario's population with 13 of the 27 Mayors being newly-elected, including Kingston's.

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For more information contact:

Mayor Bryan Paterson

613-546-4291 extension 1400