Premier Kathleen Wynne released this statement following her sixth summit with mayors and regional chairs from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA):
“Today members of my cabinet and I hosted leaders from municipalities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for the sixth GTHA Mayors and Chairs Summit.
The GTHA is home to half the people in our province, and strengthening the region is integral to our plan for fairness and opportunity in Ontario. The numbers tell us we are making progress. The GTHA is Canada’s leading centre for business, and we have reinforced its standing as Canada’s leading employment centre by adding 95,800 jobs over the past year.
But we have more work to do to make this region an even better place to live, work and raise a family. My experience as Premier has reinforced my long-standing belief that it is essential for the province and local governments to work closely together to improve the lives of the people we serve. That is why I invited mayors and regional chairs from across the GTHA to the historic first summit in March 2015. And that is why we have met at least twice a year since then to keep the momentum up on joint initiatives and share new ideas on how we can make a difference for people in their everyday lives.
Today’s meeting focused on three main issues. We discussed our government’s proposed regulatory framework in preparation for the legalization of cannabis next July. We talked about our measures through the Fair Housing Plan to make buying or renting a home more affordable. And we shared thoughts on our partnership on local projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
We made important strides today. I want to thank our partners from across the region for sitting down together again to commit to steps that will create more opportunity and fairness for the people we serve. I look forward to continuing this work together. The stronger we can make the GTHA, the closer we will be to the fairer, better Ontario we want.”