On Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Mayor of Toronto, Olivia Chow, to discuss key areas for co-operation.
The Prime Minister and the Mayor noted their commitment to a continued partnership between the Government of Canada and the City of Toronto on ambitious and progressive plans in the areas of housing, public transit, and the environment.
When we sat down this past July, Toronto’s @MayorOliviaChow and I spoke about supporting refugees and asylum seekers, building more homes, and improving public transit. We continued these conversations today – and we remain committed to moving forward as progressive partners. pic.twitter.com/jcQKqYdIHd
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 21, 2023
The leaders discussed the agreement between the federal government and the City of Toronto announced earlier in the day. Under the Housing Accelerator Fund, over $471 million will go toward eliminating barriers to build more homes, faster in Toronto. This agreement will help fast-track nearly 12,000 new housing units over the next three years and spur the construction of more than 53,000 homes over the next decade.
The Prime Minister and the Mayor expressed their desire to keep working together on the pressures Toronto has been facing to meet the needs of asylum claimants and refugees and of people experiencing homelessness. The leaders also reiterated their shared interest in continued investments to advance important public transit projects in Toronto.