Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford today to discuss shared priorities.
After the Prime Minister announced new federal housing investments earlier in the day in Kitchener, Ontario, the two leaders spoke about the need for further cooperation on housing. They discussed the investments planned in Budget 2022 to help Canada double housing construction and meet the housing needs of Canadians over the next decade. These measures include plans to launch a new Housing Acceleration Fund to encourage cities and towns to build more housing, and investments to increase the supply of affordable housing through programs such as the Rapid Housing Initiative.
The premier and premier discussed the significant investment Canada and Ontario are making to support the development of electric vehicles and create jobs in the province. In addition, they discussed the potential of the Ring of Fire to provide minerals needed to make batteries for electric vehicles. They also talked about the importance of ensuring that projects meet environmental standards and benefit indigenous communities.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Ford acknowledged Ontario’s labor shortage and pledged to continue working together toward their shared goal of welcoming the necessary numbers of newcomers to support the recovery and growth of the province and the nation’s economy.
They also talked about pressures on the health care system and the importance of funding and accountability for Canadians. The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government of Canada is committed to continuing to work with the provinces and territories to support national health systems that provide quality health care to all Canadians.
The Prime Minister and Prime Minister agreed to continue working together on these and other issues of importance to both governments.