Local resources for Federal Election 2021

As Londoners prepare to head to the polls for the federal election on Monday, September 20, the City of London has put together resources for residents looking to connect with federal candidates on community priorities and local topics. Here you will find the key priorities within our community that will require partnerships between all orders of government to address.

Londoners can use the information below to ask each candidate how they would work with the City to develop solutions to important priorities including Economic Recovery, Housing Affordability and Climate Change. You can also draw upon the series of pre-developed questions when speaking with federal candidates and also find responses provided by local candidates on the key priorities. 

Federal Election Priority - Economic Recovery 

Issue

  • Londoners require bold strategies with concrete actions from the next federal government that support a stronger, more inclusive economy in the years ahead.

Background

  • At the height of the pandemic, the London region saw a reduction of more than 30,000 jobs because of provincial shutdowns. Sectors such as tourism and culture (a billion dollar per year industry in London) were among the hardest hit and will recover the slowest.
  • London has fared better than many other regions in Canada in great part due to the flexibility of our small businesses to adopt remote working arrangements and our ability to embrace digitization using online marketplaces and e-commerce.
  • Building a strong, deep, and inclusive recovery will require the next federal government to adopt strategies that build from the ground up – in our community where new innovations, entrepreneurship and ideas are made.
  • A strong recovery will require investments in attracting and retaining the talent required to build the economy of tomorrow. Increasing incentives to bring newcomers and international students to London will fuel every sector of London’s economy.
  • Partnering with communities to explore transforming vacant offices or other buildings into affordable housing and new commercial opportunities will secure greater affordability for residents while providing new opportunities for economic growth across London
  • Investments in small and growing businesses is especially important to London, because when small businesses succeed, London succeeds. Over 80% of our employed labour force works for businesses with fewer than 100 employees.

Consider asking your local candidate: 

  • Canada’s economic recovery will be driven by communities. If elected, how would you and your party support our community and our small businesses and institutions to achieve a strong, deep, and inclusive economic recovery?
  • If elected, how would you support a strong and inclusive economic recovery for London?
Federal Election Priority - Housing Affordability 

Issue

  • Londoners need federal solutions to address housing affordability across the spectrum, as demand for affordable and social housing reaches record levels.

Background

  • Throughout the pandemic, London has demonstrated real leadership on issues of housing and homeless prevention:
    • We’re using made-in-London artificial intelligence software to identify and support residents at the highest risk of chronic homelessness.
    • We were recognized as the first city in Canada to end veterans’ homelessness.
    • We are one of only three Ontario cities to accelerate affordable housing projects with modular construction – the others being Toronto and Ottawa.
  • Unfortunately, housing affordability is not a problem that can be solved by cities alone. London is making the most of the tools available, but lasting change isn’t possible without federal leadership.
  • London’s social housing waiting list, already years-long before the pandemic, has increased 20% in the past two years to nearly 6,000 London households.
  • While low-income families face the greatest challenges, all Londoners are affected by extreme increases in housing costs. The price of an average London-area home increased by 40.5% between January 2020 and January 2021.
  • The federal government needs to work directly with the City of London to address housing affordability across the housing spectrum.

Consider asking your local candidate: 

  • If elected, how would you and your party support our community in solving the affordability crisis together?
  • If elected, how would you make housing more affordable for all Londoners?
Federal Election Priority - Climate Change 

Issue

  • London needs predictable, long-term federal funding to mitigate and adapt to climate change, protect families and businesses from extreme weather events, and create more economic opportunities tied to climate action.

Background

  • Cities are on the front lines of extreme weather: we plan the local infrastructure, protect the community during an event, and clean up once the storm has passed.
  • London made climate change mitigation and adaptation part of our Strategic Plan, and we’ll be releasing our Climate Emergency Action Plan this fall. But cities can’t tackle national and global problems on our own.
  • Severe weather events are getting more frequent and more severe; the past decade has seen 8 of the top 10 years with the most severe weather damage losses since the Insurance Bureau of Canada started tracking in 1983.
  • Canada needs to achieve more aggressive short-term emissions reduction targets and develop long-term mitigation and adaptation plans past 2030.
  • Investing in the post-pandemic recovery and long-term sustainability of public transit systems, including through the adoption of electric vehicles, is an essential way to combat transportation-related emissions
  • There also needs to be a renewed focus on creating economic opportunities for climate action, especially in an advanced manufacturing hub like London.
  • Cities plan infrastructure far into the future, often a decade or more advance, and need to be able to rely on stable, predictable federal investments.

Consider asking your local candidate: 

  • If elected, how would you and your party support local efforts to scale up Canada’s climate adaptation readiness and empower cities to lead Canada’s green economy transformation in the wake of the pandemic?
  • If elected, how would you make sure London is prepared to handle the effects of climate change?

Ask Your Federal Candidates

Use our Ask Your Federal Candidate resource to ask your local candidate about local priorities and topics.  

Last modified:Friday, September 10, 2021