Cities are partners in Canada's future. 

The role of local governments has evolved significantly in Canada’s 150 years. Cities are now essential partners in solving national challenges. Mayors of Canada’s biggest cities are leaders, taking action which drives results on the ground and across the country.  All orders of government have roles and responsibilities based on our shared history and our common future.  

Mayors from Canada’s big cities are sharing ideas and developing joint strategies on a range of national priorities. Cities are leading, pioneering and innovating on economic, social and environmental issues, turning new ideas into realities, benefiting all Canadians.

Welcoming newcomers to Canada

Canada’s mayors demonstrated prompt leadership in their respective communities, organizing and facilitating responses to the Syrian refugee crisis.  Over 21,500 Syrian refugees have been welcomed into Canada’s biggest cities since November 4, 2015. 

Creating welcoming communities is part of our past, present and future, as we open our doors to people from around the world.  Cities recognize the benefits of welcoming people from all walks of life. The multicultural diversity of our cities is one of Canada's greatest strengths.


Municipalities across Canada have always been crucial to the success of Canada's efforts to resettle refugees in our country. Our communities are prepared to be part of the solution to this humanitarian disaster.

Mayor Mike Savage Mayor of Halifax Mike Savage

Pathways to Reconciliation

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls on Canadians to begin a national process of reconciliation that will set the country on a bold new path, fundamentally changing the very foundations of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.

Mayors of Canada’s largest cities have recognized the important role municipalities must play in the reconciliation process. A BCMC Working Group has been established to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that are directed at municipal governments, including to:

  • share best practices related to reconciliation;
  • enhance the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians living in urban centres; and,
  • identify areas of federal and municipal collaboration.

Canada's big city mayors commit themselves to learning from the lessons of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and taking action to ensure the needs and aspirations of Indigenous people are fully acknowledged in policy, and in the great cities we seek to build.

Round_Mayor_Gregor-Robertson.png Mayor of Vancouver Gregor Robertson
Quick Facts
Over 4.7 million
Syrians have had to
flee their country
due to the civil war
BCMC members have
over 21 570
Syrian refugees
since late 2015.
The Truth and Reconciliation
Commission was a
6 year
undertaking, that
received over
6,750 statements
by witnesses and issued
94 Calls to Action.
of Canada’s Indigenous population
now live in cities.

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