Ontario: Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that he will expand his government’s strong mayor powers to municipalities beyond just Toronto and Ottawa in a bid to build more housing.

Addressing municipal leaders at the Association of Municipalities Ontario annual conference in Ottawa, Ford said that so-called strong mayor legislation would be passed to mayors of Toronto and Ottawa to advance provincial priorities including for housing development.

Ford pledged to build about 1.5 million new homes in the coming 10 years and he said the new powers to provinces will help obtain that goal.

He said that building more homes is his top of the list.

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