Local Leadership

Learn how municipal leaders are working on the front lines to protect Canadians, support businesses and keep essential services running strong. 

Municipalities are taking extraordinary steps to keep Canadians safe—turning arenas into shelters, opening portable hygiene stations, deferring property taxes, and more. They’re also working to keep vital municipal services going strong—from police, fire and ambulance to clean water to safe public transit. See how local leaders are stepping up for their communities, and for Canada. Please email to tell us about what you are doing in your community to address COVID-19.

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Vancouver, BC
Safe drug supply

The city will help the roughly 20–30% of drug users not connected to the health care system, making sure they can access a safe supply. For everyone else, the city is planning for safe supply to be enabled through existing physician relationships, with more details to be announced by the province.

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Surrey, BC
Extending water bill deadlines

Surrey has begun implementing remote work options that ensure employee safety while maintaining full continuity in city operations and is also extending water and sewer bill payment deadlines by 90 days.

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Prince Edward County, ON
Supporting local businesses

Prince Edward County developed a website that updates residents on businesses offering products and services to the community during the COVID-19 shutdown.

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London, ON
Deputy mayor offers online civics class for kids

London’s deputy mayor hosted a civics class for children as the province’s publicly funded schools face two more weeks of closures amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Kaslo, BC
Community newsletter

The Village of Kaslo put out a newsletter to residents, distributed by Canada Post as well as on their website and Facebook pages. They encouraged residents to sign up to receive the newsletters via email, as the paper copy is cost-prohibitive. It has been very successful and well received by the community.

Woman using laptop outside
Halton Hills, ON
Wifi access

In Halton Hills, libraries are closed, but the municipality left the WiFi on, so people can use in the parking lot if they really need to, and they’ve also encouraged local restaurants to do so. This has been critical in helping local business and people apply for provincial and federal resources.