Fort Frances has representatives among the more than 1,600 delegates from hundreds of municipalities and other organizations across Ontario attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s annual conference in Niagara Falls.
Mayor Roy Avis, Couns. Ken Perry and Paul Ryan, and Fort Frances CAO Mark McCaig are at the conference, which runs through Wednesday.
It is considered Ontario’s foremost educational forum for municipal governments.
The local delegation has appointments to meet with the Northern Development and Mines minister Michael Gravelle and Natural Resources and Forestry minister Bill Mauro to lobby on various issues, including forest tenure reform.
They also will attend a number of the nearly 60 plenary and workshop sessions being offered at the conference, covering a range of topics that reflect the broad scope of municipal responsibilities.
Keynote presenters include Premier Kathleen Wynne, Municipal Affairs and Housing minister Ted McMeekin, Community Safety and Correctional Services minister Yasir Naqvi, and Environment and Climate Change minister Glen Murray.
Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown and Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath also are scheduled to address the delegates.
The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to work together to address shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities.
In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in more than 300 delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries.
Key session topics include:
- local infrastructure and asset management;
- railway and pipeline safety in Ontario communities;
- trends in pension benefits;
- the sharing economy;
- the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC);
- living options for seniors; and
- ranked ballots for municipal elections.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.
It supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario, and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.