16 Jan

Mayor Ferguson to discuss priorities with provincial ministers at ROMA conference

Picton, ON – A municipal delegation led by Mayor Steve Ferguson will meet with several provincial ministers next week during the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference.

“We look forward to discussing with provincial ministers some specific ideas on how we can work together to advance priorities that will benefit our residents and businesses,” Mayor Ferguson says.

The County will meet with Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, and John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Some of the issues on the agenda include:

• Acquiring the former Queen Elizabeth School property in Picton
• Roads needs including improving the Picton town hill and Highway 62/County Road 1 intersections
• Transferring ownership of the Wellington Rotary Beach to the municipality
• Modifying disaster recovery assistance program eligibility so that small business owners can build back better and prepare their operations to prevent damage during future flood events.
• Enhancing support for residents impacted by flooding.

Mayor Ferguson, councillors, and municipal staff will join more than 1,000 participants from across the province at the ROMA conference in Toronto from January 19 to 21. Coming mid-way through the provincial government’s current mandate, the conference focuses on the pressing challenges and emerging opportunities facing rural communities in Ontario. The Premier and leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party are scheduled to speak.

Session topics include affordable housing, rural health care, including public health and paramedics, and broadband expansion. There will also be sessions related to planning and economic development. Program information is available online at www.roma.on.ca.

Conference news releases and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on ROMA’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.roma.on.ca.  Follow the conference on Twitter: @ROMA_Ont, Hashtag: #ROMA2020.

ROMA is the most representative and effective voice for Ontario’s rural municipal governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. Working closely with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Communications and Media Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 extension 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca.