City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference

City of Kenora Delegation Brings Northern Ontario Perspective to AMO Conference August 19 – 22

Mayor Canfield and Members of Council will join about 1,900 participants at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2018 Conference in Ottawa from August 19 to 22.

For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.

Ontario’s Premier, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the three party leaders are featured speakers and several additional provincial ministers will participate in the conference.

The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in municipal delegation meetings with provincial and federal ministries. Mayor Canfield, along with City Councillors Dan Reynard, Rory McMillan, Mort Goss and Special Projects and Research Officer, Adam Smith will be meeting with elected officials from the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Key session topics include cannabis legalization, trade, indigenous relations, climate change and disaster preparedness, waste diversion, ambulance dispatch, emerging technologies and Smart Cities, the 2018 municipal election, rural economic development, and much more. Program information is available online at www.amo.on.ca.

This is the first opportunity to have Northern Ontario issues heard by the new Premier of Ontario and his Minister Cabinet. The City of Kenora delegation is particularly interested in advocating on issues such as:
• Affordable Housing
• Community Health-Care
• Policing Costs
• Fire Protection and Prevention Act
• Downtown Revitalization
• Twinning the Kenora Recreation Centre
• Highway 17 Expansion
• Connecting Links Funding
• Maintenance Standards

During the conference, interviews with Mayor Canfield can be accommodated by e-mailing dcanfield@kenora.ca.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted on AMO’s website throughout the duration of the conference at www.amo.on.ca.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports 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.

For more information about AMO or the 2018 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @AMOPolicy, Hashtag: #AMOConf18