2020 ROMA Conference Draws Rural Leaders

ROMA Conference Focuses on Rural Municipal Challenges and Opportunities

City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard, Councillor Andrew Poirier and Councillor Kirsi Ralko will join more than 1,000 rural municipal officials from across the province at the 2020 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (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, as well as leaders of the NDP, Liberal and Green Party are scheduled to speak.

In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in hundreds of municipal delegation meetings with provincial ministries to discuss local need and priorities.

Session topics include rural health care, including public health and paramedics, broadband expansion and affordable housing. There will also be sessions related to planning and economic development. Program information is available online at http://www.roma.on.ca. These province-wide matters have local implications for our community.

Key priorities for the City of Kenora include:
-Improving Capacity to Address Substance Abuse
-Public Transit Funding Criteria
-ICIP Program Applications: Community, Culture and Recreation Stream / Green Stream
-Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) Reform
-Policing Costs

Conference news releases, fact sheets 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.

ROMA takes pride in promoting, supporting and enhancing strong and effective rural governments. About 270 of Ontario’s 444 municipalities have populations of less than 10,000, while scores more are rural in character. The rural arm of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, ROMA advocates for policies and programs that will help build thriving rural Ontario communities.

For more information about ROMA or the 2020 Conference, contact:
Brian Lambie, ROMA Media Contact, 416-729-5425, mail to: lambie@redbrick.ca
Follow the conference on Twitter: @ROMA_Ont, Hashtag: #ROMA2020