The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) is a regional incorporated, non-profit organization comprised of the Heads of Council of 13 upper and single-tier member municipalities across rural eastern Ontario. The EOWC advocates on behalf of 103 municipalities, including its 90 local municipalities, and 800,000 residents. The caucus covers a geographic area of nearly 50,000 square kilometres – about the size of Nova Scotia – from the County of Northumberland to the Québec border. The caucus has gained distinction, support and momentum by speaking with a united voice to champion priorities and improve service delivery for communities across the region.
Now more than ever, municipal governments play a vital role as organizations that unify and strengthen communities, Ontario and Canada. The EOWC is in a position to inform decisions during a time of change and respond innovatively. When it comes to leading change and solving complex issues that rural communities face, the EOWC believes ‘if not us, then who?’
Established in 2002 and incorporated in 2008, the EOWC’s membership is not mandated by government and is completely voluntary. This demonstrates the long-term commitment of working together between members and the importance of being willing to find commonalities and see the bigger picture of a regional approach.
By combining resources, sharing local examples, and leveraging staff expertise, data, and evidence, the EOWC has been able to move the needle forward for rural eastern Ontario including large-scale projects around broadband and cellular services, long-term care, municipal finance, paramedic services, and municipal economic development initiatives.
About the Chair
Peter Emon, 2023 Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Chair (Warden of the County of Renfrew)
It is an honour to be chosen as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) for 2023. The EOWC has a strong track record of working together with all orders of government and stakeholders to find creative and innovative solutions around issues of mutual concern. In the months ahead, we will continue to advance EOWC priorities on behalf of the 103 municipalities and nearly 800,000 residents across rural eastern Ontario.
- Affordable and Attainable Housing
- The EOWC’s ‘7 in 7+’ Regional Housing Plan
- Long-Term Care
- Paramedic Services
To learn more about the EOWC and our strategic priorities please visity our Strategic Priorities page