About Us

About Us

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) is a non-profit organization advocating for 103 small urban and rural municipalities across eastern Ontario. The EOWC covers an area of 50,000 square kilometres, serving 800,000 residents. For more than 20 years, the EOWC has gained support and momentum by speaking with a united voice to champion regional municipal priorities and work with the government, businesses, non-profit organizations, Indigenous leaders, the media, and the public..

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.

Peter Emon 2023 EOWC Chair

About the Chair

Peter Emon, 2024 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 2024. 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.

Strategic Priorities

The EOWC’s 2024-2027 strategic priorities include:

  • Infrastructure
  • Housing
  • Health Care
  • Strengthening our Organizational Impact

To learn more about the EOWC and our strategic priorities please visit our Strategic Priorities page