EOWC Advocates for three priorities at 2022 ROMA Conference

Eastern Ontario, February 3, 2022 – The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) advocated strongly for its three major priorities, through a series of productive discussions with provincial officials during the 2022 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference, held virtually from January 23 to 25, 2022.

Joining more than 900 participants from across the Province, EOWC members met with various provincial Ministers, the NDP Caucus, and the Liberal Caucus to highlight advocacy work. Key priorities discussed included:

  • Long-term Care;
  • Ontario Health Team Governance; and
  • Affordable and Attainable Housing.

The Caucus also had the opportunity to present the findings from the EOWC’s final report on ‘Long-term Care Capital Construction’ during the Multi-Ministerial meeting, where Minister of Long-Term Care Paul Calandra was in attendance. The EOWC engaged KPMG to do an in-depth study of long-term care in the eastern Ontario region where they looked specifically at the funding model and costs of redeveloping the Golden Plough Lodge in Northumberland County. Click here to access the report.

EOWC Chair Debbie Robinson and Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) Chair George Cornell also participated in a joint delegation meeting with Minister of Health Christine Elliott regarding elected municipal representation on governance boards of all Ontario Health Teams.

“The EOWC is proud of our strong track record of working together as a municipal group and being proactive to find creative solutions,” stated EOWC Chair Debbie Robinson. “The Caucus looks forward to participating in the annual ROMA Conference and connecting directly with provincial officials on how we can work together to do more for our communities and for Ontario as a whole.”

About the EOWC

Since its inception, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) has worked to support and advocate on behalf of the 750,000 property taxpayers across rural Eastern Ontario. The EOWC covers an area of 45,000 square kilometres from Cobourg to the Quebec border, and includes 13 upper-tier and single-tier municipalities as well as 90 local municipalities. All members work together as a team, striving to ensure that conditions are in place to make Eastern Ontario the greatest place in the world to reside and do business.

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