Here Are the 3 Priorities the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Will Focus on in 2023

Published by Inside Ottawa Valley – March 22, 2023

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) has set priorities for 2023, including affordable and attainable housing, long-term care, and paramedic services. The caucus aims to increase housing supply through the “7 in 7” regional housing plan, which proposes building at least 7,000 community rental units over seven years. The plan requires partnering with federal and provincial governments, private and non-profit sectors, and Indigenous partners.

The EOWC is working on a business case and is advocating for a strong financial framework to support municipalities. The caucus is also advocating for a long-term care human resources strategy to address staffing shortages and the province to review and modernize the long-term-care funding framework. The EOWC is also advocating for permanent, sustainable, and predictable funding to support paramedic services and community paramedicine efforts. The caucus is working with ApexPro Consulting Inc. to update its 2019 Review of Eastern Ontario Paramedic Services Situational Overview report.

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Pictured, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) members: Wardens Ron Vandewal, Nancy Peckford, Bob Mullin, Peter McLaren, Henry Hogg, Mandy Martin and Doug Elmslie, Mayor Steve Ferguson, Warden Tony Fraser, EOWC chair Peter Emon, EOWC vice-chair Bonnie Clark and Warden Liz Danielsen. Missing from photo: Warden Normand Riopel. – Meredith Staveley-Watson photo