BRACEBRIDGE, ON: This week 1,000 municipal representatives from across rural Ontario came together with MPPs and Cabinet Ministers at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference.
“It really is refreshing to see a government focused on helping rural communities succeed and thrive,” said Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller. “The 20% of Ontarians who live in rural communities are a priority under our government instead of an afterthought as they were under the previous government.”
Ministers and parliamentary assistants held meetings with more than 300 rural municipal delegations, including a number from Parry Sound-Muskoka, to discuss a range of topics including growth and economic development, policing reforms and infrastructure investments.
In its first seven months this government has begun to act on policies to help rural communities such as expanding access to natural gas, helping with infrastructure planning, ensuring professional firefighters can volunteer in their home communities and investing in broadband.
“It was an honour to have the chance to attend the ROMA conference and talk about what our government has been delivering for rural Ontario,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Whether it’s cutting red tape to make Ontario open for business and jobs, putting more money in people’s pockets, or supporting municipalities with infrastructure and planning – you can always count on having a partner in our government.”
Premier Ford addressed a long-standing request from municipalities and announced that the Ontario government intends to consult on joint and several liability. The government will look at evidence and develop solutions that make sense for the people.
Rural communities are vital to the province’s success. The government will continue to put rural matters at the forefront of Ontario’s Plan for the People and help ensure these communities can thrive.