Guelph’s priorities on the agenda at Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference

Guelph, Ont., August 16, 2017– Mayor Cam Guthrie and a delegation of City Councillors and staff return home today after three days of meetings with Provincial leaders at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa.

In meetings with government cabinet ministers, ministry staff, and opposition party leaders, the Guelph delegation brought forward local issues and initiatives, including the Guelph Innovation District property on York Road; the remediation of the former IMICo site at 200 Beverley Street; the need for more affordable housing in the city; maximizing use of Guelph’s Provincial Offences court; and planning for high-speed rail and two-way, all-day GO rail service.

“The AMO conference is a great opportunity to get Guelph’s priorities in front of key Provincial ministers and decision-makers – and we accomplished that this week,” said Mayor Guthrie. “I am proud that Guelph is well-received and respected as a leading city in Ontario.”

At the conference, the Guelph delegation also released “Navigating the sharing economy: A 6-decision guide for municipalities,” a tool to help local councils analyze and respond to the influx of sharing economy services. The guide fulfils a commitment Mayor Guthrie made at last year’s AMO conference to take the lead on developing a sharing economy framework. It was commissioned by the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and financially supported by the Province of Ontario.

Over the three days, the Guelph delegation met with:

  • Attorney General Yasir Naqvi regarding opportunities to use Guelph’s Provincial Offences court for provincial hearings or tribunals
  • Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli regarding the 1,000-acre Guelph Innovation District on York Road
  • Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to discuss the municipality’s role in the proposed high speed rail and two-way, all-day rail services
  • Minister of Housing Peter Milczyn to request government funding for the environmental remediation of the former IMICo property at 200 Beverley Street so that affordable housing and a mixed-use village can be developed on the site
  • Officials from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) regarding the IMICo site and affordable housing proposal
  • Minister of Government and Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles to discuss Ontario Buys and a proposed Municipal Innovation Exchange
  • Infrastructure Canada (including Minister’s Office staff and the Assistant Deputy Minister) regarding Guelph’s infrastructure
  • Ontario PC Party Leader Patrick Brown, Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, and NDP caucus members to discuss their parties’ positions on various priorities important to Guelph.

Mayor Guthrie attended meetings of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and the Mayors of Southwest Ontario (MOSO), both of which he Vice-Chairs, as part of the conference.

Members of the City of Guelph’s delegation included Mayor Cam Guthrie; Councillors Cathy Downer, James Gordon, and June Hofland; the City’s executive team; and the City’s Intergovernmental Affairs staff.

AMO’s Annual General Meeting and conference took place in Ottawa on August 13 to 16. The conference brings together representatives from hundreds of municipalities and other organizations for education, information sharing, and delegation meetings with Ministers and provincial officials. Speakers at this year’s conference included the Premier of Ontario, several cabinet ministers, and leaders of the Ontario PC and NDP parties.

About the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

About Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO)

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) represents 67% of Ontario’s population with Mayors of 27 communities over 100,000 residents. LUMCO advocates for issues and policies important to Ontario’s largest cities.

About Mayors of Southwestern Ontario (MOSO)

MOSO represents the 11 largest urban centres in southwest Ontario. Mayor Guthrie is the Vice Chair  of the group, which formed in January of 2016.

For more information

Mayor Cam Guthrie
519-837-5643
mayor@guelph.ca