Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials

Guelph Innovation District, 2-way GO, new library and south end community centre on the agenda

Attention news editors

Guelph, ON, August 17, 2018– Mayor Cam Guthrie will lead a delegation from Guelph for a total of 16 meetings with government ministers, parliamentary assistants, and opposition MPPs at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, August 19 to 22.

The group will have meetings with:

  • Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman to discuss the Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities proposal to become Canada’s first circular food economy;
  • Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Sylvia Jones about the planned new main library and south end community centre projects;
  • Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to discuss using extra space at the Guelph POA courthouse for provincial hearings and tribunals;
  • Minister of Transportation John Yakabuski and his Parliamentary Assistant Kinga Surma regarding two-way all-day GO rail and high-speed rail, in two joint delegations with other municipalities;
  • Minister of Government and Consumer Services Todd Smith, in two meetings to discuss the Guelph Innovation District and the Municipal Innovation Exchange;
  • Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Jim Wilson to discuss Guelph’s economic strengths as part of the Innovation Corridor between Toronto and Waterloo Region;
  • Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Lisa MacLeod in a delegation with the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) to talk about asylum seekers;
  • Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli, in a delegation with LUMCO to discuss revenue tools;
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MPP Christine Hogarth, regarding Guelph’s supply of affordable and rental housing;
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, MPP Kinga Surma, regarding plans for Highway 7;
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, MPP Paul Calandra, to share information about Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and planned Green Energy and Technology Centre; and,
  • Deputy CAO Colleen Clack will meet with Minister of Labour Laurie Scott as part of a delegation with other municipalities to discuss interest arbitration reform as it relates to emergency services.

While in Ottawa, the Guelph delegation will also meet with NDP and Liberal MPPs, as well as Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner. Mayor Guthrie will also participate in a meeting of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO).

Members of the delegation are Mayor Guthrie; Councillors Mark MacKinnon and Cathy Downer; CAO Derrick Thomson and Deputy CAOs Colleen Clack, Trevor Lee, and Scott Stewart; and intergovernmental affairs staff.

About the AMO conference

AMO’s annual conference is Ontario’s top educational forum for municipal governments. This year, the conference features more than 70 sessions and workshops reflecting the broad scope of municipal responsibilities. About 1,900 participants from hundreds of municipalities and organizations are expected to participate in the conference, which takes place August 19 to 22 in Ottawa.

About AMO

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports 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.

Media contact

Kate Sullivan, Communications Advisor
Office of the Mayor
519-822-1260 extension 2558
cell 519-803-5972
kate.sullivan@guelph.ca