Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa to meet with Provincial officials

Affordable housing, Baker District development on the agenda

Guelph, ON, August 16, 2019– Mayor Cam Guthrie will lead a delegation of Councillors and senior staff from Guelph at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, August 18 to 21.

The meeting topics include:

  • Guelph-Wellington’s successful Smart Cities bid to become Canada’s first circular food economy (with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman);
  • Availability of surplus space at the Guelph courthouse for provincial hearings and tribunals (with Attorney General Doug Downey);
  • Affordable and rental housing and the IMICo redevelopment proposal (with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Parm Gill);
  • The Guelph Innovation District and Baker District redevelopment projects (with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Nina Tangri)
  • Two-way all-day GO rail (a joint delegation with Waterloo Region municipalities with Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney).

During the conference, Mayor Guthrie will co-Chair a joint meeting of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and Mayors and Regional Chairs of Ontario (MARCO) with MARCO Chair and Waterloo Region Chair Karen Redman. Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark is scheduled to attend the meeting. Mayor Guthrie will also lead two LUMCO-specific delegation meetings: one with Minister of Finance Rod Phillips regarding municipal fiscal sustainability, and another with Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Christine Elliott to discuss provincial changes to public health and ambulance services.

The Guelph delegation will also meet with NDP and Liberal caucus representatives and Guelph MPP and Green Party leader Mike Schreiner.

Members of the delegation include Mayor Guthrie and members of Council; CAO Scott Stewart and the City’s Executive Team; and intergovernmental affairs staff.

About the AMO conference

The AMO conference features more than 70 sessions and workshops on municipal topics ranging from cyber security to cannabis legalization. About 2,000 delegates from across Ontario are expected to attend.

Conference news releases, fact sheets and presentations from a number of key speakers will be posted throughout the duration of the conference on AMO’s website, www.amo.on.ca.

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.

For more information

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