Building All of Ontario – ROMA 2022
Government’s investments supporting economic growth, protecting jobs and building infrastructure in rural communities
January 26, 2023
Provincial Ministers, Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants met with their municipal counterparts earlier this week in Toronto for ROMA (Rural Ontario Municipal Association). Provincial leaders gave a total of 4 keynote addresses and met with over 300 rural and northern municipal delegations to discuss local priorities.
“The Ontario government is working with its rural municipal partners to build housing, encourage economic growth and development, reduce red tape and strengthen the agri-food sector”, said MPP of Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, John Jordan. “We are working together to promote rural municipalities as great places to live, work and do business.”
There were a number of key addresses, including Premier Doug Ford. “Our government has a plan that’s building all of Ontario,” said Ford. “No matter the size of your community or where you live, we’re making sure every inch of Ontario benefits from our investments to support economic growth and protect jobs, including by building infrastructure in rural communities. We want every part of Ontario to be the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
The ROMA conference is an important opportunity for provincial and municipal leaders to discuss and collaborate on rural priorities. “I would like to thank everyone that I had the pleasure of speaking with, including delegations from Lanark County, South Frontenac, Carleton Place, Beckwith, Mississippi Mills and more”, said MPP Jordan. “I look forward to continued collaboration and progression toward achieving those priorities in LFK”.
This year’s conference was held in-person in Toronto for the first time since 2020, and rural municipal officials had an opportunity to interact face-to-face with Ministers, Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants. They exchanged ideas, discussed opportunities and identified ways to address some of the key priorities facing rural municipalities today, including increasing housing supply, strengthening local infrastructure, tackling homelessness, improving mental health supports, economic development and more.
MPP John Jordan Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston
(pictured below- PA Jordan joining Paul Calandra (Minister of Long-Term Care) and delegation from Dryden)