AMO Conference

Port Colborne joined its counterparts from other Niagara municipalities at the 2023 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference for a chance to brief provincial ministers and parliamentary assistants on a number of important initiatives.

The conference ran from August 20 to 23 at RBC Place London and included meetings with:

  • Rick Byers MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance
  • Andrew Dowie MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Hon. Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • Trevor Jones MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs
  • Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Housing
  • Amarjot Sandhu MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure
  • Susan Truppe, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Representing the City of Port Colborne was councillor, Dave Elliott, chief administrative officer, Scott Luey, and manager of strategic initiatives, Gary Long.

“While our delegation prepared briefs on priority projects for Port Colborne, we partnered with Niagara municipalities and the Region to voice our collective support for shared challenges,” said Luey. “Getting your message out there and heard by key decision-makers is easier when you have a strong presence.” 

AMO’s conference is an annual gathering of over 2,000 municipal government employees and elected officials following a year of provincial legislative changes. In addition to attending workshops and sessions on innovations and best practices, delegates are given time to listen to speeches from the Premier, Government ministers, and the leaders of opposition parties. During his keynote address on Monday, Premier Doug Ford announced a new three-year, $1.2 billion fund that rewards municipalities for reaching their housing targets.

“We are very encouraged by this housing update from Premier Ford, as well as the positive responses we got from meeting with his Ministers and PAs (Parliamentary Assistants),” said Luey. “A broad spectrum of topics were raised, including the Ontario Marine Strategy, wharf rehabilitation and waterfront redevelopment, serviced industrial land, storm water infrastructure, development charges and growth, Francophone community programming, and our funding applications currently under ministerial review. I’m pleased to close the chapter on this year’s AMO conference knowing that Port Colborne advocated with Niagara’s best interests in mind.”