Niagara Region attends successful, first-ever virtual AMO Conference

The annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference looked a little different this year due to COVID-19. This year’s conference was conducted online, for the first time in its 120-year history.

During the condensed three-day conference between August 17-19, Niagara Region and its local municipal partners actively engaged with Provincial Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants to advocate for support on a number of key priorities for the region. In attendance were Regional Chair Jim Bradley, seven members of Regional Council, and senior staff.

Niagara Region’s delegation met with seven ministries on the following initiatives and projects:

  • Minister of Finance – Municipal Operating Funding
  • Minister of Infrastructure – funding for the new South Niagara Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Minister of Health – partnership in the implementation of a Province-wide Mobile Integrated Health System
  • Minister of Municipal Affairs & Housing – proposed Supportive Housing Project
  • Minister of Heritage, Tourism, Sport, and Culture Industries – 2021 Canada Summer Games
  • Minister of Transportation – proposed Niagara Escarpment Crossing
  • Minister of Long-term Care – continued support for the two Regional Long-term Care Home redevelopment projects

This was a notable Conference year for Niagara Region where we received recognition in the following areas: 

  • ​The Region was awarded the 2020 AMO Federal Gas Tax Award for its innovative installation of the Stamford Interceptor Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation Phase 1 project in Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara Region was also one of seven leading municipalities to participate in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between AMO and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
  • The AMO Board of Directors election also returned the Region’s AMO representative, Councillor Rob Foster, to his seat among the Regional and Single Tier Caucus.

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley commented, “From having been involved at both the provincial and municipal level of government, I can testify that the annual AMO conference is a valuable opportunity for municipal representatives to have direct access to provincial leaders. It provides the chance to discuss provincial action on our community initiatives and, as ‘creatures of the province’, gain insight into what municipal-related policies are unfolding within the provincial government. We would like to commend AMO for their excellent work in putting together a first-class conference under unusual circumstances."


Daryl Barnhart
Niagara Region

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