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News Release: Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Advocates for Priorities at the AMO 2022 Conference

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Posted On: August 22, 2022


Eastern Ontario – The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) came together to meet with provincial Ministers, Members of Provincial Parliament, and municipal elected officials and staff from across Ontario at the AMO 2022 Conference in the City of Ottawa from August 14 to 17, 2022.

As this was the first in-person AMO conference since 2019, the EOWC participated in three ministry delegation meetings to strongly advocate for strategic priorities including:

  • Affordable and Attainable Housing
  • Ontario Health Teams’ Governance and Structure
  • Health Care Human Resources / Physician Recruitment

The EOWC met with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark; Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones; and Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop. The EOWC also met with Members of Provincial Parliament, Ric Bresee, Nolan Quinn and John Jordan. In addition to the above priorities, the EOWC continues to advocate for past priorities that remain relevant including long-term care funding, community paramedicine, and COVID-19 municipal recovery.

For more information about the EOWC’s advocacy, please visit the EOWC’s AMO 2022 Conference briefing package section of the EOWC’s website:

“The EOWC was keen and ready to join over 2,300 delegates at the 2022 AMO Conference in Ottawa and connect directly with provincial representatives. The Caucus is proud of our strong track record around building relationships, doing our homework, and moving priorities forward for our members and residents. The conference was an opportunity for the EOWC to capitalize on advocacy and continue to make progress forward for rural eastern Ontario” stated EOWC Chair Robinson.

EOWC Meeting with Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Featured left to right: Mayor Andy Letham, Warden Daniel Lafleur, Warden John Fenik, Warden Rick Phillips, MPP John Jordan, Minister Steve Clark, Chair Debbie Robinson, MPP Ric Bresee, Vice-Chair Liz Danielsen, Mayor Steve Ferguson, Warden Carma Williams, Warden Dennis
Doyle, Warden Robert Crate, Warden Marg Isbester, Warden Roger Haley, and Warden J. Murray Jones.

Meeting with Minister of Health

EOWC Vice-Chair Danielsen, EOWC Chair Robinson, and Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones.

Meeting with Minister of Colleges and Universities

MPP Nolan Quinn, Vice-Chair Danielsen, Chair Robinson, and Minister of Colleges and Universities, Jill Dunlop.

EOWC Chair meets with FCM President

EOWC Chair Robinson met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) President, Taneen Rudyk, who is a councillor for the Town of Vegreville, Alberta. FCM represents and advocates on behalf of municipalities across Canada at the federal order of government. The meeting discussion centred around continuing to build federal-municipal ties, housing and homelessness, and rural community issues and advocacy across Canada. The EOWC looks forward to continuing to work with FCM on behalf of rural member municipalities and residents.

About the EOWC

The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) in a non-profit organization representing 13 upper and single-tier municipalities across rural eastern Ontario. The Caucus supports and advocates on behalf of 103 member municipalities and over 750,000 residents. The EOWC covers an area of 45,000 square kilometres from the City of Cobourg to the Québec border. The EOWC has gained support and momentum by speaking with a united voice to champion regional municipal priorities and work with government, business leaders, the media, and the public. For more information, visit EOWC’s website at or Twitter account at @EOWC_ON.

Media Contact

Elected Officials
Chair, Debbie Robinson

Vice-Chair, Liz Danielson

Meredith Staveley-Watson, Manager of Government Relations and Policy 647-545-8324