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Ontario municipalities conference slated for Aug. 15-18

Association of Municipalities of Ontario event will be held online for second year
London, Ont. will serve as the host community for the virtual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

The annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is set to take place virtually Aug. 15-18.

Hundreds of municipal leaders will tune in over four days for presentations, sessions and workshops featuring topics that reflect the broad scope of municipal responsibilities. London, Ont., is serving as host community for the event.

"AMO is a meeting place where Ontario's municipal leaders – and all governments – come together," AMO president Graydon Smith said in an Aug. 3 news release.

"Over the last year, municipal governments, the province and the federal government have done important work to confront some of the most important challenges facing our communities. I know that work will continue at the 2021 conference."

Subjects to be covered include:

  • COVID-19, its impact on municipal service delivery and charting our economic recovery;
  • climate change;
  • women in leadership;
  • broadband connectivity in Ontario;
  • transforming long-term care;
  • community paramedicine;
  • diversity, bias, inclusivity and mental health;
  • municipal insurance costs;
  • property assessment in a post-pandemic world; and
  • changes to Conservation Authorities.

Keynote presenters include Ontario Premier Doug Ford and key ministers, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath (Leader of the Official Opposition), Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, and AMO president Graydon Smith.

The full program and information on registration is available here.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances 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.