Grey County Warden Paul McQueen and a number of County Councillors join more than 1,000 participants in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's 2020 AMO Conference from Monday, August 17 to Wednesday, August 19.
The 2020 AMO Conference is Canada’s most comprehensive gathering of government leaders since the global pandemic began, and for the first time in its history, the 121-year-old organization will deliver its entire program online.
Ontario’s largest municipal conference once again brings together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future – despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
This year AMO is partnering with TVO and the team at The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship current affairs program, to deliver aspects of the conference and to expand its reach.
Keynote presenters include Ontario Premier Doug Ford and key ministers, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath (Leader of the Official Opposition), new Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca, Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner, and AMO President Jamie McGarvey.
The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to discuss and move forward on shared challenges, to learn, and to create new opportunities that can benefit their communities. In addition to the conference program, municipal staff and officials will take part in virtual municipal delegation meetings with provincial ministries. Warden McQueen and County delegates will be meeting with Provincial representatives to discuss regional transportation networks, long-term care COVID-19 expenses, and rural broadband access. Warden McQueen will also be joining the wardens of Bruce, Huron and Perth County to discuss the need for beef processing facilities in the region.
Key session topics at this year’s conference include COVID-19, municipal services and economic recovery; long-term care; broadband internet quality and coverage across Ontario; diversity, equality and women in leadership; building strong relationships with Indigenous communities; economic perspectives on immigration and youth retention; climate change; waste management and the transition to full producer responsibility; disruption, data use, and digital governance; the future of 911 service; and much more.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports 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.