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January 22, 2020
Oxford County takes part in delegations at ROMA 2020

Delegations with provincial government officials covered the housing crisis, regional transportation, high-speed broadband internet for rural areas, public health funding and more


Oxford County took part in a number of provincial ministry delegations at the 2020 ROMA Conference in January. Represented by Warden Larry Martin, County Councillors David Mayberry and Marcus Ryan, and CAO Peter Crockett, Oxford County brought forward the following questions and issues to provincial government representatives.
 

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Oxford County sought clarification on the Province’s direction to implement a circular economy to manage waste and reduce Ontario’s waste disposal demands. The County also shared Oxford’s own research and findings in using emerging technologies to reduce waste to landfill. Read the briefing note 
 

OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs)

Oxford County spoke to the need to continue to expand high-speed broadband internet service to rural areas through SWIFT. The County also advocated for Oxford’s participation in the review of farm biogas production, which is already a part of Oxford’s local economy and recognized as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally. Read the briefing note
 

Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

The County advocated for virtual net metering, farm biogas production, and ultra-high energy efficiency requirements in the Ontario Building Code. Read the briefing note
 

Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

Oxford County provided an update on its work to respond to the housing crisis. Read the briefing note
 

Ministry of Transportation

The County continues to seek support for the SouthwestLynx plan for an integrated regional transportation plan with southwestern Ontario-centric governance. A letter was also submitted thanking the Minister for bringing forward the recent Connecting the Southwest plan, Ontario's first regional transportation plan. Read the briefing note | Read the letter to the Minister
 

Ministry of Health

Oxford County sought more information about plans for the Ontario Health Teams; shared Oxford’s success with the Family Transition Program in long-term care; and advocated for an equitable regional model for delivering public health services. Read the briefing note

Solicitor General

Oxford County sought to raise awareness of the 38% increase in court security and prisoner transportation costs Oxford’s municipalities have experienced over the past six years, and to advocate for the full funding of these services by the Province. Read the briefing note


 

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