The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) / Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Northeastern Municipal Conference is two days away from the opening ceremonies taking place Wednesday, May 11th at the McIntyre Community Centre at 1:00 pm.
This year’s conference theme, Sustainable Communities: The Northern Perspective, will highlight the strengths and opportunities for strong and sustainable communities from a Northern perspective. The conference program will include workshops and information sessions on the current state of the forest economy, an agriculture sector update, new initiatives for housing and homelessness, innovative ideas for municipal finance and budgeting, new provincial disaster relief programs, land use planning, and information on the Waste-Free Ontario Act, to name a few.
Running from May 11th to 13th will be attended by Mayors, Councillors and senior municipal staff from across Northeastern Ontario. The response to this year’s conference has been significant with over 28 exhibitor spaces selling out and several sponsorships.
“We are pleased to announce that Premier Kathleen Wynne will be addressing the delegates as well as the Leaders of the Opposition,” says Mayor Alan Spacek of Kapuskasing and President of FONOM. “The conference is a great opportunity for municipal officials and staff across the North to come together and have an opportunity to learn from each other as well as gain insight from a variety of information sessions and workshops.”
Highlights include a Banquet on Thursday, May 12th with a presentation of the FONOM Executive Award to a person with a distinguished political career and who has shown dedication and exemplary efforts in the growth and prosperity of the North. Also well attended is the Minister’s Forum which will be held on Friday, May 13th with several Cabinet Ministers confirmed.
The conference venue is the McIntyre Community Centre, 85 McIntyre Road, Timmins. Approximately 250 delegates are expected for the conference.