Ontario Working to Support Rural Communities

Published on January 30, 2019

Premier and Ministers Meet with Hundreds of Officials Over Three Days

TORONTO - The Ontario government reinforced its commitment to create jobs across the province at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference (ROMA).

Ministers and parliamentary assistants met with over 300 rural municipal delegations, a record number. They discussed topics ranging from growth and economic development to policing reforms to infrastructure investments.

Premier Doug Ford, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs also delivered remarks to delegates.

"It was an honour to have the chance to attend the ROMA conference and talk about what our government has been delivering for rural Ontario," said Premier Ford. "Whether it's cutting red tape to make Ontario open for business and jobs, putting more money in people's pockets, or supporting municipalities with infrastructure and planning - you can always count on having a partner in our government."

"Since coming to office only seven months ago, we've taken action on many rural issues that ROMA has championed for years," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "From protecting double-hatter firefighters to scrapping the Green Energy Act to extending natural gas lines and investing in broadband, we are listening to rural concerns."

"We were happy to share our vision for rural Ontario, which includes successful businesses, lively main streets and strong rural communities where young people can prosper," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Rural communities are vital to the province's success. The government will continue to put rural matters at the forefront of Ontario's Plan for the People and help ensure these communities can thrive.

Quick Facts

  • 20 percent of Ontario’s population lives in small towns and rural regions.
  • Rural Ontario is a significant driver of Ontario’s economy, contributing $106 billion to the province’s gross domestic product and supporting 1.2 million jobs.
  • Approximately 1,000 municipal officials attend the ROMA conference annually.