Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Councillors Karen Ras (Ward 2), Chris Fonseca (Ward 3), Ron Starr (Ward 6), Dipika Damerla (Ward 7), attended the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s (AMO) 2020 virtual conference this week. They represented the City and met with government officials including Cabinet Ministers, MPPs and industry stakeholders to discuss priorities and issues facing Mississauga such as economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and transportation.
“The AMO Conference is an important opportunity to meet with government officials to discuss what matters most to Mississauga. This has been an unprecedented year as municipalities are facing the economic hardships of COVID-19. Now more than ever, it’s important that all levels of government work together,” said Mayor Crombie. “AMO encourages municipalities to share information, priorities and concerns while working with colleagues to develop solutions to the challenges cities face. Municipalities are the frontlines of Ontario, driving the economy, and delivering services to our residents. A strong economic recovery requires healthy cities. We must continue to look for ways to secure affordable housing, enhance community safety, and build the infrastructure and transit we need to get people moving and prepare for the growth that is to come.”
The conference program featured more than 40 speakers, sessions and workshops including keynote presentations by 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.
In addition to the conference program, the Mayor met with a number of Ministry representatives including:
- Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Solicitor General
Mississauga City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer Paul Mitcham and Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer Gary Kent also participated in the conference.
For more than a century, Ontario’s largest municipal conference has brought together municipal, provincial and federal officials to work collectively to overcome municipal challenges and plan for the future.
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.