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Bruce County promotes partnerships and advancement at ROMA Conference

Bruce County Delegates eagerly brought a message of partnership and advancement to the 2021 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Bruce County Delegates eagerly brought a message of partnership and advancement to the 2021 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Warden Janice Jackson, CAO Sandra Datars Bere, and Director of Human Services Christine MacDonald, brought forward a message encouraging the establishment of a Human Services Integration Strategy that would create the groundwork for integrated services in partnership and collaboration with the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services, and other applicable partners. Bruce County believes that the opportunities for Human Services Integration in rural communities are significant and the opportunity to enhance these would be of interest to the Province. The Bruce County team has been examining opportunities at various levels and recognizes that the Province of Ontario is critical to efforts in the responsive and sustainable delivery of programs and services to meet local needs.

Warden Jackson, CAO Datars Bere, and Director of Transportation and Environmental Services Miguel Pelletier also brought forward a message of partnership on an Integrated Regional Transportation Strategy with the Ministry of Transportation. Commercial growth (nuclear power generation and greenhouse agriculture) and tourism are increasing the needs on the region’s transportation system. Growing and aging rural populations increase the demand for public transportation and active transportation. While the Province is conducting planning for the three provincial highways within Bruce County, the Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario does not provide details regarding plans for integrated transportation enhancements. Highway 6, Highway 21, Highway 9, and Clean Energy Transportation are priority infrastructure enhancements for Bruce County.

Warden Jackson and CAO Datars Bere have also been active with the Western Ontario Wardens Caucus (WOWC), which brought forward a desire for support and collaboration with the Province on Broadband Infrastructure, Long-term Financial Sustainability, Affordable Housing in Rural Areas, and Long-term Care and Seniors Funding.

Warden Janice Jackson states, “Bruce County is ready to move forward on a number of strategies that will positively impact our rural communities and help our region grow. We acknowledge the role of the provincial government and appreciate the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate on these many important initiatives.”

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