A delegation including Mayor Ken Boshcoff, Councillor Kristen Oliver, Chair – Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Councillor Shelby Chng, Vice Chair – Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and City Manager Norm Gale attended the 2023 Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) Conference in Toronto from January 22 to 24. They brought several community issues and key priorities forward to lobby for action and/or funding.

Meetings were held with:                                        

  •  Assistant Amarjot Sandhu, Ministry of Infrastructure
  • Hon. Stan Cho, Associate Minister of Transportation, Ministry of Transportation
  • Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General, Attorney General of Ontario
  • Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Ministry of Northern Development & Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
  • NDP Official Opposition Leader, Marit Stiles

Key community issues and priorities lobbied for action and/or funding:


  • Mental Health & Addictions Centre
  • Thunder Bay Rail Vehicles Production Site
  • Provincial Offences (POA) Fines/Part 3 Prosecutions Download
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Fund - Pool 6 Enhancement Project & 2024 Ontario Winter Games
  • Thunder Bay Expressway Project
  • Northwest Arterial Corridor and Interchange

The ROMA 2023 conference program brought forward a wide range of issues that are critically important to rural and northern municipalities, and brought together municipal leaders from all over Ontario together with Provincial politicians to discuss and advance the priorities of rural communities.

 It is a key moment for municipal and provincial officials to connect on the unique challenges faced by rural and northern municipalities. It presents an opportunity to profile municipal priorities and demonstrate participation and advocacy on local needs.


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Contact:       Stacey Levanen, Supervisor – Corporate Communications & Community Engagement, 625-3650

                     Larry Joy, Policy Assistant – Mayor’s Office, 625-2741