TORONTO – Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) chair Glen McNeil participated in a series of meetings at Queen’s Park with provincial ministers and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) on Nov. 20, to advance discussions on critical issues affecting small and rural municipalities in southwestern Ontario.
McNeil met with the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Michael Tibollo to express gratitude for his commitment and dedication to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable.
The meeting focused on mental health supports in rural Western Ontario and explored best practice models.
“Minister Tibollo is a strong advocate in ensuring that there are wrap-around supports in our rural communities, providing a strong continuum of care,” stated Chair Glen McNeil.
The WOWC was a sponsor of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) networking reception, providing McNeil with the opportunity to meet with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli.
Discussions included supporting rural Western Ontario in industry attraction, red tape reduction and working collaboratively on attracting a workforce to support communities.
McNeil also met with John Peevers, director of community, media relations and economic development at Bruce Power.
These meetings underscore the vital role that regional MPPs play in amplifying advocacy efforts to champion these crucial issues at Queen’s Park, WOWC officials state.
“The WOWC continues to meet with Ministers and MPPs to showcase our unwavering dedication to collaborative action with government representatives in tackling critical issues for the region,” stated McNeil.
“Through our combined efforts and ongoing advocacy, WOWC remains committed to working closely with our provincial counterparts to address the challenges affecting our region’s small and rural communities and the residents living within them.”
To learn more about the WOWC’s priorities, research, and recommendations, please visit wowc.ca.
The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single-tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario and over 1.5 million residents.