Working with ROMA for improved infrastructure in rural Ontario (2017)

By Mark Reusser, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) took part in the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) annual conference this week. ROMA represents the municipal councils we work with every day to build a solid business environment and better communities across Ontario.

A critical issue facing rural communities is the need for infrastructure. Our farms, other rural businesses and rural residents need and rely on sound bridges, roads, drainage, and information technology. We share the desire with ROMA to secure sufficient funding for dependable infrastructure. OFA has included rural infrastructure as one of the key items in our pre-budget submission to the provincial government.

OFA is specifically asking the government for a solid investment in municipalities to support the roads, bridges, drainage, and connectivity that are vital to grow and maintain our food system in Ontario.

Rural municipalities have a disproportionately large stock of infrastructure compared to the local tax base. That’s why OFA is strongly recommending that government work with municipalities across rural Ontario, and with ROMA, to develop and adopt a cost-effective infrastructure replacement programs. Increased investment comes with the responsibility to ensure the projects are efficiently built, using the best available technology. We recognize that provincial budgets are strained and are committed to working with municipalities to build and grow rural Ontario.

OFA works together with ROMA, the Wardens’ Caucuses and rural municipalities directly to share ideas and look for solutions to keep our rural communities strong and supported. Farmers are property tax payers who must remain competitive. This means healthy provincial investments, efficient construction and a real desire to enable rural Ontario and our communities to grow and prosper.

For more information, contact:

Mark Reusser
Vice President
Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Neil Currie
General Manager
Ontario Federation of Agriculture


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