The Western Ontario Wardens Caucus Inc. (WOWC) is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three million residents. Our purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. WOWC advocates on behalf of Counties on key items such as; infrastructure, transportation, long term care, broadband and economic development.
Economic Development: The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus have taken the leadership role of making the investment in this region’s future with economic development. The WOWC has long appreciated the contributions that economic development makes to the sustainability of the region and its constituent municipalities.
Provincial and Federal governments: The purpose of WOWC is to advocate and engage with other levels of government as one united voice on opportunities, common needs and issues of critical importance to Southwestern Ontario.
Stable Municipal Funding: seeking sustainable and more predictable funding from other orders of government, particularly for critical infrastructure (roads, bridges, rail and bus transportation, social housing and high speed internet).
As a rapidly growing area, the WOWC advocates for key investments in Southwestern Ontario, while planning for future needs, promoting economic vitality and supporting community wellbeing.
While there are many issues pertinent to our municipalities, some of which are outlined by groups such as AMO, OMSSA and Advantage Ontario, we have identified five areas where the WOWC can work with our provincial and federal partners to address our shared priorities;
- Access to high-speed broadband networks
- Economic development
- Long Term Care and Senior’s funding
- Infrastructure Funding
- Supporting critical industries – manufacturing, agri-food processing and packaging, energy and digital industries.
- Levelling the playing field between Southwestern Ontario and the rest of Ontario.
- Working to retain youth, and attract immigrants and skilled workers.
- Pressing upper levels of government to intervene and provide resources.