Western Ontario
Wardens Caucus

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.

WOWC Member Counties
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Priorities

The WOWC recently adopted its strategic approach for advocacy in 2022 and early 2023 and identified a series of key priorities for the coming year. This information is intended to continue building on the collaboration with the member municipalities of Southwestern Ontario.

News

WOWC Newsletter February 2024

WOWC February 2024 Newsletter Features Warden Glen McNeil Re-elected as WOWC Chair for 2024 Term WOWC: A More Prosperous Ontario Demands a Modern Provincial-Municipal Fiscal Partnership Western Ontario Takes Home Several EDCO Awards RTO7 Launches...

A More Prosperous Ontario Demands a Modern

Municipalities continue to subsidize the provincial treasury by almost $4 billion each year by paying for provincial responsibilities such as social housing, long-term care, public health, childcare and social services. Ontario’s property taxes are already the second highest in the country, while provincial spending per capita is the lowest in Canada.

WOWC Newsletter January 2024

WOWC January 2024 Newsletter Features WOWC Champions Housing, Mental Health and Workforce Development Initiatives at ROMA 2024 WOWC Submission to Provincial 2024 Budget Consultations Chatham Ranked #7 on U-Haul's 2023 Top 25 Growth Cities List Grey...

Warden Glen McNeil Re-elected as WOWC Chair for 2024 Term 

Warden Glen McNeil of Huron has been re-elected as Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) at the organization’s Annual General Meeting in Goderich. Warden Andy Lennox was appointed as Vice-Chair, while Meighan Wark was appointed as Secretary and Sonya Pritchard as Treasurer.

Events

Healthy, Vibrant Communities Mental Health Summit March 30, 2023

You are invited to attend the Healthy, Vibrant Communities – A Mental Health Summit for Agriculture and Rural Communities, hosted by the Farmer Wellness Initiative.

ROMA Conference

January 22 - 24, 2023 (Toronto)

FCM Board

March 7 - 9, 2023 (Durham)

March Break (Closed)

March 13 - 17, 2023

Economic Development

The WOWC in partnership with the Western Ontario Community Futures Corporation Association (WOCFDCA) is now championing a regional Economic Development Strategic Plan. This work is the result of extensive stakeholder consultation and dialogue, with businesses and representatives of key economic development stakeholders.

NEW HOUSING
UNITS REQUIRED
BY 2041

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JOBS TO BE FILLED
BY 2030
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Projects

By working together, the Provincial Government, the WOWC and the municipalities of Southwestern Ontario can provide our residents and businesses with the services, supports and infrastructure they need to thrive today and into the future, while planning for growth and a rapidly aging population.