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.

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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.


WOWC Newsletter November 2023

WOWC November 2023 Newsletter Features WOWC Leaders Meet with Federal and Provincial Representatives to Advance Regional Priorities Embrace Apprenticeship Conference Workforce Attraction and Retention Employer Toolkit Advanced Wood Manufacturing...

WOWC Attends Ministers’ Housing Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 28, 2023 WOWC Attends Ministers’ Housing Forum Southwestern Ontario – Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair, Glen McNeil, and Executive Director Kate Burns Gallagher, participated in the 2023 Ministers'...

WOWC Meets with Provincial Representatives at Queen’s Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 21, 2023 WOWC Meets with Provincial Representatives at Queen’s Park Southwestern Ontario –Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair, Glen McNeil, participated in a series of meetings at Queen’s Park with...

WOWC Newsletter October 2023

The members of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) held a strategic session with Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) on Friday, October 13th to advance discussions on critical issues impacting small and rural municipalities in Southwestern Ontario.


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.

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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.