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.

Warden George Cornell appointed as Chair of WOWC

Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2021 Southwestern Ontario – Warden George Cornell of the County of Simcoe has been acclaimed as Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC), during the organization’s Annual General Meeting...

Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus January 2021 Events Update

There are a number of things happening in January that we just couldn't wait to share with you! https://conta.cc/39v9rkU

Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus December Newsletter

Learn about the support, resources and projects in Western Ontario this month: https://conta.cc/3mD0PgI

The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Receives RED Funding

Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 1, 2020 The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Receives Rural Economic Development (RED) Funding Southwestern, ON – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus has received $14,374 grant from the Ontario Ministry...


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
  • Transportation
  • Long Term Care and Senior’s funding
  • Infrastructure Funding

Active Projects

Connecting Southwest Ontario

Intercommunity Transportation Update
The Southwest Community Transit Association mandate to coordinate the integrated delivery of inter-community bus transportation services in southwest Ontario…


Food Retail Environment Study for Health & Economic Resiliency
The Food Retail Environment Study for Health and Economic Resiliency (FRESHER) is a pilot study of the effects of COVID-19 on restaurants, fast food outlets, grocery stores, cafes, bars, pubs, and alcohol retail stores…

Upcoming Events


Elgin (Heritage Centre, 460 Sunset
Drive, St. Thomas)

Friday, September 18, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM


Middlesex (County Headquarters,
399 Ridout St. N., London)

Friday, October 23, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM

WOWC CAOs – Planning for 2021

Wellington (County Headquarters, 74 Woolwich St., Guelph)

Friday, November 27, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 PM

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Economic Development

  • 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.