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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 Seeks Manager of Government Relations

The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is looking for a Manager of Government Relations. The purpose of the role Manager of Government Relations for the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus is to support the policy and advocacy work of the organization....

The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus takes action to support rural broadband

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 21, 2020Southwestern, ON – At their meeting on July 2nd the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus approved a series of recommendations to support rural broadband in Southwestern Ontario.  Increased funding from both the...

Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus September Newsletter

Learn about all the great things our Counties are doing to support our communities in this month’s newsletter here  https://conta.cc/3jdc6mR

Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus August Newsletter

Learn about all the great things our Counties are doing to support our communities in this month’s newsletter here https://conta.cc/32eMOxz

Advocacy

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).

Priorities

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…

FRESHER

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

WOWC CAOs

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

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

Caucus

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.