Economic Development Action Plan Underway for Southwestern Ontario

Guelph, ON, August 19, 2016 – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus is working on an economic development strategy to grow the regional economy. The strategic action plan will underline the region’s commitment to working together and speaking with one unified voice on critical economic issues in southwestern Ontario.
"A regional economic development action plan will explore the diverse needs of municipalities, identify common themes and set priorities.

SWIFT receives $180 million in federal and provincial funding through Small Communities Fund

Ultra-high speed Internet connectivity is critical to rural economic development and Southwestern Ontario is another step closer to seeing the development of a project that will have a major impact on the region’s current and future vitality.


Infrastructure is Key

February 12, 2016 - The leaders of southwestern Ontario municipalities are seeking funding to expand the prosperity base of the region. This includes funding the build of the SWIFT network, a ubiquitous, affordable and an accessible regional ultra-high speed (fibre-based) broadband network. They are also seeking sustainable and more predictable funding from other orders of government for critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rail and bus transportation, social housing and high speed Intranet.

Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Appeals to Province for Broadband Support

NIAGARA FALLS, On (August 18, 2015) – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) is ensuring that its efforts to bring ultra-high-speed internet across the region is on the Province’s radar at the Association of Municipalites of Ontario conference in Niagara Falls.  
WOWC updated Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid about the project, which aims to address the region’s long-term readiness as the demand for connectivity grows.


Georgian College backs SWIFT with $10,000 contribution

May 13, 2015

Georgian College has pledged support for the SWIFT initiative, contributing $10,000 in funding for the project that will build an ultra-high-speed fibre-optic broadband network throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Georgian College joins Grey Bruce Health Services and the Stratford Economic Enterprise Development Corporation (SEED Co.) as a non-WOWC member of the SWIFT initiative.

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope Acclaimed as Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus


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Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope Acclaimed as Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus

Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy R. Hope is the new Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC).  Mayor Hope was acclaimed to the one year-term at the Annual General Meeting of the Caucus in London today.  Warden Tom Bain of Essex County was acclaimed as Vice Chair.


WOWC has banner meeting with strong momentum and room-bursting attendance

Meeting Highlights from July 23, 2014.


WOWC implements standing committees to enhance engagement opportunities

The new WOWC standing committee structure was recognized as a means of enhancing member engagement, and providing opportunity for greater examination by the membership on matters of particular significance.

SWIFT Network launches virtual presence, begins community outreach: Follow, like and share the news!

Alliston, Simcoe County, August 12, 2014 – The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) has taken another step forward in bringing ultra-high speed fibre optic broadband connectivity to Southwestern Ontario that is reliable and affordable regardless of population density.


Progress Made Towards Regional Broadband Network

Development of a Regional Broadband Network for southwestern Ontario is one step closer to reality.  The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) has approved a $350,000 budget for the next stage of the project, which includes public education, formal business case development, and application to the Building Canada Fund.  The decision was made at this week's Rural Ontario Municipal Association / Ontario Good Roads Association combined conference in Toronto.