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County focuses on infrastructure and community hubs at municipalities conference

Robert Quaiff

Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff and a delegation of several councillors and staff members met with representatives from five provincial ministries during this week’s Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa.

“I am pleased by the productive discussions we had with members of the provincial government,” said Quaiff. “Our delegation shared the County’s perspective on a number of issues. In turn, our delegation made new connections and strengthened existing relationships that will undoubtedly help us advance our priorities in the future.”

The County delegation met with Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, to discuss the need for stable and predictable funding assistance to address the municipality’s infrastructure deficit, which is approximately $31 million per year for the next 10 years.

The delegation also took the opportunity to learn more about community hubs, which a group hopes to establish in Sophiasburgh using surplus space in the local elementary school.

“The massive infrastructure deficit faced by Ontario municipalities was a major theme at this year’s AMO conference, and we emphasized that message in our meeting with Minister Chiarelli,” said Quaiff. “I am hopeful the conversation will continue beyond the conference so that the County of Prince Edward and all Ontario municipalities have the funding they require to address local infrastructure needs.”

Support for road infrastructure, including County Road 49, was the focus of a meeting with Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

In the meeting with Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the County reiterated its support for a new hospital in Picton and the desire to have more long-term care beds allocated to The County.

County representatives also met with Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss the farm class tax ratio and ongoing support for local farmers.

In a meeting with Nathalie Des Rosiers, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Housing, there was discussion about the need for additional investments to support affordable housing.

In addition to meetings with political leaders, County representatives attended a variety of educational sessions and connected with industry exhibitors.

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