Concurrent Sessions - Block A
Oxford County-Moving Towards 100% Renewable Energy
Oxford County – Moving Towards 100% Renewable Energy - Oxford County’s “100% Renewable Energy Plan
” lays out a framework for how community, business, government, academic, national and international partners can work together to support Oxford in becoming a 100% renewable community. This session will look at the development of the plan as well as specific targets, milestones and actions included under the plan
Open Data – Open Government
Open government is a global initiative that promotes greater transparency, accountability, and public engagement. Many Ontario municipalities are changing how they approach policy making, program delivery, communications and more by adopting these values.
This panel conversation – hosted by Ontario’s Open Government Office – will offer a variety of perspectives on how municipalities are addressing the public’s desire for more information, access to open data, and improved approaches to public consultations.
You’ll hear how municipal leaders are working to empower their citizens with innovative strategies and more collaborative methods. Bring your questions and be prepared to be inspired!
Planning for the 2018 Municipal Election
Starting in 2015, the government undertook province-wide consultations on updates to municipal legislation including the Municipal Elections Act. The revised legislative framework has been modernized. One significant change is that municipalities have the option of conducting the election with a ranked ballot system. This session will be of particular interest to elected officials and municipal clerks.
Led by staff from the Ministry’s Local Government Policy Branch, you will learn how the changes to the legislation will have an impact on the duties of municipal clerks as well on candidate campaigns, and much more!
Shared Services Agreements
The Municipality of Morris-Turnberry and the Township of North Huron are implementing a pilot project for an ambitious shared services arrangement which will see a merger of public works and building municipal services and partial administration. If the pilot is successful, the municipalities are proposing a full administrative and service integration. This session will provide an overview of the process the municipalities undertook to establish this arrangement and review cost savings, service improvements and other outcomes achieved as a result of the project.
First Nations Partnerships
This session will focus on First Nations consultations and municipal partnerships, working together, attracting resources, investment opportunities, and building long-term relationships. Regional examples will be profiled.
- Presentation was made by: Wayne Greer, President, Aboriginal Business Network and Bill Henderson, LLB, Henderson Law Office. Presentation not available for distribution.
Concurrent Sessions - Block B
Municipal Energy Planning
Representatives from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Energy will discuss Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and the Municipal Energy Plan program. The Climate Change Action Plan is a five-year plan that will help Ontario fight climate change over the long term. The Municipal Energy Plan program provides funding to municipalities across Ontario to complete community energy plans, which take an integrated approach to energy planning by aligning energy, infrastructure, and land use planning. Municipal energy Plans help municipalities assess energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, identify opportunities to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions, consider the impact of future growth and options for local clean energy generation, and support local economic development.
2016 Assessment Update - Retrospective and A Look Ahead
MPAC will soon deliver final assessment rolls to municipalities across Ontario for the 2017 tax year. Join Carla Y. Nell to reflect on the 2016 Assessment Update and what lies ahead. Learn about MPAC’s new service level agreement with municipalities and discuss how municipalities can shape the assessment and tax landscape in 2017.
Ontario’s New Disaster Relief Assistance Programs
Requests for provincial disaster assistance have doubled in the last five years and are expected to continue to rise due to climate change. Ontario has launched two new disaster recovery programs that will be more responsive to the needs of individuals and communities following a natural disaster. This session will focus on the programs including activation, eligibility and the assessment processes, as well as providing information on recent developments in disaster mitigation, including the opportunity to benefit from federal funding for flood mapping and flood mitigation through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.
National Housing Strategy / Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy
CMHC will share 'what they've heard' from the National Housing Strategy consultations and the next steps in improving the housing conditions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. The session will also include a provincial update on housing and homelessness initiatives.
The Economy of Trust - Making Collaborations Work
Do you recognize the benefit of collaboration BUT…? This session will challenge you to think about how to collaborate and form effective partnerships. Collaborating will change the way you do business allowing you to seize new opportunities in your community and region. Be inspired by examples of successful collaborations from simple to complex and learn about resources to get started.