Mayor Sendzik and Team STC return from successful AMO conference

City of St. Catharines press release – A delegation from the City of St. Catharines joined municipal leaders from across Ontario at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa this week to meet with provincial ministers and advance local priorities for the city.

The St. Catharines delegation led by Mayor Walter Sendzik, included City Councillors Dawn Dodge, Lori Littleton, Greg Miller, Karrie Porter, Kevin Townsend as well as senior staff members. Team STC met with ministers and officials to talk about priorities and challenges for the City of St. Catharines including:

  • Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney regarding expanded GO train service to Niagara and the importance of coordinating construction projects between the city and province to prevent gridlock.
  • Minister of Finance, Rod Phillips to discuss sustainable and predictable funding for municipalities, climate change impacts and flooding.
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott about investments in local infrastructure and the Canada 2021 Summer Games.
  • Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo to discuss social issues affecting city operations and the community and the opioid crisis.
  • Parliamentary Assistant for Municipal Affairs and Housing Jim McDonell, to discuss local needs for affordable housing and emergency shelter services.
  • Mayor Sendzik also met with LUMCO, the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario where the group discussed challenges and opportunities facing Ontario’s urban cities with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark.

Mayor Sendzik also participated in meetings with the Niagara Region delegation at AMO to discuss issues and challenges at the regional level including housing and homelessness funding for Niagara and transportation.

“AMO is an opportunity for municipal leaders to put our issues in front of the provincial government and to find opportunities to work together. Team STC connected with ministers and provincial officials about the challenges we are dealing with in St. Catharines including the need for more affordable housing and emergency shelter funding, mental health and addictions and coordinating construction projects to keep people moving. It was also a chance to thank the provincial government for investing in daily GO train service and the 2021 Summer Games – which will have huge positive impacts for all of Niagara,” said Mayor Sendzik.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. The annual AMO conference is an opportunity for municipal officials to work together to address common challenges, to learn through study tours and plenary sessions and to network with municipal leaders from across the province.