- Fostering Regional Economic Development Through Local CIP’s – The SDG Experience
- Essentials of Continuity of Operations for Municipalities
- Investing in Affordable Housing and Ending Homelessness
- MEDG Regional Economic Development and Small Business Update
- Municipalities and Social Media – Legal Implications
- ‘Taste of Place’ – Trends and Best Practices
- Ready for Investment Mapping – Prescott and Russell
- Excess Soil Management – Sponsored by Cambium Inc.
- Tale of the Trail – a Collaboration of Building
- Cannabis Health & Safety in the Workplace
- From Strategic Plan to Agri Outcomes – Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
- Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
- Big Ideas for Small Municipalities: Lessons Learned by a 20-Something Year Old Mayor
- The LEAN Approach to Service Delivery Review: North Grenville’s Best Practice in “Service Excellence”
- FEDev/CFDC Programs Update
- International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy International Symposium and Workforce Development in Eastern Ontario
- Community Engagement: Big Thinking for Small Budgets
- Hang On to Your Seats – 2019 is Almost Here and it will be a Very Different Ride!
- OMAFRA Updates: 1. Main Street Enhancement Initiative; 2. New Agriculture Statistics Tool – More Than Just Numbers; 3. Writing a Good Grant Application
- Economic Benefits of Rural Recreation and Leisure Services – Leeds and Grenville
- Cybersecurity for Municipalities
- The ‘Need to Knows’ about MPAC, our Assessments, and our Focus on Municipal Engagement
- Environmental Assessment 101: Demystifying the Process
- Waterfront Property Owners as Economic Development Contributors in Rural Ontario
- Ethics in Economic Development
- Implementing Cycling Facilities on Provincial Highways
- Ombudsman Ontario – How the Ombudsman Can Help Resolve Complaints Effectively and Efficiently
- A New Toolkit: The Rural Development Pro Forma and a Case Study from the Village of Portland
- Update on the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council
- Asset Non-Management Can Lead to Litigation
- Importance of Education & Business Collaborations
- Evidence Based Decision Making Workshop
Alison McDonald, Manager of Planning, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Timothy Simpson, CAO, United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Peter Young, Director of Planning/Economic Development Officer, Township of South Stormont
Several upper-tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario fund regional economic development activities through the community improvement plans of their constituent local municipalities. However, in the East, this practice remains uncommon. Beginning in 2017, SDG County embarked on a process to bring regional economic development dollars to businesses through local municipal CIP’s. This involved the development of a regional component for inclusion in local CIP’s, focused on brownfield redevelopment, adaptive re-use, roofed accommodation, and value-added agriculture. This session will review how this process unfolded, some of the challenges, as well as the successes of developing and implementing a regional funding component for community improvement plans.
Lisa Maddock, Vanguard EMC Inc.
Cynthia Wenn, Vanguard EMC Inc.
Last year saw historic widespread flooding across eastern Ontario. Municipalities must be prepared to deal with modern hazards from climate change to cyber attacks. Part one of this presentation will allow participants to explore and share information on risks that are impacting or threating their communities. We will discuss incidents that can impact their people, information, technology and workplace and how they can take steps to mitigate the disruption of municipal operations. Part two will cover the basics of planning for continuity of operations for municipalities including roles and responsibilities during an incident. The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) requires municipalities to develop a plan to describe how they will respond to emergencies within their jurisdiction. This presentation will explore how to:
- Determine which services are time critical,
- Determine what resources are needed to support time critical services,
- Set up and operate an Emergency Operations centre,
- Implement the Incident Management System, and,
- Conduct a test of the plan (exercise).
This session will include case studies, best practices, and tools to help attendees be better prepared to maintain their time critical services during an emergency. Presenters will combine wit and humor to deliver a memorable introduction to an important topic.
The updated provincial Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy sets as a strategic vision with commitments to create more affordable housing, provide a wide spectrum of the housing assistance and end chronic homelessness by 2025. We invite you to learn about the new housing programs, including Home For Good and Portable Housing Benefit Special Priority Policy, which are focused on transformation of the housing system into a stable housing assistance and supportive services based on choice, flexibility, and certainty. This session will help you better understand provincial investments in affordable housing, homelessness prevention and explore future investment opportunities in the context of the National Housing Strategy.
Rudy Lo, Director, MEDG Funding Administration Branch and TBC
MEDG (Economic Development & Growth) and MRSB (Small Business) offer valuable programs and services to support regional economic development and small business growth in eastern Ontario. MEDG staff will provide an update on their programs and services including success stories, case studies and best practices.
Tony Fleming, Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little, and Bonham LPP
More and more aggressive and negative comments on social media appear to be the new normal. Free speech is a fundamental right, but it must be based on fact and ideally should advance public debate. When healthy debate turns septic, what recourse do staff and politicians have? This session will look at the legal issues surrounding this issue and offer techniques that may help to manage the problem.
Rebecca Mackenzie, President and CEO, Culinary Tourism Alliance
Learn how to infuse “Taste of Place” offerings into your operations and leverage consumers interest to be connected to place, people and the food culture they support. In addition to sharing global trends and best practices in food tourism, an overview will be given of the only foodservice certification program in Canada to verify the support of local food and beverages – Feast On, a certified taste of Ontario.
Olivier Berthiaume, Project Officer, United Counties of Prescott and Russell
Carole Lavigne, Director of Economic Development and Tourism, United Counties of Prescott and Russell
Do you know what you have for sale? What kind of utilities are available? Learn how Prescott and Russell answered those questions by building an inventory and mapping tool that will serve all lower tiers municipality as well as the regional government to improve its investment readiness.
Chris Rancourt, P.Geo., Senior Project Manager, Cambium Inc.
Soils are a valued resource that should be managed to promote beneficial reuse and control any adverse effects they can have on the environment due to contaminants. This is the intention of the proposed Excess Soil Management Policy developed by the MOECC coming into full effect by 2020. Are you ready?
Cambium explores the proposed Excess Soil Management Policy and provides advice on how Municipalities and bylaw/policy makers can efficiently move forward utilizing existing frameworks. Participants leave with a solid understanding of the Municipality’s role and next steps to implement a plan. Discussion will include:
- Historic, Current and Future Perspectives on Excess Soil Management
- Proposed Changes and the Effects on By-laws and Policies
- Common Processes Currently Used and Required Changes
- Managing Existing Stock Piles With No Characterizations and In-Coming Characterized Soils
- Unified Voice – Understanding and Communicating with Departments and Updating Protocols that Relate/Overlap with Excess Soils (Planning, Procurement, etc.)
Jason Davis, County of Renfrew
Kurt Greaves, County of Lanark
Craig Kelley, County of Renfrew
Jason McMartin, Township of Papineau-Cameron
In 2010, CP Rail discontinued rail service from Smiths Falls to Mattawa. Seeing an opportunity, in 2013 three municipalities from Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario got together to form a partnership to convert the abandoned rail line into one of the largest recreational infrastructure and tourism products ever seen in Eastern Ontario. The Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail has been born, and this session will speak to the steps taken so far to see it advance to fruition. It will also focus on the importance of partnerships, collaboration, messaging, and sharing across municipal boundaries. This $77-million asset will be a legacy project for years to come.
Jeff Pajot, Public Services Health & Safety (www.pshsa.ca)
Marijuana (also called Cannabis) is a hot topic in the workplace now with Medical Marijuana and the legalization of recreational use of marijuana. Are Municipalities prepared? What are the implications for human rights and accommodation for medical disability? What about impairment and safety on the job? How do I determine what is a “safety sensitive” job? In what circumstances is drug testing appropriate? This seminar will include both lecture and Q&A.
SDG: Terry Besner, Economic Development and Communications Officer
Agriculture Advisory Council: Gina Dragone, Food and Agriculture Development Officer
All Things Food: Kat Rendek, Coordinator
Fresh Spoke: Shane Dyer,
Community Kitchens: Anne Leduc/Tara Kirkpatrick, North Glengarry
How do you manoeuvre from your Strategic Plan, directly to the tangible outcomes? What steps do you need to take in order to meet those tangible actions from an agriculture/agri-food point of view?
Delve into the nuances of community engagement, priority setting, and action-oriented tactics to get to those desired measurables. See how Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has set the stage through the SDG, Cornwall & Akwesasne Agri-Food advisory council, to move priorities… to actual projects, then pilot and test drive them in and with the community, build off of the foundation set, then re-align the tactics as necessary to get the job done. SDG has moved from planning to actions through a diverse team working together.
Sue Rauth, Trade Commissioner, Ontario Region, Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada
Additional speaker TBD
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help companies successfully navigate the complexities of international markets. We are on-the-ground in more than 160 cities in Canada and worldwide where we gain market intelligence and insight, and uncover opportunities for Canadian companies. And with offices across Canada, we can help companies prepare for international markets, right here at home.
Whether you’re looking to export, invest abroad, attract investment or develop innovation and R&D partnerships, our international business professionals can help.
Eric Duncan, Mayor, Township of North Dundas
Have you heard about a great idea, but think it can’t be done in your municipality because you’re ”too small”? Do you need some ideas for best practices that can be implemented with limited resources and expertise? North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan was elected to Council at the age of 18. After 12 years in municipal government, he will reflect and share some innovative ideas and best practices that have been developed in the Township of North Dundas by staff and Council. Whether it is better communication with residents, customer service improvements, innovative events, or programs and partnerships with local organizations, this is a great session to learn several practical ideas to implement in your municipality.
Rory Baksh, Associate, Dillon Consulting
Brian Carré, CAO, Municipality of North Grenville
[Note: All participants will receive the LEAN Primer as part of this workshop-style session.] The Municipality of North Grenville faces operational challenges as its trajectory for growth means a growing demand for greater timeliness, efficiency, transparency / accountability, and value-for-money. As an alternative to the costly traditional service delivery review, North Grenville embraced the LEAN transformation approach to help find efficiencies and improve cost effectiveness. This session will explain how North Grenville adapted LEAN to suit the needs of a smaller yet growing municipality, why LEAN was used on its development review business units (Planning and Building) to launch the larger transformation, and how LEAN has equipped the municipality with the right foundation for change management. Most importantly, this session will highlight how LEAN has empowered its staff to take a leadership role over continuous improvement, and the significant successes that have resulted from this empowerment. Are you ready to improve service delivery by adopting the LEAN transformation approach? This workshop-style session will include a LEAN Primer with tools to help you structure your municipality’s Core Team, select your first business unit, and build your first project charter.
Dr. Lorraine Godden, Queen’s University
Valérie Roy, General Director, Axtra
During 2017, six career development professionals traveled to Seoul, South Korea to represent Canada at the 8th International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy International Symposium. Team Canada returned with a Pan-Canadian Country Action Plan that identified engaging with employers as a priority. Team Canada recognizes that employers of all sizes and from all industries and sectors are vital stakeholders in career and work development issues.
In this interactive session, two members of Team Canada will provide a brief overview of the ICCDPP International Symposium, present the Pan-Canadian Country Action Plan, and seek to commence an ongoing conversation with delegates as to how career development and human resource practitioners might provide effective and efficient support to business and industry within eastern Ontario. It is the intention to engage in conversation with employers to better understand their values, motivators, and needs, which in turn will allow career development practitioners and human resources practitioners to provide appropriate and targeted services for employers. In particular, the presenters will seek to identify how to support all sizes of businesses with accessing valuable labour market and relevant internal information, to help ensure that employers’ recruitment, retention, and engagement needs are effectively met.
Nadia De Santi, MCIP, RPP, Senior Project Manager, WSP
Kasper Koblauch, MPl, Planner, WSP
Kara Stonehouse, Principal and Graphic Recorder, AHA! Graphic Facilitation
Municipalities are responsible for even more community engagement through legislative changes to the Planning Act as a result of Bill 73. For example, Bill 73 allows municipalities to customize and use alternative procedures for public notices; including a public member on a Planning Advisory Committee; public consultation strategies in Official Plans for development applications; and the requirement to explain the effect of public input in a Notice of Decision by Council.
Citizens expect to be engaged, but how can municipalities achieve this with limited human resources, less time, competing priorities, and a small budget? How is engagement done to allow all ages and abilities to participate? How do all members of a community get engaged, both permanent and seasonal residents, youth?
Delegates will participate in a Visioning engagement session about community engagement. The delegates will be asked to identify what engagement challenges their municipality face. The groups will develop ideas for reaching that segment of a community that tends not to be engaged; how to reach the public who may not have transportation means to attend a meeting; and cost effective methods. The takeaways will include a list of potential engagement ideas/methods, and a graphic illustration of the Workshop results.
Fred Dean, Amberley Gavel Ltd.
Nigel Bellchamber, Amberley Gavel Ltd.
Changes to the Municipal Act and the Municipal Conflict of interest Act, plus other legislation and regulations will make the 2018 to 2022 term of office a very different term for municipal councillors. Public scrutiny will increase and at the same time councillors will have their decision making processes impacted by new rules and new laws. Join two experienced municipal educators for their analysis and advice on how to prepare for and make the most of the next term of Council, from both a staff and Councillor perspective.
1. Main Street Enhancement Initiative
A $40 million investment over three years in the Main Street Enhancement Fund, which will help strengthen small businesses in downtown and main street areas and enhance the digital presence and capabilities of small businesses through increased access to digital tools like e-commerce.
2. New Agriculture Statistics Tool – More Than Just Numbers
Stephen Duff, Senior Economist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
OMAFRA has developed an excel based regional information tool that is available on its statistics website. This regional information tool is the only one of its kind in Canada. It is designed to give the public a robust collection of key population, business and agri-food information for their community. It is compiled primarily from Statistics Canada (STC) census and business register data and is assembled in a way that would take a specific community a significant amount of time and energy to compile from multiple STC sources. The tool complies information at the Census Ag Region, county and township level. For each region, county and township, the following information is available:
- a complete population, family income, employment and business profile; a summary profile for the primary ag sector;
- an economic profile of estimated household expenditures on food and other items;
- a calculator which estimates the food consumed within the community compared to local food production as a means to identify local food opportunities; and,
- the entire STC agriculture census data for 2006, 2011 and 2016.
This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the tool, its data sources and its importance in assisting regional economic development. Using this tool, there will be a further presentation on changes in farmland availability and usage across Ontario to further illustrate its use.
3. Writing a Good Grant Application, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Judy Coward, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Do you write grant applications on behave of your municipality? Are the grant applications successful? Join us to learn from those who assess grant applications. Discover “What makes a successful grant application?” OMAFRA staff who coach and assess grant applications will help you understand all the questions you ask yourself including: what needs to be included in the application; what should not be included; what attachments are necessary; have I provided the “financial request information” completely and in the format requested; what if I don’t have enough room to include all of the information in the limited space provided; and more? Obtain answers to all of these questions from the OMAFRA presenters. Using the provincial RED (Rural Economic Development) program as an example, the presentation will walk you through an application, reference the Guidelines to the program, and identify where the most common omissions and problems occur. The presenters will review how grant applications are evaluated, and provide you with “tips” and “recommendations” to help you submit a strong application, that is constructed to improve your chances of success!!!
Kim Goodman, Recreation Coordinator, Township of Leeds & Thousand Islands
Richard Kidd, Reeve, Township of Beckwith
Bonnie Schnittker, Public Health Nurse, Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
A report, Economic Benefits of Rural Recreation, was commissioned by the Rural Recreation Association (RRA). This report is a resource for champions to communicate with municipalities, individuals, organizations and decision makers about the ‘grounded-in-research’ economic benefits of recreation. It includes infrastructure, human resources, programs and services, as well as outdoor leisure. The report has detailed information and research as well as a listing of good practices and direct quotes from locals related to the economic benefits of recreation and leisure services. Hear how Rural Recreation Association Members are using this information with elected officials, the business community and customers to advance awareness of the economic benefits of having and keeping recreation departments in rural Ontario. The presentation as proposed will review the Report and supporting videos that were created by the RRA;
The Rural Recreation Association members are of municipal recreation departments and non-profit physical activity and recreation organizations serving the Lanark Leeds Grenville and surrounding area, which will improve communication, collaboration and knowledge and use of current recommended practices.
Kathy Blake, Regional Manager, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations, MPAC
Municipalities and MPAC are key partners in Ontario’s assessment and property tax process. Learn about current MPAC initiatives that are enhancing our municipal partnerships, including our Service Level Agreement (SLA), which ensures a consistent service standard from MPAC. We will also outline MPAC’s role in Ontario’s assessment system, explain how we determine assessments for various property types, and focus on the beneficial assessment outcomes that can result when a positive dialogue exists between MPAC and municipal leaders in the areas of finance, planning, administration, and economic development.
James Jarrett, MCIP, RPP, Manager, WSP
Your guiding planning documents have outlined a need for a critical piece of infrastructure to facilitate growth, and your budget now allocates the necessary funding to take it to implementation. So – what’s next? Chances are that your new road, transit, or water/wastewater facility may need an EA.
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a primer to anyone who may be involved in infrastructure planning through the EA process. Topics covered will include:
- What are your overall responsibilities under the EA Act?
- Which EA process should be followed for your project?
- What are the core technical requirements and phases of an EA?
- What level of agency and stakeholder consultation is involved in an EA?
- How does the EA Master Plan process work?
- How can the EA be integrated with other planning processes?
Terry Rees, Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations
The Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) recently completed a research project entitled “Waterfront property owners as economic development contributors in rural Ontario.” Over 400 residents responded to our survey, and follow up interviews were also conducted with waterfront property owners (WPO’s), and municipal staff. Based on our research our final report and recommendations details why it is important to include WPO’s in the context of rural economic development in Eastern Ontario. We will profile WPO’s who have made the move to work from their waterfront communities and detail what worked for them. We will also provide recommendations on how to involve more WPO’s in economic development as potential employers, business owners, and investors.
Lidy Romanuk, B.A., EcD. CEcD., Manager, Economic Development & Tourism, Economic Development & Tourism, Haldimand County
Brad Hewton, P.Eng., Morrison Hershfield Limited
With increasing demand for a more robust cycling network throughout the Ontario, there has been a marked interest in improved cycling connections between rural communities. Sections of the provincial highway network have recently been identified in the province’s #CycleON strategy.
This presentation highlights recent projects implemented to improve the ride and safety for cyclists and motorists on provincial highways to demonstrate some of the challenges associated with implementing cycling facilities on existing highways.
Bike lanes are designed to fit within the existing highway platform without significant widening and potential impacts associated with such widening; challenges include trade-offs between buffer width and cycling facility width and impacts associated with widening the highway platform. Morrison Hershfield’s design improved safety for cyclists and vehicles exiting the highways by reducing the probability of rear end collisions.
These projects promote safe cycling and help to reduce the use of cars, as well as improve the ride and safety for motorists and cyclists within these sections of the Trans-Canada highway. They positively impacted the communities involved by providing additional connectivity through cycling, in particular as part of the TransCanada Trail and Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and adding additional connectivity within Serpent River First Nation.
Laura Pettigrew, General Counsel, Ombudsman Ontario
The Ontario Ombudsman’s Office began overseeing municipalities in January 2016. Since then, the Office has closed more than 80% of the municipal complaints it has received – from complaints about council and committees, to Ontario Works and by-law enforcement, to municipal hydro and housing. This session will provide an overview of the Ombudsman’s role and function, as well as help municipalities learn about creating or reinforcing comprehensive complaint policies for resolving local issues efficiently and effectively. New municipal legislation will also require municipalities to put in place codes of conduct and integrity commissioners by March 2019. At this session, you’ll hear about the Ombudsman’s role as an office of last resort and its process for referring complaints through existing mechanisms first. You’ll also learn about the benefits of establishing robust codes of conduct and putting in place local accountability officers, including through case examples from the Ombudsman’s work.
Rory Baksh, Associate, Dillon Consulting
Mike Dwyer, CAO, Township of Rideau Lakes
[Note: All participants will receive the Rural Development Pro Forma Toolkit on compact disc or USB memory stick, including the training video and customizable spreadsheets.] Jointly leveraging public and private investments towards common interests are unlocking economic opportunities. In recent years, pro forma have increasingly been used by public entities for this purpose. While pro forma have long been used by the private sector, municipal use of pro forma have generally been isolated to urban megaprojects. Rural municipalities face distinct barriers to unlock economic opportunities: limited fiscal capacity; a heightened risk profile; lack of familiarity to assess risk; public skepticism on major projects; and, limited institutional capacity with pro forma. Rideau Lakes has broken through this barrier. Major development and infrastructure decisions are needed in Portland that, if came to fruition, would be one of the most significant capital undertakings of the municipality. Rideau Lakes has successfully developed its own pro forma to determine the project’s viability and now is poised to attract project partners – its rural development pro forma speaks directly to rural prosperity and economic growth. Rideau Lakes has created the Rural Development Pro Forma Toolkit. Now any small or rural municipality has access to this powerful tool. This training session at OEMC will briefly explain the genesis of the toolkit and the vision for Portland, and then demonstrate how other municipalities can use the toolkit.
Justin Bromberg, Communications and Policy Coordinator, EOLC
Andy Brown, CAO, United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Kathryn Wood, Project Coordinator, EOLC
Warden John Fenik, Co-Chair, representing the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus
Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy, Co-Chair, representing the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus
To provide attendees of the OEMC Conference – and specifically Economic Development Officers, local and regional elected officials, and senior staff members – with an update of the significant progress and projects undertaken since September 2017 by the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council, which represents five major organizations and regional sectors. Among other things, this update will inform attendees of the ongoing collaboration and data analysis with the public and private sectors, through three working groups; and the work accomplished by the EOLC as a regional economic development model for the Provincial government.
Len Bennett, BA, FCIP, CRM, Risk Management Assessment & Solutions Manager, Frank Cowan Company Limited
Municipal Assets are an investment in your future but they are also a potential source of future liabilities. Effective management of these assets will help deliver better value for your money, improve service delivery, protect the public and provide a safe workplace for your employees. This seminar will help explain the importance of Risk Management in developing and executing a preventative maintenance program to help extend the life expectancy of your assets. It will include photos of unmaintained premises and circumstances that can cause a great deal of damage to the facility and severe injuries to its occupants. It will also cover the importance of checklists, who uses them and why they are used. Checklists are an important tool for risk management. They are important because they focus on the essential information and allow you focus on the task at hand. They also provide important documentation in the event of litigation. The biggest thing about Risk Management is that it is not a single event but a continuous process. This seminar will address the importance of developing and executing an Asset Management Plan in order to help mitigate your risks. Claim examples will be provided in this seminar.
David Hyndman, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Industry Partnerships, Office of Partnerships and Innovation, Queen’s University
Nathalie Méthot, Ph.D., Manager, Office of Applied Research and Innovation, La Cité
Mike Walker, Assistant Director, Business Development, Innovation Support Services, University of Ottawa
Brent Wootton, Ph.D., Associate Vice-President, Business Development, Applied Research, Government and Partner Relations, Fleming College
Neil Carbone, The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
Trevor Crowe, The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
This presentation is for both Economic Development officials and councilors looking to incorporate data driven decision making. This workshop will be on:
- Better understand and develop key metrics beyond just the number of jobs created.
- Establishing municipal priorities using evidence based decision making.
- How to establish proper Key Performance Indicators that effectively gauge economic initiatives or projects.
- Digital Tools for effective reporting and communication to council.
- A look at Prince Edward County’s Community & Economic Development Commission (CEDC) as a municipal model.