Ontario Working Hard to Support Pickering-Uxbridge

Premier, Ministers, and Members of Provincial Parliament Meet with Officials Over Three Days at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference


TORONTO – The Ontario government reinforced its commitment to create good jobs and cut red tape across the province, including the riding of Pickering-Uxbridge at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference(ROMA).


Ministers, Parliamentary Assistants, and Members of Provincial Parliament met with more than 350 rural municipal delegations at the 2019 ROMA Conference. Topics of discussion ranged from growth and economic development, policing reforms, and infrastructure investments.


“Our government is working hard for the people of Ontario, and we are taking action on rural issues that the region of Pickering-Uxbridge is facing,” said MPP Bethlenfalvy. “We are committed to making rural Ontario a priority again and unlocking its economic potential.”

Premier Doug Ford, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs delivered remarks to delegates.


“It was an honour to have the chance to attend the ROMA conference and talk about what our government is doing to deliver results for rural Ontario,” said Premier Ford. “Whether it’s cutting red tape to make Ontario open for business and jobs, putting more money in people’s pockets, or supporting municipalities with infrastructure and planning – you can always count on having a partner in our government.”


Premier Ford addressed a long-standing request from municipalities and announced that the Ontario government intends to consult on “joint and several liability”. The government will look at the evidence presented during the consultation process and will develop solutions that make sense for the people.


Rural communities are vital to the province’s success. The government will continue to put rural matters at the forefront of Ontario’s Plan for the People and help ensure these communities can thrive.



  • 20 percent of Ontario’s population lives in small towns and rural regions.
  • Rural Ontario is a significant driver of Ontario’s economy, contributing $106 billion to the province’s gross domestic product and supporting 1.2 million jobs.
  • Approximately 1,000 municipal officials attend the ROMA conference annually.


Aleem Sufi, MPP Bethlenfalvy’s Office




Hayden Kenez, Minister’s Office