Development Charges and Planning Reform. October 28, 2015
ROMA letter to Peter Tabuns, MPP Toronto-Danforth, Chair Standing Committee on Social Policy re Bill 73, The Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015.

Reviewing Off-Road Vehicle Safety in Ontario – ROMA’s response. April 10, 2015
ROMA’s submission to the Ministry of Transportation requested that the government clarify how it will address many ongoing concerns of rural municipal governments as it reviews ORV safety. ROMA believes that this review needs to be viewed through a Rural and Northern Lens so that municipal governments will not be exposed and impacted by any unintended consequences that may emerge from this proposed initiative.

The Rural and Northern Lens & A Voice for Rural and Northern Ontario. February 24, 2015
The Rural and Northern Lens was created by the AMO Northern and Rural Working Group in 2006, after noting that many of the challenges facing rural and northern communities had one commonality—a lack of forethought about the consequences of applying a one-size-fits-all approach to a specific policy area. The Lens was revised in 2011 and then in 2015. The Lens is meant to be employed by provincial ministries to assess the impacts of new policy initiatives or changes in existing programs before they are implemented. It is meant to function as a flexible tool that all ministries can use to ensure their policies are road-tested before implementation.

The Lens has a list of questions for the government to use as a way to measure the effectiveness of its programs. The questions address each phase of the development of policy and program initiatives: considerations; delivery options; communications; and measuring and reporting.

3500MHz Rural Broadband Policy. January 5, 2015
On behalf of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA), our many thanks to the municipalities from across Ontario who took the opportunity to write Industry Canada regarding the possible loss of rural broadband services.  You responded in unprecedented numbers and it had the desired impact.  Minister James Moore has made the final decision that will allow those providing internet service to rural Ontarians to maintain their spectrum licenses. The decision also will not reclassify rural license areas.