ROMA is pleased to announce the launch of ROMA: Connecting Rural Ontario.

ROMA’s 2021 Conference will be a virtual event. The conference remains an opportunity to connect with colleagues and the province, and learn from experts on important and timely rural issues. All the content will be recorded and will be available for delegates to access following the conference - which means you will be able to access every single session.


ROMA: Connecting Rural Ontario will provide a robust two-day program that addresses topical and important issues facing rural municipalities.

Chantal Hébert
Chantal Hébert, national affairs writer for the Toronto Star, guest for the magazine L’Actualité and a regular commentator on CBC’s The National’s weekly At Issue panel, will open the conference by discussing public policy in the national context.

Program highlights include:
Over 6 hours of Plenary Programming:
  • Opening Keynote: Chantal Hébert  
  • Wellbeing as a Foundation for Recovery in Rural Ontario, Elizabeth McIsaac, President, Maytree
  • Updates from the Province:
    • The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
    • The Hon. Christine Elliott, Minister of Health - COVID-19 Update
    • The Hon. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    • The Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Two Ministers’ Forums:
    • Supporting Vibrant Rural Communities with Health, Social Services, and Human Capital
    • Rural Economic Resilience, Infrastructure and Resource Development
  • Updates from Provincial Part Leaders
  • The Michael J. Smither Question Panel –ask the experts!
  • Update from The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development  
And don’t forget, each delegate attending this year’s virtual conference will have 30 additional days to view 100% of the program content! What that means is that those who are registered won’t miss a minute of programming. Delegates don’t need to make tough decisions about which session to attend, or have to miss plenary programming to attend a delegation meeting.


Pre-registration will close Thursday, January 21, 2021. Register here!

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Industry partners remain an important aspect of the ROMA Conference. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Thank you to our 2021 partners!


Rural municipalities across the province have an opportunity to meet with provincial ministers and parliamentary assistants at the conference to discuss specific issues. Delegates also have opportunities to meet with the Ontario NDP, Green Party of Ontario and the Ontario Liberal Party.