Media Release - Town Council advocates for support from the Ontario Government on key local issues at AMO conference

Town Council advocates for support from the Ontario Government on key local issues at AMO conference

Lincoln, ON - (Aug. 19, 2020) – A Town of Lincoln delegation is participating in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) 2020 Virtual Conference from Aug. 16 to Aug. 19.

Mayor Sandra Easton, Council members, and Town of Lincoln staff are meeting with provincial ministers and MPPS to discuss key priorities that will help drive our community forward towards sustainable economic growth, infrastructure upgrades and other important projects to improve the well-being of all those who live, work, learn and explore in the Town of Lincoln.

“Investing in municipal infrastructure projects and increasing support for local industries will invigorate our economy,” says Mayor Easton. “We are grateful for the opportunity to share our challenges and work with the Province to implement projects that will benefit local residents, create economic opportunities and help build a strong, vibrant community.”

The Town of Lincoln participated in over 10 delegation meetings to help raise awareness for our projects and to advocate support for our various economic sectors.

Key priorities discussed:

West Lincoln Memorial Hospital

Reinforcing the need for a speedy rebuilding of WLMH in a joint meeting with the Towns of Lincoln, Grimsby, West Lincoln and the Niagara Region, as well as receiving timelines on the construction schedule and updating the Ministry of Health on local financial commitments to the project.
 
Jordan Lions Club Park

Learning about possible provincial funding opportunities toward the redevelopment of Jordan Lions Park, which will include improvements to the arena and pool, a new gym, multi-purpose courts and two soccer fields.
 
Alcohol modernization and taxation strategy

Asking the government to support Ontario’s craft wineries by changing the taxation structure to give family owned and operated wineries in Lincoln, and throughout Ontario, a competitive edge when dealing with foreign competitors, including: 

  • Import mark-up relief for VQA/100% Ontario wine sold to the LCBO – stop import taxing 100% Ontario wine
  • Elimination of the 6.1% wine Basic Tax/LCBO Administration fee charged on VQA/100% Ontario wine sold through on-site winery retail stores and direct delivery

Cannabis cultivation and land-use planning

Updating the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Lincoln’s new zoning by-law as it pertains to cannabis cultivation and sharing concerns about the loss of prime agricultural land to cannabis cultivation and the pressures it places on tender fruit crops.
 
Assistance for public libraries

Advocating for additional funding for public libraries as a local source of innovation and learning for the citizens of Lincoln. For over 20 years the funding model for public libraries has been frozen, Lincoln advocated for an update to the model, as well as the implementation of the proposed Ontario Digital Public Library initiative, supported with ongoing, multi-year funding.

Mobile Integrated Health Model

Expressing interest in a partnership with the Ontario government to share the Niagara Region’s Mobile Integrated Health Model for emergency services across the province. The successful local model has interdisciplinary teams respond to low acuity, non-urgent cases to direct them to the community services they need, avoiding unnecessary ER trips. The importance of partnerships between health and social services is key, as they are known to impact determinants of health.
 
Niagara Escarpment crossing

Discussing a proposed partnership with the Ontario Government regarding the much needed north-south escarpment crossing of the Niagara Escarpment in west Niagara. The crossing will reduce commercial vehicle traffic travelling through residential areas and downtown business districts to improve safety, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ease traffic congestion. All three West Niagara municipalities plus the Niagara Region are in favour of this project.

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For more information, please contact:
Paul Di Ianni
Economic Development Officer
Town of Lincoln
pdiianni@lincoln.ca
289-407-1402

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