The third and final day of the AMO 2020 conference was dedicated to economic recovery amid COVID-19. The day began with a panel that focused on small businesses and how municipalities can deal with a loss in jobs and delayed service delivery. Following the panel, recipients of the Gas Tax Awards were announced, including Blind River, Temagami, James and North Shore, all of who underwent capital projects that had especially positive impacts for their citizens. Further, throughout the awards the importance of asset management practices was emphasized, with examples of municipalities across Ontario using asset management to more effectively plan for their asset maintenance.
Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party, presented next, providing praise to municipalities for how they have handled the pandemic and urging the Ford government to continue support and do more for a sustainable recovery. Prior to the conference wrap up and concurrent sessions, the conference had its third and final Minister’s Forum. As the day would suggest, the forum focused on the theme of economic recovery. Questions ranged from the types of benefits municipalities will receive, to cannabis sales and to broadband connectivity. One of the questions asked was regarding diversifying labor markets and providing adequate access to young people, to which the Minister responded that the Province would take a unique approach for each municipality. The conference then closed out prior to the concurrent sessions with a call to London, Ontario, the site of AMO 2021.