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Ministry of Environment & Climate Change

Cap & Trade AMO Conference August 2016 There is still a lack of 
How does this benefit “municipalities.” OGRA Conference February 2017 communication as to how this will
benefit municipalities. While the
Increased costs to municipal budgets will be government has identified the 
impacted given the additional costs to fuel and benefits to homeowners and
energy sources. businesses, municipalities are
dealing with increased costs and
That funding to invest in expensive no government support associated 
infrastructure that will reduce greenhouse gas with this legislation.
emissions be provided.
The wrath of climate change has
That the Government work with municipalities certainly been visible in Canada in 
to determine the implications of the Climate recent years. Between severe
Action Plan and to develop strategies to flooding and wildfires,
respond to the changes required. municipalities require the support
of both the provincial and federal
That a dedicated program to support municipal governments to fund increased 
infrastructure resilience be created from a infrastructure needs to mitigate
portion of Cap and Trade revenues.” the impacts of severe storms.

Predictable annual funding
supports, through the cap and
trade revenues or another
mechanism to undertake
municipal infrastructure resilience
is desperately needed.

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Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry

Softwood Lumber
NOMA requests that all the resources required OGRA Conference February 2016 While this is still a work in 
be put forward when negotiating this new AMO Conference August 2016 progress, NOMA acknowledges
agreement to maintain the quota for Ontario OGRA Conference February 2017 that the Province of Ontario has
and continue at its 3.34 per cent market share. advocated significantly on this
issue with their counterparts at the
Federal level and that the Federal
Government has announced loans
etc.
Boreal Forest

The Boreal Forest is a carbon sink and AMO Conference August 2016 It is imperative that the 
opportunities for economic development. OGRA Conference February 2017 government listen and recognize
the science in support of fighting
It is NOMA`s request that a body, similar in climate change relative to
makeup to the former Minister`s Council on harvesting the Boreal forest. Using
the Forest Sector Competitiveness, be created ideology does nothing to address
to provide advice to the Province on what climate change especially when
forest management practices should be the government preaches a
retained, what practices should be altered and smaller carbon footprint but at the
what policies should be repealed. The same time, allows our forests to
ultimate goal of this Council should be the burn - dumping billions of
development of a forest management strategy kilograms of carbon back into the
that will make significant contributions to the atmosphere. The time has come
economy of the province while at the same to consult with those who live and
time aiding Ontario in meeting its greenhouse work in the region to formulate a
gas commitments. The Council should be responsible plan for action. NOMA
adequately resourced with a budget that will will continue to request that a
allow for significant research into all aspects of council to address this issue be
the role of the boreal forest in dealing with created.
climate change.

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Endangered Species
NOMA recommends that the ESA language be AMO Conference August 2015 NOMA continues to express -
removed from the FMPM and stay within the OGRA Conference February 2016 frustration with the combined
CFSA where it is working well. AMO Conference August 2016 inaction on this file and the
OGRA Conference August 2017 obvious desire of the Government
That a stakeholder working group be created to heed the lobbying of the
to conduct constructive discussions around the environmental NGO’s rather than
ESA. the people who live, work and
recreate in these forests. The
plans to post a draft Species at
Risk Guide to the Environmental
Registry for 28 species is
misinformed and a complete
reversal of the government’s
commitment to consult with
municipalities on this matter.
Ministry of Energy

Energy
Greenstone Recommendation AMO Conference August 2015 NOMA solutions offered. 
Declare the transmission service between OGRA Conference February 2016 Greenstone:
Nipigon and Greenstone a network asset and AMO Conference August 2016 Our request over ten years ago
a Priority and direct Hydro One Networks to OGRA Conference February 2017 was long before Greenstone Gold
immediately commence the work necessary to Meeting with Minister Thibeault April 2017 Mines developed their plan to
provide Greenstone with 230 Kv service with a build a new gold mine in the heart
goal of having it operational by 2020. of Geraldton. A mine that will add
500 permanent jobs and 800
construction jobs. With a $1 billion
capital investment – that is entirely
a private sector investment by
Greenstone Gold. The
Government has failed to respond
accordingly and instead is
focussed on ensuring that all
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Greenstone Recommendation con’t parties share in the cost rather
than recognizing that it is Ontario’s
responsibility to ensure that all
residents have the electrical
power they need, when they need
it. (Greenstone makes the recent
energy ads paid for by the
province a lie).

Ear Falls-Red Lake Recommendations
That the upgrade to the Dryden to Ear Falls AMO Conference 2007 to 2017 Over ten years ago we told the 
Transmission Line be restarted immediately. Government of Ontario that the
And that the Ear Falls to Red Lake existing transmission systems
Transmission Line upgrades be completed supplying the municipalities of
concurrently to these upgrades. That detailed Greenstone, Red Lake, Ear Falls
route selection planning for a new 230 Kv line and Pickle Lake were inadequate,
connecting Dryden to Ear Falls be insecure and need of immediate
commenced immediately. upgrading. Although the IESO
Regional Planning report has
finaly recommended the upgrade
no action has been taken by this
government.
.
Designated Wataynikaneyap Power’s Ongoing meetings from 2011 to 2016 NOMA had requested this step in 
proposed Dryden to Pickle Lake Line along previous submissions and are
with their proposed development to serve 16 thankful that the Government has
of the remote communities has been taken this important step.
designated a priority avoiding the OEB’s
needs test.

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Natural Gas Expansion across the North Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of NOMA made the case that when -
Minister of Energy to issue a directive to the Commerce Coalition presentation and position the natural gas system was first
Ontario Energy Board to revisit the decision to at the OEB consultations 2016 developed across Southern
not create a utility consumer fund to finance Letter to Minister Thibeault, November 2016 Ontario and parts of the North that
the expansion of natural gas distribution and to all of the rate payers contributed
hold further hearings in Northern Ontario to the cost of creating the existing
communities such as Sioux Lookout, network. We also argued that it
Schreiber, Terrace Bay, Manitouwadge and was essential that Northern and
Armstrong so that they can hear firsthand what rural communities currently
the impact of such a policy would be. without natural gas services
should now be treated the same
way in order that they can access
lower cost energy.

Ministry of Health & Long Term Care

Investments in Health Care AMO Conference August 2011 NOMA appreciates the recent 
Medical infrastructure and expansion of OGRA Conference February 2012 announcement of expanding to
procedures to serve the citizens of the include cardiovascular procedures
northwest. at the Thunder Bay Regional
Health Sciences Centre. These
procedures allow our citizens to
receive health care close to home.

Non-Urgent Patient Transfer OGRA Conference February 2010 In the North we are challenged by 
Recognize that non-urgent patient transport is AMO Conference August 2011 an EMS system that is doing work
a provincial responsibility and must be OGRA Conference February 2012 it is not designed for. It has
addressed through a fully-funded, separate AMO Conference August 2012 become a last resort for Doctors
system to ensure the health and safety of our OGRA Conference February 2014 who want to get their patients to a
citizens. AMO Conference August 2015 major medical centre but those
patients do not have the ability to
transport themselves.
Ambulances on a Code 1 call,
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Non-Urgent Patient Transfer con’t which are trips that can be
deferred or Code 2 calls which are
trips that can be scheduled are
now removing ambulance care in
their home community when a real
emergency happens. This leaves
many communities vulnerable to a
crisis.

Ministry of Infrastructure

To support northern development OGRA Conference February 2016 There are a number of mines in 
NOMA recommends that the Ontario Government AMO Conference August 2016 varying stages of development
invest in building connecting links allowing access OGRA Conference February 2017 that will provide steady, gainful
for First Nations’ communities to connect with employment for the hard working
neighbouring communities, secondary and primary people of the Northwest. While the
highways. government, municipalities and
First Nations’ communities work to
expand our opportunities, NOMA
would like to point out that
connecting communities with
transportation links, energy and
broadband, is paramount in
allowing for more diverse
economic capabilities.

NOMA urges the Ontario Government to commit to OGRA Conference February 2016 The one billion dollar investment 
assist the Eagles Nest development in the Ring of AMO Conference August 2016 has been announced many times,
Fire in implementing the east-west road, OGRA Conference February 2017 yet there hasn’t been any
transmission and telecommunications corridor. perceived action on this file. When
you look at the Ring of Fire project
alone, Noront Resources, the lead
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company in the Ring of Fire, is
Ring of Fire con’t struggling to bring this project to
fruition. Ontario can intervene as a
partner, with First Nations and
industry, to remove and/or
mitigate the barriers and move this
development to the production
stage. Financial support from
Ontario is essential if a road is to
be constructed to serve the Ring
of Fire. Specifically, an East West
road that is required to access the
Eagles Nest deposit from the
Pickle Lake Highway extension
(North Road).

Infrastructure Funding - OCIF AMO Conference August 2016 While the funding of some projects 
Include Allowance in the funding model for OGRA Conference February 2017 has been adequate, the funding
infrastructure projects in the north. program still functions with a one
size fits all approach. Funding
announcements were made on
June 25th of this year with the
requirement that funds are to be
spent by March 31, 2018. The
timeline is unreasonable given
that it is already too late to tender
this short Northern construction
season.

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Ministry of Transportation
RAIL OGRA Conference February 2016 There is no rail based container 
Examine the relationship between the AMO Conference August 2016 service anywhere in Northwestern
transportation operation policies of the two national OGRA Conference February 2017 Ontario, yet both CN and CP
railroads and the lack of container service to the transport containers past every
major communities in Northern Ontario and identify community they serve in the
options for providing container service to those region. Containers originating off
same major communities. shore or in eastern Canada and
are destined for communities in the
Northwest are railed to Winnipeg
and trucked back to the major
communities of Thunder Bay or
Dryden. The same applies to
containers originating to the west.
In addition, regional manufacturers
who could see their costs reduced
if there was container pickup are
also forced to truck their products
to Winnipeg or Toronto to gain
access to rail container services.
The Draft 2041 Northern Ontario
Multimodal Transportation Strategy
fails to even mention this issue
even though it was presented to
the lead directly by the Thunder
Bay CEDC.

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Air OGRA Conference February 2016 The Thunder Bay International 
Examine the role of the Thunder Bay International AMO Conference August 2016 Airport was not included in the
Airports Authority in the provision of freight and OGRA Conference February 2017 original analysis of Northern
passenger services to the communities of Ontario airports because it is not a
Northwestern Ontario and identify options for provincially funded or regulated
enhancing those services, including reducing costs facility. Yet, as the largest airport in
of the delivery of freight and passengers to the Northern Ontario and the only truly
remote communities. ‘international’ airport, it is a crucial
hub for both passenger and freight
services to all of the communities
in the Northwest.

Municipal & Provincial Airports OGRA Conference February 2016 The original analysis by MTO 
Identify options for ensuring that all municipal and AMO Conference August 2016 found that a majority of the small
provincial airports in Northern Ontario have OGRA Conference February 2017 airports were underfunded both on
sufficient capital and operating support to meet the the operation and capital side.
needs of their communities. Identify options for ensuring that all
municipal and provincial airports in
Northern Ontario have sufficient
capital and operating support to
meet the needs of their
communities. It is important to
recognize that the Draft 2041
Northern Ontario Multimodal
Transportation Strategy does
contain principles that if adopted
by the Government would lead to a
more robust municipal airport
system.

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Aviation Fuel Tax OGRA Conference February 2016 The 2014 Ontario Budget -
Exempt Northern Ontario aviation fuel from the AMO Conference August 2016 announced an increase to
annual one cent increase in aviation fuel taxes that OGRA Conference February 2017 Ontario’s aviation fuel tax by 1 cent
was implemented in 2014. per year for 4 years, commencing
in 2014. This tax increase will
further reduce Canada’s already
uncompetitive travel and tourism
industry and is an additional
burden to Northern Ontario’s First
Nations fly-in communities. It is
especially concerning in the North,
where many First Nation
communities are only reachable by
air for a large portion of the year.
These additional taxes will be
passed on to the consumer
through higher airfares –
increasing the cost of
transportation for all goods and
passengers, and further negatively
impacting the cost of living for First
Nations residents.

Air Navigation Systems OGRA Conference February 2016 Identify the locations and cost of 
Those knowledgeable about the provision of air AMO Conference August 2016 new weather observation and air
service in the remote north have identified the OGRA Conference February 2017 navigation technologies required to
current insufficiency of air navigation and weather increase airport availability at
observation aids throughout the region and the those communities wholly
implications on service and safety. dependent on air travel. Identify
the locations and cost of new
safety features designed to
enhance the operations of small
airports throughout the north.

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MARINE OGRA Conference February 2016 Fluctuating water levels along with 
St Lawrence Seaway AMO Conference August 2016 natural silting impacts the capacity
Examine options for ensuring that the maximum OGRA Conference February 2017 of Seaway vessels to transit the
draft of the Seaway is maintained. The options system. The lower the water depth
identified should be shared with the Government of the less cargo that can be carried
Canada with a recommendation for engagement impacting the overall viability of the
with the USA Government. Examine options for the system.
construction of a second lock at Sault Ste. Marie.
The options identified should be shared with the
Government of Canada with a recommendation for
engagement with the USA Government.

Examine options for modifying the USA Jones OGRA Conference February 2016 The Jones Act, is a United States 
Act and the Canadian Coastal Trading Act to allow AMO Conference August 2016 federal statute that provides for the
cruise ships only to provide service to Great Lakes OGRA Conference February 2017 promotion and maintenance of the
ports on both side of the border in order to facilitate American merchant marine.
a Canada-US circuit where passengers can board Among other purposes, the law
at each stop. The options identified should be regulates maritime commerce in
shared with the Government of Canada with a U.S. waters and between U.S.
recommendation for engagement with the USA ports. This act prevents a foreign
Government. owned passenger ship from
picking up passengers in the USA
and delivering them to another
USA port. The same restriction
applies in Canada under the
Coastal Trading Act. (Ships can
now apply for a federal Canadian
waiver to the coastal cruising act
but not the Jones act in the US.

Separately, because foreign
flagged ships now have their
foreign workers working entirely in
Canadian waters, Ship owners
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must present a labour market case
Examine options for modifying the USA Jones to the Feds explaining why foreign
Act con’t workers have to work in Canada
on the ships. Vessel operators are
drawn to destinations whereby
closed loops or linear itineraries
match consumer expectations for a
unique and high quality cruise
experience. A proposed Great
Lakes passenger service could
include a circuit whereby
passengers could join at any point
of the circuit (regardless of which
side of the border their departure
city is) tour both sides of the lake
and return to their home port).
Currently, passengers must board
in only one community and return
to that community (albeit being
able to visit a number of cities on
both sides of the border) restricting
the viability and attractiveness of
passenger ship service.
Pilotage OGRA Conference February 2016 Pilotage fees remain the bigger 
Examine the implications of changes to Seaway AMO Conference August 2016 issue with fees continually
pilotage and other regulatory costs with a view to OGRA Conference February 2017 increasing. Ship owners report to
making the system more competitive and to us that seaway fees and pilotage
develop a position for the Ontario Government to requirement are among the highest
take to the Government of Canada. in the world, particularly for
passenger ships. Small ships
have a more difficult time
amortizing the extra fees among a
smaller passenger level making it
more pronounced on the tariff.
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Inter-Community Bus Service NOMA recommends that the 
Presented a proposal for the creation and funding province treat the northwest the
of an inter-community bus service to serve all same as the rest of the Province
Highway 11 & 17 communities with a daily service. by providing an annual subsidy of
The report has been previously submitted to the approximately $3.5 million.
Ministry of Transportation, Policy and Planning Further, we request that the
Division, Transportation Planning Branch province provide one time capital
Environmental Policy Office and to the Office of the assistance to equip the bus fleet.
Premier of Ontario. The funds should flow to the
existing carriers and ensure that
there be service twice daily to each
highway community in the
Northwest.

The Draft 2041 Northern Ontario
Multimodal Transportation Strategy
suggests that MTO is halfway to
what we asked for. They use terms
like “connecting major centres” and
“major provincial highways” clearly
ignoring highway communities that
are off the beaten track – like
Rainy River, Red Lake,
Balmertown, Nakina, Armstrong,
Manitouwadge etc.

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Examine options for four-laning all sections of the OGRA Conference February 2010 NOMA continues to request four- -
TransCanada highway with a divided highway AMO Conference August 2011 laning between Kenora and the
where Highways 11 and 17 share the same right of AMO Conference August 2012 Manitoba border. This portion of
way and where Highway 17 is the sole connection OGRA Conference February 2013 the highway is extremely
to Manitoba and present a plan for accomplishing AMO Conference August 2013 dangerous and impacts commerce
the four-laning. AMO Conference August 2015 between the two provinces due to
AMO Conference August 2016 the number of accidents along this
OGRA Conference February 2017 corridor. We encourage the
province to make this project a
priority.

Complete the four-laning project between Thunder NOMA is pleased with the 
Bay and Nipigon. progress of four-laning between
Thunder Bay and Nipigon.
Although we must note that
discussions between the Ministry
of Transportation and residents
impacted by the highway
expansion is slow or lacking all
together.

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Ministry of Finance

OMPF AMO Conference August 2014 There continues to be a lack of 
NOMA recommends that the government commit OGRA Conference February 2015 communication between the
to stabilizing the OMPF and ensure that the funding AMO Conference 2015 Ministry and municipalities when it
allocation be maintained at the previous year’s OGRA Conference 2016 comes to OMPF. While the
amount. AMO Conference 2016 Ministry insists that uploading has
been a benefit to our communities,
we are unable to realize how.
Some municipalities are still losing
money every year. Not to mention
that OMPF doesn’t even apply a
rate of inflation increase. There
has been little action on resolving
financial issues municipalities face
such as interest arbitration. If the
government wants to impose
added regulations then they can
fund it as well.

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MPAC AMO Conference August 2014 MPAC has recently decided on 
NOMA recommends that the Ministry of Finance OGRA Conference February 2015 assessments involving large
work with municipalities by giving us the tools to AMO Conference August 2015 commercial properties. These
have flexibility in adjusting the mill rates without OGRA Conference February 2016 reductions, in addition to reduced
being tied to the ratios. It is imperative that MPAC AMO August 2016 industrial assessments, has had a
work with municipalities in determining valuations. OGRA February 2017 detrimental impact on revenues
This process needs to be done in consultation. that communities require to
provide service delivery. Shifting
Municipalities require the ability to negotiate the loss of taxation to the 
industrial taxes with the private sector to ensure residential ratepayer is not
that the reduction is not a burden to the sustainable as our residential
municipality. This will likely reduce the costly ARB ratepayers cannot continue to
process. absorb the shift.

Municipalities request that they be provided the Municipalities will ultimately be 
ability to phase in reductions over a period of time. responsible in ensuring that they
This is crucial in assisting municipalities to plan do not tax themselves out of
budgets accordingly. business and are capable of
making decisions that work best
Municipalities be provided the right to utilize tax for their communities.
tools to mitigate the negative effects of arbitrary 
economic obsolescence reductions without first MPAC cannot add the current
having to obtain ministerial approval. valuation to the rolls as it currently
sits. If they move forward and
It is important that MPAC, when conducting return the rolls then the only 
evaluations of companies as it pertains to recourse is to shift tax burdens
Economic Obsolescence, evaluate locally site- amongst classes, or dispute the
specific operations and not corporate wide (all valuation and take it to the ARB.
company operations worldwide). MPAC and in particular the
Provincial Government needs to
respect the strain this valuation
has put on municipalities and work
with communities deeply impacted
by the reduced assessment.
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Railway Taxation AMO Conference August 2015 While the government has 
NOMA requests that the government implement a OGRA Conference February 2016 adjusted the taxation structure and
dollar per ton per mile taxation structure for which AMO Conference August 2016 increased the assessed value of
the railway companies pay in right of way taxes lands within municipal boundaries,
and that consideration be given to implementing a NOMA continues to insist that the
hybrid taxation model that reflects the needs of all government implement a dollar per
regions. ton per mile approach. Clearly, a
one-size fits all approach will not
address the concerns expressed
across the province. Because of
short lines vs long hauls, the
recommendations put forward by
the municipalities involved in the
consultations are looking for a
formula that deals with their
specific needs.

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