The County of Brant will be hosting the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities Conference (OSUM) from April 26 to 28, 2023.
“The OSUM Conference will welcome close to 250 municipal leaders from across Ontario to examine and address today’s important issues facing small urban municipalities,” said Mayor David Bailey. “Hosting the event, here in Brant, is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the County, network with other small urban municipalities and learn from each other.”
OSUM represents the official voice on small urban issues for the Province of Ontario and is an integral part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), with a number of OSUM members serving on the AMO Board of Directors.
Advocacy, policy and research matters are undertaken by OSUM through AMO staff ensuring alignment and influence on matters that mean the most to small communities and their residents.
“Following the cancellation of the 2020 OSUM Conference due to COVID-19, the County of Brant requested to host the 2023 conference,” said Russell Press, Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “Staff put forward an initial bid to host the conference in the County of Brant that will include a tradeshow, a day of golf, plenary sessions and receptions. Planning is now underway.”
Hosting the OSUM Conference in the County of Brant provides the opportunity to foster ties with municipalities from across Ontario. It is expected that the economic impact from this event will exceed $150,000. This figure does not include spending such as shopping, gas, and dining outside of the conference and attractions the attendees may visit.
“Staff appreciate the opportunity to work with OSUM and AMO to host a successful conference while showcasing the County of Brant to delegates from across Ontario,” said Press.