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Spring Newsletter 2017



FONOM welcomes newest Board member, Councillor Matthew Shoemaker, representing the City of Sault Ste. Marie



2017-2018 Memberships – Over 80% of membership fees have been paid for the upcoming fiscal year. Reminder to submit payment for outstanding membership fees to ensure that your municipality is eligible to vote at the FONOM Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2017 in the City of North Bay. Without the support of our members, we would not be able to continue to advocate on behalf of Northern Ontario.


Meeting of the Board of Directors’ held March 24, 2017 – The FONOM Board of Directors’ met in the City of Greater Sudbury for a regularly scheduled meeting as well as taking a tour of the House of Kin and their facilities. A number of issues were discussed including; residential rental maintenance standards, proposed building code changes to septic tanks, support for a motion to create a Northern Committee in the Legislature, and the Ministry of Community and Social Services upcoming review of the District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSAB) Act.


2017 FONOM/MMA Northeastern Municipal Conference – Don’t forget to register for the upcoming FONOM/MMA Northeastern Municipal Conference, May 10-12, 2017 taking place in the City of North Bay at Nipissing University. Conference highlights include Keynote Speaker, Steve Paikin, host of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, updates from FedNor and NOHFC, Minister’s Forum, FONOM Annual General Meeting and sessions on topics such as trends in the northeast, municipal finance training and tools for increasing affordable housing to name a few! For more information on registration, location, accommodations please visit



Updates on policy matters:


Municipal election requirements (25 signatures)


FONOM supported the concerns of many municipalities opposing the new requirement that anyone wishing to run for office on municipal council must submit the signatures of 25 voters to support the nomination. FONOM sent a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs requesting the Ministry to review and reconsider the new requirement. Additionally, FONOM provided a written submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy reiterating the position.



Residential rental maintenance standards


FONOM supported the resolution which opposed the requirement for municipalities who do not have a property standards by-law or a by-law that does not address the interior of rental buildings to assume enforcement responsibility for residential maintenance standards. FONOM sent a letter to the Minister of Housing requesting the government to reconsider this change to the Residential Tenancies Act that was amended in Bill 7, Promoting Affordable Housing Act.



Proposed changes to building code (septic inspections)


FONOM sent a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs reiterating the concerns of many of our members that oppose the proposed Building Code change that would require regular pumping out of septic tanks and the keeping of maintenance records. FONOM will continue to monitor this issue.



Housing Prices in the GTA


FONOM responded to comments made by the Minister of Finance, Hon. Charles Sousa that indicated the provincial government would be addressing the rising house and condo prices in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). While we recognize the need to ensure housing is affordable for all, we also want to ensure that any action taken by the provincial government does not negatively impact communities in northern and rural Ontario.




Next FONOM Board Meeting:


The next meeting of the FONOM Board of Directors will take place on May 10, 2017.


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