ROMA is pleased to announce the launch of ROMA: Connecting Rural Ontario.

ROMA’s 2021 Conference will be a virtual event. The conference remains an opportunity to connect with colleagues and the province, and learn from experts on important and timely rural issues. All the content will be recorded and will be available for delegates to access following the conference - which means you will be able to access every single session.


ROMA: Connecting Rural Ontario will provide a robust two-day program that addresses topical and important issues facing rural municipalities.

Chantal Hébert
Chantal Hébert, national affairs writer for the Toronto Star, guest for the magazine L’Actualité and a regular commentator on CBC’s The National’s weekly At Issue panel, will open the conference by discussing public policy in the national context.

The ROMA Annual Conference is also your opportunity to get updated on issues impacting rural communities. This year, the program will include topics such as:*
  • Broadband
  • Flooding
  • Seniors' services and aging in rural communities
  • Community Safety and Well-Being Plans
  • Waste: full producer responsibility
  • OPP matters
  • Municipal impact of cannabis growing
  • Digital government and virtual meetings
  • Community paramedicine
  • Implicit and explicit bias
Delegates will also hear from provincial leaders, have the opportunity to ask the experts at the Michael J. Smither Panel, and learn from political commentator, Chantal Hébert.

*topics are subject to change


Registration is now open!

Exhibitors and Sponsors

Industry partners remain an important aspect of the ROMA Conference. To discuss the opportunities, please contact

Applications to exhibit at the ROMA Conference are now available. Please download here.

The key deadline for registration, payment, and booth set up is December 18, 2020. Setting up your booth will be a very simple process, requiring only 30 minutes of your time.

Sponsorship opportunities are outlined here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Provincial Delegations

Rural municipalities across the province have an opportunity to meet with provincial ministers and parliamentary assistants at the conference to discuss specific issues.

As a municipal delegate, you can request a virtual meeting with a minister or parliamentary assistant at the ROMA conference. The deadline to submit your request is November 30, 2020.

For more information and to request a virtual delegation meeting, click here.