The mayor of Greater Sudbury says northern communities are at a disadvantage and is taking steps — along with other northern Ontario mayors — to push the province to reconsider policies for the region.
Marianne Matichuk has joined a handful of northern Ontario mayors in Ottawa this week at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference to present a report and remind the province that municipalities in the north don’t have enough of a tax base to fund new projects.
"Some of these huge projects that we're expected to fund [are] really … not something that municipalities can do with their tax bases," she said. "We're looking to the province [for help]."
Matichuk will be joined by mayors from Timmins, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Marie.
The report being presented Tuesday will also highlight policies the mayors feel are stalling growth in the north.
Timmins Mayor Tom Laughren said it's the most in-depth presentation the north has given to the province in years — and he's confident it's coming at the right time.
"There seems to be much more receptiveness to our issues," he said.
The delegation of northern mayors will ask the province to respond to their concerns within the next few months.