Webinar: Navigating Through the Financial Impact of Covid-19

You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA):

Navigating Through the Financial Impact of Covid-19

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2020 – 11:00 A.M.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS FREE WEBINAR:  This webinar will be of significant interest to council members, CAOs, treasurers and senior water and wastewater managers of municipalities/utilities who have seen a significant drop in their water and wastewater revenues and have concerns about the financial challenges associated with the COVID -19 emergency. This is an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of the Managing Partner of one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms.

Please register in advance for this webinar via the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rKaVL50GRoavaD0bBx8p1A

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions on how to join the webinar.

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COVID -19 and its associated control measures are having a significant impact on Ontario’s people, businesses, and institutions.  Municipalities are no exception. All orders of government are being asked to demonstrate leadership and provide relief and stability to citizens while continuing to provide vital services.  Many municipalities are looking at options to provide ratepayers with financial relief through billing deferrals, suspension of interest and penalties on overdue receivables, delays or reductions of development charge payments, etc. All of these actions, come with potential future financial implications and decisions.

The OMWA is hosting this informative webinar to provide helpful guidance on some options for expenditure and revenue management along with a discussion of the short/medium term impacts that these options may have on the water/wastewater utility.

Topic areas include:

  • expenditure policy options
  • rethinking your reserve funds
  • short-term/long-term debt considerations
  • rate reductions
  • financial implications, and more.

Gary Scandlan is the Managing Partner and Director of Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Gary has over 40 years of experience with capital and operating budgeting, water/wastewater/stormwater rate setting, development charges, and long-range financial planning. Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. Is one of Canada’s leading economic consulting firms. Established in 1982, they offer a comprehensive range of financial planning and policy services to clients in government throughout Ontario and other provinces of Canada.

Once again, participation in this webinar is free, but space is limited.  Register as soon as possible. If you have questions, feel free to ask and provide those in writing to us prior to Wednesday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m.

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Webinar Host – Michael Mortimer (President, OMWA)

Webinar Speaker – Gary Scandlan, Managing Partner and Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

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Emergencies declared by Ontario municipalities

Municipalities with states of emergency

The Province of Ontario enacted a state of emergency March 17 and updated it on March 28 with new restrictions. On March 30 the period was extended for 14 days and then on April 14 for an additional 28 days. On April 23, the province announced all emergency orders put in place under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act will remain in effect until at least May 6, including the closure of all non-essential businesses and services. Updates here.

As of April 24, 2020, the following Ontario communities or municipalities have also declared local states of emergency or enacted emergency measures due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic:

Amherstburg
Arran-Elderslie
Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation (borders closed)
Atikokan
Barrie
Bayham
Billings Twp, Manitoulin Is.
Bonfield
Bradford West Gwillimbury
Brampton
Brant Cty
Brantford
Brock Twp
Brockton
Bruce Cty
Burlington
Cambridge
Carlow/Mayo Twp
Central Elgin
Central Frontenac
Centre Wellington
Chatham-Kent
Clarington
Cobourg
Cornwall
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Webinar: Exiting One Crisis and Mitigating Another Potential Crisis

Exiting One Crisis and Mitigating Another Potential Crisis

You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA)

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2020 – 11:00 a.m.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This free webinar is intended to raise the awareness of municipalities/utilities who have large commercial buildings and industries within their municipal boundaries. As large buildings have been shut down or used less frequently, building water quality degradation becomes a silent but serious issue.

This webinar is free to all. Please register in advance for this webinar via the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GEu4AtYsRnKY-A1nllcjIw

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email within 12 hours containing instructions for how to join the webinar.

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Webinar: Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program

Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program – OnWARN

You are invited to attend a free webinar, hosted by the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA).

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 2:00 PM,
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This webinar is intended for all municipalities/utilities, and both members and non-members of OnWARN.

To register in advance for this free webinar, click here.

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for how to join the webinar.

Description

As municipalities and businesses grapple with the long-term implications of COVID-19 in Ontario and around the globe,  the OMWA looks to identify tools and opportunities for municipalities to prepare and respond to emergencies affecting their water and wastewater systems.

The Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (OnWARN) is a Mutual Aid and Assistance program for municipalities and municipally-owned water and wastewater utilities. This utilities-helping-utilities program is a” tool in the municipal toolbox” for dealing with circumstances beyond the normal control of the utility, including emergencies and severe incidents.

Andrew Henry, Vice-Chair of the OnWARN program, will provide the webinar attendees with an outline of the OnWARN program and how it works, along with information on how municipalities and municipally-owned utilities can leverage the program in their planning and emergency management programs.

Andrew will also discuss Ontario’s emergency management system called the IMS Ontario Doctrine (Incident Management System) and the Canadian Standards Association Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning Standard (CSA Z1600) in the context of its usefulness for municipal water & wastewater utilities. Andrew will provide helpful information on useful on-line training resources relating to Incident Management Systems and Emergency Planning.

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Webinar Host – Michael Mortimer (President, OMWA)

Webinar Speaker – Andrew J. Henry, Director, Regional Water Supply Lake Huron & Elgin Area Primary Water Supply Systems. To read Andrew’s full bio, click here.

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