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Coronavirus: Conference Updates

To help our clients and partners in their efforts to #FlattenTheCurve across Canada, Municipal World is curating this special #COVID19 page for municipal conference updates. The response to the outbreak is rolling out differently across the country, as appropriate for local circumstances, so our team is working to collect those items most relevant to local governments, including changes related to conferences and events. Also, you can listen to our special podcast episode on the coronavirus and the impact on communities. Check back for updates as they are posted.

Coronavirus News Updates

Last updated: November 17 at 9:00 a.m.

November 17

OWWA goes virtual

Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show is now virtual, offering a total of 8 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for operators.

October 16

ROMA 2021 goes virtual
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.

AMANB reschedules for 2021
In light of the health risks associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus and decisions to restrict mass gatherings until December 31, 2020, AMANB has rescheduled its Annual Conference to June 8-11, 2021.

SUMA 2021 goes virtual
With the uncertainty of COVID-19, Municipalities of Saskatchewan’s Convention Planning Committee made the decision to transition to a virtual event for 2021 to ensure that representatives from Saskatchewan’s hometowns can still come together in February to network, learn, and advocate for the betterment of Saskatchewan’s communities.

September 15

NLC Summit going virtual
National League of Cities is excited to announce that the 2020 City Summit is going virtual!

BCANDS 2020 gathering rescheduled
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the BCANDS 2020 National Indigenous Disability and Wellness Gathering has been rescheduled to 2021.

August 24

RiskPro 2020 moves online
RMA Insurance is excited to announce that RiskPro 2020 will be offered online as a series of webinars. The event has been reformatted into four, 45 to 90-minute webinars.

August 12

Creative City Summit postponed
The Creative City Summit originally planned for October 2020 in Calgary, Alberta has been postponed to October 27-29, 2021.

August 10

OMAA fall workshop relaunched as virtual event
The OMAA Board has reached the conclusion to cancel the association’s typical fall event. This year, the OMAA Fall Workshop has transitioned to a half-day online event.

EDA annual conference now virtual
Economic Developers Alberta (EDA)’s Annual Conference is coming to you! Called Xperience #EDA2020 all you need is a laptop, phone, or tablet. Any device where you can access the internet.

July 22

GovConnect Canada now virtual event
In light of the COVID-19 developments and social distancing measures still in-place, the GovConnect Canada Conference will now be rescheduled to October 21 and will be going fully virtual.

July 20

AUMA going virtual
The 2020 Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) Convention & Alberta Municipal Services Corporation (AMSC) Trade Show is going to be offered virtually this year. However, if provincial restrictions for in-person events ease, one individual from each urban municipal member to attend in-person.

July 16

BCWWA conference goes virtual
Due to the ongoing health crisis, the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Board has made the difficult decision to convert the BCWWA Conference and Trade show to a virtual format. The conference will run November 3-4, 2020 using a virtual platform.

July 15

NSFM fall conference cancelled
Due to COVID-19, Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities’ (NSFM’s) Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the Fall Conference at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, which was scheduled to take place November 25-27.

July 14

LGANT conference cancelled
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) Board of Directors have decided to cancel this year’s in-person Conference & AGM.

July 10

FCM goes virtual
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Conference is a now a virtual event.

CiB Symposium and Awards go virtual
This year’s Communities in Bloom National and International Symposium and Awards is now a virtual event.

July 7

OEMC going virtual
The COVID-19 Pandemic is causing the rescheduling and re-formatting of events everywhere. The Ontario East Municipal Conference planning committee is reviewing several options regarding format and dates and will be confirming details soon.

OPPI going virtual
In listening to all available public health advice on public gatherings and the contagious nature of COVID-19, Ontario Professional Planners Institute made the decision to move its conference to a virtual format to continue to provide members with educational and networking opportunities and ensure the safety of members and speakers.

June 16

OMHRA fall workshop now virtual event
The 2020 Fall Conference and Annual General Meeting has been moved to a virtual format, however, be assured OMHRA remains committed to hosting and facilitating a high-quality Virtual Conference event.

June 12

MFOA conference, tradeshow now virtual event
The Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario has made the decision to transform its 2020 annual conference and trade show into a fully virtual event. The conference will be taking place September 22-25 in the AM.

June 4

UMNB conference cancelled, annual general meeting now virtual event
Due to COVID-19 and the mandatory order prohibiting gatherings over 50 people, the UMNB 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show is unfortunately cancelled. The annual general meeting will be proceeding virtually.

Canadian Institute managing risk conference now virtual event
In light of the COVID-19 developments, the Managing Risk in Construction Contracts East Conference will be going fully virtual to ensure the safety of attendees, speakers, and staff.

May 27

OWWA trade show postponed
The Ontario Water Works Association has postponed the Ontario Water Conference & Trade Show 2020. OWWA is rolling out postponement options for registered attendees to facilitate participation in the 2021 edition of Ontario’s Water Conference and Trade Show taking place at Blue Mountain Resort on May 3-5, 2021.

MISA BC cancels spring workshop
Recognizing the evolving and significant threat posed by COVID-19, and operating from the perspective of an abundance of caution, the MISA BC Spring Workshop (previously postponed) has been cancelled.

May 14

Canadian Capital Cities Organization event cancelled
The Canadian Capital Cities Organization Board of Directors has made the necessary decision, in light of the COVID 19 situation, to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference and Annual Dinner scheduled for June 3 and 4 in Toronto, Ontario.

May 13

ICMA conference goes virtual
With the spread of COVID-19 showing no signs of abating soon, ICMA has made the decision to transform the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Toronto, Canada, September 23-26, into a Virtual Event.

May 11

AMANB conference rescheduled
In light of the health risks associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus and decisions to restrict mass gatherings, AMANB has rescheduled the 2020 Annual Conference/AGM to September 15-18, 2020. The event will continue to be held at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel and plans for the 2020 Conference have not changed.

NOMA conference cancelled 
The 2020 Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association (NOMA) Annual Conference & AGM has been cancelled. Please note NOMA is looking to reschedule in the fall.

May 4

AMO virtual conference
AMO 2020 is moving to a virtual conference, August 17-19, 2020! AMO 2020 will be a virtual experience offering information and engagements that matter the most to you, including: Keynote Speakers and Panels on topics of the day; Breakout sessions on a variety of key issues; Engagement with the Premier and all-party leaders; Ministers’ speeches and Forums; Virtual delegation meetings with Ministers; The AMO AGM; AMO election for 2020-2022 Board; Virtual networking opportunities; A virtual tradeshow; Interaction with key sponsors; And more.

OMTRA conference cancelled
In this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the OMTRA Board has decided to cancel the 2020 conference in Windsor. If you have already sent in your registration payment for this year’s conference, a refund will be issued in the near future (or your cheque will be returned). If you have booked or reserved a room, please contact the hotel directly. In addition, in light of the economic downturn and the inability for charities to run fundraising events, the board chose to honour its sponsorship commitment to The Hospice of Windsor and Essex. The 2021 conference will be at Casino Rama in Orillia as originally planned.

April 24

Going virtual with the TLG experience
The first Plan B for TLG was to move the conference dates to early September. As the crisis continues to unfold, Alliance for Innovation (AFI) is now moving to Plan C: the virtual TLG Experience. AFI is now busy creating an online experience for this summer, featuring inspiring keynotes, best case responses to the crises caused by COVID-19, and educational sessions spotlighting the craft, creativity, and innovation of local government communities. AFI will also facilitate meaningful networking, host personal wellness and distress breaks, and celebrate the 2020 Alliance for Innovation Award winners. To support the Alliance Membership Community during this time, AFI will be offering deep discounts on the cost of the TLG 2020 Experience. In addition, the TLG Experience will include 100% free access to furloughed and laid off employees of Alliance for Innovation Member organizations.

  • If you are already registered for TLG, you will be provided with an organizational credit, allowing you to provide access to additional members of your team. Alternatively, you may request a refund in the amount of the difference in the registration fees, or a combination of the two. New attendee information will be forwarded when it becomes available.
  • If you requested a cancellation due to travel restrictions, Alliance staff will be reaching out to discuss your registration on an individual basis.

April 20

Canadian Institute reschedules Managing Risk conference
Out of an abundance of caution given COVID-19 developments, the Managing Risk in Construction Contracts East conference has been rescheduled to take place on July 16-17, 2020. The event was originally scheduled to run on March 31 – April 1.

April 16

ORFA recreation facilities emergency management forum cancelled
Ontario Recreation Facilities Association (ORFA) has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 since January 2020. Given the most recent COVID-19 developments, and projected future impacts as suggested by public health authorities, the ORFA, in an abundance of caution, has decided to cancel the Recreation Facilities Emergency Management Forum scheduled for Sunday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the Westin Harbour Castle. ORFA is exploring an online version of the Forum with presenters and will share more details as soon as possible. As a registered participant of the Forum, you have two options: Request a full refund or, Request a training credit (valid until December 31, 2020). The training credit may be used towards an online version of the Forum with details to follow, or any upcoming regional course.

2020 CRRHH Symposium postponed
The Canadian Rural and Remote Housing and Homelessness (CRRHH) has been closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19, recommendations from public health officials, and considering its effect on the 2020 Symposium scheduled for May 27-29 in Guelph, ON. Amid much uncertainty around how the situation will unfold in the coming months, CRRHH has made the tough decision to postpone the event. Anyone who has already registered for the symposium will remain registered for the new symposium dates by default. If you prefer to receive a refund at this time, please contact CRRHH.

2020 IIMC annual conference cancelled
The International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and the 2020 Conference Host Committee have been working diligently to find a way to produce a conference this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the current uncertainty and with no definitive end in sight as well as the feedback received regarding travel restrictions, travel bans, and combined with the overall feeling that there wasn’t a strong comfort level to convene in 2020, it became evident that the conference needed to be cancelled. Reservations at the host hotel (the Hyatt Regency) will be automatically cancelled, and you should receive an email notification. Please look for a separate email regarding your IIMC conference registration cancellation options.

2020 FONOM municipal conference cancelled
The decision to cancel the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference planned for May 13-15, 2020 in the City of Timmins was not taken lightly. However, the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) is pleased to announce that the 2021 AGM and annual conference will be held in the City of Timmins. All municipal representatives, trade show exhibitors, and conference sponsors that have registered for this year’s conference will be provided with a full refund.

2020 OMAA Spring Workshop cancelled
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 OMAA Spring Workshop has been cancelled in an abundance of caution and concern for the health of Ontario Municipal Administrators’ Association (OMAA) members and partner participants. If you have any questions please contact the OMAA Executive Director.

April 15

OACA 2020 conference postponed
The Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment & Consent Authorities (OACA) has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the 2020 Annual Meeting (Conference) in Niagara Falls, scheduled for May 10-13 due to the continued spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the recent updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and multiple authorities in Ontario. OACA is currently working with the venue on alternative dates for the fall. OACA will be providing a full refund to all registrants.

NSFM spring conference cancelled
In light of the growing concern regarding the spread of the Coronavirus, Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is cancelling regional meetings scheduled for April and its spring conference in Cape Breton set for May 6-8. If you’ve already booked a room at any of the three spring conference hotels in Sydney, you’ll need to call and cancel your individual booking.

BeSpatial annual event and expo postponed
BeSpatial / urisa ontario has made the difficult decision due to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreaks and contagion to postpone the upcoming AGM Program event and Expo. It was planned to take place on May 5th and 6th, 2020 at the Americana Conference Centre in Niagara Falls, ON. Event registrations, exhibit spots, presentation / contest submissions, awards, etc., have been automatically rolled over to the rescheduled 2021 event.

OWWA Trade Show postponed
After careful consideration, and with the health and safety of the water community in mind, OWWA will be postponing Ontario’s Water Conference & Tradeshow 2020 from May 4-6, 2020 to July 27-29, 2020. The conference programming will remain unchanged. OWWA will be reaching out to all accepted speakers and presenters in the coming days to re-confirm their availability. All conference and trade show purchases including delegate tickets, exhibitor booths, and sponsorships will be honoured for the July dates.

BCWWA 2020 Conference postponed
As a direct result of the current health crisis, the BCWWA Conference & Tradeshow has been rescheduled to November 2-4. The event will be held at the Penticton Trade & Conference Centre and the Penticton Lakeside Conference Hotel as originally planned.

April 8

Alliance for Innovation introduces webinar series on virtualizating local government
The Alliance for Innovation will be hosting a four-episode webinar series for members all about virtual local government, showcasing specific stories of how state and local governments (large and small) are leveraging technology to respond to citizen needs, ensuring continuity in city operations, and conducting public hearings while staff, council, and residents are remote. Tune in every Friday, 9-10 a.m. PST through May 1 to hear a different story. Register once, and attend any or all of the following sessions.

AMCTO 2020 conference cancelled
As the current situation in Canada regarding the COVID-19 virus has continued to evolve on a daily basis, AMCTO has been working over the past couple of weeks to determine appropriate actions that take into account the health and well-being of the association, AMCTO staff, and its members and customers. Taking into account the most recent recommendations and directions from federal and provincial health authorities, AMCTO has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 conference. In addition, all AMCTO in-person learning events for the month of April are now postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date and/or delivered in an alternate format.

April 7

2020 OAPSO Annual Training Seminar and Annual General Meeting cancelled
In light of the escalating pre-cautionary measures that have been put in place to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the 2020 Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers (OAPSO) Annual Training Session has been cancelled. At this time, the 2021 OAPSO Annual Training Session will be held at the same venue: Fanshawe College.

Canadian Institute moves Provincial/Municipal Government Liability conference online
Out of caution given COVID-19 developments, the Provincial/Municipal Government Liability conference has been rescheduled to take place on June 2-3, 2020 as a Web Conference. The event was originally scheduled to run on April 22-23.

Western Cities HR 2020 Conference rescheduled
Given the current environment in municipal government and the fact that many have cancelled all non-essential travel for this year, Western Cities HR has made the decision to reschedule the 2020 conference to 2021. Many people who have already registered are letting their registrations stand for 2021 and Western Cities HR was able to make arrangements to shift everything with the hotel.

March 30

LGAA 2020 conference postponed
Due to the current health risks associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus and Alberta’s restrictions on mass gatherings, LGAA has rescheduled the 2020 conference to October 21-23, 2020. The event will continue to be held at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer. LGAA will carry forward all existing registrations to the new conference date of October 21-23. If you have a scheduling conflict and will not be able to attend the 2020 conference, please email info@lgaa.ab.ca and request a refund. Any cancellations prior to August 21, 2020 will receive a full refund. After that date, the standard cancellation fee will apply. If you have reserved a room at the Cambridge Hotel (Red Deer) under LGAA’s room block, the hotel will automatically cancel the reservation on your behalf and, if applicable, any charges will be refunded. If you have reserved a room at any other hotel, you will need to contact that hotel directly to cancel. Due to the risks of COVID-19 and potential challenges in achieving quorum, the 2020 AGM is now rescheduled to be held at the same time as the 2020 Conference in October.

March 27

CAMA 2020 Conference cancelled
CAMA’s 2020 Annual Conference scheduled to take place from June 1-3, 2020 at the Deerhurst Resort will be postponed until May 31 to June 2, 2021 in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. Deerhurst Resort will provide a full refund of the one night deposit for any room reservations that were booked under the CAMA block. Please do not contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation. The reservation will be cancelled, refunds processed, and confirmations sent via e-mail. Delegates and Companions who have registered and paid for the Conference and Conference activities will be provided with a full refund by April 30, 2020. Recipients with 20 years of service or more are usually presented with their awards at a Luncheon at the Conference. This year, recipients will receive their pin by Canada Post sometime in June 2020. A list of the recipients will also be posted to the CAMA website. Awards of Excellence Program nominations and nominators will be contacted by April 15, 2020; a board member will make presentations in the Fall of 2020. The 2020-2021 Board of Directors election will still take place as an e-voting process.

March 26

AMO continues to asses COVID-19
Recognizing how quickly things are changing in the environment of COVID-19, AMO is extending the cancellation deadline for exhibitors. The cancellation deadline has been extended from May 1 to July 6. In the mean time, planning for the AMO conference in August continues. AMO will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation as it moves forward with future event planning and will advise accordingly.

March 25

FCM 2020 Annual Conference cancelled
After careful consideration – and with guidance from public health authorities – FCM has made the decision to cancel its 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show, scheduled to take place June 4-7 in Toronto. All delegates and companions will receive full refunds. FCM will also work with hotel partners to ensure room deposits are refunded. FCM is exploring alternate ways to hold its AGM and board elections, and will share details on process and timelines as soon as they are available.

Nominations for the MISA Ontario 2020 Awards extended
Although the MISA Ontario 2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show was recently cancelled, the MISA Ontario Awards will still proceed. The deadline for nominations have been extended to April 24 in order to allow municipalities time to put together their submission. For full details, including how to submit your nomination, please visit MISA Ontario’s Awards Page.

MISA Ontario cancels annual conference
On March 23, Mayor John Tory declared an Emergency in the City of Toronto. As the safety of members, partners, and staff is the highest priority, the MISA Ontario Board of Directors has reached the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the MISA Ontario 2020 Annual Conference & Trade Show, which was scheduled for May 31 to June 2 at Beanfield Centre in Downtown Toronto. Full refunds for conference passes will be issued in the coming weeks. If you booked with Hotel X, you should have received your cancellation and refund already; no further action is required. If you booked your accommodations at an alternative hotel, please recognize that it is your responsibility to reach out to them directly to cancel your accommodations.

AYC Annual General Meeting cancelled
The Association of Yukon Communities announced the cancellation of the 2020 AYC AGM conference scheduled for May 7-10, 2020 in Watson Lake. The cancellation was determined to be the most responsible precautionary measure to address concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and is supported by the AYC executive. And registration fees already paid will be refunded.

TLG conference rescheduled
The 2020 Transforming Local Government conference has been postponed to September 1-4, 2020. For those already registered for the May conference, your conference registration (including any additional tour or festival ticket reservations) will automatically be transferred to the September event. You will not need to take any action and can use your existing registration confirmation for the rescheduled dates. If you made hotel reservations for the May conference from the reservations links on the conference website, Alliance for Innovation is working with the hotels to have those reservations transferred to the rescheduled dates. If you made a hotel reservation outside the conference block, you will need to reach out directly to the hotel to adjust your reservation.

The Canadian Institute postpones upcoming events
Due to the rapidly evolving situation around COVID-19, a number of Canadian Institute upcoming events – including Managing Risk In Construction Contracts East, Provincial Municipal Government Liability, and GovConnect Ontario – have been postponed. The Canadian Institute is working with event partners and venues on securing new conference dates.

President’s Message to EDCO Members (abbreviated)
EDCO is closely monitoring the hourly/changing nature of the virus and how it is affecting Canadians. EDCO will not cancel any current memberships due to non-payment at this time. Follow up for outstanding payments will recommence on June 1, 2020.

March 23

AMCTO COVID-19 updates
As the current situation in Canada regarding the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve on a daily basis, AMCTO has been working over the past several days to determine an appropriate course of action that takes into account the health and well-being of the association, AMCTO staff, and its members and customers.

  • The association has three Forum events scheduled between now and the end of May. At this time: the Leadership Forum (scheduled for March 27) and the Clerks Forum (scheduled for April 17) will be postponed to later in 2020; the Municipal Licensing & Law Enforcement Forum (scheduled for May 21 & 22) is continuing to be planned as an in-person event with a live-streaming option.
  • The association has in-class course offerings scheduled in the next few weeks. These in-class offerings will be postponed to a later date taking into account the availability of course instructors and space availability in the AMCTO office.
  • Any AMCTO professional development spring workshops scheduled within the next four weeks will be postponed and rescheduled to a later date in the spring.
  • The AMCTO Conference (June 7-10) is continuing under the assumption that the event will still occur as scheduled.

LGMA 2020 postponed
In light of the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration regarding COVID-19, coupled with the Chief Medical Officer of B.C.’s restrictions on gatherings of over 50 people, the LGMA 2020 Annual Conference and Showcase will be postponed until June 15-17, 2021.

March 20

MISA Prairies 2020 Conference & COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Board of Directors has decided to cancel the MISA Prairies 2020 Conference and Trade Show scheduled for April 26-29 in Regina.

MISA BC postpones spring workshop
Recognizing the evolving and significant threat posed by COVID-19, and operating from the perspective of an abundance of caution, MISA BC has decided to postpone the 2020 Spring Workshop. A new date will be set in the coming weeks.

March 19

LGMA’s COVID-19 preparation plan
In light of the World Health Organization’s pandemic declaration regarding COVID-19, coupled with the Government of British Columbia’s declaration of a provincial state of emergency, the Local Government Management Association of British Columbia (LGMA) have an update on their plans. LGMAI is assessing upcoming events based on the recent advice of the Chief Medical Officer of B.C. If you are registered for an upcoming event, please rest assured LGMA will be in touch shortly with important information. Payment for registration only occurs one week ahead of the event, so also be assured if an event is cancelled, LGMA will do so well ahead of the payment window.

Parks and Recreation Ontario Statement on COVID-19
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) issued a statement saying it is in the best interest of everyone that the 2020 PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show on March 24-27 does not proceed. In light of this, PRO is asking attendees to please cancel their accommodations. The Parks and Recreation Ontario Annual General Meeting, scheduled for March 26, 2020, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be rescheduled in compliance with PRO’s By-Law No. 1.

MiC2020 COVID19 update
Due to growing concerns around COVID-19, the Municipal Innovators Community Steering Committee has made the very difficult decision to cancel MIC2020. MiC will be investigating alternatives to the conference.

March 18

COVID-19 Message from Canadian Lean Summit Co-Chairs
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and following the guidelines set out by Health Canada and the Chief Medical Officer of New Brunswick, the 2020 Canadian Lean Summit organizing committee is postponing the April conference.

ESRI Canada responds to COVID-19, cancels events
The COVID-19 pandemic is on everyone’s mind and ESRI Canada is taking all necessary measures to mitigate the effects of this virus on our lives. Esri Canada is cancelling all events and classroom courses that were scheduled to take place in person by June 30, 2020. Users already registered for one of these events will receive a full refund; all classroom courses will be converted to virtual courses and someone from the training team will be in contact.

March 17

MNL 2020 Central Regional Meeting postponed
In light of growing concerns around the spread of COVID-19, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) is postponing the Central Regional Meeting scheduled for March 27-28, 2020 in Gander, NL. MNL will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation as it moves forward with future event planning. Members will be notified of any changes to upcoming events.

2020 NOMA Annual Conference & AGM postponed
The 2020 Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association Conference has been cancelled. Please note the conference is looking to reschedule for the Fall and more details will be provided.

OBIAA 2020 Conference postponed
Given the latest developments both internationally and here at home, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19, and in effort to reduce the possibility of spreading this illness, the OBIAA Board’s Executive Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 BIA Conference and AGM scheduled for April 19-22, 2020. This is in conjunction with the Ministry of Health’s Enhanced Public Health Measures that have been announced calling for the immediate suspension of all large events. The board is looking to reschedule the conference at a later date and encourages attendees to cancel hotel rooms for the conference by contacting Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre directly.

OSUM 2020 Conference cancelled
The OSUM 2020 Conference scheduled to have occurred in Brant County, April 29-May 1 has been cancelled. The OSUM Executive, recognizing the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19 and the Provincial Government’s recommendation to immediately suspend large events and public gatherings of over 250 people, made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference. Recognizing the value and importance of the Annual OSUM event, the Executive is now considering how to best offer the conference at a future date.

March 16

TLG 2020 Conference postponed
At this time, the Alliance and the TLG board have determined the course of action that puts the highest consideration on the health and safety of attendees and their communities is to reschedule TLG. TLG is working with its tremendous partners, the City of Phoenix, to determine the new dates. Once the specific dates are set, TLG will share information on how to manage your registrations, hotel bookings, etc.

OMHRA 2020 Spring Workshop cancelled
In the wake of the Provincial Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation that gatherings of over 250 participants be suspended to help curtail the spread of COVID-19, OMHRA has made the very difficult decision to cancel its spring workshop. Please remember to cancel any hotel accommodations you have reserved. OMHRA intends to move forward with its fall conference and AGM in Kingston from September 23-25.

March 14

NCLGMA 2020 Conference tentatively cancelled
Please be advised that the 2020 NCLGMA Conference scheduled for April 1-3 in Prince George has been tentatively cancelled. Although the Provincial Health Officer has suggested events under 250 participants may continue, there have been numerous speaker cancellations to date and the COVID-19 situation remains fluid. The board is meeting on Tuesday to determine if the conference will be postponed to the fall or cancelled outright. Details on full refunds will be provided next week.

March 13

OGRA Monitoring Situation, Postponing Courses
In an effort to do its part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe, the Ontario Good Roads Association has decided to close its office temporarily, with staff working from home during normal business hours. OGRA will continue to monitor the situation and advice from Ontario and Canadian Health Officials, and will make necessary changes as needed. The following courses have been postponed and will be rescheduled later this year: TM31 Storm Sewer Design; TM41 Sanitary Sewer Design; and TM47 Stormwater Management. You can find more information on www.ogra.org/covid19.

CPA Monitoring Situation
The Canadian Parking Association is actively monitoring the coronavirus situation. Currently, there are no plans to postpone or cancel the 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show. Attendees are encouraged to complete their registration plans as normal.

EDA 2020 Annual Conference Postponed
Economic Developers Alberta has been closely monitoring the public health situation as it relates to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and, in keeping with provincial guidelines, has decided to postpone the 2020 annual conference to November 25-27, 2020. Conference partners, speakers, and delegates will be automatically transferred to the November event; hotel bookings will be automatically cancelled, with the same prices guaranteed for re-booking.

RMA Spring 2020 Convention and Trade Show Cancelled
In light of the growing concern regarding the spread of COVID-19, Rural Municipalities of Alberta is cancelling the spring 2020 convention and trade show. All registered delegates will receive a full refund and are reminded that they are responsible for cancelling hotels.

FCM takes steps in response to COVID-19 outbreak
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has announced a 30-day work-from-home directive for all staff – effective Monday, March 16. It is also immediately suspending all international and domestic business travel, suspending participation in international conferences and large gatherings in Canada and abroad. Read more…