Toronto, Aug. 11, 2017 –
From Aug. 13 to 16, Ontario’s doctors will be joining municipal leaders from across the province at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in Ottawa.
Doctors, as well as representatives from the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), will engage with municipal officials, including local mayors, wardens, reeves and city councillors, about how the recently proposed federal tax changes could directly impact patient care in their communities.
“Convenient access to medical services is a key component in making any municipality a great place to live and grow,” said Dr. Shawn Whatley, President of the OMA. “But I worry that the recent announcement by the federal government will chase away some of our country’s best and brightest physicians.”
Small-business owners are the backbone of any local economy. The new federal proposals could affect many of these incorporated individuals, which includes doctors, farmers, restaurateurs, shop owners, lawyers, accountants and more. As small-business operators, Ontario’s doctors have utilized legitimate tax measures to plan for retirement, invest in health care and—ultimately—care for more patients.
But these proposals will put many communities at risk; doctors will soon view Canada as an undesirable place to practise, and choose to relocate. OMA representatives look forward to discussions with municipal leaders on taking proactive action together on this issue.
Conference attendees can meet OMA representatives on Aug. 13 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at booth 427 of the Shaw Convention Centre’s Exhibit Hall located at 55 Colonel By Dr., Ottawa.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments. The annual conference is a chance for municipal officials to work together to address shared challenges, to learn and to create new opportunities.
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) represents more than 42,000 physicians and medical students across the province. Ontario's doctors work closely with patients to encourage healthy living practices and illness prevention. In addition to delivering front-line services to patients, Ontario's doctors play a significant role in helping shape health care policy, as well as implementing initiatives that strengthen and enhance Ontario's health care system.
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