08/23/2005

AMO launched its $3 billion gap campaign at the August 2005 AMO conference. As a result, there is a growing recognition across the province that the existing provincial-municipal fiscal relationship is unsustainable and damaging to Ontario’s communinities.

Leading academics, financial industry economists, public policy research institutes, municipal governments and property tax payers agree that Ontario’s unique situation of requiring municipalities to subsidize provincial programs and provincial services is not good public policy and it is not economically sustainable.

The $3 billion gap campaign is based on a straightforward accounting of the net subsidy provided by municipalities each year to pay for provincial health, social services and income redistribution programs.