08/09/2012

The 2008 Provincial-Municipal Fiscal Service Delivery Review Agreement committed the province to upload social assistance benefits and court security costs. 2012 Backgrounder.

The goal of the agreement is to ensure that the delivery of programs and services remains affordable and sustainable for both the province and municipalities.
 
The review constituted a new, collaborative provincial-municipal approach to providing services and there have been significant milestones achieved to date. Implementation of the agreement is ongoing. 

Highlights of the provincial upload:

  • The projected value of the provincial upload in 2012 is $1.2 billion. 
  • In 2008 it was estimated that by 2018, municipalities would see a net benefit of $1.5 billion per year. The Ontario Drug Benefit, Ontario Disability Support Program and related administration costs are fully uploaded.
  • The Ontario Works Benefits upload began in 2010 and will be completed by 2018.
  • The court security and prisoner transportation costs upload began in 2012 and will reach its full value of $125 million by 2018.
Importantly, AMO secured the agreement to upload these Provincial social service costs just as the 2008 recession began. Without it, the impact of the recession would have been significantly greater for many municipal governments.