01/16/2001

Toronto, Ont., January 16, 2001. AMO President, Ann Mulvale has called on the province to commit funding to help with the capital cost to improve Ontario's road and transit transportation systems.
AMO has long advocated that all three orders of government must work cooperatively to find a solution that sees meaningful, long-term financial investment.  Without this, notwithstanding all the best practices and partnerships, a lasting solution to the enormous need will not be found," said Mulvale.

Organizations within the business community, the service sector and more increasingly the environmental sector, as well as individual constituents have voiced similar messages.  "They understand the problem - they understand that to make a living and to preserve and possibly even advance their quality of life, progress on improving this infrastructure must be made," said Mulvale. 

Ontario's SuperBuild and the Federal-Provincial Agreement on Infrastructure are partial solutions. Municipalities have yet to be informed of how the proposed billion-dollar Millennium Fund will or will not assist in dealing with the road and transit deficit across Ontario.  "While these federal and provincial programs help, and we are grateful for them, there is much more that needs to be done," said Mulvale. A If an economic downturn is coming, even with a soft landing, announcing new, major investment in our transportation and transit infrastructure will signal that Ontario is serious about remaining open for business.  It will demonstrate our confidence in the economic future of our Province by investing in our own economy.

Ontario=s municipalities are responsible for maintaining approximately 142,300 kilometres of roads, and using average costs for maintaining them, this amounts to as much as $441 million.  On top of this is the cost of bridge maintenance and reconstruction.  Within the Greater Toronto Area current municipal spending on transportation infrastructure, primarily sourced from the property tax base, is $570 million annually B but a spending of $1.37 billion annually is needed to meet future demand and improve present levels of service. 

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario=s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.

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