01/19/2004

Toronto, ON., January 19, 2004. AMO President Ann Mulvale met with David Caplan, Ontario’s Public Infrastructure Renewal Minister, to build a new financial and working relationship between Ontario’s municipalities and the Federal and Provincial Governments.
Under an initiative loosely referred to as the ‘New Deal’, AMO is working with federal and provincial officials to ensure Ontario’s municipalities have the authority, autonomy and revenue necessary to fix our infrastructure – our water systems, bridges, roads and transit and to help build affordable housing.

“The New Deal is about more than a quick injection of dollars,” said Mulvale.  “AMO, the province and the federal government must work together to build a continuum of affordable, good government that extends from the front door all the way to Parliament Hill.”

Deferred maintenance and delayed infrastructure investment have created an annualized municipal infrastructure deficit of more than $5 billion.  In real terms, Ontario’s annualized municipal deficit has grown to approximately 25 per cent of total municipal spending.  Proportionally, it is three times greater than the Ontario Government’s $5.6 billion deficit, which represents 7.5 per cent of the Provincial Government’s total spending.  AMO proposes that all three orders of government work quickly and decisively to close this gap and start reinvesting in communities.

AMO is pursuing a tripartite agreement with the provincial and federal government that would improve cooperation, enshrine consultation processes into legislation and provide a basis for sourcing more stable and predictable sustainable revenue for municipalities.  

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 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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