Toronto, Ontario, June 24, 2011. The Government of Ontario released a 10 year infrastructure plan, which recognizes that municipal governments alone cannot fund Ontario’s pressing need for investment.
“Ontario municipalities own and maintain more infrastructure than any other order of government, have the greatest investment responsibilities, and collect the smallest portion of tax dollars”, said AMO President Peter Hume.

In 2008 a joint provincial/municipal review concluded that $6 billion in new investment was needed every year for 10 years to meet Ontario’s municipal infrastructure needs – an amount greater than the combined federal, provincial and municipal investments made under the Economic Stimulus Fund (about $6 billion over three years).   

Municipalities do not have the fiscal capacity to meet Ontario’s infrastructure needs on their own.  Only about 9 cents of every tax dollar collected in Ontario goes to municipalities (about 44 cents goes to the Ontario government and about 47 cents goes to the federal government). Sustainable and predictable funding from the provincial and federal governments is needed to ensure Ontario communities are strong, safe and competitive.

The Ontario Government’s 10 Year Infrastructure Plan provides a framework to guide provincial infrastructure investments and embraces the need for sound and practical asset management tools to guide investments. It also recognizes the need to work with the federal and municipal governments, through AMO and the City of Toronto to create a long-term municipal infrastructure investment strategy for Ontario municipalities.  

Ontario’s new infrastructure plan recognizes the significant need for infrastructure funding in the Broader Public Sector to fuel economic prosperity and quality of life. The plan coordinates the $35 billion committed by the Province for infrastructure investment in the 2011 Ontario Budget pledging to spend this amount over the next three years on core economic infrastructure including education, health and municipal systems such as water and wastewater. The plan also recognizes the significant capital and public safety challenges posed by bridges and the need to help municipalities with stable or declining populations meet their infrastructure investment needs. 

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports 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.