08/18/2006

Two important announcements were made at the 2006 AMO Conference related to the joint Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review and the implementation of PLT reform.
Joint Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review

In his address to the 2006 AMO Conference, Premier McGuinty announced that a joint Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review will be conducted over the next 18 months by both orders of government, concluding in the release of a public report in the spring of 2008. The broad-based review will include the funding and delivery of provincial health and social services programs as well as other important matters.

Details of the Premier’s announcement including a news release and backgrounders are linked.

Last year AMO launched its $3 Billion gap campaign and acknowledged that the problem could not be solved over night given the province’s fiscal situation, but asked the province to commit to working with AMO on a plan to restore municipal fiscal sustainability.  The province has now agreed to work with AMO on that plan. AMO welcomes this opportunity to begin addressing the unsustainable provincial-municipal fiscal imbalance in a principled manner that will identify a new fiscal and service delivery partnership for the 21st Century.  

Provincial Land Tax Reform

On Behalf of Finance Minister Greg Sorbara, Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen announced that the government will introduce Provincial Land Tax (PLT) reform legislation in the Fall.  The announcement included a commitment that all additional Provincial Government revenue generated through PLT reform will be reinvested in services in Northern Ontario.