03/31/2006

Municipalities and District Social Services Administration Boards (DSSABs) delivering land ambulance services today received an additional $50 million in provincial funding for 2005/06.
At the OGRA/ROMA Conference in February, Premier McGuinty announced that the Province would achieve true 50:50 cost sharing for land ambulance services by 2008, beginning with an additional $50 million for the fiscal year 2005/06.  Additional funding will grow to $100 million in 2006/07 and up to $150 million in 2007/08.

Municipalities and DSSABs received the first year of additional funding earlier today.  As a result of the additional funding, all land ambulance service providers will achieve a level of at least 40 per cent provincial funding for ambulance services in 2006.
 
AMO and its members have worked hard to secure this additional funding.  It is an important step towards getting the Provincial Government to take responsibility for provincial costs borne by municipalities and property tax payers.  

AMO sent out a new release earlier today regarding this matter. The news release also reiterates AMO’s recognition of the additional road, bridge and transit funding provided for Ontario municipalities in the Provincial Budget.