07/04/2007

The federal-municipal Oversight Committee approved items that relate to the Federal Gas Tax Municipal Funding Agreement (MFA) requirements of capital investment plan, integrated community sustainability plan and outcome measures.
Background:

Capital Investment Plan
Municipalities agreed to undertaking and completing by the end of 2009 a capital investment plan when they signed the MFA with AMO. The Oversight Committee has now provided further direction on what is required by municipalities in order to meet this requirement.

The Oversight Committee has endorsed the work underway by staff associations such as AMCTO and MFOA on PSAB and Asset Management – in particular the movement towards an integrated financial plan. Federal gas tax revenue can be used to fund this work through the capacity building category of the MFA.

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
Municipalities agreed to over the life of the MFA with AMO to develop or enhance an integrated community sustainability plan. The Oversight Committee has now provided further direction on what is required by municipalities in order to meet this requirement.

The Oversight Committee has agreed that a municipal official plan demonstrates the principles of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. This does not preclude a municipality from enhancing sustainability through other plans or initiatives. In the case of municipalities without an official plan, municipalities will need to demonstrate through other documentation how they will work towards the framework outlined in Schedule G of the MFA. If a municipality wishes to build or enhance upon existing documents federal gas tax revenue can be used to fund this work through the capacity building category of the MFA.

Outcome Measures
The Agreement requires municipalities to report in writing on the degree to which investments have actually contributed to the objectives of cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. AMO was committed to ensuring there was no net new data collection on the part of municipalities in meeting this requirement of the MFA.

Municipalities will be using existing measurement frameworks to report on the investments including the municipal performance and measurement program (MPMP), certificate of approvals and in the case of transit data annually submitted to the Canadian Urban Transit Association. The only gap in existing measurement methodologies, from an environmental perspective was in the road and bridge investments. OGRA has assisted AMO in identifying a simple tool that will provide real measurable results on the reduction of CO2 emissions, a known greenhouse gas.

Action:
AMO will have available at its 2007 Annual Conference guides with respect to capital investment plans and integrated community sustainability plans to help municipalities meet these requirements of the MFA.

AMO is looking at ways to effectively communicate how environmentally sustainable municipal infrastructure investments will be measured. Further details on the measures will be available in the fall.