11/16/2007

An update on developments coming out of the November 16, 2007 LUMCO meeting in Oshawa.
AMO President Doug Reycraft attended the meeting of the Large Urban Mayors' Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) to provide an update on AMO’s activities, including the pressing need for permanent, sustainable federal infrastructure investment.  

President Reycraft noted that all municipalities in Ontario, big and small are faced with infrastructure that is nearing or at the end of its life cycle. The growing infrastructure deficit affects the ability to meet many public policy goals, which are shared by all orders of government including improved competitiveness and productivity, environmental protection, and community safety.

Chaired by Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, the meeting generated great interest. Cities NOW is intended to demonstrate the impacts on the property taxpayer, based on specific situations in communities. There was broad consensus among mayors present that such independent municipal campaigns are complementary to the shared objective of increased permanent funding for infrastructure that reflects the equivalency of 1 per cent of the GST . 

AMO sees this as complimentary to its call for a permanent, predictable and sustainable source of funding for all municipalities – urban and rural.  Increased funding from the Federal Government is necessary to meet these objectives and fits with the Government’s own commitment to safer roads and bridges, shorter commutes, and a better quality of life for Canadians. 

“One of the most important things coming out of today’s meeting is the understanding that municipal officials have a responsibility to make sure the public fully understands the urgency for increased Federal funding for infrastructure,” said Reycraft.  “The future prosperity of our communities depends on it.”