12/09/2010

As announced in the 2008 Federal Budget, the Federal Gas Tax Fund will become a permanent transfer after 2014.

With the rollout of the 2010-2014 Federal Gas Tax Fund extension underway, municipalities are looking forward to the next phase of the program. As announced in the 2008 Federal Budget, the Federal Gas Tax Fund will become a permanent transfer after 2014. This commitment has been repeated several times since then, including comments this week by Minister Chuck Strahl at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities.

AMO continues to engage the Federal government and Infrastructure Canada on the Gas Tax Fund and expects to be involved in negotiations for permanency in late-2011/early-2012. These timelines may change as Infrastructure Canada continues to be preoccupied with the stimulus programs and the new October 31, 2011 deadline for project completion.

As part of its advocacy for permanency, AMO has sent out the 2009 Annual Expenditure Report for the Federal Gas Tax Fund to all Members of Parliament for Ontario. Municipalities are strongly encouraged to engage local MPs through communications events such as news releases, groundbreakings and ribbon cuttings for projects that utilize Gas Tax Funds. These events serve to remind all stakeholders about the benefits of long-term, stable and predictable funding from the Federal Gas Tax Fund.