On April 23, 2012 the government reached an agreement with the New Democratic Party to pass the provincial budget. Affecting municipalities is the agreement to increase Ontario Works benefits by 1%. This will increase municipal costs by $6 million over three years starting in January 2013.

In 2011-12, the estimated upload value for municipalities of the Ontario Disability Support Plan (ODSP) and Ontario Works (OW) is $1.918 billion. On top of this, is the ODB which in 2008 was valued at $173 million and we know that it has grown significantly too. These uploads were the result of the 2008 Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review agreement.