06/16/2014

Last week’s election produced the first majority government in Ontario since 2011.

This update will provide you with the expected next steps by the provincial government and the start of our post-election government relations and advocacy work on behalf of municipal governments.

AMO has written to all three party leaders to acknowledge the results and all the hard work expended during the election period.  The election results created substantial change in the 107 seat Ontario Legislature with 20 new MPPs including six ridings that had no incumbent running. Working with these new members, their leaders and their caucuses will be a priority for us and the sector.

Members may know that the Legislature is set to resume on July 2nd with a Throne Speech as well as the re-introduction of the Budget Bill. Debate on both is required before they can be approved. The contents of the Budget are already known as the Premier confirmed on election night that the Liberal government would introduce the same Budget as they had before the election. Members interested in more information on the Budget’s contents and implications for municipalities can refer to AMO’s review of the May 2014 Budget. The majority government makes passage of the Throne Speech and Budget all but certain.

The in-coming Cabinet needs to be appointed and sworn in before the House resumes on July 2nd. The announcement on the new Cabinet and its Ministers is expected in the coming days. Once named, the AMO President, Russ Powers, will write to each Minister who has municipal responsibilities or areas of interest with both our congratulations along with the municipal sector’s key priorities in their ministerial portfolio. AMO anticipates that once the Throne Speech and Budget are debated and passed, the Legislative Assembly will adjourn for the summer.

Government and opposition party MPPs will then begin preparing for discussions during the August AMO Annual Conference in London. Information on delegations with Ministers and MPPs will be posted shortly now that the election has occurred.  As stated previously AMO will send a notice to each municipality when more information on delegations is available.

AMO is working on its key interests for the Fall Legislative Session as well as policy matters that require further discussion with the provincial government and all members of the Legislation.   Please know that one of our top priorities at this time is working with the government on infrastructure funding, including the Building Canada Fund, so that municipalities can try to take advantage of the remaining construction season as best they can.