Today, January 22, 2015, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario provided the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs with its 2015 Pre-Budget Submission.

A healthy future for Ontario communities will include the following, among other matters:

  1. The Province, in concert with municipal government, undertaking a cumulative impact analysis of municipal fiscal health.  
  2. Streamline responsibilities between the municipal and provincial orders of government and simplify accountability.
  3. Action is needed on police and emergency service costs.
  4. Infrastructure and housing investment is a top municipal priority.
  5. Improve the rule of law and its administration; pass Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), 2014.
  6. Make changes that cost the Province nothing, but would help municipal governments manage their costs.  
  7. Growth must pay for growth, the Development Charges Act must change.
The submission includes case studies of fiscal issues in two Ontario communities, Iroquois Falls and the City of London.  Municipal governments wishing to make their own written submissions have until January 30, 2015 to write the Clerk.  Submissions can be directed to:
Katch Koch    
Clerk, Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen's Park, Toronto, ON M7A 1A2
E-mail:  kkoch@ola.org
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