January 16, 2017

Today AMO provided its 2017 Pre-Budget Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

Highlights of AMO’s Submission include:
  • First and foremost, AMO seeks the government’s courage to work with the municipal sector in developing a bolder revenue framework for Ontario’s municipal governments. The submission asks a key question on long-term sustainability: What’s Next Ontario?
  • AMO also seeks the government’s commitment to address some of the longstanding and emerging issues in the provincial-municipal relationship that require action. Issues include:
    • The addition of inflationary increases to the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF);
    • The provincial government must become a more active funding partner of social and affordable housing in Ontario;
    • Modifying recent policing grant announcements to assure municipalities and police leaders that they do not face additional financial risks in the long-term;
    • Leadership on legislative reforms that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of police services for all communities;
    • Changes to the interest arbitration system; and
    • Maintaining the provincial 1/3 contribution for cost-shared infrastructure funding, even if the federal government contributes a greater amount, for recognition of ongoing municipal operating costs.
  • Municipal governments from all corners of the province will be looking to the 2017 Provincial Budget to signal provincial interest in addressing the long-term financial needs of the entire municipal sector, through a bolder revenue framework. Having a 19th century revenue tool kit, to deliver 21st century services, is not a successful recipe for the future.
Municipalities have until Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to make a pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Submissions can be addressed to the Clerk of the Committee, Eric Rennie, and emailed to: erennie@ola.org.