11/21/2005

A submission on Bill 206, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2005 to the Standing Committee on General Government.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is pleased to have the opportunity to make a written submission to the Standing Committee on General Government on Bill 206, An Act to revise the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2005.

AMO has been representing the interests of Ontario’s municipal governments and advocating on behalf of Ontario’s property tax payers for more than a century. AMO has almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments as members. To put that into perspective, AMO’s members govern and provide vital municipal services to 10 million of Ontario’s 12 million residents – one third of Canada’s population.

Municipalities are no longer seen as mere wards of the Province. They are elected. They serve the same voter and taxpayer as other orders of government. They are a mature order of government. Municipal governments are not only recognized as far more than just important stakeholders, but as a partner with the Provincial and Federal Governments. And, over 380 of AMO’s members are OMERS employees.

Municipal governments, particularly those who are OMERS employers, are profoundly concerned about the impact of Bill 206, and the potential for significant costs arising from proposed changes to the OMERS Pension Plan to be funded by municipal taxpayers. To date, AMO has received 95 responses from municipalities across Ontario citing concerns regarding the proposed Bill 206 (see Appendix “D”), with many of the municipal concerns reflective of the attached model resolution from AMO (see Appendix “E”).