08/23/2011

Results of the AMO's 2011 Municipal Insurance Survey which sought to quantify some of the costs associated with joint and several liability in the Negligence Act.
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario has completed the first ever comprehensive survey of municipal insurance costs across the province. The survey reveals that since 2007, liability premiums have increased by 22.2% and are among the fastest growing municipal costs. Total 2011 Ontario municipal insurance costs are $155.2 million. Liability premiums make up the majority of these expenses at $85.5 million. Property taxpayers are paying this price.

Insurance costs exceed annual province-wide municipal spending in each of these respective areas: maintaining bridges and culverts, administering and providing Ontario Works employment assistance benefits, and funding Conservation Authorities.