August 2018
Backgrounder

Municipal governments own more of Ontario’s infrastructure than any other order of government. Most of it is essential to our economic prosperity and our quality of life, including:
 
  • Drinking water
  • Sewage and waste disposal
  • Parks and recreational facilities
  • Social housing
  • Local roads and bridges
  • Public transit
This infrastructure is under mounting pressure. Much of it was first built in the 1950s and 1960s and needs modern upgrades or replacement. A growing population is also increasing the burden on existing infrastructure and fueling the demand for new investments. It was estimated in 2008 that Ontario faces a municipal infrastructure gap of $60 billion that will take 10 years to close, leaving municipal governments with a bill of $6 billion each year, a figure that does not include the additional significant needs facing social housing, and culture and recreational facilities.

Federal and provincial funding is important to ensuring that municipalities are able to renew and update costly infrastructure systems, and ensuring that residents across Ontario maintain their access to vital services. The following programs provide important support for infrastructure development in Ontario municipalities:

image of chart showing Federal investing in Cadanada and Provincial gas tax for transit and OCIF
Ontario asset management planning regulations are now in place. By July 1, 2019, all municipalities must have in place a strategic asset management policy and must implement a plan to cover core assets by 2021 and all assets by 2023. AMO advocated for funding to develop municipal capacity to undertake these plans. In 2017 the Ontario government committed $25 million to resources and support for municipalities. AMO looks forward to working with the province to support our members in building their asset management capacity.