Association of Municipalities of Ontario 2020

Published on August 18, 2020

The Annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) first virtual conference opened online on Sunday, August 16th and runs until Wednesday, August 19th. The conference gives representatives from Ontario municipalities, provincial decision-makers and other civic stakeholders from across the province the opportunity to meet and share ideas about how to work together to solve some of the biggest challenges facing governments today.

 

This year, the Ontario government will join over 1,800 municipal officials over the course of three days during which time Ministers, Associate Ministers and Parliamentary Assistants will meet in the 480 virtual delegation meetings. 

 

COVID-19 has had an impact on every community across the province. The government remains committed to strong, local partnerships with our municipalities and we won’t rest until every community can get back on their feet.

 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has said that $10 billion in emergency operating funding was needed nationwide. Ontario's portion would be $4 billion – and that's exactly the deal that the government struck through the Safe Restart Agreement.

 

The government has already delivered the first round of funding of up to $1.6 billion to all 444 of Ontario’s municipalities to support urgent priorities and keep transit systems running.

 

We have announced the initial municipal operating allocations under the Agreement. $695 million will begin flowing this September to help with financial pressures, maintaining critical services including transit, and protecting vulnerable people as the province reopens.

 

This fall, an additional $695 million in Phase 2 funding will be available for municipalities that require further support, for a total of $1.39 billion in emergency funding.

 

We are also maintaining the $500-million envelope and structure of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund for 2021 to provide certainty for municipalities in their budget planning process. We will continue to review the program in consultation with our municipal partners to ensure it meets the needs of our communities, especially for our small, rural and northern municipalities.

 

The government will always be a champion for Ontario’s municipalities especially as they play a vital role in the province’s recovery.

 

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