Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, addresses the 2019 AMO Conference.

Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, addresses the 2019 AMO Conference. Highlights Starts by emphasizing how frequently AMO and the Ontario Government meet…province takes it seriously. “We are all here to listen to your ideas” Clark tells the crowd. Clark says he understands the challenges they face. Clark on changes to community benefits charges: emphasizes the govts plan is to keep municipalities whole. “I’m committed to ensuring that growth pays for growth.” Says there will be transition funding as they make changes to public health and child care. There will also be funding increases (average 4%) for paramedic services, in 2019 and 2020. There will be consultations as the Province looks at both public health and paramedic services. AMO will be engaged. Says they are cutting red tape. Addressing duplication and needless delays, eliminating 97 reporting processes. Improving efficiency. Moving blue box waste management to a producer responsibility model. Adds there were over 8,500 submissions to the ongoing municipal governance review Says OMPF funding will remain as is, stable and predictable, so municipalities can plan Adds his government will increase housing supply, with a mix of housing options   Speech Minister Steve Clark’s Speech at the Association of Ontario Municipalities 2019 Conference August 20, 2019 OTTAWA — Today, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, delivered the following remarks to delegates at the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario: CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Good afternoon everyone. It’s great to be here … I love the energy of the AMO conference. Delegations are in full swing — almost 900 requests this year — another record-breaker!... read more

BILL 108: Official Submission by FOPL and OLA recommendations with respect to ERO 019-0183 – Proposed new regulation pertaining to the community benefits authority under the Planning Act and Ontario’s municipal public library systems.

FOPL and OLA recommendations with respect to ERO 019-0183 – Proposed new regulation pertaining to the community benefits authority under the Planning Act and Ontario’s municipal public library systems. FOPL OLA Submission to ERO 019-0183 (PDF) August 21, 2019   John Ballantine, Manager Municipal Finance Policy Branch Municipal Affairs and Housing 13th Floor, 777 Bay St. Toronto, ON, M5G 2E5   Dear Mr. Ballantine: Re: ERO 019-0183 – Proposed new regulation pertaining to the community benefits authority under the Planning Act On June 6, 2019, the More Homes, More Choices Act (the Act) received Royal Assent. It is our understanding that, upon proclamation, the Act will introduce significant changes to Ontario’s Development Charges framework.  In particular, Public libraries will no longer be eligible beneficiaries for Development Charges, and will instead, be eligible to receive funds from a new Community Benefits Charge, as established by the municipality through by-law. The new Community Benefits Charge will encompass a wide range of capital infrastructure for community services, as set out in a corresponding municipal community benefits strategy, and is to be structured, as required, per the proposed regulation. The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries (FOPL) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA) support the Ontario government’s objective of providing municipalities with a transparent, predictable model to fund growth-related capital infrastructure for community services. We are concerned, however, that the transition from Development Charges to Community Benefits Charges may create serious unintended consequences that could threaten the financial sustainability of local Public libraries. We are greatly encouraged by the province’s commitment that the introduction of the Community Benefits Charge is to be revenue neutral.... read more