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!...

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....

News Release: Ontario is Building Strong Partnerships with Municipalities August 19, 2019: Premier Doug Ford Pledges to Work with Municipalities at Annual AMO Conference

News Release Ontario is Building Strong Partnerships with Municipalities August 19, 2019 Premier Doug Ford Pledges to Work with Municipalities at Annual AMO Conference OTTAWA — Today, Premier Doug Ford addressed the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference, where he committed to building strong, local partnerships with municipalities. Highlighting Ontario’s investments in local communities, Premier Ford committed to equipping local governments with what they need to build their communities from the ground up, deliver better value for taxpayers, and build for the future. “Our government’s relationship with Ontario’s municipalities is incredibly important to us,” said Premier Ford. “As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities know the needs of their communities best. We must work together to put local communities back in the driver’s seat of their own affairs.” Investing in infrastructure The government is putting people first by making historic, strategic and local investments in schools, hospitals, transit, highways and other critical infrastructure. The government will be opening the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream under the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program starting September 3, 2019. This program could unlock up to $1 billion in funding for important local projects such as community centres, sports arenas and cultural centres. “That’s what we mean by investing from the ground up and investing in people,” said Premier Ford. “We’re providing $144 billion over the next decade to make life better and easier for the people in our communities. Every project will help boost the local economy, create jobs and help businesses grow, while increasing revenues for local governments to reinvest into their public programs and services.” Promoting...