In addition to the reference material identified for each of the 12
questions, please see the Association of Municipality of Ontario (AMO)
election platform analysis for additional background.
Question 1 (All responses
How will you and your Party work with municipalities to create
prosperity, support local economic initiatives, innovation, and
community development? See the
Development Corporation website.
Question 2 (All responses
How will you and your Party support the ongoing implementation of
the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review (PMFSDR)
as a measure to restore the provincial-municipal fiscal imbalance in
a fair, equitable, and sustainable manner? Will you and your party
commit to uploading further municipal funding responsibilities to
the province for services such as Public Health, Social Services and
Land Ambulance? See the
Ontario Ministry of
Municipal Affairs and Housing
Association of Municipalities of Ontario as well as an AMO
media release for further information on the PMFSDR. See
Question 3 (All responses
What are you and your Party prepared to do to maintain and
support provincial and federal investment in municipal
infrastructure? How will you and your Party ensure that the province
commits to an equitable distribution of provincial and federal
See chart of
and Federal Government Infrastructure Investment with the City of
London as well as
AMO 2011 Pre-Budget Presentation to the Standing Committee on
Finance and Economic Affairs and
City of London
pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and
Question 4 (All responses
Will you and your Party commit to an early review of the
Development Charges Act to remove some of the statutory exemptions
and other barriers to full funding of growth related costs and to
explicitly ensure municipalities are the beneficiaries of new
sources of revenue? Refer to pages 16 and 17 of the
City of London pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on
Finance and Economic Affairs.
See report of the
PMFSDR’s Development Charges subgroup.
Question 5 (All responses
How will you and your Party support public transit, in
particular the nature, extent and application of dedicated
Provincial Gas Tax funding? How will that plan be implemented,
including timing? What is your Party’s position for working in
partnership with Federal and Municipal officials supporting a
specific transit initiative of a municipality, e.g. Bus Rapid
See backgrounder by London Transit Commission and City of London.
Question 6 (All responses
Will you and your Party implement a new arbitration system that
provides greater fairness toward taxpayers, recognizes the limits of
the municipal public purse, the relationship between the
municipalities and their employee groups, in particular the
emergency service workers, and reflects relevant comparator groups
and labour market conditions in individual communities?
See City of London backgrounder.
Question 7 (All responses
Will you and your Party work with the City of London to develop
a federal-provincial-municipal solution to address the housing needs
of low income households, those households requiring support
services (i.e. mental illness, addictions, victims of domestic
violence), and the housing needs of Aboriginal household households
as identified in the City of London’s position paper entitled
“Towards a Community Addiction and Mental Health Strategy for the
City of London”? Will you
and your Party agree to approve and release capital commitments for
new affordable housing units? Background to this question includes
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program and information
published in the AMO report
Shifting the Foundations: Considerations for Moving Towards a New
Housing System in Ontario.
Question 8 (All responses
How will you and your Party address the shortfall in capital
reserve contributions for non-profit and cooperative housing as well
as the funding shortfall for public housing capital repairs? Will
you and your Party support a change to Social Housing social
assistance rents to the maximum shelter allowance used in the
private sector rather than legislated rent scales to reduce the
subsidy required from the local property taxpayer?
View all candidate responses to this question received to date
and the background provided in document
Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.
Question 9 (All responses
Do you and your Party support the principle and implementation
of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which holds producers and
consumers more directly accountable (e.g., financially) for the
waste they generate rather than transferring the cost to municipal
Question 10 (All responses
Will you and your Party make municipalities exempt or zero rate
the provincial portion of the HST for municipalities? Refer to pages
3 and 20 of the
City of London pre-budget submission to
the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
Question 11 (All responses
The City of London is supportive of the objectives of the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). How will
you and your Party address the question of sustainable
implementation and funding which must accompany the new standards?
See backgrounder by City of London.
Question 12 (All responses
How will you and your Party continue to be supportive of the
cultural initiatives of municipalities such as the War of 1812
Celebrations and Culture Days? See
backgrounder by City of London.