AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
FCM Releases Report on Federal Gas Tax Fund
2019-09-11 11:21:13 AM

FCM (Federation of Canadian Municipalities) has released a report on the state of municipal finance in Canada and argues why the federal Gas Tax fund (GTF) is the “best fiscal tool available to local governments”. Some highlights of the report include: Among adv...

FCM Seeking Federal Gas Tax Fund to Permanently Double
2019-07-29 10:05:34 AM

Last week, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) called on every federal political party to commit to permanently doubling the value of the annual federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) transfer. To build off the momentum of 2019’s federal budget one-time doubling of GTF, FCM...

Ontario Provides Funding to 25 Connecting Links Projects
2019-07-25 4:05:11 PM

The Ontario government today announced that it will provide $30 million in provincial funding in 2019-20 to 25 municipal infrastructure projects through the Connecting Links Program. The funding for this year will cover up to 90% of project costs, to a maximum of $3 mill...

Ontario Announces Broadband and Cellular Plan for Rural and Remote Communities
2019-07-23 11:38:49 AM

Premier Doug Ford today announced a new plan to improve and expand service for rural and remote communities. The plan, Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan , will see an investment from the province of $315 million over five years, which the government s...

Federal Government Invests to Reduce Cell Service Gaps in Eastern Ontario
2019-07-04 2:02:39 PM

The federal government today announced it will provide the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) with $71 million to strengthen mobile broadband coverage in Eastern Ontario. This funding will be provided under the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream of the federal gov...

Second Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Announced
2019-03-27 10:07:28 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced that the second stream of public transit under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will be open to “make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.” The first intake of this stream will op...

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...

Government Announces Infrastructure Funding Program
2019-03-13 11:59:53 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced an infrastructure funding program which the Government said will “help create and protect good jobs across the province.” Falling under the federal government’s  Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and signed by the p...

Government to Help Small Municipalities Plan for Infrastructure Needs
2019-01-14 11:39:08 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, on Friday announced that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive infrastructure help through a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) in partnership with the province. Thi...

Government Announces Transit Funding for Municipalities
2019-01-09 10:48:30 AM

Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek yesterday announced that the Government is providing $364 million in funding from Ontario’s gas tax program to 107 municipalities across the promise to improve or expand their public transit systems.  Funding for Ontario’s gas tax prog...

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