June 2019
Minister Clark Addresses AMCTO Conference Delegates

2019-06-11 10:59:23 AM

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AMCTO is pleased that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Steve Clark yesterday addressed AMCTO’s conference delegates at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario. 

Below is a brief summary of Minister Clark’s address:
 

  • Reporting burden: highlighted success around the file including MMAH consolidating reports, reducing metrics, and changing the frequency of reports. 
     

  • Community benefit charges: MMAH will be beginning consultations on Friday giving municipalities the opportunity to comment ensuring “constant communication.”
     

  • Transfer payments: Minister Clark has indicated to Cabinet that if changes are to be made for municipal transfer payments they should coincide with municipal budgeting. The Minister also indicated that changes to the payments will occur in a responsible and sustainable way. 
     

  • Regional governance review: MMAH received 7,800 online submissions which Special Advisors, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, will look at this summer. Minister Clark also said the Ministry will be taking their time looking at the feedback and that the Special Advisors recommendations will be viewed as “confidential advice to Cabinet.” He indicated that we should not expect an announcement regarding this at the Association of Municipalities Ontario’s (AMO) conference in August. 
     

  • Internship program: The Minister expressed an openness and support for municipal internship programs (like that at AMCTO) to address a gap that exists with many retirements facing the sector. 
     

  • Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA): The Minister indicated his interest on the file and welcomes a conversation on it between AMCTO and the Ministry. 
     

  • High Speed / Broadband in Northern and Rural Communities: understands the issues and agreed that improvement is not happening at a fast enough pace. It’s on all three levels of government to address this issue. 


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