AMO Delegates Support Call for Federal Child Care Funding



    OTTAWA, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Delegates at the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) 2009 Annual Conference supported AMO President's call for
Federal funding to support child care in Ontario.
    The Federal Government is ending its support for child care as of March
31, 2010. Ontario municipalities will have to either close child care spaces
or fund the programs through increased property taxes.
    "The property tax base cannot possibly bridge a $64 million funding gap,"
said AMO President Peter Hume. "The Provincial and Federal Governments need to
hammer out a solution that does not leave municipal property taxpayers, young
families and children hanging in the lurch."
    The Annual AMO Conference is Ontario's foremost educational forum for
municipal governments. Approximately 1,600 municipal leaders from across
Ontario and beyond are attending the event, which features more than 90
speakers.
    On Tuesday, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will address delegates, as
will Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak and NDP leader Andrea Horwath. In addition,
as many as 15 Ontario Government Ministers will field questions from
conference delegates.
    Wednesday's speakers include George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and
Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, and the winner of Ontario's
Count Me In! energy conservation challenge will be announced.

    The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit
organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444 municipal governments
and provides a variety of services and products to members and non-members.





For further information:

For further information: Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425, lambie@redbrick.ca


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