TORONTO, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) today welcomed the
2013 Federal Budget's focus on investing in infrastructure to help
build our local, provincial and national economies.
"As owners of more infrastructure than any other level of government,
Ontario municipalities need long-term, sustainable funding to invest in
local priority projects," said AMO President Russ Powers. "I'm anxious
to work with the federal government to move these commitments forward
and to get shovels in the ground."
The federal government committed to improving Canada's Gas Tax Fund by
adding new project categories for municipalities to invest in. AMO has
advocated for a more flexible Fund that will allow each municipality to
invest exactly where it is needed the most. This improvement recognizes
that all types of municipal infrastructure can contribute to public
safety, better quality of life and economic growth.
Starting in 2014-15, Canada's Gas Tax Fund will be indexed at two per
cent per year. An indexed Fund is essential so that infrastructure
funding grows over time to meet inflation and the rising costs of
The government also announced a 10-year Building Canada Fund to replace
the expiring Building Canada Plan. The $10 billion Fund will support
provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure. The 10-year Fund
is a direct result of discussions between the federal government and
its stakeholders, including AMO and the Federation of Canadian
The federal government will renew two housing program agreements that
provide municipalities with critical funding for affordable housing and
homeless programs to vulnerable populations in their communities.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's
444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and
effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of
municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and
Canada's political system.
SOURCE: Association of Municipalities of Ontario
For further information:
Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, 416-729-5425, firstname.lastname@example.org
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