Ontario and Quebec Municipalities Sign Historic Accord



    TORONTO, May 13 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) and the Union of Municipalities of Quebec (UMQ) signed an Agreement of
Cooperation at a joint meeting yesterday in Gatineau, Quebec. The Agreement
acknowledges the similar opportunities and challenges faced by municipal
governments in both provinces and commits AMO and UMQ to working together on
issues of common interest.
    "The AMO-UMQ agreement is about good neighbours working together on
behalf of the communities they serve," said Peter Hume, President of the
Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "Our communities are stronger and
more influential when we work together to promote good public policy."
    This AMO-UMQ agreement identifies key areas for collaboration, including
relations with aboriginal communities, research related to tax policy and
municipal services, and environmental policy, including climate change and
waste management policy.
    In partnership with the government of Ontario and industry, AMO has
secured important advances in waste management policy in Ontario since 2005.
Advances include new recycling plans for electronics, household special wastes
and used tires that will be funded 100% by the industries that bring these
products into the market. Further work is underway that would see industry
taking responsibility for all blue box costs.
    AMO and UMQ have agreed that their first joint priority is to promote a
unified waste management policy framework for Ontario and Quebec.
    "A unified waste management and diversion policy in Quebec and Ontario
would benefit communities in both provinces, improve environmental protections
and benefit industry by rationalizing the rules in two thirds of the Canadian
market," said AMO President, Peter Hume.
    Two out of three Canadians are governed and served by the municipalities
that belong to AMO and UMQ.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 444
municipal governments. AMO supports 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.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316 or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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