Agreement Strengthens Relationship Between City And Province
TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - The governments of Ontario and Toronto have
entered into a formal agreement that ensures early and consistent consultation
"This agreement strengthens the working relationship between Toronto and
the Province," said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We
are very pleased to formalize our commitment to engage the City in discussions
on matters that are important to the residents of Toronto."
"This Provincial Government has shown Toronto a great deal of respect and
for that I thank them," said Mayor David Miller. "This Agreement is an
acknowledgment that Toronto has unique needs and further recognition that this
city requires a different kind of relationship with other orders of government
if it is to succeed."
Provincial ministries and city divisions will consult with each other, in
accordance with the agreement, on proposed changes to legislation,
regulations, bylaws and resolutions and on policies on matters of mutual
This initiative between the Province and the City is the latest to come
from ongoing provincial partnerships with the municipal sector to strengthen
The City of Toronto Act, 2006 came into force on January 1, 2007 giving
the City new tools and flexibility to better respond to its residents' needs.
The Province, the City of Toronto, and the Association of Municipalities
of Ontario are currently working together on the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal
and Service Delivery Review. The partners are examining options for a
sustainable provincial-municipal relationship. A consensus report will be
completed in the spring.
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For further information:
For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister Watson's Office, (416)
585-6492; Andrew Posluns, Intergovernmental Relations and Partnerships Branch,
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, (416) 585-6177; Stuart Green, Mayor
Miller's Office, (416) 338-7119