Through the lowering of the GST and reductions in transfer payments from the Federal government, Ontario municipalities are struggling to both maintain their existing infrastructure and effectively fund and build new infrastructure. There is an infrastructure gap in Ontario that needs to be filled so cities are able to continue to be economic drivers in this province. As part of the Metrolinx Investment Strategy, one ...more »
The government of former Ontario Premier Mike Harris back in the late 1990's and early 2000's, embarked upon a series of municipal mergers whereby certain Ontario municipalities were forcibly and undemocratically amalgamated against their will. Perhaps the most notable of these forced amalgamation occurred in 1998, when six municipalities comprising Metropolitan Toronto – East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, ...more »
The Liberal Party of Ontario should promote legislation which would empower municipalities with more revenue generating tools which will allow them not only to address substantial infrastructure deficits but also do so in a more progressive fashion than purely relying upon property taxes.
Municipal taxes should be based on cost-to-service instead of assessed value. The current system encourages sprawl by penalizing people who live in efficient but pricey downtown areas while subsidizing properties in outlying areas that are much more expensive to service. Why are we subsidizing sprawl? Also, municipalities should be given the freedom to experiment with different taxation models -- who knows what kind ...more »
Ontario should establish a fund to encourage municipalities to install an emergency warning system that would alert all residents to emergencies such as tornados, gas leaks, chemical spills and floods. Most municipalities had warning sirens during the Cold War in the late 1950s and 1960s but these have either been removed or have fallen into disrepair. Some areas near nuclear reactors in Darlington and Pickering have ...more »
Elections should be held every three years for municipal councils. This would improve accountability of our elected officials and improve democracy.
In addition to the standing committees at Queen's Park, which usually represent a cross party selection of MPP's at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and usually dealing with province wide socioeconomic issue, all MPP's could serve on regional councils, which would correspond to Ontario's regions. For example, ALL of the MPPs who represent the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), could meet just by themselves, perhaps once ...more »
The following paper should become Ontario government policy: SUBMISSIONS TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO AND THE DEPARTMENT OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA REGARDING AN INFRASTRUCTURE MODERNIZATION INVESTMENT PROGRAM ‘Achieving the Potential’ 1. Introduction In the past Pace Law Firm and Pace Global Advantage jointly made detailed Submissions to the Ontario Government and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration ...more »
I understand that property taxes go mostly to cities, however I believe its against our civil liberties. Why should I pay taxes on something I own. For the most part I pay for the things I use. I pay for the amount of electricty I use, the more I use the more I pay, same for water which I pay for intake and outake. Roads are paid for by gasoline tax etc. I think each city should have a municipal tax instead of property ...more »