The Ontario government is working with its municipal partners to build strong and prosperous communities and is making significant additional investments to improve and protect the essential public services that Ontarians rely on every day.
At the 2022 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference in Ottawa, the Ontario government announced nearly $764 million in funding to help municipalities with the cost of municipal operations. ground ambulance. This represents an average increase of 5% provincially over 2021-22 funding levels.
“The people of Ontario are counting on all levels of government to come together and make sure things are done for them,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We will work hand-in-hand with our municipal partners to deliver a stronger health care system, world-class transportation infrastructure and affordable housing for all Ontarians. Because there’s only one way to build a prosperous Ontario for everyone, and that’s by building together.
Ontario supports effective local decision-making to help reduce red tape and accelerate development times. The government introduced the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act which, if passed, would put confidence in local leadership by giving the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more responsibility for achieving our shared provincial-municipal priorities, including including the government’s commitment to build 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years to address the housing supply crisis.
“The past three years have highlighted the important role local governments play in our communities,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “That’s why we work closely with our municipal partners and strive to ensure they have the tools and flexibility they need to meet local priorities. We will continue to keep the lines of communication open and encourage municipalities to take action as we work together to strengthen our communities and promote economic growth.
The government is also expanding models of care for patients eligible for 9-1-1 to provide them with timely access to appropriate treatment in the community and to help reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. Currently, these patient care models enable paramedics to treat and refer mental health, addictions and palliative care patients to appropriate services in the community. The government is working with key partners to expand these models to different patient groups, such as people with diabetes and epilepsy, and implement a new treatment and release model with patient recommendations for care. appropriate follow-up.
In addition, Ontario is providing approximately $47 million until the end of 2023 to public health units and municipalities to ensure they have the financial stability to deliver key services across the province during this critical period. This is in addition to continued increased investments to support the public health sector response to COVID-19.
“Ontario’s public health system and front-line health care workers have shown tremendous dedication to responding to COVID-19 while continuing to provide exceptional care to Ontarians,” said Sylvia Jones. , Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. “As we head into the fall, our government is providing funding to support public health units in their essential work and also expanding patient care models to enable our world-class paramedics to provide more care. timely and appropriate to even more patients in the right place at the right time. »
Ontario has invested nearly $4.4 billion over the past three years to expand and improve community and supportive housing for vulnerable Ontarians and Indigenous people, address homelessness and respond to COVID-19. This includes more than $1.2 billion through the Social Services Relief Fund to help municipal service managers and Indigenous program administrators create longer-term housing solutions and help Vulnerable Ontarians – one of the largest investments in affordable housing and homelessness support in the province’s history.
“AMO appreciates the commitment of the Government of Ontario to ensure the success of our conference. Ontario’s 444 municipal governments work with the province to serve the same people. We often work in partnership, through shared funding and service relationships,” said Jamie McGarvey, outgoing AMO President and Mayor of Parry Sound. “Good government depends on our ability to work well together. AMO is pleased to provide a meeting place where governments come together and achieve more through collaboration. We perform this role every day. The annual AMO conference is the most important expression of our role.