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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.org
4th Floor, suite 4320
Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1W3
416-327-2333
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Constituency Office
P.O. Box 1240,
Waterdown, ON, L0R 2H0
905-690-6552
Toll-Free: 888-566-6614
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  Home / News Releases / MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT UPLOADS SOCIAL PROGRAMS FROM MUNICIPALITIES  

MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT UPLOADS SOCIAL PROGRAMS FROM MUNICIPALITIES

 

WATERDOWN - Good government means stepping forward, correcting a past wrong and bringing about change.

 

That is why the McGuinty government is uploading the total cost of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and Ontario Drug Benefits (ODB) for social assistance recipients.

 

The downloading of responsibilities and vital services to our municipal partners is a legacy left to us by the previous Conservative government.

 

Over the past four years, the Ontario Liberals have been reversing this damage done by the Conservatives, including increasing province’s share of public health funding and the cost of municipal land ambulance services.

 

The decision to upload Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Drug Benefits for social assistance recipients is another big step.

 

As Premier McGuinty said, “the downloading of these programs stands as one of the worst misjudgements of the previous government.”

 

 There is no question that they’ve been a burden to every municipality and now we’re taking them back in full.

 

The upload, identified as a top priority by municipalities in the ongoing review of services, will begin in January.  By the time it is fully implemented in 2011, the upload will save municipalities $935 million.

 

It will help ensure that municipalities have the resources that they need to focus on their core responsibilities.

 

We are improving our relationship with municipalities. I am proud that our communities are stronger and our people are being better served than at any time under the previous Ontario government. This is yet another example of the province and municipalities working together to make our communities stronger.

 

“For some time, especially in light of the sad history surrounding provincial downloading of services, I have been pressing our government to get serious about reviewing the fiscal relationship between the province and Ontario municipalities. The downloading has had a terribly debilitating impact on Hamilton and while we have taken some steps more needed to be done” said McMeekin.

 

 

As a result of my advocacy and that of several of my MPP colleagues on August 14, 2006 Premier McGuinty announced that the government and the municipal sector would conduct a wide-ranging review aimed at improving the delivery and funding of municipal services in Ontario.

 

This announcement is an important step in the process outlined by the Premier and the government continues to look forward in anticipation to continuing the work of the review.

 

The review is also discussing infrastructure, economic competitiveness, improving service delivery and enhanced accountability.

Today’s announcement builds on the more than $1.9 billion in on-going operating support to municipalities already being invested by the McGuinty government, including:

 

·        The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund, which will transfer $843 million in 2007, or $225 million more than 2004 transfers under its predecessor program, the Community Reinvestment Fund

·        Making two cents per litre of provincial gasoline tax available for public transit totalling $1.6 billion by 2010

·        Increasing the province’s share of public health funding from 50 per cent in 2004 to 75 per cent in 2007 and

·        Moving toward a 50:50 sharing of the cost of municipal land ambulance services by 2008.

 

Other investments in municipalities include:

 

·        A $540 million cut to high business education tax rates over the next seven years, which will benefit 321 municipalities across the province

·        The Ontario Child Benefit program, which will take children off the social assistance system 

·        Move Ontario 2020, a multi-year $17.5 billion rapid transit action plan for the GTA and Hamilton that will see the province pay the one-third share of capital costs normally assumed by municipalities.

 

“Here in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot as across Ontario, we’ve made great progress in building a strong, mature relationship with municipalities — and that is resulting in stronger communities for all Ontarians.”

 

For additional information on this initiative or any of our other accomplishments, please contact my constituency office at 905-690-6552

 

 

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