Fact Sheet: Better Service for Ontario
Provincial and municipal governments are going to measure the services they offer by the difference they make in people's lives as a result of a landmark agreement between the McGuinty government and the municipalities of Ontario.
The announcement is part of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review consensus report, Facing the Future Together, released jointly today by the Ontario government, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and the City of Toronto.
The partners have agreed:
- To work together to develop an accountability framework for social services that focuses strongly on results for people.
- To work together to simplify and modernize the way income assistance and employment-related supports are provided to Ontario families.
- To work towards consolidating housing and homelessness programs into an outcome-focused housing service managed at the municipal level.
- To urge the federal government to fulfill its financial responsibility in the crucial areas of affordable housing and poverty reduction.
One of the goals of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review was to determine whether health and social service programs are being delivered in ways that meet the quality, affordability and accountability needs of the people who use them, taxpayers and the different orders of government involved.
What's being done:
- The Province has created a Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction working to develop a focused poverty reduction strategy.
- The Province has already announced the upload of the costs of benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program and the Ontario Drug Benefits Program.
- The Review recommendations on housing and homelessness will form a key element of the Province's Long-Term Housing Strategy.
- The report recommendations on child care will be shared with the Province's Early Learning Advisor.