Ontario Ensuring Municipal Legislation Continues to Serve Communities
Province Seeking Input to Build Financially-Sustainable, Open and Accountable Communities
Ontario is reviewing three key pieces of legislation to ensure that municipalities across the province have the tools, powers and flexibility they need to effectively serve their communities.
The Municipal Act and the City of Toronto Act are reviewed every five years to ensure they are responsive to changing circumstances and new challenges. This year, the government is also reviewing the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act at the same time. These three pieces of legislation set out the rules, responsibilities and powers of Ontario's municipalities, as well as the conflict of interest rules for municipal councils and local boards.
The review will examine whether the municipal legislation currently provides sufficient accountability and transparency, whether local governments have the powers and tools they need to deliver services effectively, and what barriers municipalities face in achieving financial sustainability.
Ontarians will have an opportunity to provide feedback on how the legislation is working online and by mail.
Ensuring strong and vibrant communities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- A separate review of the Municipal Elections Act was launched in May 2015 to help ensure that the rules governing how municipal representatives are elected are clear and simple, and reflect how modern elections should be run. The province also committed to giving municipalities the option of using ranked ballots in future elections.
- There are 444 municipalities in Ontario.
“Ontarians interact with their local governments on a daily basis - municipalities provide front-line services like public transportation, libraries and fire and police services. The province is reviewing these three key pieces of legislation to help ensure that our communities remain vibrant and strong.”