Ontario Supporting Small Urban Municipalities
2013 Budget to Create Jobs and Help Small Communities and People in Their Everyday Lives
The new Ontario government unveiled a series of new initiatives intended to help small urban municipalities create jobs and grow their economies, which will also help people in their everyday lives.
Ontario's Budget 2013 also commits a dedicated fund for municipal roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure in small, rural and Northern municipalities.
Small urban municipalities would also continue to receive provincial gas tax money by dedicating 2 cents per litre to fund public transit in municipalities across Ontario. The government is moving to make this support permanent.
The province will also continue to honour its commitment to upload the municipal share of social assistance benefit program costs, as well as court security and transportation costs.
These initiatives are part of the government's Budget 2013 to support economic development in communities across the province, create jobs and help people in their everyday lives for a prosperous and fair Ontario.
- The new fund would build on the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative, which is providing nearly $90 million over the next three years to help municipalities undertake critical infrastructure projects.
- The government has invested approximately $85 billion in public infrastructure since 2003.
- Since 2004, the government has committed more than $2.2 billion in gas tax funding to municipalities.
- In 2013 alone, provincial uploads will total almost $1.4 billion.
- Since October 2012, the government has committed $15 million through the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging a total investment of nearly $120 million and helping create and protect 2,200 jobs.
- Since 2008, the government has also committed more than $60.6 million through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, leveraging a total investment of nearly $591 million. These investments are helping create and protect 14,100 jobs in eastern Ontario.
- In 2011–12, the government increased annual funding for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to $100 million and maintained this level of funding in 2012–13 to support job creation and strengthen the economies of Northern communities.
“Across Ontario, communities need our support to prosper and grow. That is why we presented a budget that seeks to address the unique needs of communities across Ontario, helping them create jobs and improve the daily lives of their residents.”
“Ontario’s 2013 Budget — A Prosperous and Fair Ontario — makes smart investments that will strengthen the economy, help create jobs and build better infrastructure in small municipalities across the province. The new Ontario government is committed to helping everyone succeed and enjoy a high standard of living in their vibrant communities.”
“This budget reinforces our commitment to Ontario's municipalities. Not only are we continuing to upload costs off the property tax base, we also want to help rural and Northern municipalities make vital investments in their communities with a new $100 million fund for roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. These supports ensure we are getting results for our cities and towns.”