On December 19, 2001, AMO signed the groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Ontario – a formal recognition of the principle of consultation between the province and Ontario`s local governments. As part of the MOU, the Ontario government has committed to consulting with municipalities when legislative or regulatory changes are proposed that impact municipal budgets. The MOU paved the way for a dramatic change in the relationship between municipalities and the Province of Ontario. For too long, municipalities had been launched in the MUSH sector – municipalities, universities, school authorities and hospitals. However, municipalities differ from this group in their authority, their powers of taxation, and the size and extent of their powers. The Memorandum of Understanding ensures that Ontario communities are respected by the provincial government as partners – and it is the only agreement of its kind in Canada. By continuing to cooperate between the AMO and the provincial government, the MOU moved from a policy statement of consultation, cooperation and non-compliance to a legally binding agreement that recognizes Ontario municipalities as a mature and accountable level of government. When the original Memorandum of Understanding was renewed in 2004, it was reinforced by a new Memorandum of Understanding that required the province to also consult with the AMO in specific federal-provincial matters that have a direct impact on the municipality. In 2005, the Memorandum of Understanding was included in the Municipal Act.
In 2007, the process became more visible and accountable, with an additional commitment from the AMO and the province to publish an annual public report on the results of the soft process. MOU meetings are held regularly and are effective. Over the past decade, the AMO has used countless provincial and federal policies that impact local governments to fight for a strong and effective municipal and provincial policy that is funded in a practical, flexible and adequate manner. Emergency/Unplanned Work Today:  0  Domains   Man-asok: From Still Waters to Current Watch Download PDF Submit your email and sign up for communications, quarterly reviews and annual reports to be informed Free courses for children in need of consumer members AMO has been instrumental in redefining the relationship between the Province of Ontario and its communities through the Memorandum of Understanding. . . .