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IMFG Paper | 2017

Paying for Water in Ontario's Cities: Past, Present, and Future

Throughout much of the 20th century, water was seen as plentiful and water rates did not promote conservation. Today, water is treated as a relatively scarce resource and governments are concerned about financing new and rehabilitated infrastructure. However, most municipalities still do not set prices for water at levels that would encourage conservation, thereby allowing the overconsumption of water, and leading to increased demand for expensive infrastructure.
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Video | 2017

6th Annual City Manager's Address: Video

On October 26, Peter joined IMFG to discuss how the City of Toronto can address challenges and invest in Toronto’s future. What key steps could Council and staff take? What strategic policy levers could be used? What financial and implementation capacity is needed to deliver on Council’s visions for future investments?
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Presentation | 2017

Returning to the Golden Rule of Balanced Budgets

The “golden rule” of public finance states that over an economic cycle, governments should borrow only to invest and not to fund current spending, and that the current budget must always balance or be brought into surplus. In Ontario, all municipalities are subject to legal borrowing limits, with special exceptions for Toronto and York Region.
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IMFG Paper | 2017

Financing Urban Infrastructure in Canada: Who Should Pay?

IMFG is pleased to announce the release of a new paper, excerpted from the new book Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay? The poor state of municipal infrastructure is the subject of frequent complaint in Canada. Roads are congested, transit systems are in need of major investments, bridges are crumbling, and water treatment plants need to be replaced. Municipalities continue to seek financial assistance from the federal and provincial governments, but are transfers really the best way to pay for municipal capital investments?
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Book | 2017

Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay?

Bringing together perspectives and case studies from across Canada, the US, and Europe, IMFG's new book Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay? contends that users, not taxpayers, should start paying directly for their cities’ repairs and expansions.
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Perspectives Papers | 2017

The potential and consequences of municipal electoral reform

Following pressure from some sectors of civil society, the Province of Ontario passed a law in 2016 allowing municipalities to use ranked ballots to elect mayors and councillors. This change in provincial regulation, and the dialogue and debate that led to the policy change, raise important questions about the nature of municipal electoral systems in Canada.
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Video | 2017

What Makes a Resilient City?

On September 14, 2017, a panel of Chief Resilience Officers from Toronto, Montreal, and New York City joined IMFG as they discussed what they have learned and looked ahead to the future.
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