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January 15, 2008
Government of Ontario and City of Toronto formalize cooperation and consultation Agreement strengthens relationship between City and Province
Joint news release from the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto

The governments of Ontario and Toronto have entered into a formal agreement that ensures early and consistent consultation between them.

“This agreement strengthens the working relationship between Toronto and the Province,” said Jim Watson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are very pleased to formalize our commitment to engage the City in discussions on matters that are important to the residents of Toronto.”

“This Provincial Government has shown Toronto a great deal of respect and for that I thank them,” said Mayor David Miller. “This Agreement is an acknowledgment that Toronto has unique needs and further recognition that this city requires a different kind of relationship with other orders of government if it is to succeed.”

Provincial ministries and City divisions will consult with each other, in accordance with the agreement, on proposed changes to legislation, regulations, bylaws and resolutions and on policies on matters of mutual interest.

This initiative between the Province and the City is the latest to come from ongoing provincial partnerships with the municipal sector to strengthen Ontario’s communities.

The City of Toronto Act, 2006 came into force on January 1, 2007 giving the City new tools and flexibility to better respond to its residents’ needs.

The Province, the City of Toronto, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario are currently working together on the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review. The partners are examining options for a sustainable provincial-municipal relationship. A consensus report will be completed in the spring.


Question and answers

The Toronto-Ontario Cooperation and Consultation Agreement (PDF 60Kb)

Media contacts:

Adam Grachnik, Minister Watson’s Office, 416-585-6492

Andrew Posluns, Intergovernmental Relations and Partnerships Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, 416-585-6177

Stuart Green, Mayor Miller’s Office, 416-338-7119



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