Beyond advocacy work, MFOA conducts independent research on timely issues affecting municipal finance staff. See below to access research documents.

Doc File NameDocument TitlePub DateTag Name Document Description
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Women_in_Municipal_Finance_Series.aspxWomen in Municipal Finance Series5/1/2024 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchFor 2024, MFOA is celebrating the trailblazers and resilient women in Ontario's municipal finance sector with monthly articles featuring the industry's leaders and up-and-coming professionals. Check back every month through this webpage, our e-Newsle
MFOA_Policy_Projects/rrf_case_studies.aspxReserves and Reserve Funds: Case Studies3/31/2023 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchMFOA has developed three case studies studying the journey and use of reserves and reserve funds in Ontario municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/municipal_reserves_reserve_funds_ontario.aspxMunicipal Reserves and Reserve Funds in Ontario1/6/2022 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchMFOA has created a review of reserves and reserve funds held by Ontario municipalities and their intended use and purpose.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Debt_Service_Charges_Forecasting_Tool.aspxDebt Service Charges Forecasting Tool and Tip Sheet12/16/2021 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchAs part of the Municipal Debt Project, MFOA has developed a spreadsheet and tip sheet to help estimate future debt service charges of multiple serial and amortizer debentures.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/municipal_debt.aspxMunicipal Debt Report Series10/20/2021 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchThis report series is part of the Municipal Debt Project, which was initiated as a response to questions from MFOA members regarding good practices around the use of debt, and recommended analytics to support decision-making around debt financing.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/COVID19.aspxMFOA Response to COVID-19 and Resources for Municipalities2/16/2021 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchVisit this page for the latest COVID-19 updates in relation to MFOA operations, as well as useful resources for your municipal operations.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/SAMP_Municipal_World_June_2019.aspxStrategic Asset Management Policies (Municipal World - June 2019)6/5/2019 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchRead Municipal World's June 2019 issue to learn about the importance of strategic asset management policies.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/AM_COP_Case_Studies.aspxAsset Management Communities of Practice Case Studies7/3/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchThe case studies of Perth County and AMOntario present the story of utilizing communities of practice to further asset management within one’s own municipality.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Cap_and_trade_discussion_paper.aspxCap and Trade Discussion Paper10/11/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchMFOA has created a discussion paper on the impact of cap and trade in Ontario for municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Reporting_Burden.aspxMunicipal Reporting Burden5/25/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy Research"A Report about Reporting" is a research study on the reporting burden for Ontario municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2016_Census_Rollout_Municipal_Implications.aspx2016 Census Rollout - Municipal Implications3/3/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchThe rollout of the Census data can impact municipalities in multiple ways; the demographic trends observed can alter our plans for future spending.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Beyond_the_Property_Tax.aspxBeyond the Property Tax7/29/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchDo municipalities need access to new revenue tools? Read MFOA's brief analysis on this topic titled, Beyond the Property Tax: Access to Revenue and Municipalities' Political Footprint in Canada. This article is available here for members and has been
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Concerns_with_Grant_Reporting.aspxMunicipal Concerns with Grant Reporting7/27/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchA group of municipalities is actively working to streamline financial reporting related to provincial grants and transfers. The first phase of this project - developing an inventory of municipalities' priority concerns - is now complete.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Framework_For_Municipal_Financial_Sustainability.aspxFramework For Municipal Financial Sustainability7/17/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchMFOA's framework for municipal financial sustainability is a tool to support municipal sustainability initiatives that identifies the pillars and core activities involved in sustainability.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Shared_Services_in_Ontarios_Local_Public_Sector_with_Case_Studies.aspxShared Services in Ontario's Local Public Sector with Case Studies7/13/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy ResearchLooking to save money? MFOA's Guide to shared services and Shared service case studies share best practices and examples of how Ontario municipalities are using shared services to drive down costs while improving municipal services.
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