Policy Projects

Our projects are practical tools designed to help finance staff improve municipal operations. Please give us feedback and let us know how you used this toolbox to inform your practices. The topics of our work are informed by discussion with our committees as well as the results of our annual Policy Priorities Survey. Our most recent work is highlighted here, while older work, accessible to non-members, can be found in our Policy Archive and PSAB work in our PSAB Archive.

Check out our Policy Action Plan for more on MFOA's policy framework.
 
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MFOA_Policy_Projects/2018_Fall_Economic_Statement.aspx2018 Fall Economic Statement11/15/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsOn November 15, 2018, the provincial Fall Economic Statement was released.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOA_Submission_OMERS_CPR.aspxMFOA's Submission on the OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review11/14/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has submitted comments to the OMERS Sponsor Corporation Board of Directors on the proposed changes to the OMERS Plan.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/transforming_the_treasurer.aspxTransforming the Treasurer: From Finance Operator to Cataylst for Change8/28/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsRead part one of the five part series now!
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Strategic_Asset_Management_Policy_Toolkit.aspxMFOA Strategic Asset Management Policies Toolkit7/24/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's Strategic Asset Management Policy Toolkit is now available
MFOA_Policy_Projects/AM_COP_Case_Studies.aspxAsset Management Communities of Practice Case Studies7/3/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe 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/AM_SAT.aspxAM SAT5/31/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe SAT and Maturity Framework is now available to all Ontario municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Asset_Management_Communities_of_Practice_Guide.aspxAsset Management Communities of Practice Guide5/8/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe Guide is intended to assist municipal staff in developing and maintaining their own communities of practice to best meet their needs.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/New_ARB_Rules_Of_Practice_And_Procedure.aspxNew ARB Rules of Practice and Procedure - Municipal Impacts5/4/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe Assessment Review Board has made changes to their Rules of Practice and Procedure. Changes are effective as of April 1, 2017.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Ontario_Legislative_Updates.aspxOntario Legislative Updates4/20/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsOn a monthly basis, MFOA provides an update on Ontario legislative changes. See what's coming down the pipeline.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2018_Provincial_Budget_Municipal_Implications.aspx2018 Provincial Budget - Municipal Implications3/28/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's summary of Ontario's 2018 Provincial Budget. If you have difficulty accessing the document please email policy@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Summary_of_the_2018_Federal_Budget.aspxMFOA's Summary of the 2018 Federal Budget2/27/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsIf you have any issues accessing the budget summary please email colin@mfoa.on.ca or christine@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Deflator_Tables.aspxDeflator Tables2/13/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsDeflator tables taking into account this past year's inflation are now ready. These will allow you to approximate costs when accounting for older capital assets.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/AMP_For_Municipal_Infrastructure.aspxO. Reg. 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure1/2/2018 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsO. Reg. 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure was released on December 27, 2017.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Implications_of_Bill_148.aspxMunicipal Implications of Bill 14811/30/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsBill 148 has received Royal Assent. The bill includes many municipal implications that include changes to budgeting, record keeping, staff wages, and more.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Accounting_Standards_Effective_Jan_1_2018.aspxAccounting Standards Effective January 1, 201811/27/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsNew PSAB accounting standards are in effect as of January 1, 2018. MFOA has compiled a list of the standards as well as resources to help you get ready.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2017_Fall_Economic_Statement_and_Bill_177.aspx2017 Fall Economic Statement and Bill 17711/17/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsOn November 14, 2017, the provincial Fall Economic Statement was released and Bill 177 passed first reading. Both carry municipal implications.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Response_to_Proposed_Prudent_Investor_and_Legal_List_Amendments.aspxMFOA's Response to Proposed Prudent Investor and Legal List Amendments11/9/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has submitted its response to the proposed Prudent Investor Standard Regulation.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Cap_and_trade_discussion_paper.aspxCap and Trade Discussion Paper10/11/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has created a discussion paper on the impact of cap and trade in Ontario for municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Fall_2017_Policy_Update.aspxMFOA's Fall 2017 Policy Update9/8/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsInterested in what is coming in the pipeline for Ontario legislature in Fall 2017? Look no further!
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2017_Policy_Survey.aspx2017 Policy Survey Results7/31/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has completed its 2017 Policy Survey. These findings provide staff with information to help guide future policy direction. Learn more about what our members said.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Response_to_ARO_Exposure_Draft.aspxMFOA's Response to ARO Exposure Draft6/20/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's response to PSAB's Asset Retirement Obligation (ARO) Exposure Draft. The proposed PS 3280 will address the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of legal obligations associated with retirement of TCAs.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOA_Submission_DC_Exemption_Second_Unit_Homes.aspxMFOA's Submission on DC Exemption for Second Units in New Homes6/16/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's submission to the proposed amendments to O. Reg. 82/98 (General) under the Development Charges Act, 1997.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Reporting_Burden.aspxMunicipal Reporting Burden5/25/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projects"A Report about Reporting" is a research study on the reporting burden for Ontario municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2017_Provincial_Budget_Municipal_Implications.aspx2017 Provincial Budget - Municipal Implications4/27/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's summary of Ontario's 2017 Provincial Budget. If you have difficulty accessing the document please email policy@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Summary_of_the_2017_Federal_Budget.aspxMFOA's Summary of the 2017 Federal Budget3/22/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsIf you have any issues accessing the budget summary please email shira@mfoa.on.ca or policy@mfoa.on.ca.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Asset_Management_Players_in_Ontario.aspxAsset Management Players in Ontario3/10/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsA summary of the major organizations that work on asset management in Ontario. If you have any additional organizations to add, please contact policy@mfoa.on.ca.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2016_Census_Rollout_Municipal_Implications.aspx2016 Census Rollout - Municipal Implications3/3/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe 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/Updates_to_Municipal_Legislation_Bill_68_and_Bill_70.aspxUpdates to Municipal Legislation - Bill 68 and Bill 703/2/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsOn November 16, 2016, Bill 68, Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act, 2016, and Bill 70, Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016, were introduced for first reading. Both proposed legislative bills carry potential impact
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2017_Provincial_Prebudget_Submission.aspx2017 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission2/1/2017 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's submission to the 2017 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission. MFOA recommends that the Ministry consider the goals of municipal fiscal sustainability when creating the 2017 budget.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Finance_Orientation_Package_Updated_Edition.aspxMunicipal Finance Orientation Package - Updated Edition9/15/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsAre you or someone in your office new to the field? Look no further! The Orientation Package provides a crash course on municipal functions and important relevant organizations.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Summary_of_the_2016_Federal_Budget.aspxMFOA's Summary of the 2016 Federal Budget8/10/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsIf you have any issues accessing the budget summary please email colin@mfoa.on.ca or policy@mfoa.on.ca.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2015_Deflator_Tables.aspx2015 Deflator Tables8/9/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsDeflator tables taking into account this past year's inflation are now ready. If you have issues accessing the document please contact policy@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2016_Provincial_Budget_Municipal_Implications.aspx2016 Provincial Budget - Municipal Implications8/8/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's summary of Ontario's 2016 Provincial Budget. If you have any questions please contact policy@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Submission_on_Landfill_Assessment_Methodology.aspxMFOA's Submission on Landfill Assessment Methodology8/7/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe Ministry of Finance is undergoing consultations to develop a methodology for the assessment of landfills in Ontario. MFOA, in partnership with AMO, have submitted a response to these consultations.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/UPDATED_MFOAs_Municipal_Act_Review_Submission.aspxUPDATED: MFOA's Municipal Act Review Submission8/6/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA will be submitting two reports to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) as part of the Municipal Legislation Review. UPDATE: Now includes documents on prudent investor status for the One Investment Program.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Submission_on_Bill_73.aspxMFOA's Submission on Bill 738/6/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has submitted its Bill 73 - Smart Growth for Our Communities Act response to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Respons_to_PSAB_Consultation_Paper_3.aspxMFOA’s Response to PSAB Consultation Paper 38/5/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsConsultation Paper 3 highlights many of the principles that will be set out in a future statement of principles for a revised framework and reporting model, and ask for input on them and a proposed reporting model that is built on those principles.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Moving_Ontario_ Forward_Submission.aspxMFOA's Moving Ontario Forward Submission8/4/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA’s position to the Moving Ontario Forward: Outside the GTHA consultation process is based on previously articulated support for asset management planning and also includes recommendations for improving application-based funding programs.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2015_Provincial_Budget_Write-up.aspx2015 Provincial Budget Write-up8/3/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has submitted its Bill 73 - Smart Growth for Our Communities Act response to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Summary_of_the_2015_Federal_Budget.aspxMFOA's Summary of the 2015 Federal Budget8/2/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe budget stresses a number of themes, some of them present in previous budgets, such as tax reduction measures, lower taxes for businesses, steady economic growth, and financial stewardship.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Development_Charges_Reform_2015.aspxDevelopment Charges Reform 20158/1/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsProposed amendments to the Development Charges Act, 1997 and Planning Act, 1990, is detailed in Bill 73, Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015, which has received its first reading on March 5, 2015.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2014_Deflator_Tables.aspx2014 Deflator Tables7/31/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsDeflator tables taking into account this past year's inflation are now ready. The tables will allow you to approximate costs when accounting for your older capital assets.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/CDS_Fee_Proposal_for_Municipal_Debentures_2015_2016.aspxCDS Fee Proposal for Municipal Debentures 2015/20167/30/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMajor changes to the CDS fee schedule are expected to come into effect in 2015, which will significantly increase the costs to municipalities issuing debentures. MFOA has sent two letters to CDS requesting a meeting to discuss some of the identified
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Beyond_the_Property_Tax.aspxBeyond the Property Tax7/29/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsDo 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/MFOA_Board_Approves_Ideas_for_Improving_Provincial_Land_Tax.aspxMFOA Board Approves Ideas for Improving Provincial Land Tax7/28/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsOn September 18th, 2014, the MFOA Board of Directors approved a preliminary series of ideas for improving tax equity between incorporated and unincorporated Northern communities through Provincial Land Tax (PLT) reform.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Municipal_Concerns_with_Grant_Reporting.aspxMunicipal Concerns with Grant Reporting7/27/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsA 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/MFOA_Adds_New_Asset_Management_Tools.aspxMFOA Adds New Asset Management Tools7/26/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsWorking with support from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), MFOA is providing a number of Asset Management (AM) Tools for municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Demystify_the_Municipal_Infrastructure_Deficit_Performance_Scorecard.aspxDemystify the Municipal Infrastructure Deficit: Performance Scorecard7/25/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe tools that make up the series aim to help municipalities.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2014_Provincial_Budget_Municipal_Implications.aspx2014 Provincial Budget - Municipal Implications7/24/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's summary of Ontario's 2014 Provincial Budget. If you have any questions please contact policy@mfoa.on.ca
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Quantifying_the_Infrastructure_Funding_Deficit_Survey.aspxQuantifying the Infrastructure Funding Deficit Survey7/23/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsWhat are the most common ways of quantifying the infrastructure deficit? How popular are risk registers and asset consumption ratios for understanding infrastructure funding requirements?
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Property_Taxation_in_Ontario_A_Guide_for_Municipalities.aspxProperty Taxation in Ontario: A Guide for Municipalities7/22/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThis property tax guide was produced by MFOA in 2012 to serve as a primer and high level introduction to property taxation in Ontario. It provides a high level overview of property taxation for those who are new to the field.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Serving_to_Your_Potential_Enhancing_Strategic_Influence_in_the_Treasurer’s_Office.aspxServing to Your Potential - Enhancing Strategic Influence in the Treasurer’s Office7/21/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's monograph on the treasurer's role in a municipality. Learn about how to enhance your strategic influence in the office.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Summary_of_the_2014_Federal_Budget.aspxMFOA's Summary of the 2014 Federal Budget7/20/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe budget stresses a number of themes such as connecting Canadians with available jobs, promoting job creation, innovation and trade, responsible resource development, support for families and communities by protecting Canadian consumers and keeping
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOA_Committee_Responds_to_PSAB_Statement_of_Principles_on_Revenue.aspxMFOA Committee Responds to PSAB Statement of Principles on Revenue7/19/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's Committee on Accounting and Financial Reporting shared its feedback on a new revenue SOP with PSAB.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOA_Responds_to_CD_Howes_Budget_Commentary.aspxMFOA Responds to C. D. Howe's Budget Commentary7/18/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsWhile we share C. D. Howe’s goal of making budgets more understandable and municipal finance officers are committed to continuous improvement, we do not see their recommendations as making improvement in this area.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Framework_For_Municipal_Financial_Sustainability.aspxFramework For Municipal Financial Sustainability7/17/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA'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/Policy_Department_Strategic_Plan.aspxPolicy Department Strategic Plan7/16/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA has adopted a strategic plan for its policy activities. Our priority member services include Information sharing, Intergovernmental relations Outreach. Read more about the changes and how you can get involved.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Interview_series_Asset Management_in_Practice_Highlights.aspxInterview series: Asset Management in Practice & Highlights7/15/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsHow do municipal asset management systems work in practice? How do municipal approaches compare? MFOA Staff interviewed municipalities from inside and outside of Ontario to understand how the asset management function works in different contexts.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Response_to_Regulation_28409_Review.aspxResponse to Regulation 284/09 Review7/14/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe province is reviewing the Budget Expenses Regulation (O. Reg. 284/09) and one possible outcome of the review is that the regulation could be eliminated, forcing municipalities to budget for amortization and other non-cash items. Read more about w
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 projectsLooking 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.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Finance_Templates.aspxFinance Templates6/16/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe MMAH and MFOA developed three simplified finance templates for small municipalities. The templates are to assist with (1) performing bank reconciliations, (2) understanding cash flows and (3) developing budgets.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Leading_Practices_in_Developing_an_Asset_Management_Plan.aspxLeading Practices in Developing an Asset Management Plan6/15/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsClick for a standard asset management plan framework, leading practices for developing an asset management plan, other resources and templates, as well as alternate frameworks to build your plan around.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2013_Federal_Budget.aspx2013 Federal Budget6/14/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsHow will the 2013 federal budget impact long term capital planning in your municipality? Click for our synopsis of the budget, complete with municipal highlights, economic outlook and federal financial position.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/BLTFAG.aspxBLTFAG6/14/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsThe Municipal Budgeting and Long-Term Financial Planning Action Group (Action Group), facilitated by the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs (MMA), was created as a forum for municipal stakeholders to collaborate on practical and actionable ideas t
MFOA_Policy_Projects/2013_Provincial_Budget.aspx2013 Provincial Budget6/13/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsLearn about transit, road, bridge and other infrastructure changes flowing out of the 2013 provincial budget. MFOA isolates municipal highlights, the province's financial position, economic outlook and other budget initiatives.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/FIR_Reform.aspxFIR Reform6/12/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA group sees strong returns on FIR reform initiative. After many months of cataloguing problematic schedules, issues and recommendations for improving the FIR, MFOA’s FIR sub-group tabled several suggestions to MMAH.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOA_Letter_to_Colleges_and_Universities_Offer_(More)_Municipal_Course_Content.aspxMFOA Letter to Colleges and Universities: Offer (More) Municipal Course Content6/11/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA encourages Ontario colleges and universities to offer more municipal course content in an effort to heighten students' municipal literacy and interest in municipal employment.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Young_Professionals_Recruitment_Strategies.aspxYoung Professionals Recruitment Strategies5/30/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsWhile middle managers and external hires move into senior roles, the Committee on Big Issues in Small Places was keen to have access to strategies to recruit younger professionals for long term staffing needs.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Phased_Retirement.aspxPhased Retirement5/28/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsPhased retirement is broadly defined as any program allowing for gradual decreases in working time and workload instead of an abrupt move from full-time employment to retirement.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Succession_Planning_for_Ontario_Municipalities.aspxSuccession Planning for Ontario Municipalities5/27/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsIn this summary resource, we share the three most common succession planning strategies and variations on the themes from governments inside and outside of Ontario.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Assessment_Issues_and_Solutions.aspxAssessment Issues & Solutions5/26/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsAccess the report of MFOA's MPAC Working Group, which unpacks priority MPAC issues, key performance indicators and other recommendations for improving the assessment system.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Conversion_Support_for_PS_3150.aspxConversion Support for PS 31505/25/2016 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsA suite of news, accounting information and other resources to support municipalities' transition to the PS 3150 compliance and beyond.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/Special_Purpose_Business_Property_Assessment_Review.aspxSpecial Purpose Business Property Assessment Review (2013-2014)8/1/2013 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA participated in the Special Purpose Business Property Assessment Review with various stakeholders.
MFOA_Policy_Projects/MFOAs_Municipal_Act_Review_Submission.aspxMFOA's Municipal Act Review Submission8/1/2013 12:00:00 AMPolicy projectsMFOA's 2013 report for the Municipal Act Review.
 

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