Municipal Finance 101 - A Fundamentals E-Learning Course

Municipal Finance 101 - A Fundamentals E-Learning Course
Municipal Finance 101 e-Learning is a customizable foundation course that covers the fundamentals of municipal finance, including legislation that impacts the role of Ontario finance officers. The course provides comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge to help finance offers manage their responsibilities on a day-to-day basis.

Participants will be able to customize their learning experience by choosing topics that are relevant to their interests and needs. Complete 12 of the 14 modules outlined below.

  • Module 01 Municipal & Legislative Overview*
  • Module 02 Municipal Debt
  • Module 03 Assessment & Property Tax
  • Module 04 Budget Overview
  • Module 05 Financial Reporting
  • Module 06 Long-Term Financial Planning
  • Module 07 Operating and Capital Budget
  • Module 08 User Fees
  • Module 09 Asset Management
  • Module 10 Reserves & Reserve Funds
Electives (participants choose two topics that are most relevant to them):
  • Module 11 Water & Wastewater
  • Module 12 Internal Controls
  • Module 13 Performance Measurement
  • Module 14 Development Charges
*FREE TRIAL! Those wishing to experience MFOA's e-Learning without committing to the course are invited to undertake Module 1 - Chapter 1 for FREE. Click here to download today! Note: After you demo the first chapter and decide to register, you will be required to complete the module in its entirety in order to receive the certificate of completion for this course.

Who Should Participate?
  • New municipal finance employees
  • Provincial employees seeking a greater understanding of municipal finance issues and functions
  • Municipal managers and councillors wanting insight into the role finance plays in the success of their organizations
  • Stakeholders involved in public sector financial management
What the Course Delivers:
  • Overview of the municipal sector; background, structure, service responsibilities
  • Discuss the key sections of the Municipal Act that pertains to finance
  • Intergovernmental Finance; role and review of the transfer system
  • The fundamentals of accounting and financial reporting, PSAB compliance
  • Best practices and principles of long-term financial planning and capital planning
  • Service cost and pricing strategies; user fees vs. taxation, cost recovery, asset management
  • and much more!
Evaluation – How It Works:
At the end of each module, participants are required to complete a test for which the passing grade is 80%. The test may be attempted up to three times. A passing grade is not required in order to move on to the next module. Participants who complete all modules and tests (regardless of score) will receive a certificate of completion.

Participants will have up to 60 days of unlimited access to complete all 12 modules, review content, and download materials.   

Tools and Takeaways:

Participants will receive valuable reference materials that they can use in their everyday municipal finance roles, along with downloadable PDFs of the course material.

About the Course Leaders:
MFOA’s Municipal Finance 101 e-Learning course has been developed by a host of leading industry professionals bringing with them decades of acquired knowledge and experience.

  1. Member Pricing: $659 and Non Member Pricing: $859
  2. Register 3 or more of your staff at the same time and get an additional 15% off. 

CPD CREDITS: This course is eligible for 12 CPD credits (14 CPD credits if you complete all elective modules). Certificates to verify the number of hours attended are available upon request.

Refund and Cancellation Policy for e-Learning Courses: 
Prior Access to the Course: Full refund, less $50+HST administration fee, can be provided if cancellation is made by email prior to accessing the e-Learning course. Cancellations must be requested by emailing Participants will have unlimited access to the course for up to 60 days. Participant substitutions/transfers are allowed prior to accessing the e-Learning course (no admin fee).  
Post Access to the Course: 50% of the course fee, less $50+HST administration fee, can only be provided to participants who have completed less than 50% of the course. No refunds will be provided if 51% or more of the course has been completed. 
1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

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