Under the agreement for the Federal Gas Tax Fund, provinces and territories are responsible for reporting to the federal government on the projects supported and the benefits obtained. AMO manages the Fund for all municipalities in Ontario, with the exception of the City of Toronto, in accordance with the administrative agreement on the Federal Gas Tax Fund – a multilateral agreement between Canada, Ontario, the City of Toronto and the AMO. Municipal funding agreements govern the AMO`s partnership with each municipality. For more information, visit our agreement page. Sal is a political advisor, implementing the gas tax to the AMO. Prior to AMO, he worked for a consulting firm that helped develop 20 municipal wealth management plans in Ontario, in accordance with provincial guidelines. Sal has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets from the Graduate School of Economics in Barcelona. The Federal Gas Tax Fund is a permanent source of federal funding for local infrastructure. The funds are made available to municipalities twice a year in advance and can be strategically invested in 17 project categories to meet local priorities.
In exchange for this financing, municipalities can also pool, contract banks and borrow. Local infrastructure provides the water we drink, unites our families and communities, and brings us together to rest and play. Much of this infrastructure is more than half a century old and in need of modernization or replacement – but funding is limited, our population is aging and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Reports on the results of environmental projects are known under the federal gas tax agreement. What has changed is that municipalities need to demonstrate project-wide results that support national goals of increasing productivity and economic growth and strengthening cities and municipalities. Municipalities must also submit an asset management plan for all types of infrastructure eligible for the gas tax before the end of the year. Chris joined AMO as manager of the Federal Gas Tax Program. Prior to that, he was a program manager with the Department of Municipal Affairs, where he was responsible for research and policy development for municipal finance and infrastructure. His career includes the Canadian Urban Institute, where he was CFO and Treasurer and as manager of several major municipal infrastructure projects with the World Bank and the Canadian federal government.
On June 1, 2020, the Canadian government announced that the $2.2 billion allocation from the Federal Gas Tax Fund would be accelerated this year and that only one payment would be provided in June to help Canadian municipalities recover as quickly as possible from the Covid-19 pandemic, in accordance with public health policies. This webinar was designed for municipal treasurers, who are the main interlocutors of the AMO for all gas tax applications, but would be useful for all those who are dealing with federal funding of gas tax in your municipality. It will be particularly useful for financial and engineering staff in small and medium-sized municipalities facing capacity challenges. The National Gas Tax Fund provides more than $2 billion a year to 3,600 municipalities across the country.