Ontario voters go to the municipal polls on October 22nd. Here are CFIB's priorities for all candidates and incoming municipal governments across the province.
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- Adopt CFIB’s “Red Tape Challenge” that calls on municipalities to commit to adopting a red tape charter that contains a checklist for new regulations and a one-in-one out rule
- Measure service standards and regulatory burdens and set clear reduction targets
- Create transparency through public reporting of regulatory reduction initiatives
- Cap the commercial-residential property tax gap at 2:1
- Provide earlier property tax notices
- Allow commercial properties to remit taxes quarterly
- Place a hard cap on property tax increases
- Keep municipal spending increases at or below the rate of population growth
- Implement public sector compensation systems that better align with the private sector
- Adopt a compensation program for cases where construction has a moderate to major impact on local business operations for an extended period of time.
- Introduce a “no surprise rule” mandating the municipality track its infrastructure’s condition and let local businesses know of construction well in advance.
- Introduce a comprehensive planning approach involving the “dig once” principle and the phasing/timing of projects.
- Ensure contracting processes have integrated mitigation provisions and a bonus/penalty system, especially for early/late completion of the project.
- Appoint a business liaison officer with managerial authority designated for each project.
QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICE
- Adopt a customer-centric approach to all municipal services
UNDERSTANDING THE REALITIES OF RUNNING A SMALL BUSINESS
- Commit to more direct engagement with the small business community
- Ensure there are accessible consultations with small business owners on proposed policy changes that impact local businesses