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Letter from Minister to Heads of Council

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Dear Head of Council:

I am pleased to provide you with the requirements for the 2014 Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) in the attached Designation. This program contributes to improved delivery of municipal services across Ontario by providing a standardized set of efficiency and effectiveness measures for key service areas. 

Two significant changes to the MPMP have been made this year. First, the amount of data municipalities are required to report has been reduced significantly since some of the data previously reported is no longer relevant or now collected elsewhere. Second, since data reported for the MPMP by each municipality is publically available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, municipalities will now be able to determine which MPMP measures to report to the public. This will reduce a potentially redundant burden for municipalities to publicize data that is already available elsewhere. For the assistance of municipalities, reporting templates will continue to be provided by the ministry.

For the 2014 year, all municipalities are required to report their data to the ministry by May 31, 2015, by including the data in Schedule 80D of their Financial Information Return (FIR).  This schedule replaces the previous MPMP list of measures in Schedules 90-95 of the FIR. 

The MPMP is a tool for comparison of results, which can help start a dialogue and advance local government priorities of efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery and accountability to the public. All MPMP data submitted by municipalities are and will continue to be made available to the public online at: http://csconramp.mah.gov.on.ca/fir/ViewSchedules.htm. Multi-year MPMP reports by municipality are posted.

I invite municipalities to subscribe to the Municipal Information Data and Analysis System (MIDAS), AMO’s web-based software tool for the municipal sector.  Please email AMO directly at MIDASadmin@amo.on.ca to receive your MIDAS password.

The changes to the MPMP will help to reduce the reporting burden for municipalities. We will continue to work closely with the municipal sector to further modernize data collection and reporting tools.

Thank you for your ongoing work to achieve greater efficacy in providing public services through your participation in measuring and reporting municipal performance.

Sincerely,

 

Ted McMeekin,

Minister