The Ontario government is planning to tighten the rules around public fundraising with legislation to ban corporate and union donations to municipal politicians.
During committee Wednesday, the Liberals are expected to recommend changes to the Municipal Act that would prohibit such donations to local leaders.
Instead, the Liberal government will propose that taxpayers give each party $2.26 per vote subsidy each year to offset the lost contributions.
According to Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, the per vote subsidies will cost about $10.9 million a year. That is less than the $13 million the province currently spends to provide tax rebates for political donations.
The Liberal government has said it would be up to municipal council to decide whether or not to change their own fundraising rules.
However, Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin told The Canadian Press that the government has heard from several individuals and organizations across Ontario about the proposed Municipal Elections Modernization Act.
He says the province will continue with its efforts to ban corporate and union donations to council candidates and potential school board trustee candidates in all 445 Ontario municipalities.
McMeekin says the ban will create an even playing field for all political candidates.
This is the latest change the Ontario government has made on the municipal level.
Back in April, the province announced it would introduce new legislation to the Municipal Elections Act. The act, which has yet to be passed, would modernize municipal elections by providing the option of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections.
(With files from Rana Aladdin)