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Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative

Posted: June 18, 2019

The Canadian Collaborative Procurement Initiative (CCPI) is a federal program open to Broader Public Sector (BPS) organizations in Ontario and across the country.  This program allows for access to the purchasing arrangements (standing offers and supply arrangements) developed by Public Services & Procurement Canada (PSPC) by Provincial and Territorial governments, as well as municipalities, academic institutions, schools and hospitals (MASH) entities.

What Can Doubling of The Federal Gas Tax Do For My Municipality? It’s Up To You.

Posted: June 04, 2019

The federal government will be providing a one-time doubling of federal Gas Tax funds this year. That means over $800 million more for Ontario municipalities to spend on infrastructure. How will this funding affect your community?

LAS Energy Planning Tool: Summer 2019 Upgrade

Posted: May 21, 2019

The LAS Energy Planning Tool (EPT) is a custom energy tracking and planning solution for Ontario’s public sector. New for 2019, we’ll be giving the software a significant overhaul. A key upgrade is the addition of automatic data importation for organizations who use LAS commodity programs to manage their natural gas and electricity. Watch for these changes along with an updated user manual in early summer 2019.

Investing for Outcomes

Posted: May 07, 2019

There are different approaches to investing.  For example, municipalities might identify all long-term future cash needs and invest with time horizons that match those needs within the risk tolerance constraints set by Council.  While there is no single right way, at ONE Investment, we advocate the concept of outcome investing where municipalities identify the type of return stream needed and invest according to the risk tolerance

LAS Electricity Program Cost Review for 2018

Posted: April 23, 2019

LAS recently completed the yearly 2018 cost summaries for the Electricity Program, which currently includes 143 enrolled municipalities. This blog post contains the detailed pricing information for that period.

Security in the Digital Age

Posted: April 10, 2019

On average, how many times do you hear the word “cyber” in a day? Once? Twice? Five times? We’d be willing to wager that the number has increased greatly over the years. Add “hacker”, “ransomware”, “phishing”, “malware”, and “virus” to the mix and the probability may just have doubled.

Learn more about how you can protect yourself and your municipality. We invite you to join us this September for our biennial Risk Management Symposium at Casino Rama. Click here to register and book your hotel at a group rate.

LAS Natural Gas Program Update

Posted: March 27, 2019

Natural gas commodity prices averaged $0.082/m3 through the winter (Nov-Mar), which is up compared to last year’s winter average of $0.076/m3. The upward movement in natural gas prices was primarily due to extreme cold weather throughout the majority of Canada, which led to lower Canadian natural gas inventories. In Eastern Canadian markets, natural gas prices have come off significantly from the levels seen at the end of November/beginning of December. Mid-December, prices in the East were trading at levels not seen in several years, mainly due to natural gas storage concerns. A mild December and strong natural US gas production through 2018 and into 2019 have returned natural gas inventories to “adequate” levels; although, still tracking behind last year and the 5-year average, which is impacting pricing in the day markets and short term.

As the Sun Sets on our Streetlights…

Posted: March 12, 2019

This month marks six years since the launch of one of our most popular programs to date, and what a six years it has been.  Our LED Streetlight Program has been responsible for installing over 200,000 streetlights in 177 municipalities.  Funding for streetlight retrofits is ending in at the end of 2020, and as a result our program will be winding down this year.

Prudent Investing Intended to Provide a New Source of Revenue

Posted: February 27, 2019
Tagged As: Investments, Legislation & Regulation

In order to protect public funds from losing money, Ontario municipalities have been allowed to invest only in securities defined in the Municipal Act (the Legal List)--mostly government bonds.  Unfortunately, in the current low-interest environment, returns on these bonds have been very low.  High quality corporate bonds and Canadian stocks have been permitted in a controlled way through ONE Investment, although very little has been invested this way. 

AMO-eSCRIBE Partnership: Digitally Transforming the Municipal Meeting Lifecycle

Posted: February 13, 2019
Tagged As: Digital, Government, Livestreaming, Meetings, Technology

If you are an avid reader of the LAS Blog, you know all about AMO’s efforts to help municipal governments implement secure, reliable, and robust digital technologies. You assisted us in identifying your digital transformation challenges and priorities when we wrote #OnMuni Online, which continues to form the foundation of our efforts in researching the most appropriate digital opportunities for the sector.
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