AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
AMCTO Advocacy Win: Elections Ontario Recommends Changes to the Voter’s List ...
2019-04-18 11:27:49 AM

AMCTO has released the following statement in response to the Elections Ontario's report on fixing the voters list:  AMCTO today applauded the report tabled by Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, Modernizing Ontario's Electoral Process , which includes 13 t...





2019 Provincial Budget Update
2019-04-15 11:42:49 AM

On Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivered Ontario’s 2019 budget, Protecting What Matters Most . This year’s budget – the government’s first since taking office in 2018 – is focused on fiscal management and a plan to return the province’s books to balance a...





Government Announces a Nearly $30 Billion GTA Transit Plan
2019-04-10 12:04:00 PM

Premier Ford and Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek today announced a $26.7 billion public transit expansion plan that involves four GTA projects with the following cost projections:  Ontario Line (formerly the Downtown Relief Line): $10.9 billion Scarborough subway: $5....





Federal Government Investing in Toronto's Social Housing
2019-04-08 10:33:19 AM

Prime Minister Trudeau on Friday announced a federal investment of $1.3 billion to Toronto Community Housing (TCH) that will help fix 58,000 units over a 10 year period. Renovations are set to begin this spring.  $810 million of the federal money will be given as a loan ...





Regional Governance Implications for Region of Peel Released by Auditor
2019-04-04 1:40:50 PM

At the request of the Region of Peel and in light of the ongoing regional governance review, Deloitte undertook a report to examine the financial implications of changing the current two-tiered municipal government model which makes up the Region of Peel.  The report loo...





Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act Passes
2019-04-02 4:48:31 PM

The Ontario Government today passed Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019 . The Act will reduce regulatory burdens in 12 sectors, including agrifood, manufacturing, construction, and the auto sector. The Government says this Act also will cut business c...





AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...





Second Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Announced
2019-03-27 10:07:28 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced that the second stream of public transit under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program will be open to “make public transit infrastructure better, safer, and more accessible.” The first intake of this stream will op...





Ontario Private Cannabis Retail Store Openings Delayed
2019-03-26 9:37:49 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday confirmed that the province's process to set up private cannabis retail stores is taking longer than predicated. Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli said that customers will have to "wait and see" which of the 25 private retailers who were granted ...





2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...





 
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