AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Budget to be Released on April 11
2019-03-07 1:26:51 PM

Finance Minister Vic Fedeli this morning announced that Premier Doug Ford’s first Ontario budget will be released on Thursday, April 11.  Fedeli outlined this budget as a “plan to return the province to balance in a responsible manner and protect what matters most, preserv...

Kingston Declares Climate Emergency
2019-03-07 9:11:44 AM

Kingston is the first municipality in Ontario to unanimously pass a motion declaring a climate emergency within its city limits on Tuesday. Although the motion is symbolic in nature, declaring a climate emergency will help the city name, frame, and deepen its commitment to pro...

Free Behavioural Insights Workshop
2019-03-05 10:44:53 AM

The Policy Innovation Initiative is hosting a free workshop led by Ontario’s TBS’s Behavioural Insights Unit which will teach policymakers how to apply cost-effective behavioural science to policymaking.   The workshop will take place on Wednesday March 13 from 12pm to 2p...

AMCTO Submits Feedback on Proposed Reforms to Commissioners and Notaries
2019-02-28 10:12:55 AM

AMCTO has submitted feedback to the Ministry of the Attorney General regarding the consultation around the proposed amendments to the system of appointments for notaries public and commissioners for taking affidavits.  The Attorney General is responsible for appointing com...

AMCTO Releases ‘Issue At A Glance’ Series
2019-02-21 2:02:40 PM

AMCTO is pleased to announce its new series, ‘Issue at a Glance’. The Issue at a Glance will be a series of briefing notes that seeks to provide local government professionals with quick and digestible information on a range of key policy matters.  The first issue looks at ...

OMERS SC Finalizes Plan Amendments
2019-02-20 9:33:54 AM

The Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) on February 15 amended its Comprehensive Plan Review which reflects two changes effective January 1, 2021: Eliminate the 35-year cap for credited service Option to negotiate NRA 60 for pa...

Queen’s Park Resumes 1st Session Following Winter Break
2019-02-19 10:15:45 AM

The Ontario PC Government resumes sitting today following their winter break. Government House Leader and Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Todd Smith said that the Government would “fight to reduce the deficit, cut red tape, promote job creation and m...

Government Announces OMPF Funding for 2019
2019-02-14 2:55:38 PM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday wrote a letter to all Ontario heads of council to provide an update on the 2019 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).  The Government will maintain the current structure of the OMPF for 2019 as well as Transitional Assistance meaning t...

Government Announces Next Stage in Environmental Plan
2019-02-13 6:47:27 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced its planned approach  which the Government says will protect the environment and fight climate change by combining emission reduction standards while also recognizing Ontario’s economy and its manufacturing sector.  These Made-in...

Organizations Selected to Help Municipalities Reach Environmental Targets
2019-02-05 11:23:38 AM

The Canadian Government and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) yesterday announced a new initiative to help Canadian municipalities across Canada reach significant carbon emission reduction targets. Known as Transition 2050 , the initiative will fund training an...

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