AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government to Review Regional Governance
2019-01-15 3:31:45 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing today announced a plan to review Ontario’s regional governments.  The review will examine Ontario’s eight regional municipalities – Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, and Oxford County – and Simcoe...





Government to Help Small Municipalities Plan for Infrastructure Needs
2019-01-14 11:39:08 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Monte McNaughton, on Friday announced that 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive infrastructure help through a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario (MFOA) in partnership with the province. Thi...





OMPF Reductions and Allocation Notices
2019-01-03 10:54:03 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) in late December announced that the Ministry of Finance sent a letter to Ontario’s heads of council and treasurers advising that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) will be reduced by an unspecified amount and that all...





MPAC Provides Update on Bill 66 Reference
2018-12-17 2:48:52 PM

Last week the Government announced Bill 66  including a commitment to confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative.  In a follow up to AMCTO, MPAC confirms...





Bill 66: Greenbelt Implications
2018-12-10 2:11:38 PM

Last week, the Ontario PC Government  introduced Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Part of the Bill would allow municipalities to create “open for business” zoning bylaws that would allow municipalities to bypass numerous existing pieces of legislatio...





Government Announces Legislation to Reduce Burden on Job Creators
2018-12-07 10:43:00 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday proposed a package of over 30 actions that they say will reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. If Bill 66 passes, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018 will “cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with oth...





Final OMB/LPAT Regulations Posted
2018-03-26 2:18:12 PM

The government has posted the final regulations for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board. You can view these regulations here .  For more:  Proposed OMB Reform Regulations Posted





Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Posted
2017-12-20 11:39:11 AM

The government is seeking feedback on a proposed regulation that would give municipalities that power to use inclusionary zoning under the Planning Act. In 2016 the province passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act , which amongst its many provisions gave municipalities ...





Province Consulting on Greenbelt Expansion
2017-12-15 10:00:10 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently consulting on a potential expansion of the greenbelt to better protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe--an area that is under pressure from expanding urban development. Specifically, th...





Proposed OMB Reform Regs Posted
2017-12-08 2:17:46 PM

Yesterday the Ministry of Municipal Affairs posted draft regulations that enact the transition from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The proposed regulations cover:  Transition rules for matters and proceedings that come to th...





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