AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
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...

AGCO Cannabis Retail Regulation Guide
2018-12-04 9:57:51 AM

Last week the AGCO hosted a webinar for municipal staff that focused on issues surrounding municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector. Using the information presented in this webinar, the AGCO has created a ‘Cannabis Reta...

New Resources Available for Managing Public Library Boards
2018-12-03 10:24:59 AM

Following the 2018 Ontario local government elections, municipal councils across Ontario will appoint library board trustees in compliance with the Public Libraries Act 1990 . A series of resources have been developed by the Ontario Library Boards’ Association, the Federatio...

Update on OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review
2018-11-22 9:26:48 AM

On November 15, following a review of its Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) voted in favour of the following proposed changes:    Eliminate the current 35-year cap for c...

Premier to Use Notwithstanding Clause to Pass Better Local Government Act
2018-09-10 6:00:57 PM

Today Premier Ford announced that he will use the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reintroduce Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act . Sections of the Act were overturned this morning by a ruling in Ontario Superior Court that found Bill 5 ...

Better Local Government Act Passes Third Reading
2018-08-14 5:29:16 PM

Today the Better Local Government Act passed third reading and now awaits Royal Assent. The Better Local Government Act introduces a number of reforms to local government in the province, including reducing the size of Toronto's city council and eliminating elections of re...

AMCTO Responds to Announcement of The Better Local Government Act
2018-07-30 11:47:10 PM

Last week several municipal reforms with significant ramifications, were put forward by the Honourable Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. While we look forward to reviewing the upcoming legislation, the announcement and several aspe...

Safer Ontario Act Proclamation Dates Announced
2018-05-15 10:54:35 AM

The government has announced the proclamation dates for the Safer Ontario Act . The Safer Ontario Act introduces a series of reforms to policing and public safety in Ontario. The Act has been proclaimed and the in-force date set for January 1, 2020. Other key provisions ...

Updated Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual
2018-05-07 4:50:20 PM

The province has recently updated its manual for freedom of information (FOI) and protection of privacy. The Freedom of Information (FOI) and Protection of Privacy Manual is a resource for all municipal and provincial privacy and FOI practitioners. The updates reflect recent ...

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