AMCTO Policy Blog


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





Prudent Investor Regulation Finalized
2018-03-12 2:24:17 PM

The government has finalized the regulations that will enable to municipalities to use the prudent investor standard for investments. The regulation will allow qualifying municipalities to abandon the "legal list" of of eligible investments and invest in any security that is ...





Code of Conduct Regulation Finalized
2018-03-08 11:54:17 AM

The regulation that states what topics have to be covered in municipal codes of conduct has been finalized and posted on e-laws. According to the regulation all codes of conduct for municipal councils and local boards must cover:  Gifts, benefits and hospitality  ...





Bill 68 Implementation Schedule
2018-01-31 5:19:56 PM

AMCTO has created a new resource, which provides overview of some new municipal responsibilities following the passage of Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA). Bill 68 introduced a series of reforms to the M unicipal Act , Municipal Conflict...





Proposed Cannabis Regulations Posted
2018-01-25 4:16:39 PM

The government has posted proposed regulations to govern its legalization of recreational cannabis. The proposed regulations cover places of use, impaired-driving, storefronts and medical cannabis. See below for the draft regulations:  Proposed places of use regulations und...





Bill 68 Tax Sale Regulation Takes Effect
2018-01-04 2:19:29 PM

A new regulation governing the tax sale provisions of Bill 68 came into effect on January 1, 2018. Amongst other changes, the regulation, which was filed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on December 21, 2018, expands the options available to municipalities when advertisin...





 
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