AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Election Express # 5 – What’s all this fuss about Third Party Advertising…
2017-11-30 11:35:26 AM

What is a Third Party Advertiser?  A third party advertiser (TPA) is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc) that supports or opposes a candidate or supports a yes or no vote on a question on the ballot.  Third party advertising does not include issues-...





Code of Conduct Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:58:34 PM

The government has posted a regulatory proposed that would prescribe what municipalities and local boards must include their codes of conduct. The following items are prescribed subject matters to be included: Gifts, benefits and hospitality. Respectful c...





New AMCTO Backgrounder on Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules
2017-10-03 10:46:57 AM

AMCTO has published a new backgrounder on recent changes to Ontario's open meetings rules. It covers changes ushered in under Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA), as well as the implications of City of Hamilton v. Ombudsman of Ontario .  ...





Updated List of Integrity Commissioners
2017-09-21 1:19:12 PM

In June of 2017 the Government of Ontario passed Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act. Bill 68 requires that every municipality in Ontario provide its citizens access to an integrity commissioner.   As part of its mission to the support the imple...





Bill 68 Proclamation Dates Released
2017-09-18 1:31:43 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released scheduled proclamation dates for Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Ac t. As seen below, the provisions of Bill 68 will be implemented in two phases, with the dates for some remaining provisions still be ann...





Hamilton Court Rules Compliance Audit Committees Not "Local Boards"
2017-08-29 3:03:57 PM

A division court judge in Hamilton has ruled that Election Compliance Audit Committees (CACs) and Property Standards Committees are not local boards under the Municipal Act . The ruling, set down yesterday, means that - barring an appeal from the Ombudsman - Election Complian...





New Paper on Municipalities As Prudent Investors
2017-06-20 2:15:48 PM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance has released a new paper examining prudent investor status, a new investment regime that will be available to some municipalities in Ontario following the passage of Bill 68 . The paper explores how municipal prudent investor...





List of Bills Passed During the Spring Session
2017-06-05 8:50:06 AM

During its spring sitting the Ontario legislature passed 17 bills, addressing a range of issues from energy, housing, and healthcare, to the economy and municipal affairs. Here is a full list of the bills passed:  Bill 27 , Burden Reduction Act  Designed to reduc...





Bill 68 Passes Third Reading
2017-05-30 1:18:20 PM

Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , passed third reading today and is now awaiting Royal Assent. Below is a summary of the amendments made to the bill during the committee process:  Removing the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integr...





New Report on Regulating Disruptive Technology
2017-05-26 10:54:46 AM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report on how governments can better adapt their regulatory approaches to new disruptive technologies. According to the report: “Governments across the world are scrambling to respond to the arrival of innovative new digital services such...





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