AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Implementation of Policing Reforms Halted
2018-07-04 5:24:09 PM

In a letter to Ontario police associations, Premier Doug Ford announced that the government of Ontario is postponing the implementation of elements of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act), the Liberal government's reforms to public safety and policing. It's not clear which parts o...





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 ...





Fire Services Regulations Finalized
2018-05-10 4:21:50 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services passed three new regulations governing fire services in Ontario. The regulations, which the government posted for comment in early spring, introduce a range of changes to fire services in Ontario, including mandatory ...





Safer Ontario Act Passes Third Reading
2018-03-12 1:27:02 PM

Last week Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent. The legislation introduces a wide range reforms to policing and community safety in Ontario.  For more:  Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms  News Release: Ontario Pas...





AMO Webinar on New Fire Regulations
2018-03-05 12:26:01 PM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is hosting a webinar to discuss the province's proposed new regulations for fire services. See below for a message from AMO:  As you may be aware, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) released...





AMO Releases Bill 175 Submission
2018-02-21 2:43:26 PM

Last week the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) released its submission on Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act . The submission contains more than 15 recommendations covering community safety and well-being plans, civilianization, consolidation of police service boa...





Government Proposing New Requirement for Reporting Fire Response Times
2018-02-20 2:30:24 PM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is currently collecting feedback on a proposed new regulation that would require fire services to publicly report on response times. Specifically, under the proposed regulations fire departments would have to ...





Government Consulting on Proposed Fire Service Regulations
2018-02-09 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is seeking feedback on two proposed regulations under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act .  Mandatory Certification The first proposed regulation would establish mandatory certification requirements ...





Bill 148 Passes Third Reading
2017-11-23 4:55:09 PM

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, has passed third reading and will now become law. The legislation will raise Ontario's minimum wage to $15, mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal work, and extend personal emergency leave for all employ...





Government To Exempt Essential Public Services from Bill 148
2017-11-16 2:20:44 PM

In a letter to AMO President Lynn Dollin, Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has confirmed that the government will introduce amendments to exempt essential public services from Bill 148's on-call pay and 96 hours notice scheduling provisions. Specifically, as a result ...





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