AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ford to Reverse Retroactive Funding Cuts to Municipalities
2019-05-27 10:50:02 AM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford today announced he is reversing retroactive funding cuts to local governments. The reversal will include cuts to child care services , public health , and ambulance services . Since the release of this PC government’s first budget  on April 11...





Municipal Response to Provincial Budget Cuts
2019-05-24 12:21:20 PM

Since the release  of the Ontario government’s budget on April 11 aiming to eliminate the $11.7 billion deficit over five years, cuts and changes to provincial funding for municipal governments have been steadily occurring. This currently includes public health , library s...





Premier Ford Offers Funding to Large Municipalities and School Boards to Find...
2019-05-22 3:37:34 PM

Premier Ford yesterday announced that his government is creating a fund of $7.35 million to pay large municipalities and district school boards to review their budgets and find four percent in savings.  The reviews would be conducted by third-party auditors and funds would...





Budget Update – Ambulance Services
2019-05-08 12:18:55 AM

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) yesterday reported that the cost of shared ambulance grants are now frozen at 2018 levels. Based on the 2017 funding allocation, growth in service costs for 2019 means municipal taxpayers will be left making up the difference...





Budget Update: Public Health
2019-04-26 11:20:58 AM

There are a number of items in the province’s recently released budget, Protecting What Matters Most , that will have direct fiscal implications for Ontario’s local governments with some taking immediate effect. Over the next few weeks, AMCTO will spotlight specific budget...





2019 Provincial Budget Update
2019-04-15 11:42:49 AM

On Thursday afternoon, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli delivered Ontario’s 2019 budget, Protecting What Matters Most . This year’s budget – the government’s first since taking office in 2018 – is focused on fiscal management and a plan to return the province’s books to balance a...





AMO Launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey
2019-03-28 6:01:42 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is launching a Municipal Cannabis Cost Survey to monitor and evaluate the impacts of cannabis legalization. This survey will gather data on the fiscal impacts of recreational cannabis legalization, including trends in costs over...





2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...





Ontario to Invest in Small and Rural Municipalities
2019-03-20 10:49:41 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced a one-time investment of $200 million to 405 small and rural municipalities across Ontario to improve local service delivery and efficiency. Funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a ...





Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...





 
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