AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces Grants to Help Police Keep Communities Safe
2018-11-29 2:56:23 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced grants of $1.5 million to help police forces across the province fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities.  Administered through the Ci...





Free Webinar on Municipal Responsibilities in the Private Cannabis Retail Sector
2018-11-21 2:51:15 PM

On Tuesday November 27, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission is hosting a free webinar for municipal staff that will focus on issues surrounding the municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector.  This webinar will take plac...





Best Practices for Cannabis Legalization
2018-11-19 2:51:36 PM

On November 8, AMCTO hosted a forum on the legalization of recreational cannabis. Participants at the forum discussed a range of best-practices for private retail sales of recreational cannabis, including topics related to by-laws, licensing, zoning, and enforcement.   The...





Province Passes New Cannabis Regulations
2018-11-15 11:01:23 AM

The Ontario PC government yesterday evening passed new regulations for the licensing and operation of private cannabis stores. Focusing largely on the protection of children and youth and overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), these regulations provi...





Changes to Blanket and Bazaar Lottery Licences
2018-10-02 11:56:26 AM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has made a number of changes to lottery licencing policies that are designed to provide greater flexibility for charities and ease the administrative burden. Specific changes introduced at the beginning of September by the AGCO incl...





Province Outlines Cannabis Distribution Model
2018-08-14 5:17:56 PM

Yesterday the government of Ontario outlined its proposed model for the sale of recreational cannabis. When recreational cannabis becomes legal on October 17th Ontarians will be able to order online through an online retail platform operated by the provincially-run Ontario Can...





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...





Cannabis Can be Legally Sold as of October 17
2018-06-21 3:26:25 PM

The federal government has set October 17, 2018 as the date when cannabis can be sold legally in Canada. The announcement came following the passage of the federal legislation legalizing cannabis. The province of Ontario passed its cannabis legislation in December of 2017.  ...





AGCO Approves World Cup Hour Extension
2018-06-06 4:17:15 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has approved a temporary extension of service hours for the sale of liquor during the World Cup. According to the AGCO, throughout the course of the World Cup (June 14, 2018 - July 15, 2018) temporary extensions of service wi...





New Cannabis Briefing Deck
2018-05-23 2:41:07 PM

The Ministry of the Attorney General's Cannabis Legalization Secretariat, in partnership with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), has prepared a comprehensive briefing deck for the municipal sector. The deck includes important details about how the legalization...





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