AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Government Announces Intention to End Cap-and-Trade
2018-06-15 2:08:12 PM

Premier-designate Doug Ford announced that his cabinet's first act upon assuming power will be to cancel Ontario's cap-and-trade system and challenge the federal government's authority to impose a carbon tax on the province of Ontario. The Premier-designate also announced tha...





PCs to Form Majority Government
2018-06-08 4:19:33 PM

Today Doug Ford, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, met with Ontario's Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell who invited him to assume the position of Premier of Ontario and form a government.  The PC Party won 76 seats in yesterday's election, followe...





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...





Ontario General Election Preview
2018-06-01 6:19:55 PM

As Ontario's 42nd General Election comes to a close on Thursday, it’s important for local governments to begin preparing to work with the new provincial government. While municipal issues have not dominated the campaign, each of the parties has put forward policies that will ...





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...





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 ...





New Map of Ontario Treaty Obligations
2018-05-10 4:36:22 PM

The Government of Ontario has created an interactive map of all Ontario's treaty obligations and First Nations reserves. The province is currently inviting input from municipalities until July of 2018. You can find out more here .





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 ...





New Asset Management Resources
2018-05-08 2:15:18 PM

Last week the Minister of Infrastructure wrote to Mayors, CAOs, and Stakeholders to provide an update on new asset management resources available to municipalities. The resources include the dissemination of best practices, the creation of custom asset management plan assessm...





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 ...





 
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