AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Applications for Municipal GHG Challenge Fund Now Open
2018-04-23 2:37:59 PM

The government of Ontario is now accepting applications for grants under the Municipal GHG Challenge Fund. The grants, which are funded by the proceeds from Ontario's carbon market, will fund up to 100% of the eligible costs for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. M...

Government Consulting on New Regulation for Excess Soil Management
2018-04-23 2:19:57 PM

The province is seeking feedback on a proposed new regulation that would govern the management and reuse of excess soil. Excess soil is typically dirt or soil that is dug up as part of a construction project and needs to be removed from its original location. The goal of the p...

Cannabis Implementation Guides
2018-04-16 2:44:00 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have both released implementation guides for cannabis legalization. The guides are designed to help local governments understand their responsibilities as part of cannabis l...

FCM Launches New Staff Salary Granting Program
2018-04-09 2:34:56 PM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), in partnership with the Government of Canada, has launched a new funding program that will provide grants for municipalities to hire staff working on climate change. Specifically, the program will provide grants of up to $125,0...

Updated Election Forms and Guides Now Available
2018-04-05 1:51:06 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released updated election forms and candidates and voters' guides. The updated guides can be found on the Ministry's election website , while update election forms can be found in the government's central forms repository . 

AMCTO Releases New Research on Municipal Council Compensation
2018-04-04 3:05:53 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release its latest research Report on Municipal Council Compensation in Ontario. The research stems from a survey of municipaliteis that was designed to gain a better understanding of how municipalities compensate their councils, create a resource for munic...

2018 Provincial Budget Update
2018-03-28 5:15:58 PM

This afternoon Finance Minister Charles Sousa delivered Ontario’s 2018 budget,  A Plan for Care and Opportunity . This year’s budget, which comes just over two months before the 2018 provincial election, is full of new spending commitments in human services, health, and child...

Applications Open for Community Environment Fund
2018-03-27 4:59:42 PM

Applications are now open for funding under the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OECP). The OECP offers up to $133,000 in funding across nine watersheds throughout the province for projects that restore and protect affected watersheds. Since 2010, OCEF has disbursed close ...

Accessibility Committee Seeking Feedback on Employment Standards
2018-03-27 4:25:28 PM

The Accessible Employment Standards Review Committee is conducting a survey on its recommended changes to the accessible employment standards. The accessible employment standards are a set of requirements designed to help make employment more accessible to people with disabil...

Final OMB/LPAT Regulations Posted
2018-03-26 2:18:12 PM

The government has posted the final regulations for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board. You can view these regulations here .  For more:  Proposed OMB Reform Regulations Posted

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