AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Cyber Security Resource
2018-10-18 5:44:19 PM

The CLX Forum has published a free eBook on cyber security. "Canadian Cybersecurity 2018" is written by Cyber Security Specialists from across the world. The book's purpose is to educate and bring awareness to cyber security issues in Canada. Topics covered in the book includ...





Cannabis Legislation Passes
2018-10-18 5:32:30 PM

Bill 36, the  Ontario Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent on October 17, the first day that recreational cannabis could be legally sold in Canada. As a result, recreational cannabis can now be legally purchased online in Ontar...





Government Repeals Firefighter Certification Regulation
2018-10-16 11:35:23 AM

The government has repealed a new regulation, enacted under the Fire Protection and Prevent Act , that would have created new requirements for mandatory firefighter training and certification. Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Michael Tibollo said in a le...





Update on 1/3 Tax Exemption
2018-10-09 4:01:03 PM

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has provided an update on changes to the 1/3 tax exemption that some municipal councillors receive. The end of the 1/3 tax exemption was included in the federal government's 2017 budget. According to the bulletin circulated by the CRA, the chan...





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 Introduces Cannabis Legislation
2018-09-27 2:07:02 PM

The government tabled Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act . The bill, if passed, will implement the government's plan for the distribution of recreational cannabis. Key elements of the legislation include:  Private retailers would be licensed by the Alco...





Government Releases Results of Commission of Inquiry and Line-by-Line Audit
2018-09-26 4:24:31 PM

Over the past week the government of Ontario has released the results of a commission of inquiry and line-by-line audit of provincial finances. Both probes noted concern about deficit-spending and the level of debt in the province but failed to find any of the fraud or abuse ...





Government to Repeal Green Energy Act
2018-09-25 11:41:09 AM

The government of Ontario introduced legislation that would repeal the Green Energy Act . Bill 34, the Green Energy Repeal Act , 2018, was introduced last week and passed first reading. View the bill here .  For more:  Globe and Mail, "Ontario government moves to scrap...





Province Granted Stay on Better Local Government Act
2018-09-21 5:18:50 PM

The Ontario Court of Appeal issued a stay on the September 10th ruling by the Ontario Superior Court that struck down parts of Bill 5, the  Better Local Government Act.  The appeals court decision freezes the lower court's ruling for the time being, which means that the City ...





OPP Warns Municipalities About Ransomware
2018-09-14 1:15:51 PM

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning municipalities about a recent spate of ransomware attacks targeting municipal government offices in Ontario. A ransomware attack occurs when cybercriminals infect a computer system with malware that encrypts the data on those sys...





 
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