Employment Law and Human Resources Certificate Program for Municipalities (HR)

The HR course is a Certificate Program, with a strong emphasis on the municipality’s legal obligations and due diligence strategies related to human resources management. Upon completion, attendees will be able to manage employees more effectively. It is also one of the 4 elements of AMCTO’s Diploma in Municipal Administration (DMA). It consists of 9 modules covering various topics surrounding HR law issues. The first 6 modules are delivered through online access to the materials for attendees to review before attending a two-day workshop on the remaining 3 modules. It is approximately 16 hours of reading material for the 6 online modules and a teleconference is scheduled with the facilitator, prior to the first day in-class workshop for Q & A.

Although the certificate of completion is issued upon conclusion of the 9 modules, for those who are enrolled in the DMA, they will be required to submit a 4000 word report on one specific topic of their choice that was discussed within the 9 modules. Upon achieving the minimum grade standard, they will gain credit for this course toward their completion of the DMA program.

Resource Materials for the DMA - HR Report (including submission timelines) are located at the bottom of this page.

Learn About...

  • HR Processes and Issues including Recruitment, Compensation and Performance Management
  • The Employment Standards Act and The Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Human Rights and Accommodation
  • Discipline and Terminations
  • Managing in a unionized environment

Who Should Attend? 

  • Senior Municipal Leaders including Directors, Managers and Supervisors
  • Municipal HR Directors, Managers and staff involved in the HR function
  • Students of AMCTO’s Diploma in Municipal Administration

An overview of the program is as follows:

  Online Sessions

HR Processes & Issues (live)    

Collective Agreements & Discipline (live)    

1. Overview/legal framework

2. The Employment Standards Act

3. The Occupational Health and Safety Act

4. Human Rights and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

5. Accommodation

6. Attendance and Disability Management

1. Organizational & Job Design

2. Hiring/Recruitment

3. Employee Motivation

4. Performance Management

5. Training & Development

6. Compensation & Benefits

1. Managing in a Unionized Environment

2. Discipline and Termination

* Attendees must complete all sessions to be awarded a Certificate of Completion*

About the Instructors:

Whyte is a partner in the Labour and Employment group of Cunningham Swan LLP in Kingston. He has practised labour and employment law for employers, including many municipalities, for over 30 years throughout Eastern Ontario, acting for unionized and non-union employers in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Cunningham Swan, he served as a Vice-chair of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario from 2008-2010. He is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars.


Garth Johns is an effective and highly respected senior leader, manager, consultant and author.  He is also a much sought after presenter and speaker on topics relating to leadership, management and human resources.  Garth has a passion for common sense leadership with a particular interest in educating, mentoring and developing others. 

Upcoming Sessions:

Access to the Online Sessions and other details will be included in your confirmation email, which you will receive within 24-48 hours after you have registered. It is expected that registrants will view the online sessions before participating in the teleconference call. .

In-class Sessions are from 9:00am to 4:00pm with registration and continental breakfast at 8:30am on each day

April 18-19, 2017-Mississauga (Deadline to register:March 29)                           
AMCTO Office
2680 Skymark Ave. Suite 610
Mississauga, ONT L4W 5L6
(905) 602-4294           

Teleconference will be hosted by Alan Whyte on March 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West 
(905) 361-6300

Best Western PLUS Travel Hotel Toronto Airport  
(416) 620-1234

May 18 - 19, 2017- Thunder Bay (Deadline to register: April 28) 
City of Thunder Bay
City Hall 3rd Floor
500 Donald St. East
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 5V3

Teleconference will be hosted by Alan Whyte on May 1, 2017 at 10:00a.m


Valhalla Inn Hotel
(807) 577-1121

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
(807) 346-0220



Fee for the Program                                                                                                     
$1582.00 ($1400+ $182 HST)
Prices include Materials, Refreshments & Lunch;  HST # R106732936

Refund Policy:

All cancellations must be confirmed to AMCTO in writing. A refund levy of $226.00 (includes HST) will be applied to all cancellations received up to Fourteen (14) business days prior to the event. Refunds are not granted for cancellations made within 13 days or less of the event date.

Resources for Employment Law and HR Program (Diploma Version)