Education & Events

2018 Municipal Licensing and Law Enforcement Forum


Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport
Algonquin Ballroom
33 Carlson Court
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 6H5

AMCTO's annual Municipal Licensing & Law Enforcement Forum will help you stay ahead of the curve on current issues and emerging trends in the field of municipal licensing and by-law enforcement, while providing you with great interaction and professional networking opportunities.

This forum is developed by AMCTO in partnership with the Municipal Law Enforcement Officers' Association (MLEOA), Ontario Association of Property Standards Officers (OAPSO) and the Prosecutors Association of Ontario (PAO).

Agenda Topics

Cannabis Legalization and the Cannabis Act, 2017

Municipalities throughout Ontario are preparing for the legalization of cannabis products to come into effect later this year. This far reaching policy change has significant implications for municipalities across Ontario and Canada. The Provincial Government recently enacted the Cannabis Act, 2017, which prescribes the regulatory framework for the lawful use and distribution of cannabis as a controlled substance within Ontario.  In addition, the Province has identified municipalities that will host the first 40 cannabis retail outlets in 2017. This session will involve a panel presentation to discuss the potential implications that this Act, and other related issues, will have on municipal enforcement staff in this province and will include a discussion of potential strategies to help municipalities respond.

Changes to The Smoke Free Ontario Act (including e-Cigarettes,Tobacco,Cannabis)

The provincial government has taken steps to further protect children and youth from the dangers and health effects of smoking and provides enhanced protections to reduce second-hand smoking exposure to the residents of Ontario. The new Smoke Free Ontario Act 2017 has received Royal Assent and will repeal the current Smoke Free Ontario Act and The Electronic Cigarettes Act when it comes into force and effect. The new act adds many new regulatory provisions and now includes provisions for vape/electronic cigarettes and medical cannabis. Our guest speaker will provide some detail on the new provisions in the act.

Harassment in the Workplace: Issues on the Rise

Many municipalities are seeing an ongoing increase in workplace harassment complaints. As part of Ontario’s 3-year action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment, Bill 132 requires employers to investigate and to revise policies and procedures to reflect their expanded duties and obligations to protect workers from workplace harassment. Join us in an interactive session that will cover the following topics:

  • Bill 132 & OHSA: the duty to investigate
  • Human rights obligations as it relates to the duty to conduct effective investigations pertaining to allegations of discrimination and harassment in the workplace
  • Chronic mental stress benefits flowing from harassment may be compensable

Ministry of Transportation Standards: Provincial Government Update

Towing and Storage: On January 1, 2017, new consumer protection rules for towing and vehicle-storage services came into effect. The ministry will provide a one year update on how these regulations have been introduced and how the new rules are being adhered to by the industry.

Also in January 2017, the Ministry of Transportation introduced New Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) Test for Tow Truck Operators along with the requirement that all tow trucks be registered under the CVOR’s. 

The ministry staff will provide an update on the new rules and how the industry has been in compliance with them.

Case Law and Legislative Update: Recent Decisions from Ontario’s Courts

A legal expert will provide an overview of recent court decisions and provincial legislation which are of significance to municipalities from a licensing and enforcement perspective, including updates on:

  • Case law related to R. v. Jordan, [2016] 1 S.C.R. 631,
  • Bill 177, Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017,
  • Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017, and
  • Bill 175, Safer Ontario Act, 2018.

Response to the Opioid Crisis: Fentanyl Awareness Training

From Drugstore to Downtown: And update on prescription street drugs. Detective Constable Chris Auger , OPP Drug Enforcement Unit for an update on what prescription drugs including fentanyl and opioids that are currently being sold on the street to and by the public, their effects, the current trends, from both a public and law enforcement perspective, on this new era of substances.

The Sharing Economy: Regulating Business Disruptors (Lyft, Airbnb, Uber, etc.)

Municipalities are at varying stages of moving toward a comprehensive regulatory framework which includes vehicles for hire ( including limos, taxis, and ride sharing services such as Lyft and Uber) and short term rentals including Arirbnb. Because of the growth of an un-regulated economy, municipalities are looking at how to marry regulation with opportunity. Expert panelists will discuss their experiences working within the sharing economy and implementing various regulatory models, outlining challenges, success and lessons learned.

Residential Licenses and Short Term Rentals

With an increasing trend toward short term sub-letting of properties in residential areas there is no clear alignment with licensing and zoning by-laws and a spill over impact on the availability of affordable housing. Tracey Cook, Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, City of Toronto, shares highlights of the report on a pilot project including the requirement and challenges of short-term rental operators to register with the city, while blocking secondary suites from being listed on sites like Airbnb. This session shares Toronto’s attempt at maintaining affordable housing while striking a balance between new technology, protecting communities and short term rentals.

Interactive Break-out Session

This is an opportunity for attendees to network, share and trouble shoot ideas and challenges with peers. Attendees will attend a facilitated break-out session on an agenda topic of their choice. Following the discussions, each group will share their session ideas, learnings, issues and “eureka” moments with the larger audience. This is one of the most popular sessions of the day which promotes experiential learning and provides practical insights to address job-related challenges.


8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Breakfast and Registration begins at 8:00 am)

Registration Form

Fee: $463.30 ($410 + $53.30 HST)
(Includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and materials)

Student Rate: For more information please contact Jeanne Moon

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