AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
2019 Federal Budget Update
2019-03-21 1:39:07 PM

On Tuesday, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 federal budget with a projected $19.8 billion deficit.  This budget spending plan targeted the middle class and focused largely on investments in infrastructure, including affordable housing, broadband ac...

Ontario to Invest in Small and Rural Municipalities
2019-03-20 10:49:41 AM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark today announced a one-time investment of $200 million to 405 small and rural municipalities across Ontario to improve local service delivery and efficiency. Funding will be allocated based on the number of households in a ...

AMCTO Releases Subscription Feature for Policy Blog
2019-03-19 2:51:26 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release a subscription feature for our Policy Blog which will give you up-to-date information on legislative and policy updates from Queen’s Park, as well as on matters that impact Ontario’s municipalities.  Please subscribe to our blog here . Be sur...

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Now Accepting Applications
2019-03-18 1:21:44 PM

The Ontario Government today opened its online portal for applications for the Rural and Northern stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program . It is open to approximately 500 Ontario communities with populations under 100,000. Those communities have eight weeks...

2019 OMPF Funding Allocations Announced
2019-03-15 11:18:55 AM

The Ministry of Finance yesterday issued 2019 allocation notices from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF). The total funding envelope to municipalities will decrease by $5 million to $505 million and will be distributed to 389 municipalities. OMPF funding will again...

Government Launches Local Consultations on Regional Governance Review
2019-03-14 9:28:01 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing yesterday announced that it is launching online consultations for residents, businesses, and stakeholders in the 82 upper-and-lower-tier municipalities included in the regional governance review. The Ministry is specifically looki...

Government Announces Infrastructure Funding Program
2019-03-13 11:59:53 AM

The Ministry of Infrastructure yesterday announced an infrastructure funding program which the Government said will “help create and protect good jobs across the province.” Falling under the federal government’s  Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and signed by the p...

AMCTO Supports AMO's Position on the Construction Act
2019-03-12 3:57:59 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) regarding concerns municipal governments have with the recently amended Construction Act and its force date of October 1, 2019.  AMCTO is providing a letter of support to the Ministry of th...

AMCTO Supports MFOA's Positions on Development Charges
2019-03-12 1:32:31 PM

AMCTO is lending its support to the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario's (MFOA) recommendations to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the risk of reduced development charge revenues for local governments.  As the association has historic...

ESA to Offer Webinar on Risk-Based Oversight
2019-03-11 11:45:16 AM

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), the body responsible for the oversight of electrical work in Ontario, is offering a webinar on the transition to a Risk-Based Oversight (RBO) approach.   RBO will use risk criteria to determine what wiring work requires a site visit, ...

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