AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Minister Clark Provides Reporting Burden Update at AMO Conference
2019-08-20 6:11:02 PM

Today at the annual Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) conference, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark discussed the reporting burden file – one of AMCTO’s key policy priorities since 2017. Building off Premier Ford’s address yesterday, Minister ...





Premier Ford Addresses AMO Delegates
2019-08-19 3:00:33 PM

Premier Doug Ford today delivered a keynote during AMO’s annual conference in Ottawa. Below is a brief summary of his address: Announcing September 3 rd as the intake date for the third stream, Community, Culture, and Recreation Stream, of the federal Investing in ...





Province Moving Forward with Blue Box Program Reform
2019-08-15 1:19:07 PM

Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, today announced that the current provincial Blue Box Program will be significantly reformed based on the recommendations from Special Advisor David Lin...





AMCTO Partners with IoT Events for Intelligent Cities Summit
2019-08-14 10:39:43 PM

AMCTO is pleased to be partnering with IoT Events for the upcoming Intelligent Cities Summit, which will be held on October 7 th -8 th in Toronto. The conference will gather the world’s leading municipal professionals and tech experts to discuss, network, and inform each ...





Ontario Releases Municipal Cannabis Funding
2019-08-14 8:17:59 AM

Ontario’s Minister of Finance Rod Phillips yesterday wrote to the Heads of Council of all eligible Ontario municipalities notifying them that the Ministry will soon be releasing $6.74 million through the Ontario Cannabis Legalization Implementation Fund (OCLIF). According t...





Special Advisor Submits Report to Minister to Reform Ontario's Recycling Program
2019-08-08 11:40:20 AM

David Lindsay, the Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste, has submitted his report to MECP (Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks) Minister Jeff Yurek, which would see significant reforms to Ontario’s Blue Box program. The report found that diversion ...





Committee Submits Initial Recommendations for Accessibility Standards
2019-08-06 2:02:21 PM

The Information and Communications Standards Development Committee is proposing changes to accessibility standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 . The Act became law in 2005 with a goal to create an accessible Ontario by 2025. ...





Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Seeking Municipal Cannabis Costs ...
2019-07-31 3:12:01 PM

With the help of CAMA (Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators), FCM is looking for assistance from municipalities to help inform their efforts on cannabis policy and advocacy once the federal government revisits the federal-municipal legalization agreement in Decemb...





Ontario Begins Second Round of Consultations on Updated Data Strategy
2019-07-31 12:18:57 PM

The Ontario government is beginning its second phase of consultations on the province’s Data Strategy, which is due to be released at the end of the year.   The government has also made available a Discussion Paper that is available for comment during this round of consu...





OMERS Employer Training Resources
2019-07-30 2:09:55 PM

OMERS (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) has a number of professional training sessions and materials, which provides OMERS employers the opportunity to learn more about their OMERS pension plan. Training opportunities include online e-Learning modules and fac...





 
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