AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Premier Ford Shuffles Cabinet
2019-06-20 2:50:20 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford today shuffled his cabinet – a move that has impacted several high-profile ministers. The move saw all but seven ministers move out of their positions and saw Ford's cabinet grow from 21 to 28 total ministers and associate ministers. Below is a li...

Minister Clark Addresses AMCTO Conference Delegates
2019-06-11 10:59:23 AM

AMCTO is pleased that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) Steve Clark yesterday addressed AMCTO’s conference delegates at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario.  Below is a brief summary of Minister Clark’s address:   Reporting burden: highlight...

Ontario Government Looking to Change Recycling Program
2019-06-07 12:12:42 PM

In an effort to tackle issues relating to recycling and plastic waste, the Ontario government has appointed David Lindsay as a Special Advisor on Recycling and Plastic Waste. Mr. Lindsay will provide Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) Rod Phillips a re...

Ontario Government Passes Bill 108
2019-06-06 1:29:09 PM

The Ontario government today has passed Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice, 2019 . The Bill aims to increase affordable housing in Ontario. The Bill affects 13 Acts and has several municipal implications.  Below is a brief summary of the passed legislation. Changes made to...

AMCTO Releases Updated Voters’ List Position Paper
2019-06-05 1:57:40 PM

AMCTO is pleased to release an updated version of its 2015 Voters’ List position paper entitled Modernizing the Voters' List . We generally support the call from Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer, Greg Essensa, to improve the municipal voters’ list by: Establishin...

Ontario Outlines Policy Framework for Updated Data Strategy
2019-06-05 12:40:23 PM

The provincial government has developed a new set of policy principles that will guide an updated data strategy that is to be released tentatively in the Fall. The principles reflect privacy concerns from the government's public consultations held earlier this year. The consu...

Ontario’s NDP Leader Introduces Bill 121
2019-06-04 2:17:26 PM

Ontario’s NDP Leader, Andrea Horwath, yesterday introduced Bill 121 , Municipal Representation and Restructuring Protection Act, 2019 . The Bill endorses the principle that the relationship between the provincial and local governments should be based on mutual respect, cons...

Federal Party Leaders Address FCM Conference Delegates
2019-06-04 9:25:39 AM

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently held their annual conference from May 30th to June 2nd. All four national party leaders addressed an audience of mayors and other municipal officials from across the country. Below is a brief summary of each leader’s ad...

OLG’s Recent Changes to Charitable Gaming
2019-05-31 11:46:37 AM

The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Company (OLG) has made some changes to charitable gaming .    Most notably, the 10% of Non-Gaming Win is no longer paid to charity associations. As a result of this and other initiatives, new contracts have been brought forward between th...

Minister Clark to Attend AMCTO’s 81st Annual Conference
2019-05-29 10:47:43 AM

AMCTO is pleased that Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark is set to attend the association’s 81st annual conference  to speak directly to the province's local government professionals. Minister Clark will deliver his address on Monday June 10th.  AMCTO’s...

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