AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Ontario Investing $6 Million in Frontline Community Safety Initiatives
2019-10-22 4:32:49 PM

Ontario Premier Doug Ford yesterday announced that the Ministry of the Solicitor General will open up applications this week for the Proceeds of Crime – Front-Line Policing (POC-FLP) Grant. A total of $6 million will be invested from 2020 to 2023 with the grant using assets f...





OGRA Surveying Small, Rural, and Northern Municipalities on Student Career Fair
2019-10-22 11:22:02 AM

The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are offering a survey to small, rural, and northern municipalities that would be interested in participating in a Career Fair hosted by OGRA at their 2020 Conference. Taking place on February 23rd, the Career Fair would offer such ...





2019 Federal Election: Liberals to Form a Minority Government
2019-10-22 7:05:05 AM

After a 40-day election campaign, Canadians elected a new Parliament on October 21st with the Liberals winning 157 seats to form a minority government. Barring any changes as a result of recounts, seat standings for Canada's 43rd Parliament will be:   Liberal Party...





Maytree Releases Report – "Lessons from Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot”
2019-10-18 1:44:06 PM

Maytree, a Toronto-based organization dedicated to “creating solutions to poverty”, has published a report authored by Maytree Fellow Michael Mendelson analyzing the lessons learned from the set-up of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot (OBIP). The report examines the OBIP – a...





Ontario Government Announces Updates to Public Safety Radio Network
2019-10-17 12:12:58 PM

The Ontario government announced that it has reached an agreement with Bell Mobility to update the Public Safety Radio Network (PSRN), the communications network supporting front-line and emergency responders across the province. Last updated in 1998, the PSRN does not meet...





Ontario Launches Consultations on new Public Sector Benefits Pooling Model
2019-10-11 2:30:52 PM

The Ontario government intends to begin consultations on benefits pooling for the broader public sector later this year. Since the passage of the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act in April, the government has consulted with broader pu...





Health Minister Announces Advisor on Public Health and Emergency Health Servi...
2019-10-11 8:02:57 AM

As part of the provincial government’s plan to change way public health and emergency health services operate, Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott has announced that Jim Pine will take on the role of advisor for consulting on modernizing public health and e...





Ministry Surveying Municipalities on Gas Tax Fund
2019-10-08 9:31:08 AM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) last week reported that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is surveying local governments to help determine how well the Ontario Gas Tax is meeting the needs of expanding and improving municipal transit. The Ministr...





Applications for Connecting Links Program Open
2019-10-04 1:52:07 PM

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney, earlier this week  announced that the Ontario Government has opened applications for the next round of the Connecting Links program for new projects in eligible municipalities starting in spring 2020. The Connecting...





AMCTO Supports AMO on Joint and Several Liability Reform
2019-10-03 3:16:46 PM

Earlier this year, Attorney General Doug Downey invited municipalities to comment on the existing joint and several liability system. In August, President Dean Sauriol discussed this issue with the Attorney General in a delegation at the annual AMO Conference, noting that l...





 
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