AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
IMFG Paper on Municipalities and ‘Digital Dilemmas’
2022-09-23 11:14:59 AM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has recently released: Digital Dilemmas: Technology, Governance and Canadian Municipalities , by Zachary Spicer. The paper explores the challenges and opportunities emerging from new digital platforms. During the win...

IPC Order re Frivolous or Vexatious
2022-09-21 4:43:28 PM

On August 19, 2022 the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) issued an Order which may be of interest to other municipalities. The key issue is whether the appellant’s requests to the Town of Oakville are frivolous or vexatious under the Municipal Freedom of I...

Fourth Review of the AODA
2022-09-19 2:16:07 PM

The Fourth Independent Review of the   Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its regulation O. Reg 191/11  has launched. The review is supported by a review  website  which is independent from the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility. This Revie...

Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act receives Royal Assent
2022-09-08 12:23:17 PM

Today, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario held the third-reading vote on Bill 3, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act . The Bill passed with 74 ayes and 31 nays. The Bill will come into effect on November 15, 2022, the first day of office for new Councils. AMCTO shared our c...

StrategyCorp white paper on Tax-Free Municipal Bonds
2022-08-25 4:22:16 PM

In a new white paper, ‘More Affordable Infrastructure: Tax-Free Municipal Bonds,” published by the StrategyCorp Institute of Public Policy and Economy, author Michael Fenn recommends reconsidering tax-exempt municipal bonds as a financing mechanism for municipal infrastructure...

2022 AMO Conference Highlights
2022-08-18 12:58:00 PM

The 2022 AMO conference was back in-person this year and we were pleased to participate in the three-day-long conference hosted by the City of Ottawa. Between taking part in the tradeshow, advancing our advocacy priorities at delegations meetings, and attending sessions and po...

Government Introduces Strong Mayors Legislation
2022-08-11 9:53:53 AM

On August 10, 2022 Minister Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, introduced Bill 3: Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act . If passed, the Act would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa additional powers including to:  Appoint municipal CAOs and other no...

Singh v Corporation of the City of Brampton
2022-08-09 3:22:48 PM

On July 11, 2022 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice made a decision regarding the City of Brampton’s filling of a vacancy on Council which may be of interest to other municipalities. The key issue on the application is whether the Resolution and By-law to fill the vacancy c...

Premier Ford Appoints Cabinet
2022-06-29 9:24:25 AM

On Friday, June 24 th , Premier Ford unveiled his new cabinet, keeping many existing members, appointing some returning caucus members to cabinet for the first time, and rewarding some of the newest MPPs. Of particular interest to AMCTO and the municipal sector are the foll...

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario’s 2021 Annual Report
2022-06-22 10:32:09 AM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) released it’s 2021 Annual Report, Access and Privacy: Cornerstones of a Digital Ontario , on June 14, 2022. The report provides a snapshot of notable activities, initiatives and recommendations from the past year. I...

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