AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Premier Ford addresses delegates at 2020 AMO (Virtual) Conference
2020-08-17 10:33:23 AM

This morning, Premier Doug Ford addressed delegates at the 2020 AMO Conference. As you may know the conference is being delivered virtually this year.  The Premier's address focussed primarily on the COVID Pandemic and support for economic recovery. Premier Ford highligh...

Announcement: Phase 1 Funding for Municipalities under Safe Restart Agreement
2020-08-12 4:24:30 PM

On August 12th 2020, the Province announced the allocation of $1.6 billion in first phase emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement with the federal government, to be distributed this Fall. As AMCTO blogged  about previously, the funding under the Agreement is t...

Announcement: ICIP Changes for Pandemic-Resilient Infrastructure
2020-08-05 4:46:19 PM

On August 5th, Canada's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities announced adjustments to the ICIP to introduce a COVID-10 Resilience stream so that provinces and territories can use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure ...

Revised Communications from ORG re: Marriage Licence Updates
2020-08-05 4:43:17 PM

The Ontario Registrar General Office re-issued a communications to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers on July 30th 2020 to clarify some information and provide additional guidance on replacement licences.  Extending validity of licenses issued during the COVID-19 pandemic for ...

New Reg: Administering Oath or Declaration Remotely
2020-08-04 4:14:16 PM

The Province has published O.Reg 431/20 under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavits Act.  As you may know, the Act was amended through Bill 190, COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020  through which the Government made amendments to several pieces...

Announcement: Funding for Municipalities under the Safe Restart Agreement
2020-07-28 5:03:03 PM

On July 27 2020, the Province announced $4 billion in funding for Ontario municipalities through the Safe Restart Agreement which contributes federal and provincial funds to offset municipal operational costs ( $777 million federal + $1.22 billion provincial = $ 2 billion ) a...

Ontario Legislature Rises for the Summer
2020-07-27 12:45:33 PM

The Ontario Legislature rose for the summer on July 21 st and is expected to resume September 14th, 2020. A busy few months with various COVID related measures put in place, the following government bills were passed and received Royal Assent before the Legislature rose: ...

Regulation Changes – Liquor Delivery and Service on Licenced Boats
2020-07-20 11:12:15 AM

On July 16 th 2020, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario released two information bulletins on regulatory changes under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA). To assist the hospitality and tourism sector, amendments were made to Regulation 719 of the Act which allows Lice...

Catching Up On Recent News and Information
2020-07-17 10:45:08 AM

We are catching up on sharing a number of interesting pieces of news, reports, and other information on the municipal sector. Here are a few items of interest.    Assessment Review Board Training MFOA is holding a two part webinar on municipal involvement in Assessment R...

Communications From Deputy Registrar General on Marriage Licenses updates
2020-07-16 2:41:32 PM

Note: this post has been edited to fix a link. On July 13 th , the Deputy Ontario Registrar General sent two memos to Ontario Marriage license issuers:   The first memo was with regards to Provincial marriage license fees. As AMCTO posted about last week, Bill 197...

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