AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New AMCTO Backgrounder on Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules
2017-10-03 10:46:57 AM

AMCTO has published a new backgrounder on recent changes to Ontario's open meetings rules. It covers changes ushered in under Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA), as well as the implications of City of Hamilton v. Ombudsman of Ontario .  ...

Province Creates New Housing Delivery Group
2017-09-28 8:46:24 AM

The Government of Ontario has created a new team that will be tasked with streamlining the housing development process. Specifically, the new Housing Delivery Group will be responsible for identifying challenges and barriers that prevent new housing projects from being built....

New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...

Report Calls for New Process to Select Infrastructure Projects
2017-09-25 2:32:19 PM

A new report, released this week by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and written by Michael Fenn, is calling on the government to improve the evaluation process used to select infrastructure projects. According to the report, if the combined $...

Updated List of Integrity Commissioners
2017-09-21 1:19:12 PM

In June of 2017 the Government of Ontario passed Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act. Bill 68 requires that every municipality in Ontario provide its citizens access to an integrity commissioner.   As part of its mission to the support the imple...

Government Proposing New Tougher Impaired Driving Laws
2017-09-20 2:21:30 PM

The Ministry of Transportation announced new measures this week that would make drug impaired driving laws even tougher. The new measures are designed to toughen Ontario's impaired driving laws ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis in July of 2018. The new rules w...

Bill 68 Proclamation Dates Released
2017-09-18 1:31:43 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has released scheduled proclamation dates for Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Ac t. As seen below, the provisions of Bill 68 will be implemented in two phases, with the dates for some remaining provisions still be ann...

Province Announces Plan for Cannabis Sales
2017-09-11 2:32:44 PM

On Friday the province announced that it will create a network of government-run retail outlets, overseen by the LCBO, to sell recreational cannabis after it becomes legal on July 1, 2018. The government's plan to have 40 store-front distribution venues in place by next year ...

Hamilton Court Rules Compliance Audit Committees Not "Local Boards"
2017-08-29 3:03:57 PM

A division court judge in Hamilton has ruled that Election Compliance Audit Committees (CACs) and Property Standards Committees are not local boards under the Municipal Act . The ruling, set down yesterday, means that - barring an appeal from the Ombudsman - Election Complian...

Province Commits New Funding for Social Housing Repairs
2017-08-29 11:37:23 AM

The Government of Ontario has set aside new funding for repairs and retrofits of social housing across the province. Over the next five years the province will invest up to $657 million in repairing and retrofitting social housing apartment buildings over five years, with the ...

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