AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Province Introduces Cannabis Legislation
2018-09-27 2:07:02 PM

The government tabled Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act . The bill, if passed, will implement the government's plan for the distribution of recreational cannabis. Key elements of the legislation include:  Private retailers would be licensed by the Alco...

Government Releases Results of Commission of Inquiry and Line-by-Line Audit
2018-09-26 4:24:31 PM

Over the past week the government of Ontario has released the results of a commission of inquiry and line-by-line audit of provincial finances. Both probes noted concern about deficit-spending and the level of debt in the province but failed to find any of the fraud or abuse ...

Government to Repeal Green Energy Act
2018-09-25 11:41:09 AM

The government of Ontario introduced legislation that would repeal the Green Energy Act . Bill 34, the Green Energy Repeal Act , 2018, was introduced last week and passed first reading. View the bill here .  For more:  Globe and Mail, "Ontario government moves to scrap...

Province Granted Stay on Better Local Government Act
2018-09-21 5:18:50 PM

The Ontario Court of Appeal issued a stay on the September 10th ruling by the Ontario Superior Court that struck down parts of Bill 5, the  Better Local Government Act.  The appeals court decision freezes the lower court's ruling for the time being, which means that the City ...

OPP Warns Municipalities About Ransomware
2018-09-14 1:15:51 PM

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning municipalities about a recent spate of ransomware attacks targeting municipal government offices in Ontario. A ransomware attack occurs when cybercriminals infect a computer system with malware that encrypts the data on those sys...

Free Webinar on Accessible Main Streets
2018-09-13 11:00:00 AM

The Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility is hosting a free webinar that will focus on how to create accessible main streets. Brent Kittmer, CAO and Clerk for the Town of St. Marys, will discuss his municipality's experience reconstructing its main street within a heritage c...

MPAC Releases New Guide to Ontario’s Assessment System
2018-09-12 11:49:34 AM

MPAC has released a new guide to help municipal candidates and newly elected councillors better understand the role of MPAC and the relationship between property assessment and taxation in Ontario. See below for a message from MPAC:  In the lead-up to municipal elections thi...

Free Webinar on Indigenous-Municipal Relations
2018-09-11 3:16:19 PM

AMCTO is partnering with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to host a free webinar for municipal public servants and elected officials on Indigenous-municipal relations. The webinar, "Indigenous People in Ontario," will take place on Thursday September 20th fr...

Premier to Use Notwithstanding Clause to Pass Better Local Government Act
2018-09-10 6:00:57 PM

Today Premier Ford announced that he will use the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to reintroduce Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act . Sections of the Act were overturned this morning by a ruling in Ontario Superior Court that found Bill 5 ...

2018 Survey of Canadian CAOs
2018-08-29 1:38:05 PM

StrategyCorp released its 2018 survey of Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs), which examines opinions of municipal leaders. The 2018 edition expands the survey to include municipal CAOs from across Canada. Key findings from the report include:  Concerns about the mu...

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