AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 68 Passes Third Reading
2017-05-30 1:18:20 PM

Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act , passed third reading today and is now awaiting Royal Assent. Below is a summary of the amendments made to the bill during the committee process:  Removing the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integr...

Proposed Asset Management Regulation Posted
2017-05-26 11:26:19 AM

The government has posted its proposal for a new regulation that would govern asset management planning in Ontario. The regulation would set out the content requirements for municipal asset management plans, and require municipalities to use proscribed policies and best pract...

New Report on Regulating Disruptive Technology
2017-05-26 10:54:46 AM

The Mowat Centre has released a new report on how governments can better adapt their regulatory approaches to new disruptive technologies. According to the report: “Governments across the world are scrambling to respond to the arrival of innovative new digital services such...

Webinar on New ARB Rules of Practice and Procedure
2017-05-24 10:58:06 AM

On April 1st, 2017 the Assessment Review Board (ARB) began to use new Rules of Practice and Procedure. The new rules significantly change to how municipalities participate in property tax assessment appeals. To help municipalities grapple with the changes, MFOA and OMTRA are ...

Government Releases Updated Land Use Plans
2017-05-23 11:15:39 AM

Last week the government released its updated land-use plans for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region. Updates to the provinces four GGH land use plans (Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation...

Government Passes Mining Act
2017-05-18 10:49:57 AM

Last week the government passed Bill 39, the Aggregate Resources and Mining Modernization Act . The legislation is designed to modernize regulations around mining and resource extraction, while also improving environmental protection and generating new economic development. ...

Government Releases Proposed OMB Reforms
2017-05-16 11:38:27 AM

Today the Ministry of Municipal Affairs announced its proposed reforms the province’s land use planning appeals system and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The government will introduce new legislation within the next several weeks that would replace the OMB with a new Local...

AMCTO Election Express #3
2017-05-15 12:50:13 PM

We are back with our 3rd Election Express that will cover the issues of directly electing regional chairs and county wardens along with all things to do with communicating and reporting effectively before, during and after an election. Buckle up…this is a long one! Direct E...

Ministry of Transportation Consulting on Display Screens and Hand-held Devices
2017-05-09 12:48:58 PM

The Ministry of Transportation is currently looking for feedback on regulations about the use of display screens and hand-held devices, such as two-way radios. Currently certain sectors are exempted from rules against using and holding hand-held devices while driving, such as...

New Paper on the Evolving Role of the CAO/City Manager
2017-05-09 12:47:55 PM

A new paper, released this week by the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, explores how the relationship between elected officials and the public service has changed over time, and how the role of the CAO is important for ensuring effective council-staff relations....

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