AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 68 Amended and Ordered for Third Reading
2017-05-04 12:45:42 PM

The Standing Committee on Social Policy completed its review of Bill 68 this week, and ordered it for third reading with a number of amendments. Notably the committee removed the provision in Bill 68 that would allow integrity commissioners to conduct investigations on their ...





London Council Votes to Use Ranked Ballots for 2018 Election
2017-05-02 12:44:38 PM

Council in the City of London voted on Monday to set aside first-past-the-post and use ranked ballots for its 2018 municipal election. The decision could make London one of the the first Canadian cities to use a ranked ballot to elects its council. According to London’s CAO, ...





Government Proposing Development Charge Exemption for Secondary Units
2017-05-02 12:39:29 PM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Housing are proposing an exemption from development charges for secondary suites in new homes. The proposed regulatory change is designed to help increase the supply and range of affordable housing in Ontario. Find more i...





New Excess Soil Regulation Proposal
2017-05-01 12:38:27 PM

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is conducting consultations on a proposed new regulation for reusing excess soil. The proposal is designed to enhance opportunities for the beneficial reuse of excess soil, while protecting human health and the environment fr...





BPS Energy Reporting Portal Now Open
2017-04-28 12:20:02 PM

The BPS reporting portal is now open for municipalities to report on their energy consumption for the 2017 reporting period. Public sector organizations, including municipalities, are required to report on their energy consumption as a result of O. Reg. 397/11. Information on...





2017 Ontario Budget Update
2017-04-27 12:15:56 PM

Today Ontario’s Minister of Finance Charles Sousa tabled the province’s 2017 budget. The first balanced budget following deficits that reached $19 billion at the height of the global recession in 2009, the government’s 2017 plan pledges new investments in sectors, such as hea...





Call for Papers–Canadian Journal of Local Government
2017-04-25 12:13:20 PM

The Editorial Board of the  Canadian Journal of Local Government  is pleased to offer an initial call for papers. The Canadian Journal of Local Government is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal examining local government policy and management. The Journal aims to connect ...





Advocacy Update: AMCTO discusses Municipal Reporting with the Secretary of th...
2017-04-25 12:12:02 PM

On April 19th, AMCTO staff were invited to meet the Secretary of the Cabinet, Steve Orsini to discuss our research into municipal reporting to the Province.  Laurie LeBlanc, the Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs attended and participated in discussions on ...





Premier Launches Basic Income Pilot Project
2017-04-24 12:10:11 PM

Earlier today, Premier Wynne announced the launch of the Basic Income Pilot Project in three Ontario communities;  Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay. The Premier said: “The project will explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to people who are currently livin...





Fair Housing Plan Announced
2017-04-24 12:08:25 PM

Last week, the Province announced the Fair Housing Plan for Ontario.  A series of measures were put forward to assist in making housing more affordable for both homeowners and renters alike. Within this plan, there are a variety of implications for local governments.   AMO  h...





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