AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Provincial Cabinet Shuffle
2018-01-18 11:53:24 AM

The Cabinet shuffle announced yesterday by Premier Kathleen Wynne comes ahead of the 2018 provincial election in June.   Notable changes to Cabinet include: Steven Del Duca will moves Minister of Economic Development and Growth  Nathalie Des Rosiers be...

AMCTO Releases 2018 Pre-budget Submission
2018-01-17 9:00:00 AM

Today AMCTO President Yvonne Robert appeared before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs during its pre-budget consultations in Ottawa to present AMCTO’s recommendations for the 2018 Ontario budget. Our submission contains the following recommendations:   ...

Government Releases New Municipal Asset Management Planning Regulation
2018-01-04 3:13:38 PM

After months of consultations the government has released a new municipal asset management planning regulation. The requirements of the regulation will be phased-in over the next six years along the following lines:  January 1, 2018: Effective date of Regulation (the...

Bill 68 Tax Sale Regulation Takes Effect
2018-01-04 2:19:29 PM

A new regulation governing the tax sale provisions of Bill 68 came into effect on January 1, 2018. Amongst other changes, the regulation, which was filed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs on December 21, 2018, expands the options available to municipalities when advertisin...

Door-to-Door Sales Restrictions Take Effect
2017-12-21 11:04:30 AM

New provisions that regulate door-to-door sales will take effect on March 1st, 2018. Specifically the new restrictions, enacted as part of the Putting Consumers First Act:  Prescribe the goods and services (listed below) with respect to which suppliers are prohibit...

Federal Government Licensing New Cannabis Producers
2017-12-20 1:00:00 PM

Health Canada has announced plans to license 208 new cannabis producers, more than tripling the current number of official growers in the country. The move is designed to substantially increase the capacity of the cannabis industry as the government's proposed date for legali...

Proposed Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Posted
2017-12-20 11:39:11 AM

The government is seeking feedback on a proposed regulation that would give municipalities that power to use inclusionary zoning under the Planning Act. In 2016 the province passed the Promoting Affordable Housing Act , which amongst its many provisions gave municipalities ...

Elections Ontario - Appeals Process for Questions on Ballot
2017-12-20 10:22:01 AM

Elections Ontario is required to inform municipalities of the process for appeals to questions on a municipal ballot.  As such, they have provided the form below as a resource and direction for further information.  Municipal Appeal Information Sheet  

Legislature Rises for Holiday Break
2017-12-18 9:30:00 AM

Last week Queen's Park wrapped up its fall sitting and rose for the holiday break. Before leaving the legislature passed a number of important bills with municipal implications, including:  Bill 139 , the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act will ...

Province Consulting on Greenbelt Expansion
2017-12-15 10:00:10 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs is currently consulting on a potential expansion of the greenbelt to better protect important water resources in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe--an area that is under pressure from expanding urban development. Specifically, th...

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