AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Government, Provinces Reach Revenue Sharing Deal on Cannabis
2017-12-14 11:37:16 AM

Earlier this week the federal government and provinces reached a deal on sharing tax revenue from cannabis sales. According to the deal provinces will collect 75% of all excise tax levied on cannabis sales, while the federal government will take the remaining 25%. The deal als...





Proposed OMB Reform Regs Posted
2017-12-08 2:17:46 PM

Yesterday the Ministry of Municipal Affairs posted draft regulations that enact the transition from the Ontario Municipal Board to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT). The proposed regulations cover:  Transition rules for matters and proceedings that come to th...





Auditor General Releases Annual Report
2017-12-08 1:53:14 PM

Earlier this week the Auditor General released her 2017 annual report. This years report included 14 value-for-money audits covering a range of topics, from energy, to emergency management, cybersecurity, healthcare, and housing. Here are some of the relevant highlights for m...





Applications Open for Smart Cities Challenge
2017-12-06 11:37:28 AM

Infrastructure Canada is now accepting applications for its Smart Cities Challenge, a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The competition will award prizes to communities who are making innovative use...





Ontario Releases Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
2017-12-04 3:22:03 PM

The Government of Ontario has released a new Long-Term Infrastructure Plan. The plan outlines the provinces plan to:  Integrate climate change considerations into infrastructure planning  Build resilient infrastructure in a period of "accelerated change a...





AMO Calls for Share of Cannabis Revenue
2017-12-04 3:02:49 PM

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is calling on the Government of Ontario to cover the costs of cannabis legalization and provide municipalities with a share of the revenues generated by cannabis sales. AMO's request is based on the potential for cannabis legaliz...





AMCTO Election Manual, Forms and Notices Now Available
2017-12-04 11:50:22 AM

The AMCTO Election Manual is a resource that provides detailed guidance to election administrators in Ontario.  AMCTO is proud to provide this valuable resource and this year, we have worked wtih Debi Wilcox and her team on making this resource available through our Fall trai...





Election Express # 5 – What’s all this fuss about Third Party Advertising…
2017-11-30 11:35:26 AM

What is a Third Party Advertiser?  A third party advertiser (TPA) is a message in any medium (billboard, newspaper, radio, etc) that supports or opposes a candidate or supports a yes or no vote on a question on the ballot.  Third party advertising does not include issues-...





Proposed Building Code Regulation Posted
2017-11-24 10:32:56 AM

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has posted a proposed regulation that would establish a building code evaluation program for buildings with rooftop parking, and exposed multi-story, above-ground parking structures. The proposals suggested in the regulation are derived from ...





2018 OMPF Allocations Announced
2017-11-24 8:30:00 AM

Earlier this week the Ministry of Finance announced the 2018 Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) allocations. In 2018, the Government of Ontario will provide a total of $510 in unconditional funding to 389 of the province's 444 municipalities through the OMPF. See below...





 
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