AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Province Outlines Cannabis Distribution Model
2018-08-14 5:17:56 PM

Yesterday the government of Ontario outlined its proposed model for the sale of recreational cannabis. When recreational cannabis becomes legal on October 17th Ontarians will be able to order online through an online retail platform operated by the provincially-run Ontario Can...





AGCO Extends Catch the Ace Pilot
2018-08-01 2:29:05 PM

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) is extending its pilot program allowing eligible charitable organizations to conduct and manage "Catch the Ace" raffles. The pilot program was launched two years ago to help modernize and support the charitable gaming industry.  You ...





AMCTO Responds to Announcement of The Better Local Government Act
2018-07-30 11:47:10 PM

Last week several municipal reforms with significant ramifications, were put forward by the Honourable Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. While we look forward to reviewing the upcoming legislation, the announcement and several aspe...





Government Launches Audit and Commission of Inquiry
2018-07-23 2:55:18 PM

The government of Ontario announced that it will launch a line-by-line audit of government spending as well as an independent commission of inquiry into the province's past spending and accounting practices. The audit will be conducted by a yet-to-be-determined expert, while t...





Speech from the Throne Update
2018-07-12 2:46:04 PM

Today Lieutenant-Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered a Speech from the Throne outlining newly-elected Premier Doug Ford's legislative and policy priorities. The speech noted that in a time of "global turmoil and change" the government would be working to strengthen the bo...





Climate Alliance Warns Municipalities to Bear Brunt of Cap-and-Trade Cancella...
2018-07-11 9:33:30 AM

An alliance of environmental groups is warning that Ontario's municipalities will face the greatest consequences of the government's decision to cancel its cap-and-trade program. According to the Urban Climate Alliance, "the province's cap-and-trade withdrawal leaves Ontario c...





Government Outlines Legislative Priorities for Summer Sitting
2018-07-10 4:40:44 PM

Today Government House Leader Todd Smith said that the government's top three priorities for the summer legislative sitting are to deal with the York University strike, scrap cap-and-trade, and cancel a wind energy project. Specifically, the government will move legislation t...





Queen's Park Returns for Summer Sitting
2018-07-09 11:22:19 AM

Newly elected MPPs arrive at Queen's Park this week for the start of the 1st session of Ontario's 42nd Parliament. The legislature will begin sitting on Wednesday July 11th, with an official Speech from the Throne outlinining the new government's priorities on Thursday July 12...





Implementation of Policing Reforms Halted
2018-07-04 5:24:09 PM

In a letter to Ontario police associations, Premier Doug Ford announced that the government of Ontario is postponing the implementation of elements of Bill 175 (the Safer Ontario Act), the Liberal government's reforms to public safety and policing. It's not clear which parts o...





Province Officially Announces End of Cap-and-Trade
2018-07-04 4:38:50 PM

Yesterday Premier Doug Ford officially rescinded Ontario's cap-and-trade regulation. The end of cap-and-trade took effect immediately as of July 3, 2018. Accordingly, the government announced that it will begin an "orderly wind-down" of all programs that are funded by revenues...





 
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