AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Government Announces New Climate Change Plan
2018-11-30 10:23:24 AM

The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks yesterday announced a proposed ‘Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan’ which the government says will protect the environment while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and helping to protect communities from climate change. Thi...

Government Announces Grants to Help Police Keep Communities Safe
2018-11-29 2:56:23 PM

The Ontario Government yesterday announced grants of $1.5 million to help police forces across the province fight human trafficking, disrupt outlaw motorcycle gang activity, support victims and address mental health issues in their communities.  Administered through the Ci...

Government Announces Changes and Consultation on Affordable Housing
2018-11-28 4:42:37 PM

The Ontario Government today announced an action plan that they say will making housing more affordable and increase choices available for Ontarians. The government’s plan includes the following elements: Legislation that would make new rental units exempt from rent ...

Chief Drinking Water Inspector Releases Annual Report
2018-11-28 2:32:06 PM

Ontario’s Chief Drinking Water Inspector released his annual report this month analyzing the cleanliness and safety of Ontario’s drinking water. Highlights of the 2017-2018 report include:  99.8% of the more than half a million drinking water test results from municipal ...

Government Introduces Reforms to “Double-Hatters” and Interest Arbitration
2018-11-26 4:42:47 PM

Minister of Labour Laurie Scott today announced two proposals involving fire safety at the 66th Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs in Niagara Falls. The proposals would protect “double-hatters” (full-time firefighters who also provide volunteer f...

Ontario PC Government Announces Social Assistance Reforms
2018-11-22 4:17:35 PM

Today the Ontario PC government announced social assistance reforms that they say will “restore dignity, encourage employment, and empower the province’s most vulnerable to break free from the poverty cycle.” Highlights of the government’s reforms include:  Moving...

Update on OMERS Comprehensive Plan Review
2018-11-22 9:26:48 AM

On November 15, following a review of its Comprehensive Plan, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) Sponsors Corporation (SC) voted in favour of the following proposed changes:    Eliminate the current 35-year cap for c...

Free Webinar on Municipal Responsibilities in the Private Cannabis Retail Sector
2018-11-21 2:51:15 PM

On Tuesday November 27, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission is hosting a free webinar for municipal staff that will focus on issues surrounding the municipal regulatory and operational responsibilities in the privately run cannabis retail sector.  This webinar will take plac...

Best Practices for Cannabis Legalization
2018-11-19 2:51:36 PM

On November 8, AMCTO hosted a forum on the legalization of recreational cannabis. Participants at the forum discussed a range of best-practices for private retail sales of recreational cannabis, including topics related to by-laws, licensing, zoning, and enforcement.   The...

Ontario Releases Fall Economic Statement
2018-11-15 8:08:53 PM

Minister of Finance Vic Fedeli this afternoon released the government’s 2018 Economic Fall Statement, laying out the government’s forecasted economic growth and demonstrating how it plans to “make life more affordable” for Ontarians while also “making government more efficien...

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