AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 68 Implementation Schedule
2018-01-31 5:19:56 PM

AMCTO has created a new resource, which provides overview of some new municipal responsibilities following the passage of Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA). Bill 68 introduced a series of reforms to the M unicipal Act , Municipal Conflict...

StatsCan Releases Cannabis Consumption Data
2018-01-25 5:03:21 PM

In 2017 Canadians spent $5.7 billion on cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes. The data, released this week by Statistics Canada, covers 4.9 million Canadians aged 15 to 64, and works out to approximately $1,200 per cannabis consumer. By comparison, in 2016, Canadians...

Proposed Cannabis Regulations Posted
2018-01-25 4:16:39 PM

The government has posted proposed regulations to govern its legalization of recreational cannabis. The proposed regulations cover places of use, impaired-driving, storefronts and medical cannabis. See below for the draft regulations:  Proposed places of use regulations und...

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 ...

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