AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-05-04 9:49:36 AM

The Ontario Registrar General (ORG) has sent two recent memos with important updates for Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers to be aware of.   New Interim Tool  The ORG’s April 15, 2021 memo is regarding an interim tool developed by ServiceOntario for municipalities that are c...





Ontario Ombudsman on Open Meetings
2021-04-30 1:14:45 PM

Even though municipal meetings this past year have been anything but normal, it is important to remember that open meeting requirements still apply, including providing notice of meetings to the public, maintaining meeting minutes and continuing to hold meetings that are open...





Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario Strategic Priorities 2021-202...
2021-04-22 6:08:44 PM

The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) has released a  final report  announcing its strategic priorities for 2021-2025. AMCTO participated in the IPC’s consultation on these priorities by providing a  submission  in January 2021.   Our submission was focussed on thre...





2021 Federal Budget
2021-04-20 3:59:20 PM

Yesterday Canadian Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland presented her first budget and the Federal Government’s first since the start of the pandemic:  A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience .   Overview  The  2021 Budget  addresses thre...





Ontario Adds Additional Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order
2021-04-20 7:29:04 AM

On Friday, April 16th, the Ontario Government announced additional enforcement measures for the Province’s Stay-at-Home order while imposing new travel restrictions and further strengthening public health measures.   Both the provincial declaration of emergency and the  Stay...





Connecting Links Funding Announced
2021-04-09 3:59:24 PM

The Minister of Transportation announced today that the Ontario Government will invest  $30 million  to help 14 municipalities repair roads and bridges through the Connecting Links Program.   Eligible costs include the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation and replac...





Ontario Enacts Provincial Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order
2021-04-07 4:44:40 PM

The Ontario government announced today that it is declaring a third provincial emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic under s 7.0.1 (1) of the  Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.  A province-wide Stay-at-Home order has been issued effective April 8 at 12:01am....





Third Wave Province-wide Shutdown Announced
2021-04-01 3:07:43 PM

The Ontario government announced today that they are imposing a province-wide emergency brake as a result of a surge in case numbers and COVID-19 hospitalizations across the province. The brake will take effect as of April 3rd at 12:01am. As a result,   COVID-19 Shutdown  mea...





Ontario 2021 Budget
2021-03-24 5:58:19 PM

Today Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board Peter Bethlenfalvy presented his first Budget and the Government’s second during the pandemic: Ontario’s Action Plan: Protecting People’s Health and Our Economy . Overview The 2021 Budget has two core pillars...





Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-03-22 9:16:53 AM

As a follow up to their memo sent on February 8, 2021 , the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a memo on March 17, 2021 to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period The second province-wide emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act decl...





 
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