AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Bill 148 Passes Third Reading
2017-11-23 4:55:09 PM

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, has passed third reading and will now become law. The legislation will raise Ontario's minimum wage to $15, mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal work, and extend personal emergency leave for all employ...

Federal Government Unveils National Housing Strategy
2017-11-23 4:30:21 PM

Yesterday the federal government unveiled its long-anticipated National Housing Strategy. The strategy commits the federal government to spend $40 billion on a range of housing initiatives, including homelessness, new housing units, and repairing existing housing stock. Speci...

Applications Still Open for the Red Program
2017-11-16 3:22:56 PM

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is reminding municipalities that applications are still being accepted for the Rural Economic Development Program. See below for details about the program.  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ...

Government To Exempt Essential Public Services from Bill 148
2017-11-16 2:20:44 PM

In a letter to AMO President Lynn Dollin, Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro has confirmed that the government will introduce amendments to exempt essential public services from Bill 148's on-call pay and 96 hours notice scheduling provisions. Specifically, as a result ...

Code of Conduct Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:58:34 PM

The government has posted a regulatory proposed that would prescribe what municipalities and local boards must include their codes of conduct. The following items are prescribed subject matters to be included: Gifts, benefits and hospitality. Respectful c...

MEA Regulation Posted
2017-11-15 3:49:32 PM

Last week the government posted a regulation that would operationalize a number of aspects of the Municipal Elections Act. The draft regulation outlines proposals for the following areas: That candidate nominations to be endorsed by 25 elector signatures be exempted ...

Updated - ADO Offering Free Accessibility Training
2017-11-15 10:16:26 AM

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) and the Accessibility Centre of Excellence (ACOE) are offering a number of training opportunities this fall. The courses, which are being offered at no cost, will all be delivered as webinars. Please see below for specific inform...

Proposed Municipal Act Regulation Posted
2017-11-10 8:57:13 AM

The government has posted a proposed Municipal Act regulation that, if approved, would govern the creation of small business programs. According to the regulation, small business programs (often referred to as small business incubators) are designed to allow municipalities ...

Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms
2017-11-03 1:14:50 PM

Yesterday Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Marie-France Lalonde and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi introduced the government's proposed community safety and policing reforms. Key reforms include:  Giving municipalities a larger role in defining an...

Ontario Tables Cannabis Legislation
2017-11-02 11:42:40 AM

Roughly a month after announcing its proposed approach to legalizing recreational cannabis, the Government of Ontario has tabled legislation that would enact that vision. Specifically, Bill 174, the Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, wou...

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