AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Advocacy Update: AMCTO Responds to Bill 23
2022-11-22 4:09:30 PM

AMCTO has made a submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy regarding Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 . Our response is focused on the Bill’s impacts to municipal financial sustainability and the impacts to municipal proces...

Extension of Hours for Ontario Liquor Sales Licensees During FIFA World Cup
2022-11-21 5:03:29 PM

The Registrar of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) will permit liquor licensees to extend their hours of sales and service to begin at 7:00am for the duration of the FIFA World Cup 2022 (November 20 – December 18 2022). The closing service time of 2:00am will...

Province Releases Fall Economic Statement
2022-11-15 4:00:36 PM

Yesterday, Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy released the 2022 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review – Ontario’s Plan to Build: A Progress Update. Some highlights include: Automatically matching property tax reductions for small businesses within all municip...

2023 OMPF Allocations Announced
2022-11-09 3:36:22 PM

The Ontario government has announced its 2023 funding allocations under the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) . The government is maintaining the program envelope at $500 million, where it has been since 2020. AMCTO continues to advocate for stable and predictable ...

Environmental Registry Posting: Proposed Amendments to the Greenbelt Plan
2022-11-09 10:32:30 AM

Under the Greenbelt Act, 2005 Consultation Timeline: November 4, 2022 – December 4 2022 (30 days) Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Further details and to comment:

Federal Fall Economic Statement
2022-11-04 11:32:57 AM

Yesterday Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released the 2022 Fall Economic Statement , with a focus on building an economy that works for everyone. The statement outlines the government’s plan to help Canadians cope with increasing costs, ma...

Upcoming Risk Management Webinar
2022-11-03 4:33:45 PM

AMO and ClearRisk are hosting an upcoming webinar which may be of interest to your municipality: ‘A Risk & Claims Management System for Municipalities’. ClearRisk is offering AMO members an accessible, comprehensive risk and claims management system to streamline analysis a...

Stakeholder Engagement Sessions re Proposed Amendments to O.Reg 507/18
2022-11-02 10:54:48 AM

The Ministry of Energy has announced information on stakeholder engagements regarding proposed amendments to O . Reg 507/18: Broader Public Sector: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans under the Electricity Act, 1998 .  The ministry is going to ...

Regulatory Registry Postings: Regulatory proposals regarding Bill 23, More Ho...
2022-11-01 4:14:49 PM

Last week, alongside the introduction of Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 , several regulatory proposals were posted for comment on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry which may have an impact on municipal operations. For more information and to comment, please visit t...

New IMFG Paper on Local Democracy
2022-10-26 11:10:19 AM

The Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (IMFG) has released a new paper from Brittany Andrew-Amofah, Alexandra Flynn and Patricia Wood setting out a path to make municipal governance more democratic, accountable, and inclusive. The authors argue that municipalities n...

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