AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Applications Open for Community Environment Fund
2018-03-27 4:59:42 PM

Applications are now open for funding under the Ontario Community Environment Fund (OECP). The OECP offers up to $133,000 in funding across nine watersheds throughout the province for projects that restore and protect affected watersheds. Since 2010, OCEF has disbursed close ...

Accessibility Committee Seeking Feedback on Employment Standards
2018-03-27 4:25:28 PM

The Accessible Employment Standards Review Committee is conducting a survey on its recommended changes to the accessible employment standards. The accessible employment standards are a set of requirements designed to help make employment more accessible to people with disabil...

Final OMB/LPAT Regulations Posted
2018-03-26 2:18:12 PM

The government has posted the final regulations for the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), the body that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board. You can view these regulations here .  For more:  Proposed OMB Reform Regulations Posted

Speech from the Throne Update
2018-03-20 11:32:31 AM

Yesterday Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered a Speech from the Throne, laying out of the government's priorities for final few months of the current sitting of the legislature. In its throne speech the government identified a number of priorities th...

Canada and Ontario Sign Infrastructure Agreement
2018-03-15 3:08:55 PM

Yesterday the Government of Canada and the province of Ontario signed a funding agreement for billions of dollars in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years. The Bilateral Framework Agreement (IBA) signed yesterday by the federal and provincial Ministers of Infr...

Prudent Investor Regulation Finalized
2018-03-12 2:24:17 PM

The government has finalized the regulations that will enable to municipalities to use the prudent investor standard for investments. The regulation will allow qualifying municipalities to abandon the "legal list" of of eligible investments and invest in any security that is ...

Safer Ontario Act Passes Third Reading
2018-03-12 1:27:02 PM

Last week Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act , passed third reading and received Royal Assent. The legislation introduces a wide range reforms to policing and community safety in Ontario.  For more:  Ontario Introduces Proposed Policing Reforms  News Release: Ontario Pas...

Ontario Unveils Cannabis Implementation Funding Deal for Municipalities
2018-03-12 1:19:00 PM

The government of Ontario has released the details of how it will share revenue from sales of recreational cannabis with municipalities. The deal, announced by Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, will govern the sharing of cannabis for the first two years of implementation. Af...

Code of Conduct Regulation Finalized
2018-03-08 11:54:17 AM

The regulation that states what topics have to be covered in municipal codes of conduct has been finalized and posted on e-laws. According to the regulation all codes of conduct for municipal councils and local boards must cover:  Gifts, benefits and hospitality  ...

Ontario Introduces Pay Equity Legislation
2018-03-08 9:00:00 AM

The government of Ontario has introduced new legislation that would require certain employers to track and publish information about compensation in their organizations, with the goal of improving pay equity. Specifically, Ontario's legislation would:  Require public...

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