AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest municipal professional association.
Advocacy Update: Asset Management Plan Timelines Have Been Extended Following...
2021-03-19 9:09:08 AM

There is some good news to share on Asset Management Plan (AMP) timelines! The Ministry of Infrastructure has filed regulations to extend the deadlines for municipalities by one year. Planning timelines are now: July 1, 2022 – plans are required for core municipal as...





Ontario Provincial Budget Date set
2021-03-11 12:09:21 PM

Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy, announced today that he would be tabling the provincial budget on Wednesday March 24th 2021.  This will be the first budget delivered by the Minister Bethlenfalvy since taking on the responsibility...





Supreme Court of Canada Hearing on Better Local Government Act
2021-03-08 11:30:44 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada has set a March 16th hearing date for the City of Toronto's appeal related to the City of Toronto et al v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2018 ONSC 5151  and subsequent appeal in  Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General), 2019 ONCA 732  which deal...





Additional Funds for Audit and Accountability Program
2021-03-04 1:31:23 PM

Catching up on some news from this week: On March 1st 2021, the Province announced additional dollars towards the Audit and Accountability Fund. As you know, this Fund is to help large municipalities find better and more efficient ways to operate and save taxpayers' dollars...





Additional Operating Support to Municipalities
2021-03-04 11:23:50 AM

On March 4th 2021, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark and Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy announced $500 million to support operating pressures faced by 444 municipalities as a result of COVID-19 in 2021. Intere...





Bill 254: Protecting Ontario's Elections Act
2021-03-01 2:15:30 PM

On February 25th, Minister Doug Downey introduced Bill 254: Protecting Ontario Elections Act. While the bill proposes a number of changes to processes and rules for Provincial elections, it would also make amendments to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA)  . As y...





AMCTO 2021 Pre-Budget Submission
2021-02-19 12:40:31 PM

2021 is shaping up to be another atypical year. Therefore, AMCTO's ideas and recommendations that formed our 2021 Pre-Budget Submission are also somewhat atypical from our usual approach. Our recommendations are divided into two parts: Small but impactful actions that c...





Consultations on Growing the Greenbelt
2021-02-17 10:40:58 AM

On February 17th, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark announced the launch of a 60 Day consultations on Growing the Greenbelt.  Act: Greenbelt Act, 2005 Ministry:   Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Comment Period:  February 17, 2021 - April 19,...





Update on Marriage Licence Services
2021-02-10 1:20:06 PM

On February 8 2021, the Ontario Registrar General (ORG) sent a communication to Ontario Marriage Licence Issuers. Validity Period As you may be aware, amendments to the Marriage Act came into force in August 2020  which allowed for the extension of the marriage licence va...





Update on Stay at Home Order and Gradual Return to Response Framework
2021-02-08 3:39:40 PM

The Province announced on Monday, February 8 th ,  that it would gradually transition out of shutdown measures based on a regional approach, as outlined in a revised COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Additionally, the shutdown measures and Stay-at-H...





 
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