AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
New Tow Truck Regulations Approved
2015-12-18 2:24:25 PM

After months of consultation, the government has approved new regulations for the towing sector that are designed to crack-down on fraud. The new regulations will enter into effect on January 1, 2017 and require towing providers to: Have permission from the consumer or som...





Ombudsman's Office Getting New Resources for Bill 8
2015-12-17 2:15:21 PM

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman is in the midst of a significant expansion of both budget and staff as it prepares for its new oversight responsibilities under Bill 8. The office's staff will grow by 50 people, while the organization's budget will increase by $7.2 million ...





Government Appoints New Chair of Accessibility Council
2015-12-17 1:19:52 PM

The government of Ontario has appointed Rich Donovan the new Chair of its Accessibility Standards Advisory Council (ASAC). The Council is responsible for advising Minister Brad Duguid (Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure) on issues related to the government's i...





Ontario Ombudsman’s Annual Closed-Meeting Report Released
2015-12-16 7:57:32 PM

The Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has released its annual report on closed meeting investigations. According to the report, between September 1, 2014 to August 31 2015, the Ombudsman’s Open Meeting Law Enforcement Team (OMLET) reviewed 85 meetings held by 61 municipalities....





Province Renews Mineral Development Strategy
2015-12-14 2:55:28 PM

Ontario has released an updated Mineral Development Strategy to guide its future investments and policy in the exploration and development sector. The new strategy, which lasts for a 10-year period, is centred around four priorities: Competition and innovation Safety an...





14 Bills Passed During Fall Session
2015-12-11 4:38:06 PM

The Ontario legislature passed 14 bills during its fall sitting, which ended yesterday. They include: Bill 9 - Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act, 2015 Bill 37 - Invasive Species Act, 2015 Bill 52 - Protection of Public Participation Act, 2015 Bill 66 - Great Lakes Protection...





Government Still Considering New Revenue Tools for Municipalities
2015-12-11 2:22:35 PM

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ted McMeekin has confirmed that, aside from the land transfer tax, the government is still considering the possibility of giving municipalities new revenue tools. Yesterday in Question Period, in response to a question from opposition ...





New Background on Waste Diversion Bill
2015-12-10 7:32:37 PM

At the end of November, Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, tabled Bill 151, the  Waste Free Ontario Act . The bill would create a new framework for waste management in Ontario. While many of the specific details of this new framework are still to be d...





UPDATE: Budget Measures Act Passes
2015-12-10 6:40:24 PM

The government's Budget Measures Act has passed third reading and will now become law. As previously noted, the bill, amongst other things, will enact a new corporate forfeited property law, give the Ontario Securities Commission more power, and provide a path forward for addi...





Federal Infrastructure Programs May be Delayed by Inadequate Data
2015-12-09 7:29:15 PM

According to briefing documents  leaked to the Canadian Press, the federal government's ambitious plans for investing in infrastructure may be hampered by a lack of data on the state of Canada's roads, bridges, highways, water and sewer systems. The lack of data is likely to ...





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