AMCTO Policy Blog


Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Federal Government Announces Refugee Resettlement Plan
2015-11-25 10:36:52 PM

The federal government has revealed much-anticipated plans for resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees over the coming months. According to details released yesterday by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), all 25,000 refugees will be identified by December 31, 2015, but only 1...





Details of Ontario's Climate Strategy Revealed
2015-11-24 7:42:18 PM

The government of Ontario has released new details today about its plan to fight climate change. The government's strategy will support its cap and trade program and seek to: ...help Ontario meet its emissions reduction targets, reward innovative companies and ensure that hou...





New Accessibility Certification Program
2015-11-23 5:58:43 PM

The government is looking for input as it develops a new, voluntary, third-party accessibility certification program. The certification will recognize organizations and businesses that have removed barriers and championed accessibility in their workplaces. Learn more or get i...





New Budget Bill Tabled
2015-11-23 5:16:07 PM

Last week Finance Minister Charles Sousa tabled, Bill 144, Budget Measures Act,  a new budget implementation bill, which includes a range of commitments previously announced in the most recent provincial budget. Some of the highlights include schedule 7, which will enact a ne...





New Research on Local Government's Role in Infrastructure Investment
2015-11-19 6:41:44 PM

New research, released today by the Mowat Centre, explores the challenges that all three levels of government face when making large scale infrastructure investment decisions. In particular the paper argues that there is no consistent strategy across separate orders of governm...





Report Calls for Different Approach to Municipal Accounting
2015-11-19 3:35:12 PM

A new report, released yesterday by the C.D. Howe Institute, calls for municipalities in Canada to move towards full accrual accounting. According to the report, which is the third in a series that ranks municipal accounting practices in Canada, the current method for accounti...





Local Government Perspective on Federal Mandate Letters
2015-11-18 4:35:01 PM

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released the mandate letters that he provided to each of his cabinet ministers following their swearing-in at the beginning of November. We've prepared a backgrounder highlighting a local government perspective on the new Prime Ministers...





Bill 73 Committee Hearings Close
2015-11-13 1:19:00 PM

Bill 73, the  Smart Growth for Our Communities  passed second reading at the end of September and was referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, which wrapped up public hearings this week and will now begin a clause-by-clause consideration of the bill. For more infor...





Hydro One IPO Nets the Government $1.83 Billion for Infrastructure
2015-11-13 1:13:31 PM

The government announced this week that the first phase of its Hydro One initial public offering (IPO) generated $1.83 billion in new revenue that will be used to fund “critical investments” in infrastructure. Learn more about this here .





BAO Announces New Registrar
2015-11-13 1:09:06 PM

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has announced the appointment of a new registrar, effective December 14, 2015.





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