AMCTO Policy Blog

Legislative and policy updates from Ontario's largest voluntary association of local government professionals
Proposed Prudent Investor Regulations Posted
2017-10-10 1:44:14 PM

The government has posted a proposed regulation governing a new municipal investment regime that would allow municipalities to use prudent investment rules. The regulations cover eligibility criteria, governance, and investment approaches for multiple municipalities that want...

Alberta Unveils Cannabis Legalization Plan
2017-10-05 11:00:00 AM

Yesterday, the Government of Alberta unveiled its proposed plan for the legalization and sale of recreational cannabis. Key features of the plan include:  Establishing a minimum age of 18 to buy or use cannabis Allowing public possession of 30 grams (purc...

Federal Government Plans to Levy Cannabis Tax
2017-10-05 9:30:00 AM

The federal government announced this week at a meeting of provincial premiers that it plans to impose a 10-percent federal tax on sales of recreational cannabis. According to the government and media sources, the tax would be set at $1 per gram on purchases under $10 and 10 ...

Ontario Creates Opioid Task Force
2017-10-04 6:00:15 PM

The province announced today that it is establishing an Opioid Emergency Task Force to better coordinate the government's response to the opioid crisis. The group, which will be comprised of frontline workers and people with lived experience with opioids, will advise the gover...

New AMCTO Backgrounder on Recent Changes to Ontario's Open Meeting Rules
2017-10-03 10:46:57 AM

AMCTO has published a new backgrounder on recent changes to Ontario's open meetings rules. It covers changes ushered in under Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario's Municipal Legislation Act (MOMLA), as well as the implications of City of Hamilton v. Ombudsman of Ontario .  ...

Province Creates New Housing Delivery Group
2017-09-28 8:46:24 AM

The Government of Ontario has created a new team that will be tasked with streamlining the housing development process. Specifically, the new Housing Delivery Group will be responsible for identifying challenges and barriers that prevent new housing projects from being built....

New Report Suggests Airbnb Influences Housing Supply
2017-09-28 8:39:34 AM

A new study, released by academics at McGill University, argues that Airbnb is increasingly playing a role in limited housing supply in Canada. The report, which studied the impact of Airbnb on housing supply in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver over the past year, found that ...

Report Calls for New Process to Select Infrastructure Projects
2017-09-25 2:32:19 PM

A new report, released this week by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and written by Michael Fenn, is calling on the government to improve the evaluation process used to select infrastructure projects. According to the report, if the combined $...

Updated List of Integrity Commissioners
2017-09-21 1:19:12 PM

In June of 2017 the Government of Ontario passed Bill 68, the Modernizing Ontario’s Municipal Legislation Act. Bill 68 requires that every municipality in Ontario provide its citizens access to an integrity commissioner.   As part of its mission to the support the imple...

Government Proposing New Tougher Impaired Driving Laws
2017-09-20 2:21:30 PM

The Ministry of Transportation announced new measures this week that would make drug impaired driving laws even tougher. The new measures are designed to toughen Ontario's impaired driving laws ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis in July of 2018. The new rules w...

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